Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi slammed over Federation Internationale de Football Association awards no-show

Luka Modrić Named FIFA’s Best Men’s Player

Luka Modrić Named FIFA’s Best Men’s Player

"It is very important, because for such a small country to win the best player award, it's something awesome and that shows other small countries that everything is possible", Modric said.

Suker's Croatian compatriot Luka Modric went on to win the award, ending Messi and Ronaldo's 10-year run of winning FIFA's top individual prize. 'I'm very proud of everything I achieved this year.

"Thanks to my fans for all the great support and love they are showing me".

Modric however won FIFA's The Best award after helping Real Madrid to win the Champions League and playing a key role for Croatia at the 2018 World Cup. It is my team mates' from Real Madrid and Croatia.

"At this particular moment, I would like to mention my footballing idol and captain of Croatia generation 1998", Modric said, referring to the team that finished third in the nation's first World Cup appearance 20 years ago.

"This trophy is also for my family without who I would not be the player and person that I am", he said.

"Ronaldo and Messi's absence is disrespectful to their fellow players, to FIFA, and to the football world", Capello told Television Espanola.

FIFPro World XI in full: David de Gea, Dani Alves, Raphael Varane, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Luka Modric, N'Golo Kante, Eden Hazard, Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Liverpool player's goal against Merseyside rivals, Everton, in the Premier League was adjudged the best goal and victor of the Puskas Award.

This year's victor was a physical goal by Salah against Liverpool's crosstown rivals Everton.

Didier Deschamps was awarded Best Coach having led France to World Cup glory, beating out competition from Zinedine Zidane and Zlatko Dalic.

Olympic Lyon manager Reynald Pedros was voted the Women's Coach of the Year after leading the French side to a league and UEFA Women's Champions League double last season.

Former Chelsea man Thibaut Courtois was awarded the best goalkeeper award, after his Golden Glove-winning World Cup tournament with Belgium.

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