Luka Modric named FIFA Best Men's Player while Marta scoops women's award

Mon, Sep 24 2018

Modric in action for Croatia against Ireland. Credit: Andy McDonnell

Luka Modric's all-conquering season has seen him named FIFA's Best Men's Player at the annual awards ceremony in London.

The midfielder beat competition from Portugal and Juventus striker Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool and Egypt's Mo Salah to take home the gong.

Ronaldo won the award the past two seasons but, despite the absence of Lionel Messi from the shortlist, he couldn't make it three in a row.

Modric captained Croatia to the World Cup final in Russia this summer and finished with the Golden Ball for the tournament's outstanding player.

The 33-year-old was also an integral part, alongside fellow nominee Ronaldo, of the Real Madrid side that sealed a third consecutive Champions League crown in May.

Brazilian midfielder Marta of Orlando Pride was named Best Women's Player after she saw off the challenge of Norway's Ada Hederberg and Dzsenifer Marozsán, both of whom play with Lyon.

Salah's consolation prize for missing out on the top award was the Puskas Award for his strike for Liverpool in the Merseyside derby with Everton.

World Cup winner Didier Deschamps was Best Men's Coach, Reynald Pedros of Lyon was Best Women's Coach, while Thibaut Courtois was named Best Goalkeeper.

Much of the pre-awards talk surrounded the omission of Messi from the shortlist for Best Men's Player the first time in 12 years.

The Barcelona man did make the team of the year, however, alongside Ronaldo, Sergio Ramos and Kylian Mbappé.

 

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

The Best Fifa Men’s Player: Luka Modric (Croatia/Real Madrid CF)

The Best Fifa Women’s Player: Marta (Brazil/Orlando Pride)

The Best Fifa Men’s Coach: Didier Deschamps (France/France national team)

The Best Fifa Women’s Coach: Reynald Pedros (France/Olympique Lyonnais)

The Best Fifa Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois (Belgium/Real Madrid)

Fifa Puskás Award: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) -v- Everton

Fifa Fan Award: Peru fans