Dangote, Otedola represent Nigeria at FIFA The Best awards in London

Ruben Holloway
September 25, 2018

The Egypt global came out on top when it came to the Puskas Award, however, as his stunning effort against Everton was voted the best goal of the year in the face of stiff competition from the likes of Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.

Third in the voting was Mohamed Salah, who scored a record 32 goals in a 38-game English Premier League and helped Liverpool reach its first Champions League final in 11 years.

Portugal global Ronaldo, who joined Juventus from Real Madrid in the close season, was second in this year's awards with Liverpool's Mohamed Salah in third place.

Modric won the Champions League with Madrid and took Croatia to the World Cup final, where he was chosen as the player of the tournament. It is my team mates' from Real Madrid and Croatia.

Salah saw off strong competition to claim the highly coveted award at FIFA's The Best awards at a gala ceremony in London on Monday evening.

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Modric went on to thank his family, fans who voted for him, and Zvonimir Boban, the captain of the Croatian 1998 World Cup team that achieved a third-place finish in France, calling him his "footballing idol".

Following Modric's win, Ramos said the 33-year-old midfielder, who has starred since arriving at Madrid in 2012, was a worthy victor of the award.

"Congrats Mohamed Salah on your seventh best goal from last season winning goal of the year #baller #topbin #oneofmanyworldies", Milner tweeted.

N'golo Kante and Luka Modric were chosen in the centre of midfield, while Lionel Messi, Eden Hazard and Kylien Mbappe made up the first layer of the attack, with Cristiano Ronaldo completing the line-up.

'I have to thank everyone who voted for me.

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Meanwhile, Modric led Croatia to the final and collected the Golden Ball award.

France's Didier Deschamps won the award for the best men's coach in 2018.

"I don't want to enter into the debate of whether it is deserved or not", he said.

Real Madrid's Belgium worldwide Thibaut Courtois won the Goalkeeper of the Year Award.

Pele sent his good wishes, tweeting: "Congratulations to Luka and Marta on winning the #TheBest awards tonight".

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