Real Madrid star Luka Modric wins FIFA The Best award

Ruben Holloway
September 25, 2018

Deschamps beat off competition from Zlatko Dalic, who led Croatia to the World Cup final before losing 4-2 to France, and his former French team-mate Zinedine Zidane, who won a third consecutive Champions League title with Real Madrid before resigning in June. "He's like my assistant in the field and I really appreciate Luka Modric for everything this guy did this year and he deserves everything". "It's for all my Real Madrid teammates". It is for my Real Madrid team-mates, the Croatia national team and all my coaches.

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

The awards were held for the third year running after football's governing body ended its six-year association with the Ballon d'Or.

The award was handed out at a glitzy bash at London's Royal Festival Hall with the great and the good from the footballing world in attendance for the Best FIFA Football Awards.

'It is a real pleasure to play with Luka Modric, who is one of the best players in the world right now, ' the Liverpool defender said back in June.

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Pele sent his good wishes, tweeting: "Congratulations to Luka and Marta on winning the #TheBest awards tonight". Real Madrid's Belgium worldwide Thibaut Courtois won the Goalkeeper of the Year Award.

All three enjoyed great World Cup campaigns, with Courtois helping Belgium to a third-place finish.

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At 1.72 metres (5-foot-8), Modric was doubted early in his career because of his height. "I would like to thank the whole team". Prosecutors claimed Modric gave a false court statement past year about his financial deals with a former Zagreb director. Ana was approached to design the trophy by another Croatian, Zvonimir Boban, who is at Federation Internationale de Football Association.

The former Marseille, Juventus and Chelsea midfielder captained his country as they won the World Cup in 1998, before guiding them to victory again in Russian Federation in July.

"He was my big inspiration and that team gave us belief that we could achieve something great in Russian Federation. Hopefully we can be the same for next generations", said Modric.

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Modric scored twice and also netted in penalty shootout wins over Denmark and Russian Federation, but it was his playmaking ability that caught the eye in winning the Golden Ball for the best player at the World Cup. The last player to win it outside of the pair was when Kaka was selected in 2007.

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There was no spot for Mo Salah.

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