Best Fifa Football Awards 2018: Modric wins Best Player, beats Ronaldo, Salah

Real Madrid midfielder, Luka Modric, has just been named the FIFA Best Men’s Player of the Year.

Modric won the prize ahead of former team-mate, Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool winger, Mohammed Salah, at a event held in London on Monday night.

The Croatia captain enjoyed arguably the best year of his career, as he won a third consecutive Champions League trophy, before reaching the World Cup final.

Modric went on to win the Golden Ball award for the best player in the World Cup after Croatia’s final defeat by France.

He said after receiving the award, “It is a great honour and a beautiful feeling to stand here with this amazing trophy. First of all I would like to congratulate Mohamed and Cristiano.

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“I am sure in the future you will have another opportunity to fight for this trophy.

“This award is not just mine. It is my teammates from Real Madrid and Croatia. Without my coaches I would not have won this. Without my family I would not be the player I am today.

“Thanks to my fans for all the great support and love they are showing me. It means a lot. Thanks to those who voted for me.

“I would just like to mention my footballing idol and former 1998 Croatia captain. He was my big inspiration and that team gave us belief we could create something in Russia.

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“This award shows that we can all become the best with hard work and dedication. All your dreams can come true.”

Last month, he won the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award, also beating Ronaldo and Salah in the process.


Tireni Adebayo

Tireni Adebayo is the Editor of Kemi Filani News. She has BSC in Mass Communication from the Redeemer's University and M.A in Mass Communication from the University of Lagos (2014 - 2015) where she majored in Public Relations and Advertising and Digital Media.  When she is not writing, she is either listening to music or reading her favorite books. Tel: +2348061000090 Address: Herbert Macaulay, Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria Email: [email protected]

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