Luka Modric wins FIFA The Best award ends Ronaldo Messi duopoly

Virginia Santiago
September 25, 2018

You had the unforgettable overhead kicks from Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, you had the unexpected strike from Benjamin Pavard at the World Cup and hell, you had a few from Mohamed Salah that were better than his curler against Everton.

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In other categories, the Best Coach award looks destined for Didier Deschamp after his World Cup victory with France, though there is also competition from Zinedine Zidane to retain his crown.

Indications suggest Real Madrid midfielder Modric is the favourite, having also won the World Cup's Golden Ball and UEFA's Player of the Year award.

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

FIFA Fair play award: Presented by Pierluigi Collina and Paolo Maldini, the award was won by Lennart Thy.

Ronaldo, who left Madrid in the off-season to join Italian champion Juventus, was knocked out of the World Cup in the round of 16 with European champion Portugal.

Despite Thibaut Courtois winning the award for best goalkeeper earlier in the evening, David De Gea is in goal.

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Neither Ronaldo or Messi attended the glitzy ceremony in London with both in action for Juventus and Barcelona respectively on Wednesday.

Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric sits next to Chelsea counterpart N'Golo Kante just behind them, who are positioned just in front of three more Real men in Marcelo, Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos - who accompany PSG's Dani Alves in defence.

Deschamps' victory was the second straight year a French coach has won the award.

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