Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric has been named The Best FIFA Men’s Player of the Year for 2018, beating out Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah.
The is the second award Modric has beaten Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah, after clinchinh the UEFA Men’s Player of the Season.
Modric played a key role in Real Madrid’s UEFA Champions League success last season, while he also helped Croatia reach the final at the 2018 World Cup, where he was named Player of the Tournament.
Luka Modric: “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.
“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.
“This award shows that we can all become the best with hard work and dedication. All your dreams can come true.”
Awards in full:
The Best FIFA Men’s Player: Luka Modric (Real Madrid/Croatia)
The Best FIFA Women’s Player: Marta (BRA/Orlando Pride)
The Best FIFA Men’s Coach: Didier Deschamps (France)
The Best FIFA Women’s Coach: Reynald Pedros (FRA/Olympique Lyon Feminin)
FIFA Puskás Award: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
FIFA Fan Award: Peru fans
The Best Goalkeeper Award: Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea/Real Madrid/Belgium)