Modric beats Ronaldo, Salah to Federation Internationale de Football Association best player award

Two new additions to France Football's Ballon d'Or for 2018

He won the Champions League for a fourth time in five seasons with Real Madrid and led Croatia to its first World Cup final where it lost to France.

Marta and Luka Modric were crowned Fifa's best women's and women's player.

Consistent as ever, he was integral to Real Madrid winning their third Champions League in a row under Zinedine Zidane.

Best Goal "Puskas" award: Liverpool and Egypt global Mohamed Salah won the Puskas Goal of the Year award for his goal against derby rival Everton last season at Anfield.

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.

Federation Internationale de Football Association will crown the best players, coaches and goal from the a year ago when it hosts The Best awards ceremony and gala in London on Monday, September 24.

Messi's solitary World Cup goal against Nigeria and Ronaldo's spectacular overhead kick against his future employers in the Champions League quarter-finals are two of 10 goals on the shortlist, also including Gareth Bale's acrobatic strike for Real in the Champions League final.

Several of Ronaldo's former Madrid teammates, including Sergio Ramos, Raphaël Varane and Marcelo will be there, after they were named in the FIFA Team of the Year.

France Football magazine chief editor Pascal Ferre poses with the Golden Ball during a interview with The Associated Press
France Football magazine chief editor Pascal Ferre poses with the Golden Ball during a interview with The Associated Press

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

There was no spot for Mo Salah.

'We are all football lovers and we know Modric is an incredible player'.

Salah was crowned the FIFA Puskas Award victor for his goal against Everton in December 2017.

Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Best Men's Award for the last three years but looks like he and Lionel Messi are absent for tonight's grand award ceremony.

France manager Didier Deschamps took home the prize for Coach of the Year after winning last summer's World Cup.

Another major issue with the selection came with the fact that Thibaut Courtois, who was voted the world's best goalkeeper earlier in the evening, was omitted from the XI at the expense of David de Gea.

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