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Croatian midfielder, Luka Modric has been awarded the 2018 FIFA Best player award after beating off competitions from Cristiano Ronaldo and Mo Salah.

No one had seen it coming, not even a 30 year old Croatian midfielder could have been thought to end Ronaldo/Messi best player domination after a decade.

The FIFA gala award was held last night where deserving players are being rewarded for their contributions to both club and country successes in the past year.

Luka Modric ended Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi’s decade-long domination of football’s individual awards by being crowned FIFA’s best player of the year on Monday.

The Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder starred for both club and country as Madrid won a third straight Champions League, and he inspired Croatia to reach the World Cup final for the first time.

Modric’s success means Ronaldo remains tied with Messi having won FIFA’s award in different guises five times each.

Courtois voted Best FIFA Goalkeeper, left out of World 11

Salah won Puskás Award for a goal that he scored in a derby match against Everton last season. Thibaut Courtois won the best goalkeeper award for helping Belgium reach the World Cup semi-finals as well as the FA Cup with Chelsea before a summer move to Madrid.

FIFA’s #TheBest 2018 online poll:

Modric 13,300 votes
Cristiano 8.6k
Mbappe 8.2k
Griezmann 7.9k
Hazard-Messi 7.7k
Varane 7k
Salah 5.7k
KdB 4.6k
Rakitic 4.5k
Kante 4.1k
Kroos 3.4k
Kane 3.3k
Courtois 3k
Oblak 2.4k
Godin 1.6k
Bale 1.4k
Neymar 1.3k
Pogba 1.1k
Cavani 1k

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