Croatia’s Luka Modric wins Federation Internationale de Football Association best player of the year award

Croatia’s Luka Modric wins Federation Internationale de Football Association best player of the year award

He beat his long-standing teammate Ronaldo and Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah to the prestigious award, while last year's runner-up Messi finished outside the top three for the first time since 2006.

After helping Madrid to the Champions League title and leading Croatia to the World Cup final, Modric claimed the prize ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah on Monday.

Salah topped a vote on the Federation Internationale de Football Association website for his moment of individual brilliance against Liverpool's Merseyside rivals, when he picked the ball up on the edge of the Everton box before shrugging off his marker and curling the ball into the top corner.

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

There were nine nominees for the award, with four of the goals coming in this summer's World Cup. I have to thank everyone who for voted me'. The last player to win it outside of the pair was when Kaka was selected in 2007.

'Good evening everyone. Nothing much to say about that but I'm very happy and very proud, ' Salah said after winning the Puskas award.

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"We all know that being a coach, alone we can't do anything".

German forward Lennart Thy won the fair play award after missing a game for Dutchside VVV-Venlo to help a leukemia patient.

Former Chelsea man Thibaut Courtois was awarded the best goalkeeper award, after his Golden Glove-winning World Cup tournament with Belgium.

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Modric went on to thank his family, fans who voted for him, and Zvonimir Boban, the captain of the Croatian 1998 World Cup team that achieved a third-place finish in France, calling him his "footballing idol". "When he has an idea, he wants you to start right away", Ana said earlier.

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