Modric threatens to end Ronaldo-Messi era as world’s best

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah enjoyed a stand-out domestic and European campaign

Luka Modric was joined in the star-studded XI by club team-mates Marcelo, Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane with David De Gea, Dani Alves, Eden Hazard, N'Golo Kante, Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi completing the star-studded line-up elected by thousands of players from across the globe.

Luka Modric ended Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi's dominance of the best individual accolades in world football, which had stretched back to 2007, when Kaka won the Ballon d'Or.

Modric was voted FIFA's best player in the 2017-18 season after winning the Champions League for a fourth time in five seasons with Real Madrid and leading Croatia to its first World Cup final where it lost to France. It is my team mates' from Real Madrid and Croatia.

Liverpool's Salah returned to the Premier League with mixed expectations, following a two-year stint with Roma and bumpy spell at Chelsea, only to score a Premier League record 32 goals, and 44 in total last season.

"It was an unbelievable season, the best season in my life", said Modric.

The former Tottenham midfielder was rewarded for his excellence for both beaten World Cup finalists Croatia and Champions League winners Real Madrid at the governing body's The Best Awards at London's Royal Festival Hall on Monday evening.

The Portuguese, who has three wins in total, and is the only player to have made the shortlist every year since UEFA created the award in 2011.

Others suggested that there were better goals than Salah's that should have earned the Puskas Award.

"I would like to thank those who voted for me".

There will be a total of nine categories including the best manager and the best goalkeeper awards.

It was an interesting night in London as the football elite gathered together for the third edition of The Best FIFA Football Awards.

Best Women's Player appropriately went to Brazil's Marta, who is probably the sport's greatest current proponent, whilst Best Men's Coach went to French national team coach Didier Deschamps, and Reynald Pedros won the Best Women's Coach award for Olympique Lyonnais.

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.

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

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