Croatian captain Luka Modric and Brazilian legend Marta have been crowned the best FIFA players in the world for 2018 at the glittering FIFA awards ceremony on Monday night in London.
Best FIFA Player, Male
Luka Modric was up against Mohammed Salah of Egypt and Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo in the best men’s player award with Barcelona star Lionel Messi left out.
The 33-year-old midfielder ended the Ronaldo and Messi award dominance and battle for the world’s best footballer that lasted for over a decade to begin a new era in football.
Dedicated to everyone who loves football ⚽️❤️ pic.twitter.com/pCAs2Llc7i
— Luka Modrić (@lukamodric10) September 24, 2018
He played an important role in the midfield for Real Madrid when they won the UEFA Champion League and led Croatia to the 2018 World Cup Final in Russia where they lost to France.
The midfield maestro dedicated his award to his family, fans, coaches, and Madrid and Croatian teammates.
This trophy is not just mine. It is for the Real Madrid teammates, for all my teammates from the Croatian national team, for all the coaches that I have played for. without them this wouldn’t have been possible.
Modric thanked his fans all over the world for the great support and love they have shown him and his family.
“This trophy is also for my family, without them I wouldn’t be the player and person that I am, they remain the best.”
The Croatian also had some kind words for his former teammate Ronaldo, and Liverpool hitman Salah, as both players were nominated with him in the best men’s footballer category.
“I would like to give congratulations to Salah and Ronaldo for a great season that they had and I am sure in the future you will have another opportunity to fight for this trophy.”
Best FIFA Player, Female
Orlando Pride forward Marta beat Olympique Lyonnais duo of Ada Hegerberg and Dzsenifer Marozsan to the award to win the prestigious crown for the sixth time.
The 32-year-old led her country Brazil to the Copa America title in April and played a vital role when her team Pride reached the semi-finals of the US National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL).
In an interview with FIFA Marta said: “I am very happy. It’s been an amazing night, but at the same time, I realize that a great responsibility comes with it and that is to always reach and search for your best.”
Marta described winning the award as a moment of magic in her life. “Which athlete wouldn’t want to be in that pantheon and compete for a prize that has as much prestige as this one, the Brazilian said.
“Sometimes, in certain moments words fail to express the depth of your joy. Today though, I think I was able to hold back the tears a little bit and made t to the end of my acceptance,” Concluded the best female footballer in the world.
Other winners on the night included:
- FIFA The Best Men’s Coach: Didier Deschamps (France)
- FIFA Puskas Award: Mohammed Salah (Liverpool)
- FIFA The Best Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea)
- FIFA The Best Female Coach: Reynald Petro (France)
- FIFA fan Award: Peru Fans
- FIFA Fair Play Award: Lennart Thy (Venlo)
- FIFPRO World XI: David De Gea (Manchester United, Spain), Dani Alves (PSG, Brazil), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid, Spain), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid, France), Marcelo (Real Madrid, Brazil), N’Golo Kante (Chelsea, France), Luka Modric (Real Madrid, Croatia), Lionel Messi (Barcelona, Argentina), Eden Hazard (Chelsea, Belgium), Kylian Mbappe (PSG, France), Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus, Portugal