FIFA Best Men's Player Award For 2018 Announced

Luka Modric has ended the Lionel Messi-Cristiano Ronaldo domination of individual awards, scooping FIFA's Best Men's Player award after an excellent year.

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

He then followed that up by captaining Croatia to the World Cup final for the first time in their history - deservedly winning the Golden Ball for the tournament thanks to his incredible displays in the middle of the park.

The former Spurs man beat Mohamed Salah and his former teammate Ronaldo to the illustrious award.

At a ceremony in London, Modric was handed the prize from FIFA president Gianni Infantino and gave a superb speech - congratulating both Salah and Ronaldo, thanking his teammates from both club and country, his family and all those who voted for him.

"It's a great honour and beautiful feeling to stand here with this trophy," Modric said upon collecting the award for the first time.

"I would like to give congratulations to Mohamed and Cristiano for the great season that they had. I am sure in the future you will have another opportunity to fight for this.

"This trophy is not just mine. It is for my Real Madrid team-mates, the Croatia national team and all my coaches. This is also for my family, without who I would not be the player I am."

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Josh Lawless

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