Modric named FIFA player of the year, Salah wins Puskas Award
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Luka Modric has won the FIFA men’s player of the year award, beating Mohamed Salah and Cristiano Ronaldo.
For the 33-year-old midfielder, the prize caps a remarkable 12 months which saw him play an integral role in Real Madrid’s third straight Champions League victory and then lead Croatia to their first ever World Cup final.
Modric’s win breaks the Lionel Messi-Ronaldo duopoly of the last 10 years and it follows his player of the tournament prize at Russia 2018 and UEFA player of the year accolade last month.
There was some consolation for Salah, who had earlier picked up the Puskas Award for the season’s best goal, his stunning strike in the Merseyside derby at Anfield.
Ten goals were shortlisted for the award, including Gareth Bale’s overhead kick against the Reds in the Champions League final and Cristiano Ronaldo’s acrobatic effort against Juventus, but Salah received 38% of the vote to claim the prize.
EPL trio David de Gea, N’Golo Kante and Eden Hazard were named in the FIFA World 11 but Salah missed out.
The dream team was put together by votes from 25,000 professional footballers from more than 65 countries.
Dani Alves grabbed one full-back spot, with Real Madrid trio Rafael Varane, Sergio Ramos and Marcelo completing the defence.
Modric and Kante were picked in a two-man midfield, with Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Hazard in front of them and Ronaldo up front.
France’s World Cup-winning boss Didier Deschamps claimed the coach of the year title ahead of Croatia’s Zlatko Dalic and Zinedine Zidane, formerly of Real.
Brazil’s Marta collected her 6th women’s player of the year award, but her first since 2010 after finishing as runner-up on three occasions during the intervening years.
Former Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois was named goalkeeper of the year.
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