Published: Tue, September 25, 2018
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Modric, Marta win Best FIFA player 2018 awards

Modric, Marta win Best FIFA player 2018 awards

The award, which is named after Hungary and Real Madrid great Ferenc Puskas, was the first announced at the Best FIFA Football Awards in London.

At 33 years old, Luka Modric was crowned the best player in the world in the eyes of Federation Internationale de Football Association.

The midfielder led his national team to their first ever World Cup final in Russian Federation this year but lost 4-2 to eventual winners France in July.

Last year's Puskas award was won by Olivier Giroud, who hit a stunning scorpion kick to round off a superb team move for Arsenal against Crystal Palace in the Premier League.

Portugal global Ronaldo, who joined Juventus from Real Madrid in the close season, was second in this year's awards with Liverpool's Mohamed Salah in third place.

Modric enjoyed a stellar season, winning a third consecutive Champions League with Real before leading Croatia to the World Cup final, where they lost to France.

The Liverpool player's goal against Merseyside rivals, Everton, in the Premier League was adjudged the best goal and victor of the Puskas Award.

He polled 38 percent of the entire votes to win the prestigious prize after his curling left-footed shot ended high inside the far corner of Jordan Pickford's net.

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"I'm very happy and very proud".

"This trophy is also for my family, without whom I would not be the player and person that I am".

The Croatian central midfielder recieved The Best award on Monday, taking the position from former Real Madrid team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo, who decided not to come to the gala after finding out he would not win.

Ronaldo's blast was marked for the improbable levitation achieved by the striker from distance, while Bale's broke open a tense 1-1 draw in the second half of the Champions League final against Liverpool.

A number of other awards were handed out on the star-studded night, including the FIFPro World XI side, marking a global All-Star team for the year.

Ronaldo, the victor of the award the previous two years, finished second to Modric.

Ronaldo was also heavily tipped for the award after winning his the fifth European title of his career last season, though was not present at the ceremony due to an upcoming midweek fixture with his new club Juventus.

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