Luka Modric was named  for the world’s best male player at the Best Fifa Football Awards in London.

Luka Modric was nominated named  for the world’s best male player at the Best Fifa Football Awards in London.

The Real Madrid midfielder, 33 and beat the former team-mate  Ronaldo, with the Juventus and Liverpool-Mohamed Salah for the award.

Modric had won the third Champions League title in a row and guided Croatia for their first World Cup final in July.

Brazil and Orlando forward Marta won the best female player award.

France’s Didier, whose side beat the Croatia with the score  4-2 in the World Cup final and  was awarded with the best men coach.

Mohamed Salah received Puskas award for the best goal. Everton was in the Premier League at Anfield and also in the December.

Peru’s supporters won the Fifa Fan Award after many thousands of them flew to the Russia for the support of their nation – playing the finals for the first time since the 1982. This accolade was voted for solely by supporters.

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Peru fans made plenty of noise before their country’s final game at the World Cup against Australia

Difference between the Ballon d’Or and Fifa?

This is the 3rd edition for the Best Fifa Football Awards, set up after the football world governing body at the ended and it was associate with the Ballon d’Or award.

A version of the Ballon d’Or has been awarded by the France Football magazine since 1956, but was merged with Fifa’s World Footballer of the Year award from 2010 to 2015.

The governing body then introduce the Best Fifa Football Awards with the Portugal international Ronaldo at the first recipient for its main prize in the January 2017.

Voting for the player and coach categories was conducted by national team of the captains, managers and  selected journalists for the first time for an online poll of the fans. Each accounted for 25% of the total.

Best Fifa men’s player – Luka Modric

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

Modric was made fifty-six appearances for the club and country and as he won the Champions League and reached the World Cup final – beating the England in the semi-final and what he has admitted before the ceremony that this was his “best season ever”.

Former England international Chris Waddle, working as the BBC Radio 5 live pundit, indentified Modric as the type of the player that Gareth Southgate’s men were missing in that semi-final because of his ability to the single-handedly influence games with his understanding and the distribution.

Incidentally, England manager Southgate voted for Modric.

The former Tottenham mid-fielder won the Golden Ball award for the best player in the World Cup after their final defeat by the France.

He scored in Croatia’s opening 2 matches of a group stages and also set up one goal in it.

Croatia manager Zlatko Dalic paid tribute to his talisman after the result was announced, saying the midfielder is like “my assistant in the field”.

“Luka Modric is the captain of my team, as  he’s the best player in my team and in the world, and he deserves this award,” said Dalic.

After receiving the award, Modric said he was “honoured” and thankful to all of the coaches for those he has worked with for getting him to this stage.

“This award is not just mine, its my team mates from the Real Madrid and the Croatia. Without my coaches, I would not won this and without my family I would not be the player what I am today,” said Modric.

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Luka Modric was awarded the Fifa Golden Ball after the World Cup final for the best player at the tournament
Men’s player – top three
1st: Luka Modric – 29.05% 2nd: Cristiano Ronaldo – 19.08% 3rd: Mohamed Salah – 11.23%

Best Fifa women’s player – Marta

Orlando and Brazil forward Marta won the award for the best female player for the sixth time.

Her first recognition from the Fifa for being the best female player in the world in 2006.

She led the Brazil to the Copa America Femenina title in the month of April, as they won all the seven matches – although she’s the only scored one of their thirty one goals.

Marta scored 13 goals and set up six more and reached the NWSL play-off semi-finals in the United States and earn herself to a place in the league’s team of the year.

“This means so much, but it is not only about Marta, it is about my team-mates and women’s football,” said the 32-year-old.

“Most importantly, it is very good to see that the women’s soccer grow’s each year and If I keep doing well and which can help the off to the field too, then I am happy.”

Marta was named best women’s player in the world for the sixth time

Women’s player – top three
1st: Marta – 14.73% 2nd: Dzsenifer Marozsan – 12.86% 3rd: Ada Hegerberg – 12.60%

Fifpro World XI

Fifa made five changes 2017.

Kylian Mbappe, 19, was rewarded with a place in the side after winning the award for the best young player at this summer’s World Cup for his impressive performances for France.

There was also room for Belgium and Chelsea-forward Eden Hazard and his club mate N’Golo Kante for the while Manchester United’s David de Gea was named in goal and Real Madrid’s Raphael  took his place in the defence.

However, there was no place in the World XI for Thibaut Courtois, who was voted as the best goalkeeper in the world, or Mohammad Salah, a best men’s player of the year finalist.

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Best men’s coach – Didier Deschamps

France-Didier won the award for the best coach in 2018.

The former Marseille, Juventus and Chelsea midfielder captained his country and they won the World Cup in 1998 before guiding them to victory against for Russia in July.

Deschamps won the trophy of former club and international team-mate Zinedine – who won his 3rd successive Champions League title before resigning as Real Madrid manager – and Croatia manager Zlatko who has lost his side to France in a final in Moscow.

“I would like to thank Zinedine Zidane and Zlatko. They are both winners,” said the French manager.

“We are nothing without our players. I would like to thank the whole team. They worked hard to get me here tonight.”

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Men’s coach – top three
1st: Didier Deschamps – 30.52% 2nd: Zinedine Zidane – 25.74% 3rd: Zlatko Dalic – 11.81%
Best women’s coach – Reynald Pedros

Former France men’s midfielder Reynald Pedros took Lyon to the league and Women’s Champions League double in his first season in charge.

Two of his players, Ada Hegerberg and Dzsenifer Marozsan, were nominated for the best women’s player award.
Women’s coach – top three
1st: Reynald Pedros – 23.15% 2nd: Sarina Wiegman – 15.31% 3rd: Asako Takakura – 12.80%

Puskas award for best goal – Mohamed Salah

The Fifa Puskas award, named after the iconic former Hungary forward Ferenc Puskas, is given to the player who scored the best goal of 10 nominations.

Mohamed Salah’s stunning effort to open the scoring for Liverpool in his first Merseyside derby was the winner.

The Egyptian’s sublime curling finish towards the end of the first half at snowy Anfield, in December 2017, was later cancelled out by a Wayne Rooney penalty in a 1-1 draw.

Other nominations included two spectacular Champions League goals from winners Real Madrid – Cristiano Ronaldo’s overhead kick against Juventus and Gareth Bale’s similarly acrobatic finish in the final against Liverpool.

With success in the award for the best goal, and having been nominated in the best player category, the 26-year-old says he is hungry for more individual recognition.

“I’m sure that it is not the last nomination because I always want to be better than last season,” said Salah.

Luka Modric named best male player and Marta best female player at Fifa awards

“[Playing for Egypt in the World Cup] was one of the best moments in my life and this is the dream for us as Egyptians, and human beings, to play at the tournament.”

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Mohamed Salah gave Liverpool the lead in his first Merseyside derby in December 2017

Best goalkeeper – Thibaut Courtois

Former Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was announced as the best goalkeeper.

Courtois played every minute of Belgium’s seven matches at the World Cup, as the country went on to claim third place – their highest finish at the tournament.

The 26-year-old beat Leicester City and Denmark’s number one Kasper Schmeichel, and Tottenham’s World Cup-winning goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, who captained France in Russia.

“I would like to thank my team-mates and my coaches – they always give the best advice,” said Courtois.

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Thibaut Courtois completed a £35m move to Real Madrid from Chelsea after the World Cup

Fair play

VVV-Venlo striker Lennart Thy missed his side’s Eredivisie game against PSV Eindhoven in March to donate stem cells to try to help a leukaemia patient.

The 26-year-old German, who was on loan at the top-flight Dutch club from Werder Bremen, joined the donor register seven years ago and was a DNA match.

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