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FIFA names Modric best male player of the year

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  • Mon, 09/24/2018 - 19:10
Luka Modric
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Croatia's Luka Modric was proclaimed male player of the year here Monday at The Best FIFA Football Awards, beating out five-time Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo.

The 33-year-old midfielder accepted the award from FIFA president Gianni Infantino during a gala at London's Royal Festival Hall.

Modric, chosen over Ronaldo and Egypt's Mohamed Salah, was the most valuable player on the Croatia squad that reached the 2018 World Cup final and a key part of the Real Madrid side who hoisted the Champions League trophy for the third straight year.

He congratulated Ronaldo - until recently his teammate in Madrid - and Liverpool striker Salah on their outstanding seasons.

"This award is not just mine. It is my team-mates from Real Madrid and Croatia. Without my coaches, I would not have won this and without my family I would not be the player I am today," Modric said.

The female player of the year honors went to Brazilian forward Marta, who plays professionally for the NWSL Orlando Pride.

Marta, who led the Brazilian women to victory in the 2018 Copa America, won the award on five previous occasions going back to 2006.

Marta
   Marta, the best female player / EFE

 

Real Madrid dominate FIFA's 2018 World XI

The 2018 FIFPRO World XI announced here Monday includes four current Real Madrid players and erstwhile teammate Cristiano Ronaldo.

The team was presented at The Best FIFA Football Awards 2018 gala at London's Royal Festival Hall.

Ronaldo - now with Juventus - is joined on the list by Real Madrid defenders Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos and midfielders Marcelo and Luka Modric.

Only two other clubs had more than one player qualify for the World XI: Chelsea, with Eden Hazard and N'Golo Kante; and Paris Saint-Germain, with Dani Alves and Kylian Mbappe.

Blancos archrival FC Barcelona are represented by Lionel Messi, while the goalkeeper spot goes to Manchester United's David de Gea.

Nobody was surprised to see so many Real Madrid players selected after the side won the Champions League for the third straight year, but some of the omissions were striking.

The World XI excludes Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah, a finalist along with Modric and Ronaldo for male player of the year, and Thibault Courtois, even though the Belgian international was named goalkeeper of the year.

The World XI
   The World XI / EFE

France's Deschamps is FIFA best men's coach of the year

Didier Deschamps, who led France to World Cup glory in Russia, was honored Monday with the prize for best men's coach of the year at The Best FIFA Football Awards 2018 gala in London.

Didier Deschamps
   Didier Deschamps / EFE

The 49-year-old Frenchman succeeds countryman Zinedine Zidane, who won last year for his accomplishments with Real Madrid.

Deschamps was the heavy favorite to take the honor after the World Cup triumph, which made him only the third person ever to hoist the trophy as both a player and a coach, joining Brazil's Mario Lobo Zagallo and Franz Beckenbauer of Germany.

The prize for best women's coach went to Reynald Pedros, another former France international, who directed Lyon to the French domestic championship and the Women's Champions League crown in his inaugural season with the club.

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