Modric beats Salah, Ronaldo to Best FIFA Men's Player 2018

Mohamed Salah

It's the first time since 2006 that Barcelona icon Lionel Messi has not been among the candidates for FIFA's top award, and also the first time someone else won the award outside Messi or Ronaldo.

Deschamps said: "We all know that being a coach, alone we can't do anything, We are nothing without our players and I want to thank my whole team who worked to get me here and get me this trophy tonight".

The Real Madrid and Croatia star took the prize ahead of Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah in London, but the Juventus forward and Messi skipped Monday's awards ceremony.

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.

Modric who guided Croatia to the world cup final for the first time, becomes the first Croatian player to win the award.

While scooping one gong, Salah missed out on the Best Player award, which went to Real Madrid's Luka Modric.

"I´m still not realising how good a year I had collectively, individually, and I´m very proud for everything I achieved this year and it will be remembered forever".

This year's victor was a physical goal by Salah against Liverpool's crosstown rivals Everton.

Meanwhile, former Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois won the goalkeeper of the year prize, beating Leicester's Kasper Schmeichel and Hugo Lloris of Tottenham Hotspur and World Cup-winning France.

The Real Madrid midfielder won the Best FIFA Men's Player award for guiding Croatia to the World Cup final and winning a third consecutive Champions League trophy with Real Madrid.

Thibaut Courtois added the Federation Internationale de Football Association goalkeeper award to the Golden Glove he collected in Russia for helping Belgium to third place with three clean sheets.

Brazil's Marta was crowned best women's player for a record sixth time for her role in winning the Copa America to fend off Lyon duo Ada Hegerberg and Germany's Dzsenifer Marozsan.

The award were presented at this season's Champions League group-stage draw.

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