Luka Modric named THE BEST footballer in the world

Luka Modric named THE BEST footballer in the world

Croatia and Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric has been named FIFA footballer of the year beating Liverpool forward Mo Salah and Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Modric  starred for both club and country as Madrid won a third straight Champions League, and he inspired Croatia to reach the World Cup final for the first time.

"The emotion is huge because it is thanks to the work of everyone. So many people have come together and so many have supported me," said Modric.

France winning World Cup coach Didier Deschamps was named the coach of the year.

Mo Salah was awarded the FIFA Puskas award for his goal against Everton in the Merseyside derby.

Deschamps, who became just the third man to win the World Cup as a player and coach, beat off competition from Dalic and his former France team-mate Zinedine Zidane, who won a third consecutive Champions League title with Real Madrid before resigning in June.

Thibaut Courtois won the best goalkeeper award for helping Belgium reach the World Cup semi-finals as well as the FA Cup with Chelsea before a summer move to Madrid.

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

The FIFPro XI was also revealed at the awards in London:

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