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Fifa The Best: Luka Modric, Marta and Mohamed Salah triumph as Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo miss out on biggest awards

Egyptian wins the Puskas Award for goal of the year while Uefa Champions League and World Cup winners are rewarded

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 25 September, 2018, 12:25pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 25 September, 2018, 12:25pm

Fifa have announced the results of their annual The Best awards at a star-studded ceremony with the biggest surprise that Luka Modric has beaten Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to the coveted best men’s player title.

Modric pipped his former teammate Ronaldo and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah to the award, but the Egyptian forward could console himself with winning the Puskas Award for the best goal of the year.

France World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe was fourth on the list ahead of Messi.

The best women’s player was Marta, who won for a sixth time but the first since 2011. The Orlando City player won ahead of Olympique Lyonnais pair Dzsenifer Maroszan and Ada Hegerberg, with USA striker Megan Rapinoe in fourth.

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Olympique Lyonnais women’s coach Reynald Pedros won The Best Women’s Coach after a French league and Uefa Champions League double.

Didier Deschamps made sure The Best Men’s Coach title went to France too, after winning the World Cup in Russia saw him pip Croatia boss Zlatko Dalic and Champions League winner Zinedine Zidane.

Peru fans took the fan award for their World Cup exploits, with so many travelling the 14,000 kilometres to Russia 2018 after a 36-year wait to play in the cup.

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World Cup golden Glove winner Thibaut Courtois was named The Best Goalkeeper but he was beaten to the number one spot in the FifPro World 11 team by David de Gea.

The professional player voted line-up was completed by Dani Alves, Marcelo, Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane in defence with N’golo Kante, Modric and Eden Hazard in a three-man midfield, and

Ronaldo, Messi and Mbappe in attack.

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The Fair Play award went to Lennart Thy. The VVV-Venlo man, who plays for the side in the Dutch Eredivisie, missed their game against PSV Eindhoven as he was giving blood to become a stem cell donor to a leukaemia patient.