Croatian midfielder, Luka Modric beat Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah to win the best men’s player award at the 2018 FIFA Best awards.
Modric who reached the FIFA World Cup final in Russia and also won the UEFA Champions league with Real Madrid for a third consecutive season emerged the winner of this year’s men category of the award.
His World Cup campaign also earned many plaudits, after playing a crucial role in guiding Croatia to their first final and winning the Golden Ball.
After receiving the award, the midfielder said, “Its an honor and a sensational feeling. I want to congratulate Salah & Cristiano for being a finalist. Without my teammates at Real Madrid or Croatia, this would be impossible. Thank you to my fans and those who voted.”
Earlier in the evening, Salah had been awarded the FIFA Puskas award for his solo strike in the Merseyside derby against Everton, in which he weaved through the defence to curl the ball into the top corner.
Former Chelsea man Thibaut Courtois was awarded the best goalkeeper award, after his Golden Glove-winning World Cup tournament with Belgium.
France boss Didier Deschamps picked up the best manager award after guiding his nation to their second World Cup victory.