Modric, Marta crowned The Best in London

Modric, Marta crowned The Best in London
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LONDON—Luka Modric broke a decade of award dominance by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi after being crowned world footballer of the year by FIFA on Monday.

Marta won her first FIFA player of the year award since 2010 after leading Brazil to Copa America Femenina glory. She also scored 13 goals as Orlando Pride reached the NWSL playoffs.

Salah didnt leave empty-handed, earning the Puskas Award for his goal in the Merseyside derby last December. Salahs goal in Liverpools 1-1 draw against Everton was a mixture of strength and footwork. Receiving a pass from right back Joe Gomez, Salah shrugged off Cuca Martina, twisted inside Idrissa Gueye and curled a left-footed shot around Ashley Williams and into the top corner.

Modric was voted FIFA’s best player in the 2017-18 season after winning the Champions League for a fourth time in five seasons with Real Madrid and leading Croatia to its first World Cup final where it lost to France.

Messi and Ronaldo were the only winners of world soccer’s main individual award from FIFA in various guises since 2008, both winning five titles each.

“We knew we were surrounded by two aliens that were just sharing these awards,” Real Madrid and Spain defender Sergio Ramos said. “But I think it is also very positive to recognize the work, the career and the season of players that are not just strikers. I am really happy for Luka Modric”.

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Messi didn’t make the three-man shortlist and skipped the trip to London. And as a new dawn in FIFA’s awards history broke inside London’s Royal Festival Hall, Ronaldo also didn’t turn up at the ceremony to be dethroned in person by his former Real Madrid teammate despite being in the final three alongside Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah.

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“Two guys we don’t know,” actor Idris Elba, who hosted the show, said after revealing the world XI of the year and highlighting the absence of Messi and Ronaldo in the room.

Ronaldo, who left Madrid in the off-season to join Italian champion Juventus, was knocked out of the World Cup in the round of 16 with European champion Portugal.

Salah scored a record 32 goals in a 38-game English Premier League and helped Liverpool reach its first Champions League final in 11 years.

The midfielder collected the award in a ceremony at Londons Royal Festival Hall ahead of Ronaldo, his former Real team-mate who is at Juventus, and Mohamed Salah, of Liverpool.

“These things were not a burden, they only further motivated me,” Modric said at the World Cup. “You don’t have to be a strapping lad to play football.”

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The cloud over the 33-year-old playmaker is that he was charged with perjury in March in an investigation linked to his transfer to Tottenham from Dinamo Zagreb in 2008. Prosecutors claimed Modric gave a false court statement last year about his financial deals with a former Zagreb director.

LONDON—Luka Modric broke a decade of award dominance by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi after being crowned world footballer of the year by FIFA on Monday.

Madrid were heavily linked with the likes of Neymar, Eden Hazard and Kylian Mbappe to replace their all-time record goalscorer, and Salgado is confident that president Florentino Perez will bring in a new Galactico to make up for the loss of their star asset.

Marta won her first FIFA player of the year award since 2010 after leading Brazil to Copa America Femenina glory. She also scored 13 goals as Orlando Pride reached the NWSL playoffs.

“Neymar and Mbappe are both at PSG so its difficult to take them, but I know the president and I know that somethings gonna happen in the next transfer window or in the summer. For sure I know Real Madrid are going to sign a big, big name.”

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Modric was voted FIFA’s best player in the 2017-18 season after winning the Champions League for a fourth time in five seasons with Real Madrid and leading Croatia to its first World Cup final where it lost to France.

“Everybody was talking about it. I think the big signing this year, the main change, was the manager [Zinedine] Zidane [leaving]. It was another surprise as well,” Salgado told Sports Mole.

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Messi and Ronaldo were the only winners of world soccer’s main individual award from FIFA in various guises since 2008, both winning five titles each.

Juventus struggled to break down Frosinone, and the game seemed destined to end in a 0-0 draw. But in 81st minute, the hosts couldnt clear their lines and the ball took a series of bounces before fortuitously landing at the feet of Ronaldo. The Portuguese didnt hit his shot cleanly – he shanked it with his ankle – but it managed to beat goalkeeper Marco Sportiello at the near post. It was his third goal in Serie A.

Messi didn’t make the three-man shortlist and skipped the trip to London. And as a new dawn in FIFA’s awards history broke inside London’s Royal Festival Hall, Ronaldo also didn’t turn up at the ceremony to be dethroned in person by his former Real Madrid teammate despite being in the final three alongside Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah.

Both players scored and were heavily involved in the attack for their sides. Both players could have had multiple goals, if not for solid saves for the goalkeepers they were facing, or hitting the woodwork. While it was a milestone day for Messi, Ronaldo also showed plenty of character by bouncing back after the red card incident. Its close, but the slight edge goes to Ronaldo.

“Two guys we don’t know,” actor Idris Elba, who hosted the show, said after revealing the world XI of the year and highlighting the absence of Messi and Ronaldo in the room.

Nine minutes later, Ronaldo started the counter attack that eventually lead to Federico Bernardeschis goal that sealed the win for Juve. Although not credited with an assist, Ronaldo played a big part in setting yup the goal with his blistering run that caught Frosinones defenders flat-footed.

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Ronaldo, who left Madrid in the off-season to join Italian champion Juventus, was knocked out of the World Cup in the round of 16 with European champion Portugal.

Salah scored a record 32 goals in a 38-game English Premier League and helped Liverpool reach its first Champions League final in 11 years.

9 hours ago There were two glaring omissions from the FIFPro World XI 72 Shares Darragh Murphy If Mohamed Salah is one of the three best players in the world then surely he should make it into the best XI in the world, right? Fifas The Best awards ceremony took place on Monday night and, as usual, there was plenty of room for debate when all was said and done.

“These things were not a burden, they only further motivated me,” Modric said at the World Cup. “You don’t have to be a strapping lad to play football.”

-How did Salah get the Puskas award? Wasnt even his best goal.-How did Mbappe get ahead of Salah in the FIFPro XI? Ridiculous.-Courtois apparently won the best GK award, but wasnt in the best XI. Obviously De Gea deserved both.FIFA. Fucking joke.

The cloud over the 33-year-old playmaker is that he was charged with perjury in March in an investigation linked to his transfer to Tottenham from Dinamo Zagreb in 2008. Prosecutors claimed Modric gave a false court statement last year about his financial deals with a former Zagreb director.

And most neutrals were left baffled after Salah was left out of Fifas FifPro XI, meaning that the Reds forward was considered to be in the top three players in the world in one category but not in the top XI in the world in another.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi will form part of a panel that will vote on a new award added to the Ballon dOr family this year: the Kopa Trophy.

The Egypt international came out on top when it came to the Puskas Award, however, as his stunning effort against Everton was voted the best goal of the year in the face of stiff competition from the likes of Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.

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Named after Raymond Kopa, the legendary Reims, Angers, Real Madrid and France striker, who won the inaugural Ballon dOr in 1958, the award will go to the games outstanding young player aged under 21.