2018 FIFA Best Awards, A Conclave Of Soccer Stars

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It was a show of soccer stars. A conclave of sorts. The glittering ceremony at the London’s Royal Festival Hall, where Real Madrid and Croatian Midfielder, Luka Modric and Orlando Pride and Brazilian forward, Marta Vieira da Silva, were crowned the Best FIFA Men and Women Player of the year, Monday night.

Didier Deschamps was also awarded the Best Men’s manager after leading the French team, Les Bleus to their second World Cup title with a 4-2 triumph over Croatia in the July final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup hosted by Russia.

Similarly, Thibaut Courtois was crowned the Best Goal Keeper after the now Real Madrid man’s outstanding year with Chelsea and stunning performances at Russia 2018, while Mohamed Salah picked up the Puska Award after players and fans voted in favour of his curling, left-footed goal in an Oct. 12, 2017 match against Everton.

The current Best player of the year, Modric ended Christiano Ronaldo’s five year spell as the world best after he won with 29% of the votes, with Ronaldo trailing him with 19%, Mohamed Salah with 11.2%, Kylian Mbape with 10% and Lionel Messi with 9%.

The most coveted football awards in the world which was renamed the FIFA Ballon d’Or in 2010 and The Best in 2016 had been a title held by the duo of Messi and Ronaldo for about a decade before the emergence of Modric, who had won the Adidas Golden Ball at Russia 2018.

Modric who is winning The Best player of the year award for the first time in his football career was instrumental to Real Madrid’s success at the third champions league title in many seasons, while he also captained the Croatian team to a second place at the Russia 2018 World Cup.

The duo of Ronaldo and Messi were however absent at the 2018 FIFA awards.

Here are some reactions from some players and football icons;

“I am as happy as if I had won it. Luka deserves it, he’s an excellent player and has marked an important era in the history of Real Madrid.”
Sergio Ramos

“I think he deserves this award because he had a great season and he’s an amazing player.”
N’Golo Kante

“What a player. What a player. We found in Modric a leader during the World Cup. He was amazing.”
Didier Drogba

“Congratulations to Luka and Marta on winning the #TheBest awards tonight. It’s been a privilege to see you both play this season.”
Pele on Twitter

The Best, in full
Men’s Player: Luka Modric

Women’s Player: Marta

Men’s Coach: Didier Deschamps

Women’s Coach: Reynald Pedros

Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois

Puskás Award: Mo Salah

Fan Award: Peru supporters

Fair Play Award: Lennart Thy

World11: David De Gea; Dani Alves, Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane; Eden Hazard, N’Golo Kante, Luka Modric; Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi.

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