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For the first time since 2007 FIFA men’s player of the year is not Ronaldo or Messi

On Monday, September 24th, FIFA handed out its ‘The Best’ awards for 2018 in London, rewarding the footballers who were at the top of their game for the past year.

Undoubtedly, as 2018 was a men’s World Cup year, the tournament held in Russia had a huge influence into the male winners, also given that Real Madrid won the illustrious Champions League title for the third year in a row did surely factor into the voting, particularly seen in the FIFPro World XI.

Luka Modric was announced as the winner of the FIFA best men’s player of the year 2018, dethroning his former team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo.

He also became the first player since 2007 to win the award which has been dominated by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Modric was rewarded for his efforts, as he delivered for both club and country over the past year as he helped Croatia to a World Cup final and Real Madrid to a third straight Champions League Title. Modric was also the winner of the Golden Ball at the FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Notably, Lionel Messi missed out being in the final three for the award, which consisted of Liverpool’s Mohammed Salah, Juventus’s Cristiano Ronaldo and the winner Luka Modric.

In another rather surprising news, Lionel Messi made it in the FIFPro World XI and Mohammed Salah missed out inspite being in the top three for the men’s player of the year.

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