Luka Modric and Brazil’s Marta are named as the male and female players of the year at the Fifa Best Awards in London.
The midfielder had made arguably the most effective year of his career, having secured a 3rd consecutive Champions League trophy with Real Madrid in may before occurring to achieve the world cup final with croatia.
In Russia, the croatia picked up the tournament’s Golden Ball for his exploits on the pitch, scoring in his side’s opening 2 matches and later providing an assist.
"Other players have to be recognised when they have a good year" - Luka Modric hopes more defenders and midfielders can win top player awards in the future pic.twitter.com/T6MK8Fo71z— Goal (@goal) September 25, 2018
This is the first time since 2007 that the accolade – antecedently known as the Fifa World Player of the Year award and later amalgamated with the Ballon d’Or between 2010 and 2016 – has not been awarded to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Upon receiving the award, Modric said: “It’s an excellent honour and a pretty feeling to face here with this wonderful trophy.
He added: “This trophy isn't simply mine, it’s for all my Real Madrid team-mates, for all my team-mates from the croatia national team, for all the coaches that I actually have played for.
“Without them, this might not be attainable and thanks a great deal to them.
“This trophy is additionally for my family, without whom i would not be the player and person that i am. they are my ‘the best’.”
Voting for the award was split equally between fans, journalists, national team coaches and national team captains.
Brazil’s Marta got her sixth Fifa women’s player of the year prize, beating Olympique lyonnais duo ada Hegerberg and Dzsenifer Marozsan.