FIFA Crowns Croatia's Luka Modric As Best Male Player Of The Year

| September 25 , 2018 , 12:58 IST

Croatian footballer Luka Modric on Tuesday was crowned as the FIFA's best male player of the year, in London.

According to the media reports the Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder, beat former team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo, Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Liverpool's Mohamed Salah to the award.

Speaking to media, Luka Modric said, "The emotion is huge because it is thanks to the work of everyone. So many people have come together and so many have supported me."

"It was an unbelievable season, the best season in my life," said Modric.

The 33-year-old football player further added, "I'm still not realising how good a year I had collectively, individually, and I'm very proud for everything I achieved this year and it will be remembered forever."

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Modric went on to win his third Champions League title in a row in May this year and guided Croatia to their first World Cup final in July.

Brazil and Orlando Pride forward Marta won the best female player award in the ceremony held in London.

Sergio Ramos on Modric's success said, "I am as happy as if I had won it, He deserves it, he is an excellent player and has marked an important era in the history of Real Madrid."

France's Didier Deschamps whose side beat Modric's Croatia team 4-2 in the World Cup final was named best men's coach.

Salah received the Puskas award for the best goal, for his effort against Everton in the Premier League at Anfield last December.