FIFA Best Awards: Who voted for who in for the big award tonight?
The Real Madrid and Croatia star ended 10 years of Ronaldo or Lionel Messi winning the top award after a stunning 12 months for club and country.
Voting for tonight’s award was broken down into four sections: 25% public fans, 25% to members of the world’s media, 25% to national team coaches, and 25% national team captains.
After picking up the award he said: “It is a great honour and a beautiful feeling to stand here with this amazing trophy. First of all I would like to congratulate Mohamed and Cristiano.
“I am sure in the future you will have another opportunity to fight for this trophy.
“This award is not just mine. It is my teammates from Real Madrid and Croatia. Without my coaches I would not have won this. Without my family I would not be the player I am today.
“Thanks to my fans for all the great support and love they are showing me. It means a lot. Thanks to those who voted for me.
“I would just like to mention my footballing idol and former 1998 Croatia captain. He was my big inspiration and that team gave us belief we could create something in Russia.
FIFA Best Award: Luka Modric won the top prize as player of the year
FIFA Best Award: Luka Modric celebrated the award with his family in London
“This award shows that we can all become the best with hard work and dedication. All your dreams can come true.”
But how did his fellow professionals and the managers vote?
Modric received 29.05% of the vote beating Ronaldo in second with 19.08, Salah in third with 11.23, Kylian Mbappe with 10.52 and Messi in fifth with 9.81.
Who did the players vote for?
(Selected players only)
Lionel Messi – Luka Modric, Kylian Mbappe, Cristiano Ronaldo
FIFA Best Award: Luka Modric and Marta show off their awards in London
Eden Hazard – Luka Modric, Raphael Varane, Kylian Mbappe
Miranda – Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi
Luka Modric – Raphael Varane, Cristiano Ronaldo, Antoine Griezmann
Harry Kane – Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Kevin De Bruyne
Manuel Neuer – Eden Hazard, Luka Modric, Raphael Varane
Hugo Loris – Raphael Varane, Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe
FIFA Best Award: Eden Hazard and Luka Modric were both included in the FIFA team of the year
Giorgio Chiellini – Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric, Mohamed Salah
Virgil van Dijk – Mohamed Salah, Kevin De Bruyne, Kylian Mbappe
Cristiano Ronaldo – Raphael Varane, Luka Modric, Antoine Griezmann
Robert Lewandowski – Luka Modric, Raphael Varane, Kylian Mbappe
Sergio Ramos – Luka Modric, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi
FIFA Best Award: Mohamed Salah won the Puskas Award for best goal of the year
Who did the managers vote for?
(Selected managers only)
Roberto Martinez – Luka Modric, Raphael Varane, Lionel Messi
Gareth Southgate – Luka Modric, Raphael Varane, Eden Hazard
Didier Deschamps – Antoine Griezmann, Raphael Varane, Kylian Mbappe
Joachim Low – Luka Modric, Kylian Mbappe, Eden Hazard
FIFA Best Awards: Didier Deschamps took the award for top boss
Roberto Mancini – Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe, Luka Modric
Alex Mcleish – Mohamed Salah, Eden Hazard, Luka Modric
Luis Enrique – Lionel Messi, Luka Modric, Mohamed Salah
Ryan Giggs – Luka Modric, Kylian Mbappe, Cristiano Ronaldo
FIFA Best Awards: The biggest winners of the night pose for pictures
France’s World Cup-winning boss Didier Deschamps claimed the coach of the year title ahead of Croatia’s Zlatko Dalic and Zinedine Zidane, formerly of Real.
Deschamps said: “We all know that being a coach, alone we can’t do anything, We are nothing without our players and I want to thank my whole team who worked to get me here and get me this trophy tonight.”
Brazil’s Marta collected her sixth women’s player of the year award, but her first since 2010 after finishing as runner-up on three occasions during the intervening years, while former Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois was named goalkeeper of the year.
While Salah surprised many as he won the Puskas Award for goal of the year for his strike against Everton, beating Gareth Bale’s Champions League final effort.
Olympique Lyonnais Feminin boss Reynald Pedros was named FIFA’s women’s coach of the year.
Who won what?
The Best Fifa Men’s Player – LUKA MODRIC
Luka Modric (Real Madrid & Croatia)
The Best Fifa Women’s Player – MARTA
Marta (Orlando Pride & Brazil)
FIFA FIFPro World XI
David De Gea, Dani Alves, Raphael Varane, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Luka Modric, N’Golo Kante, Eden Hazard, Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, Cristiano Ronaldo
The Best Fifa Women’s Coach – REYNALD PEDROS
Reynald Pedros (Lyon)
The Fifa Fan Award – PERU SUPPORTERS
Peru supporters – World Cup
The Fifa Fair Play Award – LENNANT THY
Lennart Thy missed a game for VVV-Venlo against PSV. Instead of playing he went to donate stem cells to try and help a Leukaemia patient.
The Fifa Puskas Award (best goal) – MOHAMED SALAH
Mohamed Salah (Liverpool vs Everton)
The Best Fifa Men’s Coach – DIDIER DESCHAMPS
Didier Deschamps (France)
The Fifa Goalkeeper Award – THIBAUT COURTOIS
Thibaut Courtois (Belgium & Real Madrid)