Neither Cristiano Ronaldo nor Lionel Messi will attend FIFA's The Best gala

Hope Soto
September 25, 2018

Real Madrid's Luka Modric claimed FIFA's The Best award for 2018 to end Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi's decade-long hold on world football's top player prize.

A Ballon d'Or for the best female player of the year will be awarded for the first time at the end of 2018.

Egyptian striker Mohamed Salah has won the FIFA Puskas Award for goal of the year for his individual effort for club team Liverpool against local rivals Everton at Anfield in December last year.

While he has not been among the top scorers, it has been his overall contribution that has seen him take home the prize and the way that he has been able to finish above Ronaldo and Messi is a special feat.

Brazil's Marta was crowned best women's player for a record sixth time for her role in winning the Copa America to beat out Lyon duo Ada Hegerberg and Dzsenifer Marozsan.

In addition to the top player award, Salah's curling, left-footed strike in an October 12, 2017 match against Everton won the Puskas Award for the best goal.

The famous Ballon d'Or, handed out by France Football, will be announced later in the year.

Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Best Men's Award for the last three years but looks like he and Lionel Messi are absent for tonight's grand award ceremony.

France Football magazine chief editor Pascal Ferre poses with the Golden Ball during a interview with The Associated Press
France Football magazine chief editor Pascal Ferre poses with the Golden Ball during a interview with The Associated Press

But now he, and Messi, are set to be judges after a new award was added to the Ballon d'Or family.

The victor of the FIFA Award is picked after the votes are split between national coaches of FIFA Member Associations, their team captains, a select group of media from those countries, and fans.

Football's world governing body then introduced the Best Fifa Football Awards, with Portugal global Ronaldo the first recipient of its main prize in January 2017.

The team was selected in a 4-2-3-1 formation, as David de Gea got the nod in goal, while the defence was made up of Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane at centre back, with Dani Alves and Marcelo at right back and left back.

Former Chelsea man Thibaut Courtois was awarded the best goalkeeper award, after his Golden Glove-winning World Cup tournament with Belgium.

The former Marseille, Juventus and Chelsea midfielder captained his country as they won the World Cup in 1998, before guiding them to victory again in Russian Federation in July.

Deschamps, who became just the third man to win the World Cup as a player and coach, beat off competition from Dalic and his former France team-mate Zinedine Zidane, who won a third consecutive Champions League title with Real Madrid before resigning in June.

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