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Modric wanted Ronaldo, Messi at awards ceremony

Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo. Getty Images
| 25 September, 2018, 05:44

Ronaldo scored 15 goals in the Champions League last season and after Real Madrid's success over Liverpool in the final, it seemed inevitable that The Best award was headed his way.

That included overhead kick stunners from Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale in last season's Champions League, as well as sublime efforts at the World Cup from France's Benjamin Pavard - which won goal of the tournament - and Russia's Denis Cheryshev.

The Egyptian was named in the final three of the FIFA Best Men's Player award with Cristiano Ronaldo and Luka Modric.

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah has won the Puskas Award for best goal at the annual FIFA Best Awards held in London on Monday night.

What's the difference between the Ballon d'Or and Best Fifa?

The famous Ballon d'Or, handed out by France Football, will be announced later in the year. FIFA President Gianni Infantino presented Modric with the award.

The best Federation Internationale de Football Association women's player award was given to Brazil worldwide Marta, after impressive displays for both her national side and club team Orlando Pride.


A list of 15 nominees will be selected by France Football and a panel of worldwide journalists will vote on a victor. Each accounted for 25% of the total.

The 32-year-old Marta, whose Orlando Pride team reached the U.S. National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) playoff semi-finals, had won the previous FIFA Women's Player of the Year award five times, most recently in 2010.

"They don't realise, the one affected is the sport and then them".

The former Chelsea and Roma man did have an incredible 2017/2018 and certainly deserves as much recognition as possible - but did the Puskas go to the wrong Salah goal?

Modric scored twice and also netted in penalty shootout wins over Denmark and Russian Federation, but it was his playmaking ability that caught the eye in winning the Golden Ball for the best player at the World Cup.

Chelsea forward Eden Hazard revealed that he was hoping for his good pal Salah to triumph.

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