Croatia’s Captain and midfielder Luka Modric won best male player at the FIFA awards after a decade of dominance by football icons, Lionel Messi and Christiano Ronaldo.
Led Croatia to FIFA WC final
Croatia’s campaign at this year’s FIFA World Cup was by far the most successful one, led by Luka Modric who won three ‘Man of the Match’ titles. The football world was stunned by Croatia’s performance in the group and knockout stages, defeating prominent football nations like England and Denmark as well as the host team, Russia. They made it to the finals but lost 4-2 to France.
Ronaldo and Messi’s decade of victories over
Modric’s title as the ‘Best FIFA Men’s Player 2018’ puts an end to a decade of victories by the Football legends. The last time a player won the prestigious award was Brazil’s Ricardo Kaka in 2007. Both Messi and Ronaldo won the titles five times each since 2008 and hopes were that Ronaldo would retain the title this year too, completing a hat-trick of wins.
Back to back titles for Croatia’s best player
Before the achievement at the FIFA awards, the Croatian captain was awarded the ‘Croatian Footballer of the Year’ title six times with back to back titles in 2007 and 2008 and 2016 and 2017. He was also honored the ‘UEFA Men’s Player of the Year’ award during the 2017-18 season, as he led his team Real Madrid to win La Liga last year and the Champions League title four times, including the 2018 edition.
Big wins for Marta and Salah
Meanwhile, Brazil’s Marta da Silva won the ‘Best FIFA Women’s Player 2018’ for the sixth time. She led Brazil to win the Copa America Femenina tournament in April as Brazil won all the seven matches. Whereas, Egyptian’s Football superstar Mohammed Salah won the FIFA Puskas award for the best goal, for his goal versus Everton last December.
Didier Deschamps wins the best coach
Winning FIFA’s ‘Best Men’s Coach’ after France’s victorious World Cup campaign last July, Deschamps credited the players for his victory. He said, “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.”