Luka Modric wins FIFA The Best award ends Ronaldo Messi duopoly

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Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric has won the Men's Best Player Award.

Modric's fine form last season saw him lifting four trophies with Real, while he also led his country to their first ever FIFA World Cup final.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi will form part of a panel that will vote on a new award added to the Ballon d'Or family this year: the Trophee Kopa.

Ronaldo, who left Madrid in the offseason to join Italian champion Juventus, was knocked out of the World Cup in the round of 16 with European champion Portugal.

However, Portugal's last 16 exit to Uruguay in Russian Federation and Ronaldo's failure to score in the semi-finals or final of the Champions League opened the door for Modric.

He beat his long-standing teammate Ronaldo and Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah to the prestigious award, while last year's runner-up Messi finished outside the top three for the first time since 2006.

Three World Cup winners were included in the FIFA FIFPRO World XI, but there was no place for Liverpool star Mohamed Salah.

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Despite scoring in each of his two appearances in Russian Federation, he bowed out with the Pharaohs bowed at the group stage with three defeats.

Salah didn't leave empty-handed, picking up the Puskas Award for his goal in the Merseyside derby in December 2017.

The star-studded event will also see the best Women's Player, Men's Coach, Women's Coach and Men's Goalkeeper crowned, as well as picking Goal of the Year.

The best goalkeeper award will be fought for between Thibaut Courtois, Kasper Schmeichel and Hugo Lloris.

France boss Didier Deschamps picked up the best manager award after guiding his nation to their second World Cup victory.

Deschamps was up against Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic, whose side lost to France in the final in Russian Federation this summer, and Zinedine Zidane, who led Real Madrid to a third straight Champions League win.

Lyon boss Reynald Pedros did win the award for best women's coach, though, after winning the Champions League with the French giants.

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