Modric wins world player of year

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Kerr also took out the 2017 AFC women's player of the year award for her efforts as the leading goalscorer in the 2017 Tournament of Nations, in which the Matildas beat United States, Japan and Brazil for the title.

LUKA MODRIC ended the 10-year domination of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as he was named the finest player in the world. "And for this I am happy that people recognise me as the best for this year".

"Thanks to my fans for all the great support and love they are showing me".

Modric enjoyed arguably the best year of his career as he won a third consecutive Champions League trophy - before reaching the World Cup final with Croatia.

He was also superb for his club Real Madrid last season in the Champions League beating Premier League giants Liverpool in the final in Kiev.

Croatia fell just short of a fairytale World Cup title, losing to France in the final in Russian Federation. "It would mean a lot to win; it's a dream come true, but I have a long time still to play football".

Croatia captain Luka Modric was ecstatic after winning FIFA Best Men's Player Award on Monday but kept his emotions in check and dedicated the trophy to everyone who loves football.

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Modric then turned his attention towards 26-year-old Salah, who was in attendance at the lavish awards ceremony while Juventus superstar Ronaldo stayed in Italy.

It is the second major award that Modric has beaten the duo to. "First of all I would like to congratulate Mohamed and Cristiano", he said.

Liverpool forward Salah's strike in last season's Merseyside derby against Everton at Anfield won the Puskas Award for the goal of the season.

Ronaldo - whose fans are still adjusting to seeing in a Juventus jersey - was denied a third consecutive Federation Internationale de Football Association best men's player award.

Olympique Lyonnais women's coach Reynald Pedros won The Best Women's Coach after a French league and Uefa Champions League double.

Real Madrid new boy Thibault Courtois was handed Best Goalkeeper for his performances for Chelsea past year, although was curiously beaten by Manchester United's Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea to a place in the Fifa All-Star Team.

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