Luka Modric wins FIFA The Best award ends Ronaldo Messi duopoly

Two new additions to France Football's Ballon d'Or for 2018

Messi and Ronaldo have been the only winners of world football's main individual award from Fifa in various guises since 2008, both winning five titles each. Joining the pair will be all the surviving Ballon d'Or winners, from Luis Suarez, the oldest victor still alive, to the Juventus and Barcelona stars, who have monopolised the individual award for a decade.

Named after former Ballon d'Or victor Raymond Kopa - who died past year - the award will be given to a player under the age of 21 who has lit up world football.

Furthermore, there will be a Ballon d'Or equivalent for female players.

It is for my Real Madrid team-mates, the Croatia national team and all my coaches. Each accounted for 25% of the total.

Modric can add the prize to the UEFA Men's Player of the Year award he won earlier this year after beating off competition from Ronaldo and Salah.

The Croatia global defeated Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool star Mohamed Salah to win the UEFA award in Monaco.

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

Now with Real Madrid, the 26-year-old Courtois joked before his award was announced that Federation Internationale de Football Association should also hand out a save-of-the-year prize.

'It is possible that they won too much and do not like to lose. She also scored 13 goals as Orlando Pride reached the NWSL playoffs.

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

The Fifpro World XI were David de Gea, Dani Alves, Raphael Varane, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Luka Modric, N'Golo Kante, Eden Hazard, Kylian Mbappe, and Messi and Ronaldo.

The world governing body also awards a trophy to the best female player at its rebranded Best Fifa Football Awards. The former Chelsea man helped Belgium to the semifinals of the World Cup before losing to eventual champs France.

Deschamps won the trophy ahead of former club and worldwide team-mate Zinedine Zidane - who won his third successive Champions League title before resigning as Real Madrid manager - and Croatia manager Zlatko Dalic, whose side lost to France in a thrilling final in Moscow.

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