Modric breaks Ronaldo-Messi dominance, wins top FIFA award

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Fifa's "The Best" awards ceremony took place on Monday night and, as usual, there was plenty of room for debate when all was said and done.

France Football have announced changes to this year's Ballon d'Or awards.

After being named UEFA Player of the Year last month, Modrić was the favourite to win the award after an outstanding year which saw him help Real Madrid to win the Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup and also captain Croatia to their first ever FIFA World Cup final.

In addition to the top player award, Salah's curling, left-footed strike in an October 12, 2017 match against Everton won the Puskas Award for the best goal.

The other players nominated for the award were Denis Cheryshev, Lazaros Christodoulopoulos, Riley McGree, Giorgian de Arrascaeta, Lionel Messi, Ricardo Quaresma and Benjamin Pavard. Real Madrid's summer recruit Thibaut Courtois will also attend the event, and is nearly certain to receive the Golden Glove. Receiving a pass from right back Joe Gomez, Salah shrugged off Cuca Martina, twisted inside Idrissa Gueye, and curled a left-footed shot around Ashley Williams and into the top corner.

Meanwhile, Marta, one of the most recognisable female players of the last decade, added: "I've always wanted to see a woman win this prestigious award".

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France Football magazine merged its award with the Fifa world player of the year award in 2010, but the pair split again two years ago.

France's World Cup-winning coach Didier Deschamps won the best coach of the year prize in recognition for his work in leading Les Bleus to success in Russian Federation.

"Also I want to thank especially my family, my friends - they always stand by me in the good times, the bad times, but they are always there for good advice, so thank you everyone".

"This trophy is not just mine, it's for all my Real Madrid teammates, for all my teammates from the Croatia national team".

This prize has been welcomed by France worldwide Wendy Renard, who plays for Lyon and is a Champions League victor.

Thibaut Courtois won the best goalkeeper award for helping Belgium reach the World Cup semi-finals as well as the FA Cup with Chelsea before a summer move to Madrid.

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