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Mo Salah just one glaring omission from the FIFPro World XI

Mo Salah just one glaring omission from the FIFPro World XI

Chelsea forward, Eden Hazard has revealed that he voted for Real Madrid midfielder, Luka Modric, to win the Best FIFA Men's Player award.

He won the Champions League for a fourth time in five seasons with Real Madrid and led Croatia to its first World Cup final where it lost to France.

Courtois said: "I want to thank my team-mates at Chelsea, at Real Madrid and the national team - also my managers".

The award for best women's player went to Brazilian Marta, a runner-up in 2016 and five-time victor of the the award's previous incarnation, the FIFA World Player of the Year.

The emotional Croat said: "It is a great honour and a lovely feeling to stand here with this awesome trophy. First of all I would like to congratulate Mohamed and Cristiano", said Modric.

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah enjoyed a stand-out domestic and European campaign.

Salah scored 44 goals for the Reds last season, including a record-breaking 32 in the Premier League, and it was one of these league goals that won Salah the award for the best strike of the season.

Ten goals were shortlisted for the award, with many pundits predicting a win for Gareth Bale's acrobatic volley in the Champions League final for Real Madrid against Liverpool.




Deschamps won the trophy ahead of former club and global 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.

The Liverpool player's goal against Merseyside rivals, Everton, in the Premier League was adjudged the best goal and victor of the Puskas Award.

Luka Modric is the first player since Kaka in 2007 to beat Ronaldo and Messi to the top prize.

"I would like to thank those who voted for me". Modric was joined by Sergio Ramos, Ronaldo and Marcelo. FIFA President Gianni Infantino presented Modric with the award.

Modric is arguably in pole position for the main award after winning the Golden Ball at this summer's World Cup in Russian Federation where Croatia finished runners-up.

In other categories, the Best Coach award looks destined for Didier Deschamp after his World Cup victory with France, though there is also competition from Zinedine Zidane to retain his crown.

Real Madrid's Belgium global Thibaut Courtois won the Goalkeeper of the Year Award. "He deserves it, he is an excellent player and has marked an important era in the history of Real Madrid".


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