Luka Modric wins Federation Internationale de Football Association award for best men's player


Modrić is expected to win the award after playing a huge part in taking Real Madrid to a third consecutive Champions League and Croatia to a World Cup final.

The 33-year-old was voted Player of the Tournament in Russian Federation as well as at the FIFA Club World Cup - with the latter one of his four trophies in addition to the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup and the Supercopa de Espana.

Antoine Griezmann, Harry Kane and Kylian Mbappe make up the rest of the longlist, though Federation Internationale de Football Association world cup finalist and Federation Internationale de Football Association 208 tournament's Best player victor Modric is a clear favourite to grab the coveted award after captaining Croatia to the final of the World Cup as well as having a pivotal role in winning the Champions League with Real Madrid.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi's decade-long domination of football's individual awards is under threat from Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric and Liverpool's Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah when FIFA's player of the year is announced on Monday.

He was snubbed for the Best Men's Player accolade, but is in the running for the Puskas Award for goal of the year for his strike against Nigeria in the World Cup in Russian Federation - an award Ronaldo is also up for through his stunning overhead-kick for Real against Juventus in the Champions League.

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Ronaldo's absence is due to the fact that Juventus played last night, and have a midweek game on Wednesday against Bologna.

Luka Modric, Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah will be competing for the best player honour.

Messi's solitary World Cup goal against Nigeria and Ronaldo's spectacular overhead kick against his future employers in the Champions League quarter-finals are two of 10 goals on the shortlist, also including Gareth Bale's acrobatic strike for Real in the Champions League final.

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 shot-stopper Thibaut Courtois has just picked up the FIFA Goalkeeper of the Year award.