Croatian and Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric on Monday night pipped Liverpool’s talisman Mohammad Salah and Ronaldo to win the 2018 FIFA Best Player of the Year Award.
The Real Madrid midfielder won the Best FIFA Men's Player award for guiding Croatia to the World Cup final and winning a third consecutive Champions League trophy with Real Madrid.
Modric won his fourth Champions League title with Real Madrid in May, before leading his country to a World Cup final in July and being crowned UEFA Men’s Player of the Year last month.
The Best Men’s Player of the Year award, formerly named the Fifa World Player of the Year, has long been dominated by both Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, but Barcelona forward Messi failed to make the shortlist for this year's award for the first time since 2006.
Modric became the first player other than Ronaldo and Messi to lift FIFA's The Best award since Ricardo Kaka won it in 2007, ending the 10-year reign of the superstar duo.