FIFPro World XI Named at Prestigious FIFA Best Awards Ceremony in London

"It was an unbelievable season, the best season of my life", the 32-year-old said before the event.

Instead of questioning the nitty gritty of each category on an annual basis, its time that the footballing community asked itself if awards, such as the Best FIFA awards, are truly worth the trouble anymore. 'I'm very proud of everything I achieved this year.

Salah missed out on the prestigious Federation Internationale de Football Association trophy in central London as Modric was rewarded after a superb 2018 for Real Madrid and Croatia.

Croatia fell just short of a fairytale World Cup title, losing to France in the final in Russian Federation.

"I would change all my individual trophies for that trophy of World Cup champion", Modric said, reflecting on the 4-2 loss to France in the final in July.

France boss Didier Deschamps was recognized as the best men's coach after leading his country to a World Cup win, 20 years after he'd won the tournament as a player. "First of all I would like to congratulate Mohamed and Cristiano", said Modric on collecting the award.

The Spanish stopper joined Real Madrid stars Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Marcelo and Luka Modric in the world's top side, while Barcelona and Argentina superstar Lionel Messi was included as well.

"He gave us belief that we could achieve something great in Russian Federation, and hopefully we will do the same for the next generation", Modric said.

Salah's Premier League strike against Everton at Anfield last December won the Puskas award for the best goal.

Peru's supporters won the FIFA Fan Award and German Lennart Thy, who plays for Turkish club BB Erzurumspor, won the FIFA Fair Play Award after donating stem cells to help a leukemia patient.

"Of course we can win our fourth straight [Champions League title], nobody believed we could win the third and here it is".

Modric's success means Ronaldo remains tied with Messi having won Fifa's award in different guises five times each. The coach award in the women's game went to Reynald Pedros, the Frenchman who led Lyon to French league and Champions League glory.

And former England and Real Madrid coach Capello hit out at the duo for failing to show respect to Modric and the "football world" by skipping the awards ceremony.

  • Stacy Allen