Star Croatian midfielder Luka Modric ended the duopoly of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as he won the FIFA Best Men’s Player title for 2018. Modric ran out as a resounding winner at the Royal Festival Hall on Monday night with 29.05 per cent of the vote to claim the award that has been shared between Messi and Ronaldo equally for the past 10 years.
Modric came in ahead of Ronaldo (19 per cent), Mohamed Salah (11.2 per cent), Kylian Mbappe (10 per cent) and Messi (9 per cent), who along with Ronaldo skipped the ceremony.
“This award is not just mine. It is my teammates’ from Real Madrid and Croatia. Without my coaches, I would not have won this and without my family, I would not be the player I am today,” said 33-year-old Modric.
The winner was decided by a process in which captains and managers of nations from around the world were asked to pick three players for the award -First (5 points), Second (3 points) and Third (1 point). What was surprising to see was Messi, who finished outside the top three for the first time since 2006, handed a nomination to his arch-rival Ronaldo third on his personal list, choosing eventual winner Modric and fourth-placed Mbappe ahead of him.
Also, England captain Harry Kane nominated the Portuguese star. He also selected Messi (second) and fellow Premier League star Kevin De Bruyne (third).
Meanwhile, India captain Sunil Chhetri nominated Modric for the award besides selecting Mbappe (second) and De Bruyne (third).
(With inputs from dailymail.co.uk)