09/24 15:03 CDT Modric wins world player of year, ends Ronaldo-Messi duology
Modric wins world player of year, ends Ronaldo-Messi duology
By ROB HARRIS
AP Global Soccer Writer
LONDON (AP) --- Luka Modric has broken a decade of award dominance by Cristiano
Ronaldo and Lionel Messi after being crowned world footballer of the year by
FIFA, while Marta won the women's award for a sixth time.
Modric was voted FIFA's best player in the 2017-18 season after winning the
Champions League for a fourth time in five seasons with Real Madrid and leading
Croatia to its first World Cup final where it lost to France.
Messi and Ronaldo have been the only winners of world soccer's main individual
award from FIFA in various guises since 2008, both winning five titles each.
Messi didn't make the three-man shortlist and skipped the trip to London.
Ronaldo was shortlisted but also didn't turn up at the ceremony to be dethroned
in person by his former Real Madrid teammate. Egypt forward Mohamed Salah also
made the top three for the first time.
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