FIFA Best Awards: Ronaldo & Messi set to snub lavish London ceremony

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LONDON: Luka Modric ended Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi´s decade-long domination of football´s individual awards by being crowned FIFA´s best player of the year on Monday.

Federation Internationale de Football Association will crown the best players, coaches and goal from the a year ago when it hosts The Best awards ceremony and gala in London on Monday, September 24.

Indications suggest Real Madrid midfielder Modric is the favourite, having also won the World Cup's Golden Ball and UEFA's Player of the Year award.

Luka Modric was joined in the star-studded XI by club team-mates Marcelo, Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane with David De Gea, Dani Alves, Eden Hazard, N'Golo Kante, Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi completing the star-studded line-up elected by thousands of players from across the globe.

The 33-year-old was a star performer as Croatia reached its first World Cup final and his performance at Russian Federation 2018 saw him win the Golden Ball for the tournament's best player.

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.

The ceremony kicks off at 7:30pm local time in London (18:30 GMT).

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It's Marta's first player of the year award since 2010, with the Brazilian star lighting up the pitch in the NWSL for the Orlando Pride. Modric pipped Mohamed Salah and Cristiano Ronaldo to the title.

Courtois said: "I want to thank my team-mates at Chelsea, at Real Madrid and the national team - also my managers". Peru supporters scooped the third Fan Award, thanks to the South American country's dedicated and fanatical following at the World Cup.

The former Marseille, Juventus and Chelsea midfielder captained his country as they won the World Cup in 1998, before guiding them to victory again in Russian Federation in July.

Salah also makes the podium for the first time after an incredible 44-goal debut season for Liverpool that carried the Reds to the Champions League final.

Russia, despite losing to France and with Real Madrid who retained the UEFA Champions League.

For winning the award, the elated champion said he will continue to give his best in the round leather game, while acknowledging his national teammates and Ream Madrid players for their contributions to his football career growth.

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