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Modric Named World’s Best, Ends Ronaldo-Messi Reign

Real Madrid superstar Luka Modric has finally ended the 10-year reign of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi at the FIFA awards after being named The Best FIFA Men’s Player 2018.

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The Croatian was already crowned UEFA Player of the Year last month and ha now also lifted the prestigious FIFA award.

Modric’s fine form last season saw him lifting four trophies with Real, while he also led his country to their first ever FIFA World Cup final.

The 33-year-old was voted Player of the Tournament in Russia as well as at the FIFA Club World Cup – with the latter one of his four trophies in addition to the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup and the Supercopa de Espana.

He beat his long-standing teammate Ronaldo and Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah to the prestigious award, while last year’s runner-up Messi finished outside the top three for the first time since 2006.

Ronaldo had won four of the last five editions of the award but only ended up in second place this time around, which means the Portugal captain and his long-term rival Messi both stayed on five FIFA The Best awards – with the award known as FIFA Ballon d’Or between 2010 and 2016, while before 2010 it was called FIFA World Player of the Year.

The famous Ballon d’Or, handed out by France Football, will be announced later in the year.

Read: FIFA Announce 2018 World Team Of The Year, Salah Snubbed

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.

Do you think Modric deserved to beat Ronaldo and Salah to the award? Have your say in the comments section below.

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