Modric ends Ronaldo-Messi era to be crowned world’s best

first_imgHe beat Ronaldo and Liverpool’s Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah to the prize.Modric’s success means Ronaldo remains tied with Messi having won FIFA’s award in different guises five times each.At 33, Croatia’s run to the final was the culmination of a brilliant career for Modric that had often been overshadowed by Ronaldo’s goalscoring in their time together in the Spanish capital, before the Portuguese left for Juventus in July.Luka Modric, who reached the World Cup final with Croatia in the summer, was named the FIFA Best Men’s Player of the YearModric scored twice and also netted in penalty shootout wins over Denmark and Russia, but it was his playmaking ability that caught the eye in winning the Golden Ball for the best player at the World Cup.“It was an unbelievable season, the best season in my life,” said Modric.“I’m still not realising how good a year I had collectively, individually, and I’m very proud for everything I achieved this year and it will be remembered forever.”For a sixth straight season, Ronaldo was the Champions League’s top scorer with 15 goals and also scored four times at the World Cup, including a hat-trick against Spain in a thrilling 3-3 draw to open Portugal’s campaign.However, Portugal’s last 16 exit to Uruguay in Russia and Ronaldo’s failure to score in the semi-finals or final of the Champions League opened the door for Modric.– Messi, Ronaldo no show –Modric (left) poses with his Best FIFA Men’s Player Award alongside Marta with her Best FIFA Women’s Player AwardNeither Ronaldo or Messi attended the glitzy ceremony in London with both in action for Juventus and Barcelona respectively on Wednesday.For the first time in 12 years, Messi was not among the finalists with third place going to Salah for his incredible 44-goal debut season with Liverpool that carried the Reds to the Champions League final.However, a shoulder injury suffered early on in the final robbed Salah of the chance to help Liverpool lift the trophy and also meant he was far from peak condition as he led Egypt’s World Cup bid.Despite scoring in each of his two appearances in Russia, he bowed out with the Pharaohs bowed at the group stage with three defeats.Salah did not go away empty handed, however, as he picked up the Puskas award for best goal for his strike against Everton in the Merseyside derby last December.Modric was joined by Real team-mates Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane and Marcelo in the FIFPro team of the year, also featuring David De Gea, Dani Alves, N’Golo Kante, Eden Hazard, Kylian Mbappe, Messi and Ronaldo.Didier Deschamps has won the World Cup as a coach and player© AFP Ben STANSALLFrance’s World Cup-winning coach Didier Deschamps won the best coach of the year prize in recognition for his work in leading Les Bleus to success in Russia.Deschamps, who became just the third man to win the World Cup as a player and coach, beat off competition from Dalic and his former France team-mate Zinedine Zidane, who won a third consecutive Champions League title with Real Madrid before resigning in June.Thibaut Courtois won the best goalkeeper award for helping Belgium reach the World Cup semi-finals as well as the FA Cup with Chelsea before a summer move to Madrid.Brazil’s Marta was crowned best women’s player for a record sixth time for her role in winning the Copa America to beat out Lyon duo Ada Hegerberg and Dzsenifer Marozsan.Lyon boss Reynald Pedros did win the award for best women’s coach, though, after winning the Champions League with the French giants.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric inspired Croatia to reach the World Cup final for the first time© AFP Ben STANSALLLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 24 – 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.The Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder starred for both club and country as Madrid won a third straight Champions League, and he inspired Croatia to reach the World Cup final for the first time.last_img read more


first_imgRapoport,J.4411 Sells,B.221115.01 Notre Dame09/16/20050102045 PASSINGPAPCPIYDSTDRating Pierce,J.120 Campbell,R.932636.2 Bills,M.3206.70 Thousand Oaks10/14/20050103142 Agoura10/21/20051004414 SCORINGTDPATFGTP Mannisto,J.2374032.2 Rapoport,J.50030 Erhart,P.51281 Christiansen,E.111372 Scammahorn,D.70042 Scoring Total34324248 Merritt,B.0606 Stock-Woodard,M.20012 Rushing Total30016735.620 Barraza,P.1 Wellman,M.155.00 Schneider,E.1006 Pizinger,J.20012 Interceptions Total8 Erhart,P.1006 Campbell,R.30018 RECORD: 3-7-0 Hueneme09/09/2005100400 Mosley,C.100000.00 SAFETY0202 Punting Total32106633.3 Passing Total20210110138311 O’Klaherty,K.1006 Mannisto,J.024436 Receiving Total101138311 White,B.211145.41 Rapoport,J.574487.94 White,B.30018 Singh,C.2270 RECEIVINGRECYDSTD Christiansen,E.20012 VS SCHOOLDateWLTPFPA Campbell,R.20110110138311116.16 Bills,M.234504 Miller,J.110 Erhart,P.111.00 INTERCEPTIONSNo. Moorpark11/11/2005010029 Bills,M.50030 Mosley,C.7618.70 Royal09/30/20050102124 Piorco,J.1006 Sells,B.1006 Kosloy,Z.11515.00 Schneider,E.212571 Barrett,J.13866.60 Barrett,J.180 Sells,B.1 Scammahorn,D.1215264.37 Hart09/23/2005010738 TOTAL2005370248249 Murray,E.170 Campbell,R.271294.83 RUSHINGTCBNYGAvg.TD Stock-Woodard,M.79113.02 PUNTINGNo.YDSAvg. Bills,M.6 Newbury Park11/04/2005010621 White,B.242752 Scammahorn,D.7500 Simi Valley10/07/20050102329 Pizinger,J.18653.62 Woodard,M.111.00 Calabasas10/28/2005100567 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more