The Best FIFA Football Awards™

Monday 24 September 2018, London

The Best FIFA Men's Player

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For the first time, there is a new name on The Best FIFA Men’s Player trophy, with Luka Modric succeeding the winner of the inaugural two awards – Cristiano Ronaldo – after a superlative 2017/18 that saw the Croatian midfield maestro reach new heights.

It has taken something outstanding to break the duopoly of Ronaldo and Lionel Messi at the pinnacle of the men’s game, and Modric’s season has undoubtedly warranted the landmark. Awarded the adidas Golden Ball at the FIFA Club World Cup before playing an integral role in Real Madrid’s third consecutive UEFA Champions League trophy, the Croatian was the metronomic lynchpin at the heart of Los Blancos midfield throughout the 2017/18 campaign.

He also starred on the international stage, playing a key role in helping his country to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ and then producing superlative performances at the finals themselves. Modric’s tireless running, key goals and outstanding leadership qualities helped guide Vatreni to the Final against France, his nation’s finest performance at the global finals.

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The Finalists
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Cristiano Ronaldo
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Cristiano Ronaldo

Won the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid

Finished 2017/18 as the Champion League’s top scorer (15)

Won FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2017

Cristiano Ronaldo
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Mohamed Salah
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Mohamed Salah

Helped Liverpool to UEFA Champions League final in maiden season

Netted 32 goals during English Premier League campaign, setting new scoring record

Finished joint-second in 2017/18 Champions League scoring chart

Mohamed Salah
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The other candidates
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Kevin De Bruyne
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Kevin De Bruyne

Helped Belgium to bronze at Russia 2018 

Key part of Manchester City side which had most wins and points in an English Premier League season

Most assists during 2017/18 Premier League campaign (18)

Kevin De Bruyne
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Antoine Griezmann
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Antoine Griezmann

Won FIFA World Cup with France, scored in the Final

Awarded adidas Silver Boot and adidas Bronze Ball

Lifted the UEFA Europa League trophy with Atletico Madrid

Antoine Griezmann
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Eden Hazard
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Eden Hazard

Inspired Belgium to bronze at Russia 2018

Claimed the FIFA World Cup adidas Silver Ball

Won the English FA Cup with Chelsea

Eden Hazard
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Harry Kane
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Harry Kane

Won the adidas Golden Boot at Russia 2018

Helped England to their best World Cup finish since 1990

Amassed 30 goals during 2017/18 English Premier League season

Harry Kane
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Kylian Mbappé
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Kylian Mbappé

Won the FIFA World Cup and FIFA World Cup Best Young Player Award

Became second youngest player after Pele to score in a World Cup Final

Won domestic treble during maiden season at Paris Saint-Germain

Kylian Mbappé
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Lionel Messi
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Lionel Messi

Won a league and cup double with Barcelona

Finished Spain’s La Liga campaign as top goalscorer (34)

Joint-top for assists during 2017/18 La Liga season (12)

Lionel Messi
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Raphaël Varane
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Raphaël Varane

Helped France to World Cup victory at Russia 2018

Helped keep four clean sheets in seven World Cup games

Lifted 2017 Club World Cup and 2018 Champions League with Real Madrid

Raphaël Varane
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