The wait is finally over and we have the winners’ list from the Best FIFA Football Awards gala held in London last night.
The Best FIFA Men’s Player of the Year: Luka Modric
Croatian captain Luka Modric had a stellar season which saw him lead his country to the World Cup final and win third consecutive European Trophy with Real Madrid. Modric’s victory marked a new history where the Messi-Ronaldo duopoly has ended when it comes to winning individual accolades.
Modric’s former teammate Cristiano had won the awards on both the occasions since the award begun back in 2016. However, the Portuguese captain didn’t attend the gala citing personal reasons. Same did his Argentine counterpart.
It is somewhat pleasing to know that the players whose numbers don’t represent their talent have begun grabbing the awards.
The Best FIFA Women’s Player of the Year: Marta
Marta at the age of 32 is already a legend. The Brazilian footballer has been in the top three for 12 years and considering her run of form it seems many more years are to come.
She beat Lyon’s duo— Ada Hegerberg and Dzsenifer Marozsan to lift the trophy. Marta captained Brazil to Copa America title.
The Best FIFA Men’s Coach: Didier Deschamps
French coach Didier Deschamps winning the best coach award doesn’t come as a surprise to many. He guided the French National Team to a comfortable World Cup victory this year. Deschamps is the only third man to win the FIFA World Cup as a player and a coach. Mario Zagallo and Franz Beckenbauer are the other two.
Alongside Didier Deschamps, former Real Madrid manager Zidane and Croatian manager Zlatko Dalic made it into the top 3.
The Best FIFA Women’s Coach: Reynald Pedros
Reynald Pedros helped Lyon grab Division 1 Feminine title and the UEFA Women’s Champions League crown. Such a feat helped him grab the accolade.
The Best FIFA Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois
Again, this doesn’t come as a surprise. The FIFA World Cup Golden Glove winner has emerged as the Best yet again. The Real Madrid man earned the trophy following his impressive performances in the EPL with his former team Chelsea and national side Belgium.
FIFA Puskas Award: Mohamed Salah
Mohamed Salah won the Puskas Award. He beat Gareth Bale, who was expected to grab the trophy.
FIFA Fair Play Award: Lennart Thy
Thy missed a crucial Eredivisie match for VVV Venlo against PSV Eindhoven as he made himself unavailable in order to donate stem cells to a leukaemia patient. To pay homage, Eindhoven declared Lennart as the Man of the Match. For the same reason, he was awarded the FIFA Fair Play Award at the gala.
FIFA FIFPRO WORLD XI:
Take a look at the Best XI.
GOALKEEPER: David de Gea
DEFENDERS: Dani Alves, Raphael Varane, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo.
MIDFIELDERS: Eden Hazard, N’Golo Kante, Luka Modric.
FORWARDS: Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe.
The starry gala was hosted by Idris Elba and Patrick Stewart.