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AFP | Luka Modric Mohamed Salah and Cristiano Ronaldo are the finalists to win FIFA's player of the year award on Monday

AFP | Luka Modric Mohamed Salah and Cristiano Ronaldo are the finalists to win FIFA's player of the year award on Monday

Nigerian billionaires Femi Otedola, Aliko Dangote and Cecil Hammond were among the dignitaries who graced the FIFA The Best awards in London on Monday, September 24.

He won the Champions League for a fourth time in five seasons with Real Madrid and led Croatia to its first World Cup final where it lost to France.

Messi didn't make the three-man shortlist and skipped the trip to London. It is my teammates from Real Madrid and Croatia. First of all I would like to congratulate Mohamed and Cristiano. Finishing the top scorer in the Champions League with 15 goals, Ronaldo helped drive Los Blancos on to a third successive European crown with victory over Liverpool in Kiev.

At 1.72m tall, Modric was doubted early in his career because of his height. "It's been a privilege to see you both play this season".

After saying this in English, the 33-year-old then spoke in Spanish and thanked the Madrid fans. Prosecutors claimed Modric gave a false court statement previous year about his financial deals with a former Zagreb director.

Marta scored 13 NWSL goals in 2017 and contributed four more in 17 appearances for the Orlando Pride in 2018.

France's Didier Deschamps won the award for the best men's coach in 2018.

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He missed the next 15 games, and that is the only extended absence he has had due to injury throughout his entire career. Although, chances are high that the team's fear that it is a season-ending torn ACL will be realized.

French striker Raymond Kopa won the inaugural Ballon d'Or sixty years ago - and the trophy has been named in his honour.

Messi was incredibly not nominated for the award, as Ronaldo, Luka Modrić and Mohamed Salah were deemed to have had better seasons than the Argentine.

Salah's goal in Liverpool's 1-1 draw against Everton was a mixture of strength and footwork.

Here is the Salah strike that won the top prize.

Interestingly Thibaut Courtois - who changed tack and thanked both his current club Real Madrid and former team Chelsea, from whom he left under a slightly dark cloud - won Best Goalkeeper, but was excluded from the overall "dream team".

Ronaldo - whose fans are still adjusting to seeing in a Juventus jersey - was denied a third consecutive Federation Internationale de Football Association best men's player award.

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