Dangote, Otedola represent Nigeria at FIFA The Best awards in London

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo

Deschamps said: "We all know that being a coach, alone we can't do anything, We are nothing without our players and I want to thank my whole team who worked to get me here and get me this trophy tonight".

"Everyone has their own reasons", he said. "Obviously I would have liked them to be here but they aren't".

It is the first time since Brazilian Kaka's triumph in 2007 that the men's prize was not won by either Cristiano Ronaldo or Barcelona's Argentina forward Lionel Messi - neither of whom attended the ceremony at London's Royal Festival Hall.

"It was an unbelievable season, the best season in my life", said Modric.

"I'm very happy and very proud", he said at the podium. There was no place for his rival, Messi.

The Liverpool player's goal against Merseyside rivals, Everton, in the Premier League was adjudged the best goal and victor of the Puskas Award.

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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. In August this year at an event in Monaco, Modric was named Europe's best player.

Modric was voted FIFA's best player in the 2017-18 season after winning the Champions League for a fourth time in five seasons with Real Madrid and leading Croatia to its first World Cup final where it lost to France.

The award were presented at this season's Champions League group-stage draw.

Former Chelsea man Thibaut Courtois was awarded the best goalkeeper award, after his Golden Glove-winning World Cup tournament with Belgium.

Salah seems to be the only footballer around who is able to mobilize a global army of loyal followers who flood online voting platforms and essentially guarantee the star a win whenever a poll like that is brought to the masses.

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.

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