MNA Sports Desk: Luka Modric and Brazil’s Marta have been named as the male and female players of the year at the Fifa Best Awards in London, reported news agency.
The midfielder has enjoyed arguably the best year of his career, having secured a third consecutive Champions League trophy with Real Madrid in May before going on to reach the World Cup final with Croatia.
In Russia, the Croatia picked up the tournament’s Golden Ball for his exploits on the pitch, scoring in his side’s opening two matches and later providing an assist.
This is the first time since 2007 that the accolade – previously known as the Fifa World Player of the Year award and later amalgamated with the Ballon d’Or between 2010 and 2016 – has not been awarded to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Brazil’s Marta picked up her sixth Fifa women’s player of the year prize, beating Olympique Lyonnais duo Ada Hegerberg and Dzsenifer Marozsan.
The 32-year-old, who now plays her club football for Orlando in the United States, has scored 110 goals for Brazil.