Luka Modric and Brazil’s Marta won the FIFA’s player of the year awards yesterday in a ceremony in London. Modric was declared the best male footballer while Marta won the award of best female footballer.
The 33-year-old Modric won the Champions League for the third time in a row under his club, Real Madrid, in May.
He looked so amazed and happy while receiving that award and his delight was evident from his victory speech.
“It’s a great honour and a beautiful feeling to stand here with this amazing trophy,” Modric said.
“This trophy is not just mine, it’s for all my Real Madrid team-mates, for all my team-mates from the Croatia national team, for all the coaches that I have played for,” he added.
He also dedicated his trophy to his family and thanked them for being with him in difficult situations.
“This trophy is also for my family, without whom I would not be the player and person that I am.” He mentioned.
Ronaldo was second in the row while Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah was third, France’s Kylian Mbappé stood at fourth and Lionel Messi was in fifth place.
The 32-years-old Marta plays for the US side Orlando Pride. She has won this award for the first time after 2010.
“This means so much to me but it is not only about me. It is about my team-mates and women’s football,” Marta said after receiving the award.
She especially mentioned that she was happy to see women’s soccer growing each year.
Salah won the Puskás award for the year’s best goal, for his strike against Everton in December.
France’s Didier Deschamps won the award for the coach of the year.
“We are nothing without our players and I want to thank my whole team who brought me here and get me this trophy tonight.” He said in his victory speech.