Best FIFA Player Award: How Modric ended Messi-Ronaldo duopoly

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He was snubbed for the Best Men's Player accolade, but is in the running for the Puskas Award for goal of the year for his strike against Nigeria in the World Cup in Russian Federation - an award Ronaldo is also up for through his stunning overhead-kick for Real against Juventus in the Champions League.

The award will also be presented on December 3, along with the Kopa Trophy and the Ballon d'Or itself.

Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Best Men's Award for the last three years but looks like he and Lionel Messi are absent for tonight's grand award ceremony.

Messi is not among the three finalists of this year's The Best FIFA Men's Player award, and he will not head to London for personal reasons. The Ballon d'Or has changed over time.

Messi and Ronaldo have shared the prize five times each over the past decade.

Marta won her first Federation Internationale de Football Association player of the year award since 2010 after leading Brazil to Copa America Femenina glory.

France Football magazine chief editor Pascal Ferre poses with the Golden Ball during a interview with The Associated Press
France Football magazine chief editor Pascal Ferre poses with the Golden Ball during a interview with The Associated Press

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". He would maybe even be a Ballon d'Or victor.

Messi, meanwhile, claimed four Ballons d'Or as well as one FIFA World Player of the Year honour. She also scored 13 goals as Orlando Pride reached the NWSL playoffs. The coach award in the women's game went to Reynald Pedros, the Frenchman who led Lyon to French league and Champions League glory. "This is also for my family, without who I would not be the player I am".

The former Marseille, Juventus and Chelsea midfielder captained his country as they won the World Cup in 1998, before guiding them to victory again in Russian Federation in July.

FIFPro World XI in full : David de Gea, Dani Alves, Raphael Varane, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Luka Modric, N'Golo Kante, Eden Hazard, Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, Cristiano Ronaldo.

He was also superb for his club Real Madrid last season in the Champions League beating Premier League giants Liverpool in the final in Kiev.

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