Luka Modric overcame the challenge of Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah to be named the FIFA men’s player of the year.
The Real Madrid star, 33, was handed the gong at an awards ceremony in London, capping off a remarkable 12 months for the midfielder.
Modric played an integral role in Real Madrid’s third straight Champions League victory and then led Croatia to their first ever World Cup final.
In his speech, the former Spurs maestro thanked his team-mates and family in English, Spanish and Croatian, and said he was proud to receive this prize in front of FIFA’s deputy general secretary Zvonimir Boban, a star of Croatia’s 1998 World Cup side.
Modric’s win breaks the Lionel Messi-Ronaldo duopoly of the last 10 years and it follows his player of the tournament prize at Russia 2018 and UEFA player of the year accolade last month.
The emotional Croat said: ”It is a great honour and a beautiful feeling to stand here with this amazing trophy. First of all I would like to congratulate Mohamed and Cristiano.
“I am sure in the future you will have another opportunity to fight for this trophy.
“This award is not just mine. It is my teammates from Real Madrid and Croatia. Without my coaches I would not have won this. Without my family I would not be the player I am today.
“Thanks to my fans for all the great support and love they are showing me. It means a lot. Thanks to those who voted for me.
“I would just like to mention my footballing idol and former 1998 Croatia captain. He was my big inspiration and that team gave us belief we could create something in Russia.
“This award shows that we can all become the best with hard work and dedication. All your dreams can come true.”
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.
This, however, was her first world player-of-the-year accolade since 2010, although she has been runner-up three times since, and her emotion at winning the prize was obvious during her acceptance speech.
Olympique Lyonnais Feminin boss Reynald Pedros was named FIFA’s women’s coach of the year.
The Fifa Puskas Award (best goal) – MOHAMED SALAH
Mohamed Salah (Liverpool vs Everton)
The Best Fifa Men’s Coach – DIDIER DESCHAMPS
Didier Deschamps (France)
The Fifa Goalkeeper Award – THIBAUT COURTOIS
Thibaut Courtois (Belgium & Real Madrid)
Who voted for who at the FIFA Best Awards?
Player – (Selection 1, Selection 2, Selection 3)
Lionel Messi – Luka Modric, Kylian Mbappe, Cristiano Ronaldo
Eden Hazard – Luka Modric, Raphael Varane, Kylian Mbappe
Miranda – Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi
Luka Modric – Raphael Varane, Cristiano Ronaldo, Antoine Griezmann
Harry Kane – Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Kevin De Bruyne
Manuel Neuer – Eden Hazard, Luka Modric, Raphael Varane
Hugo Loris – Raphael Varane, Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe
Giorgio Chiellini – Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric, Mohamed Salah
Virgil van Dijk – Mohamed Salah, Kevin De Bruyne, Kylian Mbappe
Cristiano Ronaldo – Raphael Varane, Luka Modric, Antoine Griezmann
Robert Lewandowski – Luka Modric, Raphael Varane, Kylian Mbappe
Sergio Ramos – Luka Modric, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi
Roberto Martinez – Luka Modric, Raphael Varane, Lionel Messi
Gareth Southgate – Luka Modric, Raphael Varane, Eden Hazard
Didier Deschamps – Antoine Griezmann, Raphael Varane, Kylian Mbappe
Joachim Low – Luka Modric, Kylian Mbappe, Eden Hazard
Roberto Mancini – Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe, Luka Modric
Alex Mcleish – Mohamed Salah, Eden Hazard, Luka Modric
Luis Enrique – Lionel Messi, Luka Modric, Mohamed Salah
Ryan Giggs – Luka Modric, Kylian Mbappe, Cristiano Ronaldo