Ronaldo and Messi's The Best absence "disrespectful" - Capello

Ruben Hill
September 25, 2018

He then followed that up by captaining Croatia to the World Cup final for the first time in their history - deservedly winning the Golden Ball for the tournament thanks to his incredible displays in the middle of the park.

Highlights of tonight's ceremony will be on BBC One at 22:45 BST.

The awards are aimed at reviving the FIFA World Player of the Year prize which was merged with the Ballon d'Or in 2010.

Salah's goal for Liverpool against Merseyside rivals Everton in the Premier League won the Goal of the Year, which is voted for by fans, ahead of Gareth Bale's spectacular overhead kick for Real Madrid in the Champions League final. He would maybe even be a Ballon d'Or victor.

In an evening sprinkled by show business, with star of small and large screen Idris Elba hosting proceedings, it was a heart-warming story fit for Hollywood that saw the FIFA Fair Play Award handed to Lennart Thy.

In the women's section of the awards, Norway's Ada Hegerberg, Germany's Dzsenifer Marozsan and Brazil's Marta battle it out for the Best Player title, while France's Reynald Pedros, Japan's Asako Takakura and the Netherlands' Sarina Wiegman face off for the Best Women's Coach award.

The nominees are voted for by national team coaches (25%), national team captains (25%), select media representatives (25%) and via an online vote (25%).

Real Madrid superstar Luka Modric has finally ended the 10-year reign of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi at the FIFA awards after being named The Best FIFA Men's Player 2018. There will be a total of nine categories including the best manager and the best goalkeeper awards.

"It is possible that they won too much and do not like to lose". She also scored 13 goals as Orlando Pride reached the NWSL playoffs.

Federation Internationale de Football Association made five changes to the side selected in 2017.

"Ronaldo and Messi's absence is disrespectful to their fellow players, to Fifa and to the football world", Capello told Television Española after the ceremony.

Hazard was delighted to be named in the best XI.

Without my coaches I would not have won this.

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.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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