Mo Salah just one glaring omission from the FIFPro World XI

Lieke Martens of the Netherlands

Asked who he wants to win, Hazard revealed: 'I voted for Luka Modric, but Mo Salah is my friend so I would like him to win'.

Modric is arguably in pole position for the main award after winning the Golden Ball at this summer's World Cup in Russian Federation where Croatia finished runners-up.

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.

Salah was crowned the FIFA Puskas Award victor for his goal against Everton in December 2017.

"The birth of the Ballon d'Or is a step further in the evolution of our sport, which is progressing well", France worldwide and Lyon star Wendie Renard told the magazine.

Now with Real Madrid, the 26-year-old Courtois joked before his award was announced that Federation Internationale de Football Association should also hand out a save-of-the-year prize.

Modric also went on to receive the UEFA Men's Player of the Year award.

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Republic of Ireland captain Séamus Coleman voted for Modric as his number one choice, followed by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, while manager Martin O'Neill picked the Barcelona star as his choice of Player of the Year. Each accounted for 25% of the total.

Modric made 56 appearances for club and country as he won the Champions League and reached the World Cup final, in what he admitted was his "best ever" before the ceremony.

Legendary Brazilian forward Marta and first-time nominee Reynald Pedros were rewarded as The Best FIFA Women's Player and Women's coach respectively.

The Liverpool winger has scored three Premier League goals this season as the Reds have won six from six in the league.

Modric was joined by Real team-mates Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane and Marcelo in the FIFPro team of the year, also featuring David De Gea, Dani Alves, N'Golo Kante, Eden Hazard, Kylian Mbappe, Messi and Ronaldo.

France's World Cup-winning coach Didier Deschamps is favourite to win the best coach award ahead of Dalic and former Real coach Zinedine Zidane, who stepped down in June after overseeing three Champions League triumphs in just two and a half years in charge.


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