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Salah, 26, was also shortlisted for men's player of the year which was won by Croatia's Luka Modric.

Modric was voted FIFA's best player in the 2017-18 season after winning the Champions League for a fourth time in five seasons with Real Madrid and leading Croatia to its first World Cup final where it lost to France.

Messi, on the other hand, did give props to Ronaldo by selecting him third but went for the victorious Luka Modric in first place and World Cup victor Kylian Mbappe in second.

There was some consolation for Salah, who had earlier picked up the Puskas Award for the season's best goal, his stunning strike in the Merseyside derby at Anfield, when Gareth Bale's superb Champions League final volley had been widely tipped to win it.

"He gave us belief that we could achieve something great in Russian Federation, and hopefully we will do the same for the next generation", Modric said.

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"These things were not a burden, they only further motivated me", Modric said at the World Cup.

The star-studded event will also see the best Women's Player, Men's Coach, Women's Coach and Men's Goalkeeper crowned, as well as picking Goal of the Year.

"It was an unbelievable season, the best season in my life", said Modric.

Liverpool star Mohamed Salah has missed out on a place in the side.

However, Portugal´s last 16 exit to Uruguay in Russian Federation and Ronaldo´s failure to score in the semi-finals or final of the Champions League opened the door for Modric.

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'Not even the best premier league goal of the season from Salah.

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France's World Cup-winning boss Didier Deschamps claimed the coach of the year title ahead of Croatia's Zlatko Dalic and Zinedine Zidane, formerly of Real.

Thibaut Courtois won the best goalkeeper award for helping Belgium reach the World Cup semi-finals as well as the FA Cup with Chelsea before a summer move to Madrid.

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