Legends line up to slate duo's Federation Internationale de Football Association award absence

Legends line up to slate duo's Federation Internationale de Football Association award absence

Javier Howell
September 25, 2018

He won the Champions League for a fourth time in five seasons with Real Madrid and led Croatia to its first World Cup final where it lost to France.

Organised by France Football magazine, the Kopa Trophy will be handed out as part of this year's Ballon d'Or ceremony in Paris on December 3.

Federation Internationale de Football Association will crown the best players, coaches and goal from the previous year when it hosts The Best awards ceremony and gala in London on Monday, September 24.

In addition, this year's Ballon d'Or will be awarded to a woman for the first time.

Football's world governing body then introduced the Best Fifa Football Awards, with Portugal worldwide Ronaldo the first recipient of its main prize in January 2017.

The victor of the FIFA Award is picked after the votes are split between national coaches of FIFA Member Associations, their team captains, a select group of media from those countries, and fans. Let's see who's up for the Ballon d'Or. Each accounted for 25% of the total.

Earlier, NAIJ.com had reported how Real Madrid star Luka Modric was also named as the UEFA Champions League player of the year at a ceremony held in Monaco, France on Thursday evening, August 30.

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

Messi was incredibly not nominated for the award, as Ronaldo, Luka Modrić and Mohamed Salah were deemed to have had better seasons than the Argentine. 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.

"We are nothing without our players and I want to thank my whole team who worked to get me here and get me this trophy tonight".

Modrić was also named in the Fifa Fifpro World XI.

Deschamps' victory was the second straight year a French coach has won the award.

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.

Deschamps was up against Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic, whose side lost to France in the final in Russian Federation this summer, and Zinedine Zidane, who led Real Madrid to a third straight Champions League win.

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