Barça's Leo Messi will not attend FIFA's The Best gala in London

Carrie Guzman
September 25, 2018

On the men's side, Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Mohamed Salah are up for Best Player, while the women's side is down to Marta, Ada Hegerberg and Dzsenifer Marozsan.

Deschamps' win was no surprise, given the focus on Russian Federation 2018, and he used his acceptance speech to warmly thanks his backroom staff and players. "Hopefully we can be the same for next generations", said Modric.

Deschamps, who became just the third man to win the World Cup as a player and coach, beat off competition from Dalic and his former France team-mate Zinedine Zidane, who won a third consecutive Champions League title with Real Madrid before resigning in June. Without my family I would not be the player I am today.

During the voting period from August 7, 2017 to May 24, 2018, Kerr led the Matildas to an all-time high world ranking (fourth), helped them make the final of the Asian Cup, and chalked up two wins against Marta's Brazil.

Ronaldo's blast was marked for the improbable levitation achieved by the striker from distance, while Bale's broke open a tense 1-1 draw in the second half of the Champions League final against Liverpool.

The FIFA Puskás Award is an award established on 20 October 2009 at the behest of then-president Sepp Blatter, in order to award the player, male or female, judged to have scored the most aesthetically significant, or "most beautiful", goal of the year.

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Marta picked up the Women's Player prize at the FIFA Best Awards, while Lyon's triumph in the Women's Champions League was also recognised.

The best goal category - established in 2009 - is inclusive of women, but none appeared on the top 10 list this year.

Four Real Madrid teammates made the cut.

Newly signed Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois won the best goalkeeper's award - beating Kasper Schmeichel and Hugo Lloris in the process.

Matildas star Sam Kerr has missed out on the Federation Internationale de Football Association women's player of the year prize, with Brazil's Marta winning the award for the sixth time.

The famous Ballon d'Or, handed out by France Football, will be announced later in the year.

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