This week Luka Modric received the Best FIFA award, marking the first time since 2007 that neither Lionel Messi nor Cristiano Ronaldo has won the award. Luka Modric helped Real Madrid win their third consecutive Champions League before captaining Croatia to the World Cup Final, few could argue that Modric didn’t deserve the award.
However, there was plenty of controversy on the night as Mohamed Salah won the Puskas award for goal of the year. Many thought that Gareth Bale’s sensational overhead kick against Liverpool in the Champions League Final deserved the prize, but the Welshman’s goal finished 3rd behind former Madrid teammate Ronaldo and Salah.
Salah’s teammate James Milner cheekily tweeted “Congrats @MoSalah on your 7th best goal from last season winning goal of the year.”
The final piece of controversy came in the form of the FIFA World XI. Despite Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois winning the Best FIFA Goalkeeper award it was Man United’s David De Gea who was named as the World XI keeper, in spite of his poor World Cup display. Furthermore, there was not a place in the team for Puskas winner Salah as Eden Hazard beat the Egyptian into the squad.