Mohamed Salah Beats Out Bale And Ronaldo Among Others For Puskas Award

Mohamed Salah Beats Out Bale And Ronaldo Among Others For Puskas Award

Fabio Capello says Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi's absence at FIFA's The Best awards showed a lack of respect from the pair.

Since signing for the Reds last summer, Salah has won numerous personal accolades, with his performances for club and country earning him prestigious awards like the BBC African Player of the Year, PFA Player of the Year and Football Writers' Player of the Year.

The event starts at 6:30 PM.

"It was an unbelievable season, the best season of my life", the 32-year-old said before the event. "I am sure in the future you will have another opportunity to fight for this trophy".

"At this particular moment, I would like to mention my footballing idol and captain of Croatia generation 1998 and their first participation (at the World Cup finals as Croatia) and bronze in France", Modric said.

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

Modric won the Champions League with Real and then played a major role in Croatia's run to the World Cup final where they were beaten by France.

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.

The pair made it onto the FIFPro Team of the Year but neither were there to pick up their trophies for the honour.

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 was joined by Sergio Ramos, Ronaldo and Marcelo.

The award for best women's player went to Brazilian Marta, a runner-up in 2016 and five-time victor of the the award's previous incarnation, the FIFA World Player of the Year.

His compatriot Reynald Pedros picked up the women's coach award after leading Lyon's women's team to a league and Champions League double.

The awards were held for the third year running after football's governing body ended its six-year association with the Ballon d'Or.

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