'Are you kidding?' Fans erupt over Salah's goal of the year award

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It's the first time since 2008 that neither Ronaldo or Lionel Messi has won the award and neither attended the ceremony.

In the nation's March presidential elections won by Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, a total 1.76 million votes (7.27 per cent) were deemed invalid by the electoral commission because they nominated Salah, even though he wasn't running.

"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.

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.

Modric, was an integral part of Madrid's Champions League winning team, before leading his national side to runners-up position at the 2018 World Cup.

However, football fans took to social media to show their irritation following the choice of the 26-year-old who is also a contender to win The Best FIFA Men's Player award.

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At 33, Croatia´s run to the final was the culmination of a brilliant career for Modric that had often been overshadowed by Ronaldo´s goalscoring in their time together in the Spanish capital, before the Portuguese left for Juventus in July.

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.

Messi was also nominated for the Puskas Award for the best goal.

The Fifpro World XI were David de Gea, Dani Alves, Raphael Varane, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Luka Modric, N'Golo Kante, Eden Hazard, Kylian Mbappe, and Messi and Ronaldo.

Meanwhile, former Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois won the goalkeeper of the year prize, beating Leicester's Kasper Schmeichel and Hugo Lloris of Tottenham Hotspur and World Cup-winning France.

Brazil´s Marta was crowned best women´s player for a record sixth time for her role in winning the Copa America to beat out Lyon duo Ada Hegerberg and Dzsenifer Marozsan. Olympique Lyonnais women's team manager Reynald Pedros won best women's coach.