Mo Salah has won the Puskas Award

Cristiano Ronaldo skips the awards ceremony in London on Monday as his former Real Madrid teammate Luka Modric beat him for the award

The award, which is named after Hungary and Real Madrid great Ferenc Puskas, was the first announced at the Best FIFA Football Awards in London.

The Egyptian striker received the award from musician and Manchester City fan Noel Gallagher and striker Didier Drogba, after his goal against Everton was voted in ahead of the other contending strikes, including the highly fancied overhead kicks from Cristiano Ronaldo against Juventus and Gareth Bale against Liverpool, both in the Champions League.

The impending absence of Ronaldo from Monday's gala has further fueled speculation that the 2018 ward is for Modric.

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He will be out to dethrone Ronaldo, who has endured a mixed start to life as a Juventus player following his €112million move from Madrid, where he scored 44 goals in all competitions last season and won the Champions League for the fifth time in his career.

"It was an unbelievable season, the best season in my life", said Modric.

Luka Modric and N'Golo Kante are paired together in the middle of the park, providing the base for the genius talents of Eden Hazard, Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe - the latter becoming the first teenager to make the World XI after a breathtaking year.

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Real Madrid shot-stopper Thibaut Courtois has just picked up the FIFA Goalkeeper of the Year award.

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.

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

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