The Best Footballers of 2018


Towards the end of each year, a number of awards are given to football players from a variety of different organizations from UEFA to FIFA. These awards range from best footballer of the year to the best goalkeeper and everything in between. Last year, not only did we get the regular annual awards, we also got World Cup awards following the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Below are the biggest awards in football and the players who secured them for 2018: 
 

Ballon d’Or


Modric wins Ballon d'Or 2018 and ends Messi and Ronaldo's reign
 
The Ballon d’Or is arguably one of the most sought awards in all of football. The award was implemented in 1956 by French weekly magazine, France Football and celebrates the best player of the year.
 
Winner: Luka Modrić
Country: Croatia
Club: Real Madrid
 

World Cup


World Cup 2018 awards
 
The 2019 FIFA World Cup was hosted in Russia with France being crowned champions for a second time after beating Croatia in the final.
 
Golden Ball - The Golden Ball is awarded to the tournament’s best player overall.
Winner: Luka Modrić
Country: Croatia
Club: Real Madrid
 
Golden Boot - The Golden Boot is awarded to the player that scores the most goals during the tournament.
Winner: Harry Kane
Country: England
Club: Tottenham Hotspur
 
Golden Glove - The Golden Glove award is given to the best goalkeeper of the tournament.
Winner: Thibaut Courtois
Country: Belgium
Club: Chelsea
 
Best Young Player
Winner: Kylian Mbappé
Country: France
Club: Paris Saint-Germain
 

UEFA


UEFA awards
 
UEFA is the governing body of European club football. As a result, players are only eligible for UEFA awards if they play for a European football club.
 
Best Men’s Player
Winner: Luka Modrić
Country: Croatia
Club: Real Madrid
 
Best Women’s Player
Winner: Pernille Harder
Country: Denmark
Club: Wolfsburg
 

FIFA


FIFA The Best 2018 awards
 
FIFA is the governing body of world football. Although some of the winners below overlap with World Cup winners, the annual FIFA awards examines players’ performance throughout the year at both the international and club level.
 
Best Men’s Player
Winner: Luka Modrić
Country: Croatia
Club: Real Madrid
 
Best Goalkeeper
Winner: Thibaut Courtois
Country: Belgium
Club: Chelsea
 
Best Women’s Player
Winner: Marta
Country: Brazil
Club: Orlando Pride
 

Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year

 
The Football Writers’ Association is an organisation of journalists and correspondents that cover football fixtures for English newspapers and agencies. Members of the association vote on which player they feel has excelled in English football during the year.
 
Winner: Mohamed Salah
Country: Egypt
Club: Liverpool

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Professional Footballers’ Association Players’ Player of the Year

 
The Professional Footballers’ Association is an organisation of footballers who play professionally in England and Wales. The association’s Player’s Player of the Year is awarded to the best player in English football for the year. The awarded is coveted within the English footballing community as it is recognition from peers within the game.
 
Winner: Mohamed Salah
Country: Egypt
Club: Liverpool
 
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Published: 01/14/2019