Legends line up to slate duo's FIFA award absence

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Salah has finished third in the annual Federation Internationale de Football Association award behind the victor Luka Modric, and Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo who came in the second place, however the Egyptian won a consolation prize in the Puskas award for his strike against Everton.

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.

Kerr also took out the 2017 AFC women's player of the year award for her efforts as the leading goalscorer in the 2017 Tournament of Nations, in which the Matildas beat United States, Japan and Brazil for the title.

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Among the others honored in London were Peru's travelling supporters, who lit up their first World Cup in 36 years and German player Lennart Thy.

The 33-year-old was voted Player of the Tournament in Russian Federation as well as at the FIFA Club World Cup - with the latter one of his four trophies in addition to the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup and the Supercopa de Espana.

'First of all I would like to give congratulations to Mohamed and Cristiano (Ronaldo) for the great seasons they had'.

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Modric went on to thank his family, fans who voted for him, and Zvonimir Boban, the captain of the Croatian 1998 World Cup team that achieved a third-place finish in France, calling him his "footballing idol".

The voting system is decided by national team managers, national captains, media representatives and an online vote.

"Two guys we don't know", actor Idris Elba, who hosted the show, said after highlighting the absence of Messi and Ronaldo.

World Cup golden Glove victor Thibaut Courtois was named The Best Goalkeeper but he was beaten to the number one spot in the FifPro World 11 team by David de Gea.

The evening did not represent a complete changing of the guard, though, as both Messi and Ronaldo were named to the FIFA/FIFPro World 11, a fantasy football side selected by 25,000 professional footballers from 65 countries.

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