"At this particular moment, I would like to mention my footballing idol [Zvonimir Boban] and captain of Croatia generation 1998 and their first participation [at the World Cup finals as Croatia] and bronze in France".
The FIFA Puskás Award is an award established on 20 October 2009 at the behest of then-president Sepp Blatter, in order to award the player, male or female, judged to have scored the most aesthetically significant, or "most beautiful", goal of the year.
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. Join the The Real Champs team!
Modric beat Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah to the award, with Messi - instrumental in Barca's La Liga and Copa del Rey double last term - not making it through to the last three. The two players did not attend the ceremony.
Elsewhere at the lavish awards ceremony in London, French World Cup-winning manager Didier Deschamps claimed the Best Men's Coach award, while Liverpool's Mohamed Salah won the Puskas award for goal of the season.
With Real Madrid, Modric won the third consecutives Champions League.
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"It was an unbelievable season, the best season in my life", Modric said.
There were several ifs and buts leading to the Best XI, but everything was put to rest by the glamour these superstars brought with them.
In the summer his worldwide team-mate Dejan Lovren said: "Modric would probably be getting more attention if he was German or Spanish".
From the Madrid team that lifted the Champions League in Kiev, five have been picked compared to just one by Barcelona.
Individual player awards often dominate the news in modern football, with so much coverage given to prizes such as FIFA's awards and the Ballon d'Or. She also grabbed 13 goals and six assists as Orlando Pride reached the NWSL play-off semi-finals in the United States.
Belgium's Thibaut Courtois was awarded the Best Goalkeeper award, with the now Real Madrid player having enjoyed an impressive World Cup, following a strong final season at Chelsea.