British actor and event host Idris Elba, left, Modric and FIFA President Gianni Infantino after Modric’s win.
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Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has lamented the hype around individual awards in football after Luka Modric was named FIFA's Best Men's Player.Modric beat Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool's Mohamed Salah to win the prize Monday after Lionel Messi was surprisingly left off the final three-man list. Messi was named in FIFA's Fifpro World XI instead but, like Ronaldo, the Argentinian caused a stir by not attending the ceremony in London. FIFA split from the Ballon d'Or in 2016 to launch its own set of accolades, which means there will be a repeat when the Ballon d'Or selects its own winners in December. Valverde also would not criticize Messi and Ronaldo for their absence from the ceremony.
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