This year marks the third edition of the annual ceremony, with Federation Internationale de Football Association gathering the biggest names in the sport's past and present to hand out its awards for the past year.
He beat his long-standing teammate Ronaldo and Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah to the prestigious award, while last year's runner-up Messi finished outside the top three for the first time since 2006.
The Best FIFA Men's Player 2018 will be revealed at a ceremony in London on Monday night. Receiving a pass from right back Joe Gomez, Salah shrugged off Cuca Martina, twisted inside Idrissa Gueye, and curled a left-footed shot around Ashley Williams and into the top corner.
The players had their say, and so did the fans, who voted for the Puskás and FIFA Fan Awards, with Mo Salah the ultimate victor of the Puskás Award thanks to his outstanding goal against Everton.
"I have to thank everyone who for voted me".
France's World Cup winning coach Didier Deschamps was chosen as best men's coach, pipping his former team mate Zinedine Zidane to the title.
Who Mikel Obi voted for as the best in the world- credit FIFASource Deposit
Best Women's coach: Reynald Pedros, coach of Lyonnais Féminin - who won the French league and the Women's Champions League last season - picks up the award.
The best goal category - established in 2009 - is inclusive of women, but none appeared on the top 10 list this year.
"It's a great honour and attractive feeling to stand here with this trophy", Modric said upon collecting the award for the first time.
"We all know that being a coach, alone we can't do anything". Without my family I would not be the player I am today.
One of the best musicians of his generation, in a venue fabled for its musical history, then watched on as the orchestrators of wonderful music on football pitches the world over were honoured as The Best in London.
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