Croatia captain Luka Modrić, defender Joško Gvardiol and goal keeper Dominik Livaković have earned recognition in the world’s best awards conducted by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS).
Lionel Messi was named the world’s best player in 2022, a year in which he captained Argentina to World Cup glory.
Messi comfortably took the no.1 spot with 275 points, 240 more points than second placed Kylian Mbappé, who scored a hat-trick in the World Cup final.
Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, who won the won the Ballon d’Or in 2022, took third place, just ahead of his club teammate, Luka Modrić.
Modrić, who led Croatia to third place at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar and won his fifth Champions League trophy with Real Madrid, collected 15 points.
Manchester City striker Erling Haaland was named in 5th place with 5 points.
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Meanwhile, Dominik Livaković was named the 4th best goal keeper in the world thanks to his heroics at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
Thibaut Courtois took away the award, with Argentina’s World Cup winning keeper Emiliano Martinez in second place and Morocco’s Yassine Bounou third.
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Gvardiol finished third in the Best Youth Player (U20) Award. England’s Jude Bellingham took the award with the most points (115), followed by Jamal Musiala (95) from Bayern Munich and the Croatian in third place (55 points).
The IFFHS World’s Best Player award was founded in 1988. In 1991, FIFA President Sepp Blatter asked IFFHS to let this award to FIFA to become FIFA World Player of the Year.
In 2020, IFFHS decided bring the awards back with Robert Lewandowski winning it in 2020 and 2021.
More about the awards here.