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More tougher years ahead – 2018 FIFA Best Players Modric and Marta admit


Both Luka Modric and Marta have admitted that the years ahead of their careers will be difficult after they reigned supreme at The Best FIFA Football Awards.

Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric shrugged off competitions from former club teammate and Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo and Egypt and Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah to win The Best FIFA Men’s Player 2018 award while Marta became The Best FIFA Women’s Player for 2018 after beating fellow nominees Ada Hegerberg and Dzsenifer Marozsan.

While Modric, 33, broke the Cristiano Ronaldo/Lionel Messi duopoly, the 32-year-old Marta was crowned as the world’s best for the sixth time in the Brazilian female star’s career that has spanned close to 20 years.

“It’s not going to be easy. Like I said before, I always like to improve in every way, but if I can maintain this kind of form, it would be incredible. It’s not easy to reach the top, but staying there is even harder. I’ve been at the top for a few years now and I hope I can stay there for a few more”, Luka Modric told Fifa.com.

On her part, Marta noted that receiving such important awards are always moments of magic in her life. “What athlete wouldn’t want to be in that pantheon and compete for a prize that has as much prestige as this one?

“I’m very happy. But at the same time, I realize that a great responsibility comes with it and that is to always reach and search for your best but, yes, I'm very happy”, Marta added.
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