Luka Modric was named the world's best male player at the Best Fifa Football Awards in London.
The Real Madrid midfielder, 33, beat former team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo, now with Juventus, and Liverpool's Mohamed Salah to the award.
Modric won his third Champions League title in a row in May and guided Croatia to their first World Cup final in July.
Highlights of tonight's ceremony will be on BBC One at 22:45 BST.
Brazil and Orlando Pride forward Marta won the best female player award, while France's Didier Deschamps - whose side beat Modric's Croatia 4-2 in the World Cup final - was named best men's coach.
Salah received the Puskas award for the best goal, for his effort against Everton in the Premier League at Anfield last December.
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