FIFA have revealed the names behind the votes for this year’s Player of the Year award at ‘The Best’ award gala, with 7 voters having opted to include Tottenham striker Harry Kane in their top 3.
The award ceremony was held in London tonight, with prizes for the likes of goal of the year, fanbase of the year and manager of the year also up for grabs.
However, without doubt the most prestigious accolade handed out was that for player of the year, with the trio of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar all up for the title.
Unsurprisingly, the former two were labelled as clear favourites in the buildup to tonight’s ceremony, with Ronaldo holding a slight edge due to Real Madrid winning both La Liga and the Champions League last season.
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So it came as little surprise to anyone when the award was indeed handed to the Portuguese superstar, who netted the prize for the second year running.
The award is voted for by media representatives, national team coaches and national team captains, with FIFA having since released the figures regarding who voted for who.
Much of the discussion surrounding the ballots in the aftermath of the ceremony centered around who Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo opted for, with both, rather unsurprisingly, have selected a trio of club teammates as their candidates for Player of the Year.
Voting for The Best as national team captains:
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However, another star who many have queried regarding votes garnered is prolific Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane.
The English international has notched a staggering 45 goals in 40 appearances for club and country to this point in 2017, with a number of pundits of the opinion that the 24-year-old is currently the best centre-forward in world football.
Though Kane didn’t manage to rack up the number of votes that many will no doubt argue he deserved based on his sensational exploits this year, the Spurs star was included in the top 3 of 7 voters.
These voters were as follows (be warned, you will likely only recognise 2 names):
Troy Caesar Kavon, captain of the British Virgin Islands (placed Kane in 3rd)
Hugo Lloris, captain of France and Kane’s Tottenham teammate (3rd)
Anthony Griffith, captain of Montserrat (2nd)
Dion Godet, coach of the Bahamas (3rd)
Chris Coleman, coach of Wales (3rd)
Ung Chamroeun, media representative from Cambodia (2nd)
Raymond Nase, media representative from Vanuatu (1st)