Luka Modric wins The Best

Luka Modric wins The Best: Who Ronaldo & Messi voted for revealed by FIFA

The Best Awards are held in London

There was a night of festivities for the good and great of world football in London on Monday night.

FIFA handed out a raft of awards at The Best and there were plenty of deserving winners.

Plus also some curious awards as well. As always, questions are being asked of FIFA this evening.

Mo Salah at The Best

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 24: Mohamed Salah of Liverpool arrives on the Green Carpet ahead of The Best FIFA Football Awards at Royal Festival Hall on September 24, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

The Puskas Award & FIFPro XI

Of the stand out awards handed out on Monday, Mo Salah did win one but it wasn’t what you might expect.

The Egyptian King bagged the 2018 Puskas Award for his Premier League goal for Liverpool against Everton.

Many wondered how Salah won the best goal of the year award considering Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale scored memorable overhead kicks as Real Madrid won the Champions League.

The FIFPro World XI was also announced as follows:

Luka Modric wins men’s player of the year

Other winners on the night included Didier Deschamps as men’s coach of the year and Marta as Women’s Player of the Year.

Breaking the duopoly of Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric won men’s player of the year.

The feat of guiding Croatia to the World Cup final is one that will live long in the memory and Modric was suitably humble on winning the award.

Luka Modric: The Best

Luka Modric: The Best

The top 10 players in the world, according to FIFA

The breakdown on Modric’s victory can be seen here:

The top 10 players in the world in 2018

The top 10 players in the world in 2018


Some of the problems with the FIFA awards tonight

Amongst the main issues with FIFA’s awards night this evening, included:

Mo Salah won the Puskas Award for a goal Messi scores every other week.

Messi was left out of the final three, but made the FIFA World XI.

De Gea was in the World XI but didn’t win goalkeeper of the year.

Salah was named among the final three best players, but didn’t make the World XI.

Who voted for who?

To explain a number of these anomalies we can see who voted for whom, as FIFA announced the breakdown.

Votes are given to national team captains and national team managers, which often includes some of the best players on the planet.

Bias often comes into play…

Messi voted for Ronaldo, Cristiano did not reciprocate!

FIFA published who voted for whom not long after the awards closed.

Here are a selection of how it break down…

The headline news is that Leo Messi voted for Ronaldo in third. Of course, Ronaldo did not vote for Messi…

The full PDF via FIFA is here.

Leo Messi: 1. Luka Modric 2. Kylian Mbappe 3. Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo: 1. Raphael Varane 2. Luka Modric 3. Antoine Griezmann

Harry Kane: 1. Cristiano Ronaldo 2. Leo Messi 3. Kevin De Bruyne

Luka Modric: 1. Raphael Varane 2. Cristiano Ronaldo 3. Antoine Griezmann

Gareth Southgate: 1. Luka Modric 2. Raphael Varane 3. Eden Hazard

Eden Hazard: 1. Luka Modric 2. Raphael Varane 3. Kylian Mbappe

Hugo Lloris: 1. Raphael Varane 2. Antoine Griezmann 3. Kylian Mbappe

Didier Deschamps: 1. Antoine Griezmann 2. Raphael Varane 3. Kylian Mbappe

Related: How Newcastle rejected Luka Modric before he joined Tottenham.

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