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.
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:
The FIFPro World XI:
David de Gea
Dani Alves, Raphael Varane, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo
Luka Modric, N’Golo Kante
Eden Hazard, Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe
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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.
The top 10 players in the world, according to FIFA
The breakdown on Modric’s victory can be seen here:
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…
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