The FIFA Best Player Award’s 2018 – Player votes revealed

The FIFA Best Player Award’s 2018 – Player votes revealed

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Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s votes for last night’s FIFA Best Player Award’s have been revealed, as Luka Modric clinches top spot

Last night, Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric deservedly claimed the highly sought after FIFA Men’s Player of the Year award, beating players such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Mohamed Salah to the coveted trophy. Modric endured a fantastic season last term, guiding Croatia to their first ever World Cup final and winning the Champions League with Real Madrid.

The award was determined by a collection of votes from every country’s captain, manager and designated media officials. Modric claimed 29.05% of the vote, 10% higher than Ronaldo’s 19.08% and streets ahead of Mo Salah’s 11.23%. Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, who won the award back in 2009, did not make the shortlist this time around.

The voting worked off a points-based system; everyone who voted had to nominate their top three players in order. The player ranked in first-place would then receive five points, second-place would receive three points, with third-place receiving one point. FIFA revealed a breakdown of the results to everybody after the ceremony.

Although he failed to make the final three, Lionel Messi voted for arch-rival Cristiano Ronaldo in third-place, with PSG’s Kylian Mbappe in second and eventual winner Luka Modric in first. Messi’s generosity towards Ronaldo was not reciprocated by the Juventus front man however, as he voted for Atletico Madrid attacker Antoine Griezmann (3rd), Modric (2nd) and former Real Madrid team-mate Raphael Varane (1st).

England and Tottenham striker Harry Kane received just two first-place votes from Chinese Taipeo coach Gary White and Bahama’s manager Dion Godent. However, the World Cup Golden Boot winner failed to register a single top vote among any of his fellow players. Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate voted for Modric, Varane and Eden Hazard in that order, while Republic or Ireland manager Martin O’Neil favoured Lionel Messi, with Ronaldo and Salah propping up the remainder of his top three.

Liverpool and Egypt star Mohamed Salah obtained 11.23% of the vote, leaving him third behind both Ronaldo and Modric.

Manager’s votes:

Roberto Martinez (Belgium) – 1, Luka Modric 2, Raphael Varane 3, Lionel Messi

Marcello Lippi (China) – 1, Kylian Mbappe 2, Luka Modric 3, Eden Hazard

Zlatko Dalic (Croatia) – 1, Luka Modric 2, Lionel Messi 3, Cristiano Ronaldo

Gareth Southgate (England) – 1, Luka Modric 2, Raphael Varane 3, Eden Hazard

Didier Deschamps (France) – 1, Antoine Griezmann 2, Raphael Varane 3, Kylian Mbappe

Joachim Low (Germany) – 1, Luka Modric 2, Kylian Mbappe 3, Eden Hazard

Carlos Queiroz (Iran) – 1, Luka Modric 2, Kylian Mbappe 3, Eden Hazard

Roberto Mancini (Italy) – 1, Cristiano Ronaldo 2, Kylian Mbappe 3, Luka Modric

Abel Xavier (Mozambique) – 1, Luka Modric 2, Kylian Mbappe 3, Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronald Koeman (Netherlands) – 1, Kevin De Bruyne 2, Antoine Griezmann 3, Luka Modric

Michael O’Neill (Northern Ireland) – 1, Mohamed Salah 2, Luka Modric 3, Kevin De Bruyne

Fernando Santos (Portugal) – 1, Cristiano Ronaldo 2, Luka Modric 3, Eden Hazard

Martin O’Neill (Ireland) – 1, Lionel Messi 2, Cristiano Ronaldo 3, Mohamed Salah

Alex McLeish (Scotland) – 1, Mohamed Salah 2, Eden Hazard 3, Luka Modric

Luis Enrique (Spain) – 1, Lionel Messi 2, Luka Modric 3, Mohamed Salah

Andriy Shevchenko (Ukraine) – 1, Luka Modric 2, Cristiano Ronaldo 3, Antoine Griezmann

Oscar Tabarez (Uruguay) – 1, Antoine Griezmann 2, Eden Hazard 3, Lionel Messi

Ryan Giggs (Wales) – 1, Luka Modric 2, Kylian Mbappe 3, Cristiano Ronaldo

England manager Gareth Southgate voted for Modric, Varane and Chelsea’s Eden Hazard.

Captain’s votes:

Lionel Messi (Argentina) – 1, Luka Modric 2, Kylian Mbappe 3, Cristiano Ronaldo

Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Armenia) – 1, Luka Modric 2, Kylian Mbappe 3, Cristiano Ronaldo

Eden Hazard (Belgium) – 1, Luka Modric 2, Raphael Varane 3, Kylian Mbappe

Edin Dzeko (Bosnia-Herzegovina) – 1, Luka Modric 2, Mohamed Salah 3, Cristiano Ronaldo

Miranda (Brazil) – 1, Cristiano Ronaldo 2, Kylian Mbappe 3, Lionel Messi

Radamel Falcao (Colombia) – 1, Luka Modric 2, Cristiano Ronaldo 3, Kylian Mbappe

Serge Aurier (Ivory Coast) – 1,Cristiano Ronaldo 2, Raphael Varane 3, Luka Modric

Luka Modric (Croatia) – 1, Raphael Varane 2, Cristiano Ronaldo 3, Antoine Griezmann

Antonio Valencia (Ecuador) – 1, Lionel Messi 2, Cristiano Ronaldo 3, Luka Modric

Harry Kane (England) – 1, Cristiano Ronaldo 2, Lionel Messi 3, Kevin De Bruyne

Ragnar Klavan (Estonia) – 1, Mohamed Salah 2, Luka Modric 3, Antoine Griezmann

Hugo Lloris (France) – 1, Raphael Varane 2, Antoine Griezmann 3, Kylian Mbappe

Manuel Neuer (Germany) – 1, Eden Hazard 2, Luka Modric 3, Raphael Varane

Giorgio Chiellini (Italy) – 1, Cristiano Ronaldo 2, Luka Modric 3, Mohamed Salah

Ki Sung-yueng (South Korea) – 1, Luka Modric 2, Cristiano Ronaldo 3, Kylian Mbappe

Stevan Jovetic (Montenegro) – 1, Luka Modric 2, Kylian Mbappe 3, Lionel Messi

Virgil van Dijk (Netherlands) – 1, Mohamed Salah 2, Kevin De Bruyne 3, Kylian Mbappe

Winston Reid (New Zealand) – 1, Cristiano Ronaldo 2, Lionel Messi 3, Raphael Varane

John Obi Mikel (Nigeria) – 1, Lionel Messi 2, Kylian Mbappe 3, Luka Modric

Steven Davis (Northern Ireland) – 1, Mohamed Salah 2, Luka Modric 3, Cristiano Ronaldo

Robert Lewandowski (Poland) – 1, Luka Modric 2, Raphael Varane 3, Kylian Mbappe

Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) – 1, Raphael Varane 2, Luka Modric 3, Antoine Griezmann

Seamus Coleman (Ireland) – 1, Luka Modric 2, Cristiano Ronaldo 3, Lionel Messi

Cheikhou Kouyate (Senegal) – 1, Luka Modric 2, Cristiano Ronaldo 3, Kylian Mbappe

Aleksandar Kolarov (Serbia) – 1, Lionel Messi 2, Kevin De Bruyne 3, Luka Modric

Martin Skrtel (Slovakia) – 1,Luka Modric 2, Kylian Mbappe 3, Mohamed Salah

Sergio Ramos (Spain) – 1, Luka Modric 2, Cristiano Ronaldo 3, Lionel Messi

Stephan Lichtsteiner (Switzerland) – 1, Cristiano Ronaldo 2, Lionel Messi 3, Antoine Griezmann

Diego Godin (Uruguay) – 1, Antoine Griezmann 2, Mohamed Salah 2, Luka Modric

Ashley Williams (Wales) – 1, Luka Modric 2, Kylian Mbappe 3, Eden Hazard

Although neither were present at last nights ceremony, Messi’s vote for Ronaldo was not reciprocated by Ronaldo, who left him out of his top three.

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