Modric at No.1, Messi in 11th – are these the 25 best players of 2018?

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Features editor Carlo Garganese is on the Goal 50 panel – and he has revealed the players he voted for as his best of 2018

The 2018 Goal 50 is now just days away. On Tuesday, November 13, we will reveal the world's 50 best players of the past 12 months.

The prestigious annual award, which has been ranking the top performers on the planet since 2008, was last year presented to Cristiano Ronaldo after he helped Real Madrid retain the Champions League.

The Portugal international has since moved on to Juventus but is one of the favourites to take the prize again this year after more European glory with his previous employers.

However, he faces stiff competition from the likes of Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, former Madrid team-mate Luka Modric, Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and France’s World Cup heroes Kylian Mbappe, Raphael Varane and Antoine Griezmann.

Chief editors and correspondents from Goal's 42 editions around the world all cast their votes, with candidates judged on their level of consistency over the previous season of action, their big-game performances, footballing legacy and the success of their teams at both club and international level.

As a little teaser ahead of the big countdown, we can reveal who one of the 50 voters  – Goal features editor and Italian football expert Carlo Garganese – selected in his list.

Each voter was required to name their best 25 players of 2017-18, with their top pick earning 25 points and their last pick gaining one point. The points accumulated from all voters were then added up to form next week's Goal 50.

Carlo chose Madrid and Croatia hero Modric as his No.1, after the midfielder won the Champions League and led his country to an historic second-placed finish at the World Cup. He picked last year’s winner Ronaldo in second and Liverpool star Salah in third.

The winner of the 2015 Goal 50, Messi, only placed 11th on Carlo's list, after disappointing Champions League and World Cup campaigns overshadowed his brilliant domestic form. Meanwhile, Messi’s former Barcelona team-mate, Neymar, did not make Carlo’s selection at all.

Position Player Club
1 Luka Modric Real Madrid
2 Cristiano Ronaldo Juventus
3 Mohamed Salah Liverpool
4 Marcelo Real Madrid
5 Diego Godin Atletico Madrid
6 Kevin De Bruyne Manchester City
7 Kylian Mbappe PSG
8 Raphael Varane Real Madrid
9 Sergio Ramos Real Madrid
10 Antoine Griezmann Atletico Madrid
11 Lionel Messi Barcelona
12 Eden Hazard Chelsea
13 Alisson Liverpool
14 Harry Kane Tottenham
15 Jorginho Chelsea
16 Sadio Mane Liverpool
17 Sergej Milinkovic-Savic Lazio
18 Douglas Costa Juventus
19 Samuel Umtiti Barcelona
20 Gareth Bale Real Madrid
21 Paul Pogba Manchester United
22 Mario Mandzukic Juventus
23 Milan Skriniar Inter
24 Jan Oblak Atletico Madrid
25 Sergio Aguero Manchester City

Other eye-catching omissions include Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, Barcelona’s Luis Suarez and Juventus’ Paulo Dybala.

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You can see Carlo's full vote above. What do you think of his selections and who would you have in your top 25? Join the debate in the comments section.

Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Goal 50

The Goal 50 is an annual award that both recognises and ranks the world's 50 best footballers of the preceding 12 months. Chief editors and correspondents from Goal's 42 editions around the world all cast their votes, with candidates judged on their level of consistency over the previous year of action, their big-game performances, footballing legacy and the success of their teams at both club and international level.

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