Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric has been named the Best Men’s Player at The Best FIFA Football Awards on Monday evening, fighting off competition from fellow nominees Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah. The award caps off an incredible year for Modric, who won his fourth Champions League title with Real Madrid in May, before leading his country to a World Cup final in July and being crowned UEFA Men’s Player of the Year last month.
Coaches, captains and a journalist from FIFA member nations participate in voting. Apart from national team coach Stephen Constantine and skipper Sunil Chhetri, Dhiman Sarkar, a senior football journalist of Hindustan Times was nominated to vote for the coveted prize. It is interesting to find that neither Cristiano Ronaldo nor Lionel Messi received a single vote from India.
Juventus forward Ronaldo had won the two previous Best FIFA awards before this year, but was beaten to this year's crown by his former Real Madrid team-mate and also missed out of the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award to Modric last month. The Portugal star was nominated after playing a vital part in a third successive Champions League title for Real Madrid last season. He was top scorer in the competition with 15 goals and netted 44 goals altogether for Los Blancos in 2017-18, before moving to Juventus in a deal worth a reported €100 million (£90m/$118m).
|Voter||1st Choice (5 points)||2nd Choice (3 points)||3rd Choice (1 point)|
|Sunil Chhetri||Luka Modric||Kylian Mbappe||Kevin De Bruyne|
|Stephen Constantine||Mohamed Salah||Harry Kane||Kevin De Bruyne|
|Dhiman Sarkar||Raphael Varane||Luka Modric||Kevin De Bruyne|