How Messi, Ronaldo, Modric VOTED As MO SALAH Misses Out On FIFA Best Player Award
FIFA released the full list of who each international captain voted for in the best player category.
Luka Modric pipped Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah to the FIFA best player award on Monday – but only voted one of them in his top three.
The Croatian captain put former Real Madrid teammate Ronaldo down as number two on his vote slip behind fellow Los Blancos star Raphael Varane.
But Modric omitted Salah completely from his vote, opting instead for Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann at number three instead.
And Modric wasn’t the only one to snub the Egyptian – as Ronaldo and Lionel Messi both cast their votes elsewhere.
Ronaldo mirrored Modric’s vote – picking Varane and Griezmann at first and third, with his second place vote going to the Croatian.
Barcelona’s Lionel Messi could find himself unlucky to not be on the three-man shortlist – but won’t be too disheartened, having nominated Modric (1) and long-term rival Ronaldo (3) in his picks.
Messi chose not to go for Griezmann though, instead choosing the 27-year-old Frenchmen’s teammate Kylian Mbappe in second.
Liverpool’s Salah was not eligible to vote as he is not the international captain for Egypt.
His nations vote was in the hands of El Hadary Essam, who plumped for Salah in first place, before selecting Modric and Ronaldo in second and third respectively.
Salah did have some joy at the awards though, collecting the Puskas Award for goal of the year for his Premier League strike against Everton .
However despite being one of the three nominees for the grand prize, Salah failed to make the FIFPRO World XI of the year – much to some fans dismay.
Elsewhere in the awards, France’s Didier Deschamps picked up coach of the year with Madrid’s Thibaut Courtois winning the Goalkeeper of the Year award.