The Top 10 At The Best FIFA Awards And What Percentage They Got
Luka Modric finally broke the cycle of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi winning all the top awards when he won the Best FIFA Men's Player Award at a ceremony in London but just how far ahead of Ronaldo and Mo Salah did he finish?
For the past 10 years every major award in football has gone to either Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi. The pair have five Ballon d'Ors apiece and Ronaldo had taken home the first two 'The Best' awards.
Last night was very different though. Messi didn't even make it into the final three with Luka Modric, Mo Salah and Ronaldo taking the places on the podium but we didn't know in what order.
Having helped Real Madrid to their third Champions League win in a row and then been the best player and most integral cog in the machine as Croatia got to the World Cup final for the first time the award went to Modric.
Ronaldo, who wasn't at the award ceremony, ended with a silver medal and Salah's heroics to get Liverpool to the Champions League final earned him the bronze.
The vote wasn't even close with Modric garnering nearly 10% more than Ronaldo. Here's how the top 10 finished:
Messi didn't even make the top four with PSG's Kylian Mbappe beating him to fifth. The results prove how heavily towards the Champions League and World Cup the awards are weighted.
Messi didn't have a bad season at all but Barcelona's failure in Europe and Argentina's failure in Russia clearly hampered him against players whose teams did well in at least one of the two competitions.
On winning the award Modric said, "It's a great honour and a beautiful feeling to stand here with this amazing trophy.
"First of all, I would like to give congratulations to Mohamed [Salah] and Cristiano [Ronaldo] for the great season that they've had and I'm sure in the future they will have another opportunity to fight for this trophy."
Will the Croatian go on to end the duopoly in the Ballon d'Or?