FIFA Best Men's Player 2017: Who voted for Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar?
Who did most national team captains vote for as the Best Player in 2017?
Cristiano Ronaldo was crowned the FIFA Best Player of the Year for 2017 during The Best FIFA Football Awards at The London Palladium on Monday night. It is his second consecutive FIFA Best award and he is now tied with Lionel Messi with five wins for the award that has taken on many names.
Voters: The Best Player is decided by a number of people who are allowed to vote. Fans were also allowed to cast their vote and the decision was equally split between fans, national team captains, coaches and a section of the media.
Points: They were all allowed to pick three players with the first choice getting 5 points the second choice getting 3 points and the third choice player getting 1 point.
Ratio: Each section of voters (fans, captains, coaches and media) have an equal 25% share of the vote. The four percentages are then added to reveal the final winner.
Period: The voting period for the men's award was for performances between 20 November 2016 to 6 August 2017.
FIFA released the list of final votes made by the captains of various national teams. One look at the list is all you need to see that a number of captains voted either for their compatriots or teammates at their respective clubs.
Here is how some of the most popular teams' captains voted.
Argentina (Lionel Messi): Luis Suarez, Andres Iniesta, Neymar
Belgium (Eden Hazard): N'Golo Kante, Ronaldo, Luka Modric
Bosnia & Herzegovina (Edin Dzeko): Ronaldo, Gianluigi Buffon, Messi
Brazil (Dani Alves): Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo
Colombia (James Rodriguez): Ronaldo, Sergio Ramos, Robert Lewandowski
England (Jordan Henderson): Ronaldo, Messi, Suarez
France (Hugo Lloris): Ronaldo, Ramos, Harry Kane
Germany (Manuel Neuer): Kroos, Lewandowski, Arturo Vidal
India (Sunil Chhetri): Ramos, Ronaldo, Messi
Italy (Gianluigi Buffon): Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala, Modric
Netherlands (Arjen Robben): Ronaldo, Ramos, Marcelo
Poland (Robert Lewandowski): Neuer, Vidal, Ronaldo
Portugal (Cristiano Ronaldo): Modric, Ramos, Marcelo
Spain (Sergio Ramos): Ronaldo, Messi, Modric
Uruguay (Diego Godin): Suarez, Antoine Griezmann, Messi
USA (Michael Bradley): Ronaldo, Ramos, Messi