Luka Modric is congratulated by Fifa president Gianni Infantino and actor Idris Elba in London on Monday night. Photo: John Sibley/Reuters

CAPE TOWN – Who would you have voted for as Fifa’s The Best player?

Croatia’s captain Luka Modric was a popular winner around the world on Monday night, with many teammates and fans welcoming his victory.

The vote is split four ways equally – fans, national team captains, national team coaches and a select group of media.

Modric won the final vote after being short-listed with Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah of Egypt.

The 33-year-old creative midfielder had an unforgettable season.

He played in the World Cup final – and was awarded the Golden Ball as the best player at the tournament in Russia – won the Champions League and Fifa Club World Cup with Real Madrid, voted as the Uefa Player of the Year and included in the FIFPro Team of the Year.

But Bafana Bafana captain Thulani Hlatshwayo and coach Stuart Baxter didn’t have Modric as their first choices.

The votes by the captains and coaches see the first choice receiving five points, the second three, and third place is worth one point.

Hlatshwayo voted for Ronaldo as his number one, followed by Modric, with young French star Kylian Mbappe third – with the voting done before the final short-list of three.

Baxter’s three picks didn’t make the three-man short-list at all – the Scottish coach chose Messi at number one, and then Belgian duo Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne.

Below are the votes by Messi, Ronaldo and Modric as captains of Argentina, Portugal and Croatia respectively…

Lionel Messi

1 Luka Modric 2 Kylian Mbappe 3 Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo

1 Raphael Varane 2 Luka Modric 3 Antoine Griezmann

Luka Modric

1 Raphael Varane 2 Cristiano Ronaldo 3 Antoine Griezmann

The full list of votes by the captains and coaches



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