For the second consecutive year, the Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski was recognized in some votes that are distributed after the election of eleven finalists by a group of experts with a long history in the world of football, the votes of coaches and captains of the 211 teams FIFA members, specialized journalists and fans.
Among the three finalists, the winner Lewandowski was voted with one point by Egypt's captain Mohamed Salah and received none from the Argentine. Leo Messi, who chose to distribute his votes between two teammates from his new clubgiving five to Neymar and three to Kylian Mbappe, with his last vote dedicated to Karim Benzema, with whom he starred in numerous Spanish football classics.
Both the Spanish coach Luis Enrique and his captain Busquets agreed to support Messi and Lewandowski as first choices, and the coach opted for Jorginho as the final point, while the midfielder stayed with Erling Haaland.
Spanish coaches who manage teams like Joaquín Caparros, with Armenia, who opted for Lewandowski, Benzema and Haaland; or Roberto Martínez, in charge of Belgium, who stayed with his player Kevin De Bruyne ahead of Jorginho and Lewandowski.
Surprising were the votes of the Portugal manager Fernando Santos, who did not choose Cristiano Ronaldo and distributed his votes between N'Golo Kanté, Jorginho and Lewandowski. And in captains those of the Welshman Gareth Bale, who preferred to vote for Lewandowski ahead of his partner at Real Madrid Benzema. Austrian David Alaba also opted for his former Bayern teammate over Karim, with whom he shares a Madrid dressing room.
the portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo did not vote for Messi and his points were shared between Lewandowski, Kanté and Jorginho; while Modric and Eden Hazard went home opting for Benzema, in the case of the Belgian ahead of his teammate Kevin De Bruyne.
Benzema was also the first choice of his coach, Didier Deschamps, and captain Hugo Lloris, who coincided in their votes for Karim ahead of Mbappé and Kanté.
some of the votes
Sergio Busquets (Spain): Messi, Lewandowski and Haaland.
Luis Enrique Martínez (Spain): Messi, Lewandowski and Jorginho.
Lionel Messi (Argentina): Neymar, Mbappé and Benzema.
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal): Lewandowski, Kante and Jorginho.
Mohamed Salah (Egypt): Jorginho, Messi and Lewandowski.
Luka Modric (Croatia): Benzema, Jorginho and Lewandowski.
David Alaba (Austria): Lewandowski, Benzema and Jorginho.
Eden Hazard (Belgium): Benzema, Kevin De Bruyne and Jorginho.
Gareth Bale (Wales): Lewandowski, Benzema and Salah.
Hugo Lloris (France): Benzema, Mbappé and Kanté.
Harry Kane (England): Lewandowski, Messi and Kante.
Manuel Neuer (Germany): Lewandowski, Salah and Kanté.
Giorgio Chiellini (Italy): Jorginho, Lewandowski and Kante.
Martin Odegaard (Norway): Benzema, Haaland and Messi.
Jan Oblak (Slovenia): Messi, Kante and Lewandowski.
Diego Godin (Uruguay): Kante, Jorginho and Messi.
Claudio Bravo (Chile): Messi, Lewandowski and Salah.
David Ospina (Colombia): Messi, Lewandowski and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Guillermo Ochoa (Mexico): Messi, Lewandowski and Cristiano Ronaldo
Didier Deschamps (France): Benzema, Mbappé and Kante.
Lionel Scaloni (Argentina): Messi, Mbappé and Neymar.
Roberto Mancini (Italy): Jorginho, Lewandowski and Mbappé.
Fernando Santos (Portugal): Kante, Jorginho and Lewandowski.
Joaquín Caparros (Armenia): Lewandowski, Benzema and Haaland.
Roberto Martínez (Belgium): De Bruyne, Jorginho and Lewandowski.
Carlos Queiroz (Egypt): Salah, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lewandowski.