Who is the best player of 2018

"Guardian" list: These are the 100 best footballers of 2018

Place there, Messi! Get out of the way, Ronaldo!

After six years of supremacy between the two superstars, there is a new winner in the “Guardian's” vote of the 100 best footballers of 2018 - Luka Modric! The Croat, who was previously recognized as a world footballer and received the Ballon d'Or, collected 246 points more than runner-up Ronaldo and was 284 points ahead of Messi.

The “Guardian” had a 225-strong expert jury voted for the list, made up of former players such as Javier Zanetti, Zico, Marcio Amoroso, Youri Mulder and Lutz Pfannenstiel as well as trainers and journalists from 69 countries. With Christian Falk and Tobias Altschäffl, two SPOR BILD reporters also cast their votes.

Each individual jury member was given a list of over 500 players from the top leagues on all continents and selected their own personal Top 40 from these.According to their placement, the respective player received points (1st place: 40 pts., 2nd place: 39th Pt., Etc.). The top 100 that has now been published is derived from the total number of points from all 225 ballot papers.

Every voter had Modric, who won the Champions League with Madrid and led Croatia to the World Cup final, at least in the top 40, 79 placed the Real player in first place. While many expected names appear in the top 10, such as world champions Kylian Mbappé or Antoine Griezmann, one player is missing: Neymar, who was eliminated with Brazil in the World Cup quarter-finals, only finished eleventh.

The best German is Toni Kroos in 22nd, the best-placed player in the Bundesliga is Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski. Mesut Özil, on the other hand, experienced a violent crash. The Arsenal playmaker fell from 67th to 99th place. Dortmund's go-getter Jadon Sancho just barely missed the best list as 103rd, just like Barça's Ousmane Dembélé.

You can read in the gallery above which German players and ex-Bundesliga stars made it into the 100 best footballers of 2018!

You can find the complete ranking here.