Last year's winner Ronaldo finished in second after claiming his fifth Champions League title, while AntoineGriezmann surprisingly pipped compatriot KylianMbappe into third following France’s World Cup victory.
Messi came in fifth, making it the first time since 2006 that the five-time winner was not in the top three, while Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah was the highest-placed Premier League player in sixth.
FRANCE’S WORLD CUP WINNERS
Six of France’s World Cup winners were named in the top 30. Griezmann topped the lot in third, with Mbappe fourth. RaphaelVarane (seventh), N’GoloKante (11th), PaulPogba (15th) and HugoLloris (joint 29th) also featured.
Griezmann was named man-of-the-match in the 4-2 World Cup final win against Croatia, scoring one and assisting another. Pogba was also on target in that win, so too Mbappe, who picked up the Best Young Player award in Russia. The PSG striker - named the best U21 player of 2018 on Monday - also finished fourth in FIFA's The Best awards earlier this year, with Griezmann down in sixth.
TOP TEN FOR KANE
Tottenham striker Harry Kane finished 10th having picked up the World Cup Golden Boot in Russia, where England reached the semi-finals.
He was the fourth-highest Premier League player on the list, with Salah, Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne above him.
Harry Kane (England)
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As well as French trio Kante, Pogba and Lloris, the other Premier League players to make the cut were SergioAguero (16th), RobertoFirmino (joint 19th), SadioMane (joint 22nd) and AlissonBecker (joint 25th).