Mohamed Salah picked up 11.23 percent of the total vote to finish in third overall, though it was mostly the captains of minor Federation Internationale de Football Association nations who backed the Egyptian winger. Legendary Brazilian forward Marta and first-time nominee Reynald Pedros were rewarded as The Best FIFA Women's Player and Women's coach respectively.
However he did claim the FIFA Puskas Award for his solo effort against Everton last season.
The back four is dominated by Real men; with Marcelo, Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos positioned next to PSG right-back Dani Alves.
Arguably, the 2nd XI's front three of Neymar, Mohamed Salah and World Cup Golden Boot-winner Harry Kane would fit nicely into the World XI.
"And to score that many goals in England - this is a hard league the Premier League, that's why it's the best in the league.
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Arguably one of the best ever CL goals?".
And Steve Sidwell agreed with Merson that Salah should have been named in the team of the year with Thibaut Courtois also missing out despite being crowned the best goalkeeper in the world.
"I hope this is not the last prize of the night", said Salah.
Salah's teammate James Milner spoke for several fans with his take on the award.