From there, many looked forward to where the remainder of the players would place within the final vote. And there have been some surprises to an extent.
For one, Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar finished ninth within the final vote. except for football fans round the world, they didn't think that Neymar was only the ninth-best player within the world this year.
In the fan’s portion of the award, Neymar finished 2nd behind Lewandowski. While Neymar garnered the second most votes from the fans, the Brazilian finished ninth overall due to his low standing within the coaches (10th), national team captains (10th) and media (11th) portions of the award vote.
Lewandowski finished first altogether four voting groups for the vote, which isn't much of a surprise. except for Neymar, only the fans truly backed the forward within the vote total.
The award vote total is allocated to 25% for every voting group, which is then distributed via scoring points. So since Neymar finished second on the fan’s portion of the vote, he earned 11 scoring points and garnered the remainder of the five scoring points from the coaches, national team captains and media vote combined.
In essence, if it had been not for the fans backing Neymar and placing him second during this portion of the vote, the Brazilian wouldn't finish within the top 10 for the ultimate vote ranking.