The choices of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the Player of the Year award at FIFA’s ‘The Best’ gala tonight have been revealed, with the pair having once again opted to snub each other.
The award ceremony was held in London tonight, with prizes for the likes of goal of the year, fanbase of the year and manager of the year also up for grabs.
However, without doubt the most prestigious accolade handed out was that for player of the year, with the trio of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar all up for the title.
Unsurprisingly, the former two were labelled as clear favourites in the buildup to tonight’s ceremony, with Ronaldo holding a slight edge due to Real Madrid winning both La Liga and the Champions League last season.
And the winner is…
So it came as little surprise to anyone when the award was indeed handed to the Portuguese superstar, who netted the prize for the second year running.
The award is voted for by media representatives, national team coaches, and national team captains, with FIFA having since released the figures regarding who voted for who.
With Ronaldo and Messi considered as being by far and away the finest two players on the planet, it seems only logical that both stars would recognise the talents of the other with a vote in their top 3, right?
Wrong. As has become almost an annual trend, the pair of superstars instead opted to back their club teammates for the accolade, with the 1st, 2nd and 3rd choices of the rivals revealed here:
Voting for The Best as national team captains:
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Other voters of note include Dani Alves, who opted for fellow countryman Neymar in 1st, followed by Messi and Ronaldo, while English skipper Jordan Henderson went for Ronaldo in 1st, Messi in 2nd and former Liverpool teammate Luis Suarez in 3rd.