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There's No Place For Lionel Messi On Southgate And Rooney's Shortlist

There's No Place For Lionel Messi On Southgate And Rooney's Shortlist

England pair Gareth Southgate and Wayne Rooney failed to recognise the performances of Lionel Messi by declining to vote for the Argentine captain.

Cristiano Ronaldo was ultimately crowned the best player of 2016 following his outings for both club and country.

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The 31-year-old added another Champions League title in 2016, as well as helping guide Portugal to their first major international honour by claiming the European Championship.

And both the England boss and skipper voted Ronaldo as their best player of 2016 though his rival Lionel Messi was snubbed of a place on their shortlist.

Here's who they went for:

Gareth Southgate

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1. Cristiano Ronaldo

2. Antoine Griezmann

3. N'Golo Kante

Wayne Rooney

1. Cristiano Ronaldo

2. Luis Suarez

3. Jamie Vardy

What do you make of their respective votes? Let us know in the comments section below.

Topics: Southgate, Messi, Ronaldo, Rooney

Nasir Jabbar

Nasir Jabbar is a journalist at SPORTbible. He graduated from Bath Spa University with a BA in Media Communications. He's a combat sport aficionado, and has contributed to MMA websites AddictedMMA and CagePotato. Nasir has covered some of the biggest fights, while interviewing the likes of Conor McGregor, Michael Bisping and Anthony Joshua. He's also an avid Bristol City fan.

 

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