Cristiano Ronaldo Has Never Voted For Lionel Messi In 'The Best' Or Ballon d'Or Awards
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi picked up a record sixth FIFA Best Men's Player of the Year award on Monday night, beating Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk to the prestigious title.
It was a deserved victory for the 32-year-old, who scored 54 goals in 58 games for club and country last season compared to Cristiano Ronaldo's 31 in 47.
Lionel Messi wins FIFA Best Men's Player:- .♛. (@theCyberNewt) September 23, 2019
:zap: :keycap_ten:th La Liga title
:zap: :five::one: goals to take his Barca tally to 603!
:zap: :five::zero:+ goals a season for the SIXTH time
:zap: :three::five:+ La Liga goals a season for the fifth time
:zap: Top scorer in Spain for the sixth time
:heart_eyes:You love to see it:heart_eyes:#TheBest pic.twitter.com/rhTf0L4mB9
Following the award ceremony in Milan, the full list of voting was revealed, highlighting that Lionel Messi had voted for Liverpool's Sadio Mane as his number one choice.
Messi also placed long term rival Cristiano Ronaldo in second and teammate Frenkie de Jong in third.
Ronaldo, on the other hand, gave new Juventus teammate Matthijs de Ligt his top pick, with former Ajax midfielder De Jong second and PSG forward Kylian Mbappe third.
None of the 34-year-old's likely rivals featured in his top three, a regular trend in his voting patterns down the years.
Cristiano Ronaldo has NEVER voted for Lionel Messi :flushed: pic.twitter.com/CY9W9gGv75- ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) September 24, 2019
As you can see in the above graphic, Ronaldo has often voted for current teammates in either The Best or Ballon d'Or awards.
The former Real Madrid forward decided to pick Champions League and World Cup winner Rafael Varane in last year's FIFA Best awards, while Messi voted for eventual winner Luka Modric.
But one particular trend is clear - Ronaldo has never voted for Lionel Messi, while the Argentinian delivered twice in 2018 and 2019.
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Ronaldo has never voted for Messi though. Not even when he deserved it. :blush: https://t.co/QbwliM281u- Saviola (@LilTrendy) September 23, 2019
#FIFABestAwards - How Cristiano Ronaldo has voted (never for Lionel Messi) :flushed:- Francis Keogh (@HonestFrank) September 24, 2019
2019: Matthijs de Light, Frenkie de Jong, Kylian Mbappe
2018: Raphael Varane, Luka Modric, Antoine Griezmann
2017: Luka Modric, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo
2016: Gareth Bale, Luka Modric, Sergio Ramos pic.twitter.com/SkfFhbpZBh
The Barcelona forward failed to get in the top three for either award last year but things have certainly changed this time around.
If you're interested, here is the full list of voting from captain's of every country.
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