Messi scooped soccer’s most prestigious individual prize on Monday night when he was voted “The Best FIFA Men’s Player” for the first time.
The award, formerly known as the FIFA Ballon d’Or, is voted for equally by four separate groups — national team coaches, national team captains, media representatives, and the public — who each represent 25% of the final poll.
As per tradition, following this year’s ceremony in Milan, the full breakdown of voting was released by FIFA.
The document shows that Messi voted for Liverpool’s Sadio Mane, Ronaldo, and Dutch youngster Frenkie de Jong as his top three players, while Ronaldo chose to omit the Argentine from his line-up, instead opting to vote for Matthijs de Ligt, Frenkie de Jong, and Kylian Mbappe.
This means Ronaldo continued his trend of ignoring Messi in his vote for the top three players in the world — something he has done for nearly a decade.
Both Messi and Ronaldo have been guilty of omitting players fro