Messi voted for Ronaldo in FIFA’s The Best awards

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23: Cristiano Ronaldo looks at his trophy as Lionel Messi, Toni Kroos and Leonardo Bonucci are named in The Fifa FifPro World XI during The Best FIFA Football Awards Show on October 23, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

In a very unexpected turn of events, FIFA revealed that Lionel Messi cast one of his votes for The Best award to longtime rival Cristiano Ronaldo.

This is something you don’t see every day, turns out that Lionel Messi has voted Cristiano Ronaldo amongst the best players of 2018 for FIFA’s The Best awards. This is the very first time that the Barcelona star votes his biggest rival as one of the best players of the year, contrary to Ronaldo who didn’t include Messi amongst his favorite players of 2018. This Monday was a day in which both players received a lot of criticism from many football legends, not attending the ceremony was taken as a disrespectful gesture to all of their peers and people like Fabio Capello or Paolo Maldini spoke very openly about the mistake the two stars made. Because every time they knew one of them was going to win, they were always there to get the award, and they fail to attend the gala when they know they won’t feature in the ceremony. But the main topic of this article is that FIFA has revealed the votes of all the national team managers and captains, with Lionel Messi’s picks standing out for choosing Cristiano Ronaldo as the third place among the best players of the year with Luka Modric taking the first place, and Kylian Mbappé taking the second place. We can’t forget that the French youngster eliminated Lío and Argentina in the World Cup with a brace, something that made a big impression on Messi.

But the fact that the Argentine chose Cristiano Ronaldo and the Portuguese still hasn’t chosen Lionel, is something very interesting, to say the least. What is even more surprising is that Messi took these picks even though he wasn’t even nominated for the award, he ended in fifth place among the best players in the world this year after all the votes were counted. The first place was Luka Modric with 29.05% of the votes, second place was Cristiano Ronaldo with 19.08%, then Mohamed Salah followed with 11.23%, in fourth place we have Kylian Mbappé with 10.53%, then Messi had 9.81% of the votes, followed by Antoine Griezmann with 6.69%, Eden Hazard got 5.65%, Kevin de Bruyne got 3.54%, Raphael Varane got 3.45%, and Harry Kane finally got only 0.98% of the votes. The most surprising spot here was Kylian Mbappé’s, who was very close to reaching the podium and taking Mohamed Salah’s spot alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Luka Modric. You can check all the voters for The Best Award and the percentages at FIFA.com, but we will break down some of the most interesting voters down below.

Gareth Southgate – England manager: Luka Modric (1st) Raphael Varane (2nd) Eden Hazard (3rd).

Alex Mcleish – Scotland manager: Mohamed Salah (1st) Eden Hazard (2nd) Luka Modric (3rd).

Ryan Giggs – Wales manager: Luka Modric (1st) Kylian Mbappe (2nd) Cristiano Ronaldo (3rd).

Martin O’Neill – Republic of Ireland manager: Lionel Messi (1st) Cristiano Ronaldo (2nd) Mohamed Salah (3rd).

EIBAR, SPAIN - MAY 19: Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the La Liga match between SD Eibar and FC Barcelona at Ipurua Municipal Stadium on May 19, 2019 in Eibar, Spain. (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

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Michael O’Neill – Northern Ireland manager: Mohamed Salah (1st) Luka Modric (2nd) Kevin De Bruyne (3rd).

Lionel Messi – Argentina skipper: Luka Modric (1st) Kylian Mbappe (2nd) Cristiano Ronaldo (3rd).

Cristiano Ronaldo – Portugal skipper: Raphael Varane (1st) Luka Modric (2nd) Antoine Griezmann (3rd).

Harry Kane – England skipper: Cristiano Ronaldo (1st) Lionel Messi (2nd) Kevin De Bruyne (3rd).

Luka Modric – Croatia skipper: Raphael Varane (1st) Cristiano Ronaldo (2nd) Antoine Griezmann (3rd).

Hugo Loris – France skipper: Raphael Varane (1st) Antoine Griezmann (2nd) Kylian Mbappe (3rd).

Manuel Neuer – Germany skipper: Eden Hazard (1st) Luka Modric (2nd) Raphael Varane (3rd).

Virgil van Dijk – Netherlands skipper: Mohamed Salah (1st) Kevin De Bruyne (2nd) Kylian Mbappe (3rd).

Sergio Ramos – Spain skipper: Luka Modric (1st) Cristiano Ronaldo (2nd) Lionel Messi (3rd).

Which of these votes were most surprising for you and why do you think Ronaldo still hasn’t voted Messi? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.

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