Who Lionel Messi Voted For In Best FIFA Football Awards?

The Argentinian attended the star-studded bash after making the final three for player of the year

Lionel Messi may have lost out to Cristiano Ronaldo for the men’s player of the year, but the Barcelona star definitely didn’t help his rival pick up the big prize.

The Argentinian, just like the Real Madrid star, voted tactically to avoid losing out in a close race.

Unlike Ronaldo though, Messi showed support to his former colleague Neymar, despite the Brazilian also being up for the big one.

The legendary No.10 plumped for Luis Suarez, Andres Iniesta and Neymar as his three selections.

Ronaldo, instead, allocated his votes to team-mates Luka Modric, Sergio Ramos and Marcelo.

Lionel Messi and wife Antonella Roccuzzo arrive

The manager and captain of each national team nominates a first, second and third choice for the award. A media representative from each country is given the same opportunity.

The players are not allowed to vote for themselves.

Argentina captain Messi voted for Luis Suarez (first), Andres Iniesta (second) and Neymar (third).

The shortlist for the top men’s player of the year was Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar 

England captain Jordan Henderson voted for Ronaldo then Messi and then former team-mate Suarez. Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate, meanwhile, opted for Ronaldo, Modric and Toni Kroos.

Wales captain Ashley Williams did not take part in the vote. His manager Chris Coleman did, however. He picked Ramos, Modric and Harry Kane.

Tottenham striker Kane also picked up nominations from British Virgin Islands captain Troy Ceasar Kavon, France skipper Hugo Lloris, Motserrat’s Anthony Griffith and Dio Godet of the Bahamas.

Other Premier League players to pick up nominations include Alexis Sanchez, N’Golo Kante, Eden Hazard and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Harry Kane picked up a few votes

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan Voted for Modric, Kante and Messi while captain Scott Brown went for Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar.

Northern Ireland skipper Steven Davis selected Rnaldo, Messi and Gianluigi Buffon while his international manager Michael O’Neill chose Ronaldo, Hazard and Kante.

South of the border, Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill voted for Ronaldo, Messi and Hazard. Seamus Coleman selected Ronaldo, Messi and Juventus forward Paulo Dybala.

Germany captain Manuel Neuer voted for Kroos, Robert Lewandowski and Arturo Vidal. World Cup winning manager Joachim Low voted for Kroos, Neuer and Neymar.

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