For the first time, Cristiano Ronaldo put his long-time rival Lionel Messi on his list in the vote for World Footballer. The Argentine, on the other hand, spurned CR7.
When Robert Lewandowski was crowned World Footballer on Wednesday, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo had to settle for 2nd and 3rd place.
It was only the second time since 2008 that the award did not go to one of the two superstars (Luka Modric won in 2018).
That Messi and Ronaldo have always harbored a special rivalry can be seen from the voting records of previous years. For the first time ever, the former Real and current Juve star ticked off his rival for one of the top three spots in the 2020 election.
On Ronaldo’s ballot, Messi landed behind Lewandowski and ahead of Kylian Mbappé. In all the years before that, however, the Barca star’s name was absent from Ronaldo’s list.
But Messi didn’t care much for CR7 either – ticking the Portuguese in his top 3 only twice (2018, 2019). In the expired election, Messi opted for Neymar, Mbappé and Lewandowski.
Here’s how Messi voted in the past ten years:
2011: Xavi, Iniesta, Aguero
2012: Iniesta, Xavi, Aguero
2013: Iniesta, Xavi, Neymar
2014: Di Maria, Iniesta, Mascherano
2015: Suarez, Neymar, Iniesta
2016: Suarez, Neymar, Iniesta
2017: Suarez, Iniesta, Neymar
2018: Modric, Mbappe, Ronaldo
2019: Mane, Ronaldo, De Jong
2020: Neymar, Mbappe, Lewandowski
Here’s how Ronaldo voted in the past ten years:
2013: Falcao, Bale, Özil
2014: Ramos, Bale, Benzema
2015: Benzema James, Bale
2016: Bale, Modric, Ramos
2017: Modric, Ramos, Marcelo
2018: Varane, Modric, Griezmann
2019: De Ligt, De Jong, Mbappe
2020: Lewandowski, Messi, Mbappe