Ronaldo chooses Messi for the first time


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:
2011: –

2012: –

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



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