FIFA Best Awards: Who voted for who as Lionel Messi beats Van Dijk and Ronaldo? | Football | Sport


Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi was crowned the FIFA Best Men’s Player of the Year on Monday night.

The Argentina international beat Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk and Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo to the award.

Messi won the award for the sixth time in his illustrious career after lifting the trophy in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015.

The Nou Camp talisman helped Barcelona win La Liga, as well as guiding the Spanish giants to the Champions League semi-finals.

The awards are based on performances from 16 July 2018 to 19 July 2019 and were voted for by fans, national coaches of FIFA Member Associations, their team captains as well as a select group of football journalists from those countries.

But who did Messi, Van Dijk and Ronaldo vote for ahead of Monday night’s presentation?

Barcelona superstar Messi’s first vote went to Liverpool’s Sadio Mane.

The Reds ace was instrumental as Jurgen Klopp’s men won the Champions League last time out.

Messi’s second vote went to his arch-rival Ronaldo, while his new Barcelona team-mate Frenkie De Jong picked up his third vote.

Livepool’s Van Dijk voted for Messi, Mohamed Salah and Mane.

Many felt Salah and Mane should have been shortlisted, with former Premier League star Samuel Eto’o venting his frustration before the presentation.

When asked who should be named Men’s Player of the Year, he said: “Salah or Mane… but they’re not here!”

Juventus star Ronaldo, meanwhile, didn’t even vote for his former La Liga rival Messi.

The Portugal forward gave his first vote to his new Juventus team-mate Matthijs de Ligt.

Frenkie De Jong and and Kylian Mbappe also received votes from the former Real Madrid man.

England captain Harry Kane voted for the three nominees.

The Tottenham star voted for Messi, Van Dijk and Ronaldo respectively.

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