Argentina icon, Lionel Messi recently won his seventh Ballon d'Or award, thereby extending his lead over long-term rival, Cristiano Ronaldo in the honour stakes, extending his lead over the Portugese striker by two.
South American giants, Brazil's five votes for this year's Ballon d'Or award have been revealed and it has emerged that Messi's name was completely omitted from their list despite leading Argentina to their first Copa America title since 1993.
As per ESPN, TV Globo journalist Cleber Machado was Brazil's representative and named Manchester City star, Kevin De Bruyne as his number one pick. In second place was Chelsea’s Jorginho, with Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe third, while Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku and Brazil’s very own Neymar. rounded up the top five.
The most shocking omission was that of Messi who failed to make their list, though it did not matter in the end as he comfortably won the honour to beat out competition from Bayern Munich hitman, Robert Lewandowski and Chelsea's, Jorginho.
While there is no doubt that De Bruyne is the best midfielder in the world, he has had a stop start 2021/22 season due to persistent injuries, with City management hoping that he suffers no more setbacks as the campaign progresses.