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Cristiano Ronaldo and Luka Modric voted for same best young player in the world

Ronaldo and Modric both voted Mason Greenwood as the best young player
Ronaldo and Modric both voted Mason Greenwood as the best young player / Chloe Knott - Danehouse/GettyImages

Cristiano Ronaldo and Luka Modric both voted for Mason Greenwood to win the 2021 Kopa Trophy which is awarded at the Ballon d'Or ceremony to the best young player of the year.

While Greenwood has opted to stay away from international football in 2021, his performances for Manchester United have been extremely impressive. He scored 12 goals for the Red Devils last season, and netted in United's first three Premier League games this season.

However, the eventual winner of the award was Barcelona youngster Pedri, who featured in 75 games for club and country last season.

Ronaldo voted for Greenwood to win the award, placed Portugal teammate Nuno Mendes second. Borussia Dortmund and USA starlet Giovanni Reyna was his third choice.

2018 Ballon d'Or winner Modric voted for Greenwood too, while Pedri and Jude Bellingham were his second and third votes.

The Kopa Trophy was first introduced in 2018, with Kylian Mbappe scooping the inaugural award. Matthijs de Ligt won the 2019 edition, before the ceremony in 2020 was cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Pedri won the award this year with 89 votes, while Bellingham and Jamal Musiala came in at third and fourth with 39 and 38 votes respectively.

Ronaldo did not travel to this year's Ballon d'Or ceremony, where Lionel Messi picked up his seventh award. And just hours before the ceremony began, the United star blasted France Football editor Pascal Ferre, who claimed that Ronaldo's "sole career goal was to retire with more Ballons d'Or than Lionel Messi".

"Pascal Ferre lied and used my name to promote himself and to promote the publication that he works for," the 36-year-old wrote on social media. "It's unacceptable for the person responsible for handing out such a prestigious award to lie in this way and to show disrespect to someone who has always respected France Football and the Ballon d'Or.

"I always win for myself and for the clubs that I represent. I win for myself and for those who love me. I don't win against anyone."