The FIFA "The Best" awards ceremony took place on Monday, with Bayern Munich hitman, Robert Lewandowski crowned the best Men's best male footballer, beating out competition from Lionel Messi and Mohamed Salah to the honour.
Lewandowski won FIFA "The Best" honour for the second consecutive year, thereby getting some measure of revenge on Messi, who had beaten him to the 2021 Ballon d'Or honour. Cristiano Ronaldo might have been snubbed in the final three-man shortlist, but he too was honoured after getting a "Special Award" for his goalscoring feats in international football.
Who did Messi and Ronaldo vote for?
Messi and Ronaldo's standing as captains of Argentina and Portugal, respectively meant that they would have to vote for the top three players in their opinion and as per FIFA's official documentation - the duo's votes are given below.
Lionel Messi's votes
2) Kylian Mbappe
3) Karim Benzema
Messi's votes indicate that he holds his fellow Paris Saint-Germain team-mates, Neymar and Mbappe in high esteem but one surprise is that of him choosing to give Benzema his vote ahead of Lewandowski.
Cristiano Ronaldo's votes
1) Robert Lewandowski
2) N'Golo Kante
Ronaldo for his part gave his vote to the eventual winner, Lewandowski with his other two choices being Chelsea's midfield duo of Kante and Jorginho. With no player from Manchester United showing any sort of form that they deserve to be in contention, it came as no surprise that none of them got his vote.