What do Messi & Ronaldo really think of their teammates
EWN looks at who Messi & Ronaldo voted for in the Fifa 2014 Ballon d'Or awards.
JOHANNESBURG - The Messi vs Ronaldo debate on who the best player of the modern era is has dominated discussions in bars and living rooms around the world for several years now, but one question that rarely gets asked who the two superstars think is this best - well, except themselves of course.
It appears both goal poachers think very highly of their team mates, though their opinions seemed very skewed. One thing's for sure - they seemingly don't rate each other among the top three players in the world at the moment.
In announcing its annual awards last night, football's governing body Fifa released the final database of who all the representatives voted for. Three representatives (national team captain, coach & one journalist) from each of Fifa's affiliates each votes for three players in order of preference.
INFOGRAPHIC: How the world voted for the Ballon d'Or
Ronaldo won the Ballon d'Or, the highlight award, for the second consecutive year. This is his third Ballon d'Or, after winning his first one in 2008. Germany's World Cup-winning goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was placed third after Messi.
The Real Madrid forward voted for his teammates Sergio Ramos, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema in that order.
Lionel Messi, who won the award four times from 2009, followed the same pattern of voting, opting for his Argentina teammate (and Real Madrid reject) Angel di Maria, his Barcelona colleague Andres Iniesta and Javier Mascherano, who plays with the skilful forward for both club and country.
Clearly the two rivals think very highly of their teammates, but each doesn't seem to think the other is worthy of a place in the top three in the world.
Another point arguably even more surprising than how Messi and Ronaldo voted is the fact that Zlatan Ibrahimovic - he of Dare to Zlatan fame - voted for someone other than himself.