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How each country voted for the 2021 Ballon d’Or with Portugal surpassing Cristiano Ronaldo and England in second place Messi

CRISTIANO RONALDO was shunned by the Portuguese representative during the Golden Ball award ceremony when he was ignored during the voting process.

The Manchester United centre-back finished sixth in last week’s ceremony – for the first time in 11 years he wasn’t in the top three.

Manchester United victory, Cristiano Ronaldo, finished sixth in the 2021 Ballon d'Or awards

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Manchester United victory, Cristiano Ronaldo, finished sixth in the 2021 Ballon d’Or awardsCredit: Getty
Argentine legend Lionel Messi has won the coveted trophy for the seventh time

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Argentine legend Lionel Messi has won the coveted trophy for the seventh timeCredit: AP

His opponent Lionel Messi has won a record seventh trophy when he nearly passed Robert Lewandowski in first place.

Although extremely hard to believe, Ronaldo, who has won the prestigious individual title five times, boasts the most points in Ballon d’Or . history.

Despite scoring 36 goals for Juventus last season, while scoring 10 for the Reds at the time of the award, Ronaldo was missing from some of the top five journalists’ lists.

Reporters from 180 countries were asked to vote from a shortlist of 30, with the first place receiving six points, the second receiving four points, the third receiving three points, the fourth receiving two points. point and fifth get a solitary point.

Journalist Andres Onrubia Ramos published voting statistics from all countries, with Ronaldo taking the top spot from just eight countries.

The Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, the Netherlands, Kyrgyzstan, Macau, Mozambique, Nicaragua and Turkey all voted for Ronaldo.

A total of 180 journalists from around the world participated in the voting process for the Golden Ball

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A total of 180 journalists from around the world participated in the voting process for the Golden Ball
Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski is only 33 points behind seven-time winner Messi

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Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski is only 33 points behind seven-time winner Messi
Portugal's agent Joaquim Rita has excluded Ronaldo from his top five list

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Portugal’s agent Joaquim Rita has excluded Ronaldo from his top five list

But there is no sign of the 36-year-old on the list of Portuguese journalist Joaquim Rita, as he is also strangely eliminated. Messi.

His top 5 includes N’Golo Kante, Lewandowski, Kylian Mbappe, Jorginho and Mohamed Salah.

Brazil also removed Messi from their list as Cleber Machado picked Kevn De Bruyne in first place ahead of Jorginho, Mbappe, Romelu Lukaku and Neymar.

Although Messi’s presence in Argentina’s Copa America final against Selecao may have played a part.

England agent Henry Winter puts Jorginho in first place, with Messi, Lewandowski, Gianluigi Donnarumma and Salah completing his list.

Ronaldo and Messi are both named in the best Golden Ball XI of all time
Ronaldo and Messi are both named in the best Golden Ball XI of all time

To the surprise of most, Grigoriy Rtveladze of Uzbekistan places Mason Mount in second place ahead of Messi.

Meanwhile the Netherlands and Madagascar also excluded Messi from their list, with Clement Rabary of second man voting for Karim Benzema in first place.

And Liechtenstein’s Ernst Hasler ranks England’s Euro 2020 hero Raheem Sterling second, with Kante, Messi and Erling Haaland following.

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