Lionel Messi on Monday won the FIFA the Best Player of the Year Award for the Men’s category for a record sixth time but he voted for his bitter rival Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Argentine claimed the prize, rebranded in 2016, for the first time on Monday ahead of Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk and Ronaldo.
Ronaldo didn’t show up for the Award which in some way already gave the footballing world an incline to the fact that he lost out.
Messi, though, put Ronaldo second in his voting, in between Liverpool star Sadio Mane and De Jong.
Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni decided on Messi, Mbappe and Mane in that order.
As for Van Dijk, he put the Barcelona’s captain first ahead of his team-mates Mohamed Salah and Mane, who helped Liverpool win the Champions League last season.