Cristiano Ronaldo snubs rival Lionel Messi by not putting Barcelona star in his top three for Fifa Best awards – The Sun

CRISTIANO RONALDO snubbed great rival Lionel Messi at the Fifa The Best awards ceremony.

While Messi didn't need CR7's vote in the end as he won Best Men's Player anyway, it showed the Juventus' stars desperation to triumph.

Messi beat Juventus striker Ronaldo and Liverpool colossus Virgil van Dijk to the coveted prize.

The Barcelona star picked Sadio Mane as his top choice, with Ronaldo second and team-mate Frenkie de Jong his third pick.

But Ronaldo didn't reciprocate the love – he went with Juve compatriot Matthijs De Ligt firts followed by De Jong second and Kylian Mbappe third.

Van Dijk went with eventual winner Messi first, with team-mates Mo Salah second and Mane third.

How the stars voted

Lionel Messi: 1) Sadio Mane 2) Cristiano Ronaldo 3) Frenkie De Jong

Cristiano Ronaldo: 1) Matthijs De Ligt 2) Frenkie De Jong 3) Kylian Mbappe

Virgil van Dijk: 1) Lionel Messi 2) Mohamed Salah 3) Sadio Mane

Harry Kane: 1) Lionel Messi 2) Virgil van Dijk 3) Cristiano Ronaldo

Gareth Southgate: 1) Lionel Messi 2) Cristiano Ronaldo 3) Virgil van Dijk

Andy Robertson: 1) Virgil van Dijk 2) Frenkie de Jong 3) Sadio Mane

Eden Hazard: 1) Sadio Mane 2) Virgil van Dijk 3) Lionel Messi

Luka Modric: 1) Cristiano Ronaldo 2) Eden Hazard 3) Lionel Messi

Hugo Lloris: 1) Lionel Messi 2) Cristiano Ronaldo 3) Kylian Mbappe

Giorgio Chiellini: 1) Cristiano Ronaldo 2) Frenkie de Jong 3) Mohamed Salah

Messi's victory means he has won this prize six times now – one ahead of great rival Ronaldo.

They are tied on five apiece when it comes to the prestigious Ballon d'Or.

Real Madrid star Eden Hazard agreed with Messi in having Mane as his best player with Van Dijk and Messi rounding up his top three.

Harry Kane picked Messi, Van Dijk and Ronaldo in an awards ceremony that saw Jurgen Klopp and Alisson Becker pick up honours.


Reds boss Klopp was awarded the best coach on the planet ahead of Mauricio Pochettino and Pep Guardiola while Alisson was crowned best goalkeeper. 

Klopp said: “Nobody would have expected this 20 years ago, ten, five — even four years ago.

“But for Mauricio (Pochettino), it also shows how close it can be. We’re the European champions, we won the game.

“That’s why I’m here and not you.”


Van Dijk had been expected to become the first Premier-League based player to scoop the Fifa prize since Ronaldo won it in 2009.

And Klopp had his own message for his star defender by claiming he was already a leader like Messi and Ronaldo.

He said: "Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have dominated this competition pretty much for ever.

“They are good role models for young players in this way.

“You cannot get to these heights if you are not this kind of player.

“And it’s now the same for Virgil. The other guys know they have to give everything.


Men’s player: Lionel Messi.

Women’s player: Megan Rapinoe (USA).

Men’s coach: Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool).

Women’s coach: Jill Ellis (USA).

Goalkeeper: Alisson (Liverpool.

World XI: Alisson (Liverpool); Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus), Sergio Ramos (Real), Virgil Van Dijk (Liverpool), Marcelo (Real); Luka Modric (Real), Frenkie De Jong (Barcelona); Kylian Mbappe (PSG), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Eden Hazard (Real), Ronaldo (Juventus).

Fair Play: Marcelo Bielsa and Leeds.

Puskas Award for best goal: Daniel Zsori (Debrecen).

Fans award: Silvia Greco (Brazil).

“It shows how he has grown. It’s not only about the spectacular, it’s all the other things as well.

“It’s really nice to see a defender getting rewards. He didn’t have to win it.

“Go through the names: Ronaldo, Messi and Van Dijk. It’s already crazy.”

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