Fifa Ballon d'Or: 10 things we learned from the voting, including Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo were desperate to win

Fifa released a list of who voted for who

Cristiano Ronaldo walked away with the Fifa Ballon d'Or prize last night, but the focus quickly turned to who had voted for who.

Here, we analyse what we learned...

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo were desperate to win

There was little argument that the three short-listed players were the right selection. Yet neither Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi could bring themselves to vote for each other for fear that it could affect their own chances. Ronaldo went for Radamel Falcao, Gareth Bale and Mesut Ozil. Messi selected three Barcelona team-mates - Andres Iniesta, Xavi and Neymar. Ribery was not eligible to vote as he is not the captain of his country.


Zlatan Ibrahimovic emerges with respect

Another player always desperate to be recognised for his talents is Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Yet he didn't let that, or club or country ties, cloud his judgement, picking Ribery, Messi and Ronaldo in his top three. Classy.

Gareth Bale is popular in New Zealand

He may be the most expensive player in the world, but that doesn't make him the best. The Welshman picked up 25 votes, in comparison to 413 for eventual winner Ronaldo. He is, however, rather popular in New Zealand. Both captain Winston Reid and coach Ricky Herbert made him their number one choice.


Goakeepers stick together

Goalkeepers didn't get much of a look in at the awards. However, Bayern Munich's Manuel Neuer did pick up two votes. He was the second pick of France captain and Tottenham stopper Hugo Lloris. The other vote came from, er, the Antigua and Barbuda coach Rolston Williams.

Roy Hodgson keen to maintain his popularity in Sweden

Roy Hodgson is rather popular in Sweden thanks to his successful time as manager of Malmo. And it would appear the England manager wants to keep on good terms as he selected their national team captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic among his three picks. His others went to Ronaldo and Robin van Persie.

Steven Gerrard thinks Luis Suarez is great - but not the best

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is never shy of lavishing his team-mate Luis Suarez with praise. However, the England captain didn't make him his first choice, instead picking Ronaldo and Messi before him.

Vincent Kompany doesn't watch much football

Perhaps the strangest selections came from Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany. He picked Ribery, Yaya Toure and Eden Hazard. Perhaps the fact he plays alongside the latter two for club and country respectively had something to do with it - as it did for many of the voters.

The best player in the world was not so obvious for some

While most went with one of the three short-listed candidates as their number one choice, not everyone did. Among the others who were considered the best player of 2013 were Andrea Pirlo, Mesut Ozil, Yaya Toure, Thomas Muller, Andres Iniesta, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Robert Lewandowski, Neymar, Thiago Silva, Arjen Robben, Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Radamel Falcao, Luis Suarez, Xavi, Robin van Persie, Edinson Cavani, Yaya Toure and Gareth Bale.

The Premier League is lacking

Premier League players were notable by their absence from among the voters' picks. Only Robin van Persie (39), Eden Hazard (6), Yaya Toure (22), Mesut Ozil (15) and Luis Suarez (10) were in the mix.

English players are even worse

There was not a single vote for any player in the England team after all of them failed to make it onto the initial 23-man short-list.

Related articles...
Neither Ronaldo nor Messi vote for each other
Ribery asks: 'What more could I have done?
Ronaldo is not yet a legend, says Pele
Messi wears garish red suit to awards ceremony
Ronaldo unable to hold back tears after beating Messi and Ribery to award
No Premier League players in FIFPro World XI team of the year
Ibrahimovic wins 2013 goal of the year (for goal against England in 2012)
Ronaldo confirms interest in United return last summer
Heynckes beats Sir Alex Ferguson to coach of the year award
Fifa Ballon d'Or: Ronaldo in numbers
Ronaldo deserved to win, say readers of The Independent
Ronaldo says row with Blatter is 'no longer an issue'
Susan Sarandon described David Bowie as
peopleSusan Sarandon reveals more on her David Bowie romance
sportDidier Drogba returns to Chelsea on one-year deal
Arts and Entertainment
The Secret Cinema performance of Back to the Future has been cancelled again
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
Christian Grey cradles Ana in the Fifty Shades of Grey film
filmFifty Shades of Grey trailer provokes moral outrage in US
BBC broadcaster and presenter Evan Davis, who will be taking over from Jeremy Paxman on Newsnight
peopleForget Paxman - what will Evan Davis be like on Newsnight?
Louis van Gaal would have been impressed with Darren Fletcher’s performance against LA Galaxy during Manchester United’s 7-0 victory
The new dawn heralded by George Osborne has yet to rise
voicesJames Moore: As the Tories rub their hands together, the average voter will be asking why they're not getting a piece of the action
Dejan Lovren celebrates scoring for Southampton although the goal was later credited to Adam Lallana
newsComedy club forced to apologise as maggots eating a dead pigeon fall out of air-conditioning
Arts and Entertainment
Jo Brand says she's mellowed a lot
tvJo Brand says shows encourage people to laugh at the vulnerable
Life and Style
People may feel that they're procrastinating by watching TV in the evening
Rhys Williams
commonwealth games
Isis fighters travel in a vehicle as they take part in a military parade along the streets of Syria's northern Raqqa province
Arts and Entertainment
Southern charm: Nicolas Cage and Tye Sheridan in ‘Joe’
filmReview: Actor delivers astonishing performance in low budget drama
Life and Style
fashionLatex dresses hit the catwalk to raise awareness for HIV and Aids
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Evan Davis: The BBC’s wolf in sheep’s clothing to take over at Newsnight

The BBC’s wolf in sheep’s clothing

What will Evan Davis be like on Newsnight?
Finding the names for America’s shame: What happens to the immigrants crossing the US-Mexico border without documents who never make it past the Arizona desert?

Finding the names for America’s shame

The immigrants crossing the US-Mexico border without documents who never make it past the Arizona desert
Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
10 best reed diffusers

Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment