Cristiano Ronaldo being named the winner of the Fifa Ballon d'Or wasn't much of a surprise, but our very own Roy Hodgson did manage to spring a shock last night.
Details on who voted for who quickly emerged following the Real Madrid striker's triumph in Zurich and those picked by the England manager were perhaps the most surprising of the lot.
The manager, captain and one journalist from each Fifa nation had three picks each, in order of first to last. Tactical voting was to be expected - for example neither Messi or Ronaldo voted for one another and their team-mates tended to only pick the one they play with.
But what Hodgson was thinking as he wrote down the players who had caught his eye over the previous 12 months is anyone's guess; The two players almost undisputedly regarded as the best on the planet were not in his mind for a start.
Instead, the player Hodgson thought was the best in the world during 2014 was Javier Mascherano - yep, the Barcelona scrapper. His other picks were Germany duo Philipp Lahm and Manuel Neuer.
Unsurprisingly, Hodgson's selections have caused something of a stir on Twitter, here we take a look at the reaction...
Ronaldo and Messi are far and away the best players on the planet, how could they both possibly not be in your top 3?— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 12, 2015
Interesting insight into Roy Hodgson and his philosophy. Not one creative flair player in his choices for BDO.— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) January 12, 2015
Love Roy Hodgson going for a clean sheet with his Ballon D'or picks. 1)Mascherano 2)Lahm 3)Neuer.— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) January 12, 2015
Roy Hodgson votes for Javier Mascherano for the Ballon d'Or. A player he tried to replace with Cristian Poulsen— Evan Fanning (@evanfanning) January 12, 2015
Messi? Ronaldo? No, England boss Roy Hodgson voted for Javier Mascherano to win the Ballon d’Or. pic.twitter.com/vOPsaQ8oy8— Footy Jokes (@Footy_Jokes) January 12, 2015
#BallonDOr2014 Hold on, England manager Roy Hodgson's pick was Javier Mascherano I think Roy stood alone on that one— Mark Bright (@Mark__Bright) January 12, 2015
So apparently Mascherano had a better 2014 than Ronaldo!! #hodgson— Matt Holland (@mattholland8) January 12, 2015
Messi came second in the voting for last night's award, only just ahead of Neuer.Reuse content