In fact there are no Barcelona players selected by Ronaldo, and none associated to Real Madrid by Messi.
Perhaps proving that the voting system is somewhat biased, at least for some, former United star Cristiano Ronaldo chose to ignore Lionel Messi for any of his top three players in the world, with the Argentinian returning the favour for the Portuguese captain.
Despite the vast majority of national team managers, captains and media representatives selecting at least one of the two in their top three for the Ballon d'Or, the top two players clearly have no qualms about ignoring each other's ability.
It is highly likely that they skipped the thought of voting for the other to enhance their own chance of landing the prize, being unable to vote for themselves, but it clearly shows that there is no love lost between the two.
Cristian Ronaldo ended up coming away with the prize for the first time since 2008, after finishing second for two years to Lionel Messi. The Barcelona star, who had won the previous four awards, came in second place, with France and Bayern winger Franck Ribery coming third.
Lionel Messi's top three players were all Barcelona teammates, with no Real players to be seen.
Messi's top three:
(1) Andres Iniesta (2) Xavi (3) Neymar
Whereas Ronaldo ignored all Barca players, plumping for Gareth Bale in second place ahead of ex-Real and present Arsenal star Mesut Ozil. He elected former Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao as the best player in the world.
Ronaldo's top three:
(1) Radamel Falcao (2) Gareth Bale (3) Mesut Ozil
Interestingly, Argentina Alejandro Sabella boss plumped for Ronaldo in third, with Messi of course taking top spot, whereas Portugal manager Paulo Bento didn't include Messi in his top three, Ronaldo taking first place with his national manager.
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