West Ham star votes last season's Tottenham wizard for Ballon d'Or

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West Ham man Winston Reid voted for recently departed Tottenham Hotspur winger as the best player in the world.

The Ballon d'Or has been declared, with Cristiano Ronaldo voted a deserved winner.

Gareth Bale took to Twitter to praise his Real Madrid teammate after the ceremony, but did you know he picked up some awards for top spot himself?

Not just the PFA Player of the Year and Football Writers Player of the Year, but there was one London opponent who felt him deserving of the Ballon d'Or instead.

West Ham defender Winston Reid, as national captain of New Zealand picked Bale as his #1 choice, with Neymar second and Lionel Messi in third. They were picks emulated by his national team coach.

Reid saw first hand what the former Tottenham star could do, when he saw Bale fire a dramatic long range winner in the last minutes at Upton Park last season.

He certainly was not the only one to vote for Bale as number one. Wales captain and international teammate Ashley Williams did so... as mysteriously did the national coach of Laos.

Bale also picked up several second and third place picks from far ranging as Malawi and Madagascar, but there's no doubt about the one which matters to him most - and it wasn't Winston Reid's.

Cristiano Ronaldo voted his Real Madrid teammate second behind Radamel Falcao, and ahead of Mesut Ozil in third. There was no selection from Ronaldo for rival Lionel Messi... a bit of tactical voting perhaps?

image: © James Boyes

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