Roy Hodgson votes for ex-Liverpool player for Ballon d'Or revealed by FIFA

Javier Mascherano Argentina

England manager Roy Hodgson picked Javier Mascherano as his choice for this year's award and left out Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi of his top three.

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo won the Ballon d'Or for the second consecutive year beating off his arch-rival Lionel Messi.

The result didn't come as too much of a surprise, but the inclusion of David Luiz in the World XI of the year came as quite a shock.

Following the conclusion of the award ceremony the votes from leading members of the football community were revealed including those from England manager Roy Hodgson.

He chose not to include either Ronaldo or Messi in his top three, instead choosing a former Liverpool player as his number one choice.

His top three was revealed by FIFA's website, with Javier Mascherano coming out as his number one. Germans Manuel Neuer and Phillip Lahm completed his top three.

Mascherano was also in the top three of his Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi.

The former Liverpool and West Ham United player had an impressive World Cup as Argentina reached the final before losing to Germany.

The 30-year-old has developed into a centre-back of late, but is still known as a class defensive midfielder. Liverpool fans would love to have him back in the future but right now he seems set to stay at Barcelona.

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