Four Ballon d'Or voters select Chelsea star as the best in the world, reveal FIFA

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Four of the seven nominations Chelsea star Thibaut Courtois received for the FIFA Ballon d'Or had him as their first choice.

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois may not have threatened eventual winner Cristiano Rolando to the FIFA Ballon d’Or but did prove to be one of the most efficient nominees when voted.

According to FIFA Documents, the Blues goalkeeper was only nominated by seven officials overall, with four of the seven naming him as their first choice.

Votes for Thibaut Courtois:

First place - Antigua and Barbuda captain, Griffith Quinton.

First place – Belgium captain, Vincent Kompany.

First place – Sierra Leone captain, Bangura Umaru.

First place – Japan manager, Javier Aguirre.

Second place – Uruguay captain, Diego Godin

Third place – Belgium manager, Marc Wilmots.

Third place – Romanian media representative, Emmanuel Rosu.

The placement of the ‘keepers votes accumulated in him receiving two more votes than teammate Eden Hazard, who had more than double the nominations. Although, it's hard to doubt the fleet-footed winger would begrudge his Chelsea and international teammate of his position in the overall table.

In fact, despite recording double the amount of votes and more than triple the nominations, Blues teammate Diego Costa only received two that named him as their first choice - half of what the 22-year-old was able to pull.

The former Atletico Madrid loanee proved in 2014 that he could successful oust legend Petr Cech as the Blues number one keeper, although did have to play an integral part in a La Liga championship win to do just that.

After an impressive World Cup, a domestic title and a Champions League final appearance, there can be no doubting why the current Blues keeper was nominated alongside the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Manuel Neuer.

It's been a fantastic year for the young goalkeeper, who looks well-placed to have a better 2015.

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