Wayne Rooney voted Thomas Muller above Ronaldo in Ballon d'Or awards

Thomas Muller, Germany National Football Team

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney was among those to vote in the Ballon d'Or.

England striker Wayne Rooney's Ballon d'Or votes can now be revealed.

Rooney was able to vote because he is an international captain, and selected no Premier League players in his top three.

He picked overall winner Lionel Messi has his first choice, with the Argentine triumphing for a record fifth time.

His second selection was Thomas Muller, a player he could have been playing alongside for his club, with United making extensive efforts to sign him over the past year, The Mail reported.

This aspiration appears to be over, after Muller signed a contract extension until 2021, The Guardian reported late last month.

In third in Rooney's vote was former teammate Cristiano Ronaldo. 

Ronaldo came second in the final voting, with Neymar voted into third place.

Rooney himself did not pick up a single vote, and needs a better 2016 to change this for next year's awards. That in itself would be progress, winning it - impossible.

A full breakdown of who voted for who can be viewed here.

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