18 Jan 2022 | 06:21
Neither Ronaldo nor Messi entered each other’s names in the vote for The Best for the national team captain.
The votes of Lionel Messi (Argentina captain), Cristinano Ronaldo (Portugal captain) and Robert Lewandowski (Poland captain) were announced after the FIFA The Best 2021 gala.
Ronaldo took first place in the ballot for direct competitor Lewandowski. In the remaining two positions, he is respectively for the Chelsea duo, N’Golo Kante and Jorginho.
Last year, Ronaldo also “played beautifully” when he voted for Lewandowsi in first place. Messi ranked 2nd in the vote of the Portuguese superstar, 3rd is Kylian Mbappe.
Meanwhile, Lionel Messi continued to cross out both Ronaldo and Lewandowski’s names from the ballot. “El Pulga” has the second year in a row filling in the name of close friend Neymar at number one. The remaining two positions he reserved for Mbappe and Karim Benzema.
Lewandowski’s vote also received interest. He gave first place to Jorginho, the midfielder who won the Champions League and Euro. Messi and Ronaldo are the second and third choice of the star who is wearing the Bayern Munich shirt, respectively.
Lewy’s victory was quite close when he was only 4 points ahead of Messi (48 compared to 44). Salah ranked 3rd with 39 points. Ronaldo finished in 7th place with 23 points.
Lewandowski becomes the next player, after Ronaldo, to win The Best award for two consecutive years. In this season, the Polish player is still maintaining an impressive form with 34 goals in all competitions, thereby raising hopes of conquering the Golden Ball and The Best in 2022.