The Manchester United attacker backed eventual winner Robert Lewandowski to take home the trophy, while Messi voted for Neymar.
Cristiano Ronaldo voted for Robert Lewandowski to win FIFA’s best male player award, while Lionel Messi backed his Paris Saint-Germain teammate Neymar for it.
Bayern Munich and Poland star Lewandowski was announced as the winner on Monday for the second time in a row, beating Messi and Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah.
Lewandowski received 48 points after all the votes from the national team captains, coaches, media and fans, while Messi came second with 44 and Salah got 39 points.
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Who did Ronaldo vote for?
As captain of Portugal, Ronaldo was allowed to vote for his preferred candidate to win the trophy.
The Manchester United player gave his first vote to Lewandowski, while the second and third went to Chelsea midfielders N’Golo Kante and Jorginho.
Who did Messi vote for?
Argentina captain Messi did not vote for any of his fellow finalists to claim the award.
Instead, he gave his first vote to Neymar and the second to another PSG co-star, Kylian Mbappe.
Meanwhile, Messi named Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema as his third favorite to be crowned the best player of 2021.
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Who did Lewandowski vote for?
The eventual winner of the award did not vote for Messi or Ronaldo when choosing his favorite player.
Lewandowski endorsed Jorginho as his number one vote, but gave his second vote to Messi and his third to Ronaldo.