World football governing body, FIFA has revealed the breakdown of votes following the conclusion of the FIFA Awards ceremony.
The Men’s FIFA Best Awards was held at the Teatro Alla Scala in Milan, Italy.
Barcelona’s Lionel Messi who emerged the winner scored 46 per cent, with Van Dijk receiving 38 per cent and Ronaldo 36 per cent.
Messi voted for Liverpool’s Sadio Mane and had Ronaldo as his second pick, but Ronaldo did not return the favour, omitting Messi from his top three while opting for Juventus team-mate Matthijs de Ligt as his first option.
The Best FIFA Awards was launched in 2016 after France Football broke the Ballon d’Or away from world football’s governing body following corruption allegations.
See how players and coaches voted:
Harry Kane – England captain
(1st) Lionel Messi (2nd) Virgil van Dijk (3rd) Cristiano Ronaldo
Luka Modric – Croatia captain
(1st) Cristiano Ronaldo (2nd) Eden Hazard (3rd) Lionel Messi
Hugo Loris – France captain
(1st) Lionel Messi (2nd) Cristiano Ronaldo (3rd) Kylian Mbappe
Manuel Neuer – Germany captain
(1st) Virgil van Dijk (2nd) Sadio Mane (3rd) Eden Hazard
Virgil van Dijk – Netherlands captain
(1st) Lionel Messi (2nd) Mohamed Salah (3rd) Sadio Mane
Gareth Southgate – England coach
(1st) Lionel Messi (2nd) Cristiano Ronaldo (3rd) Virgil van Dijk
Ryan Giggs – Wales coach
(1st) Cristiano Ronaldo (2nd) Lionel Messi (3rd) Virgil van Dijk
Mick McCarthy – Republic of Ireland coach
(1st) Virgil van Dijk (2nd) Frenkie de Jong (3rd) Harry Kane
Michael O’Neill – Northern Ireland coach
(1st) Virgil van Dijk (2nd) Mohamed Salah (3rd) Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi – Argentina captain
(1st) Sadio Mane (2nd) Cristiano Ronaldo (3rd) Frenkie de Jong
Cristiano Ronaldo – Portugal captain
(1st) Matthijs de Ligt (2nd) Frenkie de Jong (3rd) Kylian Mbappe
Source: Naija News