Who voted for who in this year’s Ballon d’Or?

Lionel Messi claimed yet another Ballon d’Or award last night in Switzerland, and you can now see which captains, managers and members of the media voted for the Argentine.

It is Messi’s fifth time claiming the award as he polled the most votes (41.33%) ahead of Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo (27.76%) and Barcelona team mate Neymar (7.86%).

 

To determine the winner of the Ballon d’Or, each voter picks their top three players for the calendar year, with their first choice awarded five points, second getting three points, and third picking up one.

From an Irish perspective, national team boss Martin O’Neill picked Messi as the winner with Belgian Eden Hazard a surprise shout for second and Ronaldo in third, while skipper Robbie Keane opted for Ronaldo as his number one ahead of Messi and Neymar.

Journalist Paul Kelly of the Irish Examiner, who didn’t vote for Messi in 2013, opted for the 28-year-old this round, while also giving three points to Luis Suarez and one to Ronaldo.

There were some very interesting selections, with Yaya Toure, Javier Mascherano, Gareth Bale and Arjen Robben all claiming maximum points from some voters.

Vincent Kompany showed that nepotism is alive and well by putting fellow Belgians Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne first and second respectively.

To see the full list of votes, click here.

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