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Ronaldo & Messi's Ballon d'Or votes revealed

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Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo neglected to name each other among their respective three-man lists in the 2013 FIFA Ballon d'Or ballot, according to Eurosport UK.

The competition voting system warrants five points for a top vote, three points for second and a single point for third. As the captains of the Argentina and Portugal national sides, both men were eligible to vote for their top three players of the past year.

However, considering the weight a single vote can carry, neither man was willing to gift their arch-nemisis a place on their respective ballot paper.

The Real Madrid superstar instead put Colombia striker Radamel Falcao at number one, teammate Gareth Bale at number two and German playmaker Mesut Ozil at number three.

On the other hand, Messi voted for a trio of his Barcelona teammates; Andres Iniesta, Xavi and Neymar in descending order.

The 28-year-old, who collected 27.99% of the total vote, took out this year's prize ahead of four-time winner Messi (24.72%) and Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribéry (23.36%).

Ronaldo was swift to thank his teammates for their contributions as he collected his second Ballon d'Or trophy.

"First of all I have to say a great thanks to all of my team-mates with the club and the national team," he said.

"Without all of their efforts this would not have been possible. I am very happy, it is very difficult to win this award."

The former Manchester United player bagged an incredible 66 goals and 15 assists throughout 2013, equalled Portugal legend Pauleta as all-time top scorer for the national side at 47 goals and became the quickest Real Madrid player to reach 200 goals for the club.

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