Javier Mascherano has a new admirer in Roy Hodgson

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Roy Hodgson could give Emile Heskey an England call and probably not raise as many eyebrows as he did when it was revealed that he voted for Javier Mascherano as his pick to win the FIFA Ballon d'Or.

There was no place for Lionel Messi or eventual winner Cristiano Ronaldo in the England manager's three man shortlist, as he decided World Cup winners Philip Lahm and Manuel Neuer deserved special praise over arguably the two finest footballers of the Millennium.

Why Javier?

While his message that tacklers and defensive player aren't appreciated enough is clear, his decision to leave out both Ronaldo and Messi is mystifying.

Ronaldo has won the UEFA Champions League, Copa Del Rey, FIFA Club World Cup and scored 61 goals during the calender year, while Lionel Messi reached the World Cup final and scored 58 goals in 2014.

Mascherano was hugely influential in Argentina's run to the World Cup final. That still wasn't enough to overshadow team-mate Messi though, who scored 4 goals and dug them out of a hole on a number of occasions.

It's no surprise that Roy's selection has sparked a reaction from fans and influential figures in the game.

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Football Reacts

Gary Lineker clearly found the whole thing very amusing and used Twitter to make his feelings on the situation clear.

Former Liverpool and Aston Villa striker Stan Collymore pointed out that Roy's picks mirrored his syle of play, tweeting: "Interesting insight into Roy Hodsgon and his philosophy. Not one creative flair player in his choices for BDO (Ballon d'Or)."

Thankfully for Hodgson, who briefly managed Mascherano while at Liverpool, was not the only person to place Javier Mascherano top of his shortlist. Belarus Manager, Andrei Zygmantovich also placed him top. 

Lionel Messi did also place his teammate and fellow countryman on his three man shortlist as well. 

Unfortunately Roy didn't get his wish and Ronaldo won his third Ballon d'Or award after collecting 37.66% of the votes while Messi finished second 15.76% of the vote. 

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