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Sergio Ramos makes surprising choice in his top three for FIFA's 'The Best' award

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For the second year running, Cristiano Ronaldo picked up FIFA's The Best Men's Player award ahead of Lionel Messi.

At the awards on Monday night in London, the Real Madrid superstar came out comfortably on top and given the award is only two years old, he remains the only player ever to win it.

Messi finished runner-up once again, but this year Neymar managed to work his way into third and replaced Antoine Griezmann from 2016.

However, as usual, some of the voting was curious to say the least.

It's no secret that these awards usually come down to a popularity contest and the international captains will normally pick their club-level teammates.

Eden Hazard, for example, had N'Golo Kante has his top vote and Messi didn't even make the top three.

So how did Sergio Ramos vote? The Real Madrid captain who is so loyal to Los Blancos?

Of course, he had Ronaldo in first, but most football fans will be surprised to learn Messi was his second vote. Teammate Luka Modric rounded off the Spanish captain's top three.


Considering Ronaldo and Messi couldn't find space in their top threes for each other, it shows you how strange Ramos' selection is, not only through loyalty to Ronaldo, but disdain for Barcelona.

After being crowned the best player in the world, Ronaldo took the chance to thank everyone that has helped him along the way.

"Firstly, I want to thank my Real Madrid and Portugal teammates - it was an exceptional year," Ronaldo told the FIFA gala. "I've been coming up for these awards for eleven years now because of talent, hard work and a lot of dedication."My objective is to win trophies for the team but also individually."

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"My family is here tonight, this is for you, for my brothers, my friends, my boy, my girlfriend," he said."Also this is for my two other kids and for the one on its way next month."

CR7 even spared a thank you for Messi and Neymar, too.

"Thank you to everyone, to all that voted, also to Leo [Messi] and Neymar for being here", he continued."To the Real Madrid fans, to my coach, my president, to all those that have helped me this year."

Luka Modric
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