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Nineteen people snubbed Ronaldo and Messi in top 3 for Best FIFA Men's Player award

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Cristiano Ronaldo, to absolutely no one's surprise, scooped the Best FIFA Men's Player award at Monday night's ceremony in London.

It's been another phenomenal year for the Portuguese, both individually and with Real Madrid, having achieved the La Liga and Champions League double last season.

He's widely expected to add Ballon d'Or number five in December as well to equal Lionel Messi's record haul.

Ronaldo won the Best FIFA Men's Player award by an absolute landslide, receiving 43.16 per cent of the vote to Messi's 19.25 per cent.

In his winner's speech, Ronaldo was humble and thanked both Messi and Neymar for attending.

"Thank you for voting for me," he began. "I want to mention Leo [Messi] and Neymar to be here. I want to thank Real Madrid for their support all year.

"We are in England for the first time, and I win it for the second consecutive time. This is a great moment for me.

"Thank you to all my fans all over the world. I appreciate that. I'm so happy, thank you very much and have a good night."

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The Best FIFA Men's Player award is voted for by fans, each national team's manager and captain, and one media representative from each country.

As Portugal and Argentina's captains respectively, Ronaldo and Messi were also able to pick a top three but couldn't choose themselves, obviously.

However, it turns out that 19 people snubbed Ronaldo AND Messi in their top three for the award, despite the fact they're the world's best players by a mile. And they are:

CAPTAINS

Mario Harte (Barbados) - Aubameyang, Griezmann, Neuer

Elroy Smith (Belize) - Ramos, Neymar, Sanchez

Chen Yi-Wei (Chinese Taipei) - Ibrahimovic, Marcelo, Sanchez

Manuel Neuer (Germany) - Kroos, Lewandowski, Vidal

Anthony Griffith (Montserrat) - Suarez, Kane, Kante

Mbwana Samatta (Tanzania) - Neymar, Kante, Aubameyang

Kawin Thamsatchanan (Thailand) - Neuer, Kross, Griezmann

Sheldon Bateau (Trinidad and Tobago) - Buffon, Kante, Neymar

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MANAGERS

Andrew Ord (Bangladesh) - Suarez, Griezmann, Buffon

Ahmed Mohamed (Barbados) - Aubameyang, Kante, Neymar

Richard Orlowski (Belize) - Lewandowski, Buffon, Iniesta

Joachim Low (Germany) - Kroos, Neuer, Neymar

Michael Heinz Skibbe (Greece) - Kroos, Hazard, Aubameyang

Stephen Philip Constantine (India) - Aubameyang, Kante, Kroos

Theodore Whitmore (Jamaica) - Neymar, Ramos, Vidal

Chan Hiu Ming (Macau) - Buffon, Griezmann, Kante

Pietro Ghedin (Malta) - Buffon, Lewandowski, Modric

Julen Lopetegui (Spain) - Ramos, Carvajal, Iniesta

Chris Coleman (Wales) - Ramos, Modric, Kane

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MEDIA

Michael Seium (Eritrea) - Neymar, Aubameyang, Sanchez

Some of those selections are just bizarre, such as India's Stephen Philip Constantine, whose top three was Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, N'Golo Kante and Toni Kroos. Have a word.

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