Lionel Messi won the fifth Ballon d’Or of his career on Monday night after polling 41.33 per cent of the votes from world football’s coaches, journalists and international captains.
Amongst those who voted for Messi in first place was England and Manchester United skipper Wayne Rooney.
However, the 30-year-old found no room for Messi’s Barcelona teammates Neymar and Luis Suarez in his top three. Scroll down this page to see how the striker voted.
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In second place, Rooney went for Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller, who scored 21 goals in all competitions last season and has already reached the same tally for the current campaign.
And in third place, he voted for his former Manchester United teammate Cristiano Ronaldo, who finished second overall in the Ballon d’Or voting ahead of Neymar.
Rooney congratulates Messi on Twitter
After the announcement that Messi had secured yet another Ballon d’Or award, Rooney took to Twitter to congratulate arguably the greatest player of all time.
“Congratulations to Lionel Messi on winning his 5th #BallondOr,” Rooney wrote. “Unbelievable achievement 👏🏼”
Rooney's Coach of the Year votes
There were also three interesting choices from Rooney in the Coach of the Year category.
In first place, he voted for Jose Mourinho - despite his struggles at Chelsea this season - followed by Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola and Chile head coach Jorge Sampaoli.
It was Barcelona manager Luis Enrique who won the coveted individual accolade after his extraordinary success with the Catalan giants over the course of 2015.
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