Lionel Messi made history on Monday when he was named the winner of the FIFA Ballon d’Or for the fifth time.
Now the fun and the mocking begin as we examine the ballots.
Voting for the FIFA Ballon d’Or award is conducted among the coaches and captains of national teams and journalists. Each country gets three votes, and as is the case every year, balloting for the 2015 award had some surprising picks. To consult the full list, CLICK HERE.
Among the highlights…
Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar pick their teammates
Messi, Ronaldo, and Neymar all didn't vote for themselves for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. All voted for their teammates. #BallondOr
— Tanner (@TannerDennie) January 11, 2016
Yaya Toure? Really? Really?
18 people voted for Yaya Toure to win the Ballon d'Or. Eigh-teen
— Stefan Bienkowski (@SBienkowski) January 11, 2016
No Javier Mascherano love from Roy Hodgson this year
After last year's vote for Mascherano … what everyone was waiting for. Who did Hodgson vote for? 1) Ronaldo 2) Messi 3) Hazard
— Rob Harris (@RobHarris) January 11, 2016
Wales’ campaign for Gareth Bale
Wales coach, captain vote Gareth Bale 1st. Burnei coach, Cook Islands coach (who is Welsh) only other two 1st-place votes for Bale.
— Jon Arnold (@ArnoldcommaJon) January 11, 2016
Messi and Ronaldo NOT in the top three. OK then.
Coach of India didn't vote for Messi, Ronaldo, or Neymar https://t.co/wklnfvDTKy
— Karan Sengupta (@ksengupta96) January 11, 2016
Help wanted at Manchester United
— Ben Lyttleton (@benlyt) January 11, 2016
Little love for Paul Pogba
Paul Pogba received just one, 1st place Ballon D'Or vote. From the captain of Vanuatu.
— Get French Football (@GFN_France) January 11, 2016
Did you even watch any soccer in 2015?
Pakistan's coach voted for Arjen Robben for the Ballon d'Or
— Nadir Hassan (@Nadir_Hassan) January 11, 2016