In the Best FIFA Men’s Player voting, Lionel Messi snubbed Cristiano Ronaldo, though only choosing eventual winner Robert Lewandowski as his third preference pick for the trophy.
After being honored by the majority of fans, media, national team coaches, and captains for his impressive 2019-20 season at Bayern Munich, Lewandowski picked up the annual individual prize in Zurich.
In 47 appearances in all competitions last season, the Polish striker scored a whopping 55 goals, firing Hansi Flick’s side to an incredible Bundesliga, DFB Cup, and Champions League treble in the process.
In the final three-man shortlist, he beat off competition from Messi and Ronaldo, with the former refusing his second FIFA gong and the latter losing out on a record-extending third victory.
The final votes have now been made public by the largest international governing body of football, allowing fans to find out who their favorite players choose before Thursday’s ceremony.
In his final three, Juventus talisman Ronaldo, who helped the club secure a ninth consecutive Serie A crown last season, featured Lewandowski, Messi, and Kylian Mbappe, but was oddly not among the final choices of his long-time rival.
To win the accolade, Messi helped former Barca team-mate Neymar and put Mbappe in the second position before giving Lewandowski a nod, having seen both men inspire Paris Saint-Germain to their first Champions League final ever.
However, the Argentine decision to include two PSG stars is likely to raise a few eyebrows, because he was closely connected with next year’s move to Parc des Princes.