The 2021 Ballon d’Or result, which saw Lionel Messi claim his seventh title, has sparked plenty of debate and then some.
Many believe runner-up, Robert Lewandowski was more deserving of the prize having banged in the goals for Bayern Munich all year.
Meanwhile, Manchester United hero Cristiano Ronaldo came outside the top three for the first time in eleven years, coming in a below par sixth place.
Ronaldo and Messi have overseen a duopoly in the contest since 2008, so the Portuguese’s slump in the competition could signify a switch up in prize holders to come.
Liverpool star Mohamed Salah, who’s arguably in the form of his life this season, came just behind Ronaldo in seventh to the outrage of Reds fans.
The result is determined by votes from journalists across 180 countries selecting their top five picks.
So how did these results come about? Journalist Andres Onrubia Ramos has revealed how each of the 180 countries.
Posting on Twitter, Ramos released the journalists’ top five choices of the 30 players who made up the France Football prize shortlist – and the final rankings make for some interesting reading.
Paris Saint-Germain star Messi pipped Lewandowski to the post, winning by just 33 points in the overall rankings.
Below you can see a breakdown of how each country’s journalist voted in the 2021 Ballon d’Or.
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HOW EACH COUNTRY’S JOURNALIST VOTED:
Ronaldo only managed to bag the top spot in eight of the reporters’ rankings, with first place votes coming from The Cayman Islands, the Central African Republic, Netherlands, Kyrgyzstan, Macau, Mozambique, Nicaragua and Turkey.
Most notably, the 36-year-old missed out on what you’d have thought would’ve been guaranteed support from the journalist from his home country.
Instead, Portugal’s Joaquim Rita snubbed CR7 and cast his vote for N’Golo Kante, Robert Lewandowski, Kylian Mbappe, Jorginho and Mohamed Salah in that order – also leaving out Lionel Messi.
The Argentine failed to make it on to fellow South American and Brazilian reporter Cleber Machado’s top 5 too – perhaps not surprising given the result of Copa America.
The Barcelona legend even managed to lose out on backing from Uzbekistan in favour of Chelsea’s Mason Mount, helping to explain the small gap between him and his Polish competitor.
Meanwhile, English journalist Henry Winter delegated his votes to Jorginho, Messi, Lewandowski, Gianluigi Donnarumma and Salah.
EACH JOURNALIST’S TOP 5:
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