The 2021 Ballon d’Or result, which saw Lionel Messi win his seventh title, sparked much debate, and then some.
Many believe runner-up Robert Lewandowski was more deserving of the award after scoring Bayern Munich’s goals all year.
Meanwhile, Manchester United hero Cristiano Ronaldo has emerged from the top three for the first time in eleven years, falling below sixth place.
Ronaldo and Messi have overseen a duopoly in the contest since 2008, so the Portuguese’s downfall in the competition could mean a change of winners ahead.
Liverpool star Mohamed Salah, who is arguably in the shape of a life this season, came just behind Ronaldo in seventh place, much to the outrage of Reds fans.
The outcome is determined by the votes of journalists from 180 countries picking their top five picks.
So how did these results come about? Journalist Andres Onrubia Ramos revealed how each of the 180 countries.
Posted on Twitter, Ramos posted the top five journalists’ picks of the 30 players who made up the France Football Award shortlist – and the final rankings make for interesting read.
Paris Saint-Germain star Messi pushed Lewandowski to the post, winning just 33 points overall.
Below, you can see the details of the vote of journalists from each country in the Ballon d’Or 2021.
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HOW THE JOURNALIST IN EACH COUNTRY VOTED:
Ronaldo only managed to take first place in eight of the journalists’ rankings, with votes for the first place coming from the Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, the Netherlands, Kyrgyzstan, Macau, Mozambique, Nicaragua and Turkey.
Most notably, the 36-year-old missed out on what you would have thought was guaranteed support from the journalist from his home country.
Instead, Portugal’s Joaquim Rita snubbed CR7 and voted for N’Golo Kante, Robert Lewandowski, Kylian Mbappe, Jorginho and Mohamed Salah in that order – also leaving out Lionel Messi.
The Argentine also failed to reach the top 5 over fellow South American and Brazilian journalist Cleber Machado – perhaps not surprising given the Copa America result.
The Barcelona legend has even managed to lose the support of Uzbekistan in favor of Mason Mount of Chelsea, which explains the small gap between him and his Polish competitor.
Meanwhile, English journalist Henry Winter has delegated his votes to Jorginho, Messi, Lewandowski, Gianluigi Donnarumma and Salah.
TOP 5 FOR EACH JOURNALIST
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