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FIFA The Best: These are the only people who didn’t vote for Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi

Eight national team captains and ten coaches decided the two superstars weren't good enough to make the cut in the global awards

There really shouldn’t be any argument that Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are the best two players in world football.

But that’s not the view of everyone involved in football, according to the full voting record of FIFA’s ‘The Best’ awards.

CR7 may have swooped the gong for a second year in a row, but there were eight national team captains, ten national team coaches and just one member of the media who didn’t elect them into their top three players.


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Chris Coleman – seemingly has no time for two of the greatest players to have ever lived

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Chris Coleman – seemingly has no time for two of the greatest players to have ever lived

Among the coaches were Germany’s Joachim Low and Wales’ Chris Coleman, while German captain Manuel Neuer also couldn’t find room for the two superstars.

While the voting might seem as tactical as the Eurovision song contest, Neuer instead put countryman Toni Kroos in first, while Bayern Munich team-mates Robert Lewnadowski and Arturo Vidal also got the nod.

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Meanwhile, Wales boss Coleman picked Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric and Harry Kane in his top three, and Low unsurprisingly selected Toni Kroos, Manuel Neuer and Neymar.


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Here’s the full list of the 19 people who decided to not put Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi in their top three.

Captains

Mario Harte (Barbados) – Aubameyang, Griezmann, Neuer

Elroy Smith (Belize) – Ramos, Neymar, Sanchez

Chen Yi-Wei (Chinese Taipei) – Ibrahimovic, Marcelo, Sanchez

Manuel Neuer (Germany) – Kroos, Lewandowski, Vidal

Anthony Griffith (Montserrat) – Suarez, Kane, Kante

Mbwana Samatta (Tanzania) – Neymar, Kante, Aubameyang

Kawin Thamsatchanan (Thailand) – Neuer, Kross, Griezmann

Sheldon Bateau (Trinidad and Tobago) – Buffon, Kante, Neymar

Coaches

Andrew Ord (Bangladesh) – Suarez, Griezmann, Buffon

Ahmed Mohamed (Barbados) – Aubameyang, Kante, Neymar

Richard Orlowski (Belize) – Lewandowski, Buffon, Iniesta

Joachim Low (Germany) – Kroos, Neuer, Neymar

Michael Heinz Skibbe (Greece) – Kroos, Hazard, Aubameyang

Stephen Philip Constantine (India) – Aubameyang, Kante, Kroos

Theodore Whitmore (Jamaica) – Neymar, Ramos, Vidal

Chan Hiu Ming (Macau) – Buffon, Griezmann, Kante

Pietro Ghedin (Malta) – Buffon, Lewandowski, Modric

Julen Lopetegui (Spain) – Ramos, Carvajal, Iniesta

Chris Coleman (Wales) – Ramos, Modric, Kane

Media

Michael Seium (Eritrea) – Neymar, Aubameyang, Sanchez