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.
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.
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.
Here’s the full list of the 19 people who decided to not put Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi in their top three.
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
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
Michael Seium (Eritrea) – Neymar, Aubameyang, Sanchez