Wayne Rooney snubbed Barcelona star Lionel Messi in his voting for FIFA Best Player of the Year award, it has been revealed.
Rooney's first choice, and former Manchester United team-mate, Cristiano Ronaldo was crowned the world’s best player at FIFA’s annual awards gala in Zurich on Monday.
The Real Madrid superstar enjoyed a fantastic 2016, beating rivals Messi and Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann to the prize, though neither of the pair were included in Rooney's voting.
Instead, the England skipper opted for Messi's club colleague Luis Suarez, and Three Lions team-mate Jamie Vardy, who led Leicester City to a historic Premier League trophy last campaign.
The Foxes striker netted on 25 occasions last season, bettered only by Tottenham's Harry Kane, and was named at number eight in the Ballon d'Or rankings revealed in December.
Ronaldo scored a total of 59 goals for both club and country throughout the 2016, while winning both the Champions League and European Championships, as well as receiving the Ballon d'Or award.