England manager Gareth Southgate declined to vote for Lionel Messi in his shortlist for the FIFA Best Player award, topping his list with Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Real Madrid star was the overwhelming choice for the prize, created for 2017 after the world governing body split with Ballon d'Or organisers France Football.
And Southgate raised no eyebrows as he placed Cristiano in first place, with Antoine Griezmann following.
To complete the podium, however, the Three Lions boss deemed N'Golo Kante more worthy of a place than Barcelona's wizard, as the Chelsea man took third.
Kante enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2015-16, bossing the midfield to help Leicester City to an historic Premier League title under the tutelage of Coach of the Year Claudio Ranieri.
He also starred for France in Euro 2016, before winning a big-money move to Stamford Bridge where he has slotted straight in at Antonio Conte's table-toppers.
The omission of Messi, however, is curious to say the least.
The Argentine scored more goals than anyone else at club level over 2016 with 51, while eight further strikes for Argentina brought his total tally to 59.
Messi was key in Barcelona's second consecutive domestic double, and he came within a whisker of leading the Albiceleste to the Copa America before falling in a penalty shoot-out to Chile in the final.
Leo, who made the overall podium alongside Ronaldo and Griezmann, was not present in Zurich due to a decision from Barcelona to stay away from Monday's ceremony, ostensibly in order to not disrupt preparations for their upcoming Copa del Rey clash against Athletic.