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Despite Lionel Messi catching the eye with his bleached-blonde do, his Portuguese rival has retained the title of the best haircut in football

Cristiano Ronaldo has once again proven a cut above Lionel Messi, with the Portuguese having won the Salon d'Or for the third successive year!

In a poll of Goal readers, the Real Madrid superstar claimed 21 per cent of the 19,111 votes cast before the noon deadline, with his slick shaved sides-combover combo having proved an overwhelming hit with football fans across the globe.

After finishing as runner-up to Ronaldo in both the Ballon d'Or and this week's The Best FIFA Men's Player of the Year award, Messi had to again settle for second best, but this was nonetheless a colossal achievement for the Barcelona No.10, who had never before made the top 20!

However, our readers responded well to his bold decision to dye his hair blonde at the start of the 2016-17 season, with the Argentina captain registering 16% of the votes to prove that he can now also compete with CR7 in the style stakes!

The other place on the podium went to the world's most expensive footballer, Paul Pogba, who moved up from fourth last year to third place this time around thanks to his eye-catching 'Pogboom' effort, which polled 12%.

The alway dapper Arsenal attacker Olivier Giroud finished fourth, with 10%, while Ivan Perisic (6%) took fifth place thank to his wonderfully patriotic hairdo at Euro 2016.

Liverpool star Adam Lallana came home sixth courtesy of his fine fringe, just ahead of Ricardo Quaresma, who caught the eye in France with a do inspired by the Portuguese coat of arms.

Pierre Emerick Aubameyang's mohawk, Radja Nainggolan's multiple bleached-blonde top-knots and Graziano Pelle's flawless fringe completed the top 10 of the best haircuts in football in 2016.