Goal Malaysia readers have spoken and they are done with Lionel Messi picking up the Ballon d’Or for the past four years (the Ballon d’Or only started in 2010 and before then it was called the FIFA World Player of the Year).
The Real Madrid talisman Cristiano Ronaldo was their choice as an overwhelming 46 per cent selected him to pick up the award this time round.
The Portuguese was always second to the Argentinean except for 2008 where he surpassed the Barcelona magician to pick up the FIFA World Player of the Year award.
Picked by the Malaysian audience, Franck Ribery received 18 per cent of the votes and came in second while Messi was in third with the backing of 15 per cent.
Gareth Bale, Neymar, Luis Suarez, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Robin van Persie received some support but nothing surpassing the 10 per cent mark.
Despite the inclusion of five English Premier League players on the list of nominess, including Yaya Toure, Eden Hazard and Mesut Ozil, there is no Englishman on the list as Wayne Rooney failed to make the cut.
The winner of the Ballon d’Or is based on votes by coaches and captains of international teams, as well as journalists from around the world and will be announced on January 13, 2014 in Zurich.