The Barcelona star had been named the top player by Goal.com fans for the last two seasons but having secured 29.59 per cent of the vote this time round, the Argentine has been dethroned by Ronaldo, who won our poll with 43.26% of your backing.
In third was Didier Drogba who secured 11.48% of the vote after his Champions League and FA Cup-winning final season with Chelsea. The Ivorian was handed sixth place by our team of editors in Goal.com 50.
Andrea Pirlo secured fourth with 3.69% of the vote following his title-winning campaign with Juventus and a series of instrumental displays in midfield for Italy at Euro 2012.
Iker Casillas, who won La Liga with Real Madrid last season and Euro 2012 with Spain this summer, was handed second place in Goal.com 50 by our team of editors but could only manage fifth in the public poll with 3.62% of the votes.
Were you in the majority who believed Ronaldo was the player who shone brightest last season, or do you believe Messi deserved top spot? Check out the results of the fans' vote below and let us know your thoughts below...
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