Real wizard's play-off tour de force got Keane's vote
Published 14/01/2014 | 02:30
Keane revealed last week that he had given Ronaldo the nod ahead of Messi, with his old Spurs colleague Gareth Bale in third. O'Neill went for the same three players with Messi first, Ronaldo second and Bale also on the podium.
"I've voted Messi every other year but I just think this year he (Ronaldo) has been consistent," said Keane. "I know he's just doing the same thing that he always does but I think this year that if anyone deserves it he does; just look at what he did in the play-offs against Sweden."
Suarez's Liverpool team-mate Martin Skrtel put him in top spot, as did Uruguayan skipper Diego Lugano, who put another countryman, Edinson Cavani, in second place. There was also a bit of parochialism close to home with Wales' Ashley Williams -- and boss Chris Coleman -- opting for Bale as his top choice. Dutch skipper Robin Van Persie placed Arjen Robben at the top of his list.
Arsenal's Mesut Ozil, a German international of Turkish origin, was chosen by the manager and captain of his ancestral home.