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Ballon d’Or: Robbie Keane plumped for Ronnie, Martin O'Neill for Messi with Luis Suarez chosen by Liverpool team-mates

Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo poses with the 2013 FIFA Ballon d'Or award for player of the year during the FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 13, 2014. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)
Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo poses with the 2013 FIFA Ballon d'Or award for player of the year during the FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 13, 2014. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

DECLAN WHOOLEY

Cristiano Ronaldo was crowned the Ballon d’Or for the second time tonight in Zurich and the voting revealed some interesting choices.

As soon as the Real Madrid star was voted as the Footballer of the Year, FIFA published the voting from international managers, players and media worldwide.

Not surprisingly, neither Ronaldo nor his rival Leo Messi voted for eachother as their top three choices.

The Portuguese star plumped for Rudamel Falcao as his number one choice, followed by new team-mate Gareth Bale and former team-mate Mesut Ozil.

Messi kept his short-list to Barca team-mates, with Inista, Xavi and Neymar making the cut.

A number of players included club team-mates, with England captain Steven Gerrard picking Luis Suarez as his third choice, while Slovakian captain Martin Skrtel put his Anfield colleague top of his shortlist.

Irish captain Robbie Keane chose Ronaldo as his top player of 2013, followed by Messi and Gareth Bale, while Martin O’Neill opted for Messi, Ronaldo and Bale.

Considering he broke the world record transfer fee in 2013, Bale only received a handful of number one votes. His Welsh manager Chris Coleman and international captain Ashley Williams plumped for the former Spurs man, along with the international coaches of New Zealand, Malawi and Laos.

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