Forensic auditing of the voting pattern has shown that Messi as Argentina captain voted for Ronaldo as his second in a choice of three players.
His number one choice was Senegal’s Sadio Mane while the third was Frenkie De Jong.
Surprisingly, Ronaldo, who also as captain of Portugal, did not vote for Messi. Instead, he opted for Matthijs De ligt , De Jong and French Cameroon player, Kylian Mbappe.
It is suspected that Ronaldo did not vote for anyone who could be a threat to his possible emergence as winner.