Cristia-NO! The 11 countries that rejected Ronaldo in Ballon d'Or voting
Cristiano Ronaldo was handed the prestigious Ballon d’Or for the fourth time in his career on Monday, but 11 countries within the voting process completely overlooked the Real Madrid forward.
The Portugal international took the top prize having enjoyed another standout year for club and country.
His efforts for Real saw him land another Champions League winners’ medal, with Los Blancos conquering Europe for a record-extending 11th time.
On the back of that success, Ronaldo went on to help Portugal to Euro 2016 glory – both on the field and as a cheerleader on the sidelines after picking up an injury in the final.
In total, the 31-year-old has netted 48 goals in just 52 appearances in the calendar year to date.
That return was enough to impress many of the Ballon d’Or voters, with Ronaldo receiving more than twice as many points as runner-up Lionel Messi.
The Barcelona talisman collected 316, while his rival polled 745.
Journalists from across the globe - 173 in total - were asked to cast their vote for a deserving winner, and they overwhelming favoured Ronaldo.
They awarded five points to their first pick, three to second and one to the man positioned in third.
Only 11 nations opted to leave Real Madrid’s main man off their shortlist: Uruguay, Turkmenistan, Swaziland, Namibia, Romania, Libya, Iran, Central African Republic, Bolivia, Cape Verde and Andorra.
Ronaldo will now be hoping to convince them of his worth over the next 12 months, although there are further individual prizes on the horizon.
He has already claimed the Ballon d’Or and top spot in the Goal 50, and is expected to add FIFA’s Best Player award to his ever-growing collection in the New Year.
Attention can then switch back to collective battles, with Real currently perched at the top of the La Liga standings and safely through to the last 16 of the Champions League.