Since Lionel Messi became captain of Argentina and got the chance to vote for which footballer should emerge world best, he had always picked such player from his Argentine home or Barcelona.
However, that trend changed this year as he voted for Cristiano Ronaldo who is considered as his rival. Also included in his list of top three is Luka Modric and Kylian Mbappe.
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Messi and Ronaldo were however absent at the event which saw Modric emerge as Best Male player.
See history of how he voted.
2011: Xavi, [Andres] Iniesta, [Sergio] Aguero
2012: Iniesta, Xavi, Aguero
2013: Iniesta, Xavi, Neymar
2014: [Angel] Di Maria, Iniesta, [Javier] Mascherano
2015: [Luis] Suarez, Neymar, Iniesta
2016: Suarez, Neymar, Iniesta
2017: Suarez, Iniesta, Neymar
2018: [Luka] Modric, [Kylian] Mbappe, [Cristiano] Ronaldo