Messi completely left out of Brazil’s voting for Ballon d’Or as top five named

Lionel Messi was completely omitted from Brazil's top five picks in this year's Ballon d'Or vote, despite landing a record seventh award on Monday.

The Argentine, who led his country to victory in the Copa America this summer, pipped Robert Lewandowski and Jorginho to first place, with fierce rival Cristiano Ronaldo finishing sixth.

180 journalists from 180 different countries cast their votes, ranking the top five players in European football from the past year.

But while many recognised Messi as the continent's best player, opinion in Brazil appeared to differ.

TV Globo journalist Cleber Machado was his country’s representative and picked Manchester City's Kevin de Bruyne as his No1 pick for the award.

In second place was Chelsea midfielder Jorginho, followed by Paris Saint Germain forward Kylian Mbappe in third.

And rounding off the top five were Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku and Brazil’s very own Neymar.

While some fans were unhappy about Messi's latest triumph, the 34-year-old did land an international trophy for the very first time this year.

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Argentina beat Brazil 1-0 in the Copa America final thanks to a first half strike from Angel di Maria, and it looks as if the defeat still pains their rivals.

Messi's form for Barcelona and PSG this year may not have been up to the standard we've come to expect from him, but he's still managed 41 goals and 15 assists in 58 games so far this year.

His seventh Ballon d'Or win pulls him two clear of eternal rival Ronaldo's total.

As it turns out, the Manchester United star was snubbed completely by Portugal's representative during the voting this year, failing to make journalist Joaquim Rita's top five list.

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