Neymar was voted the 7th best football player in the World Reviewed by Momizat on . The 2014 FIFA Ballon d'Or ceremony ended up crowning Cristiano Ronaldo as the world's best player in the past year, while Messi had to settle with an always hon The 2014 FIFA Ballon d'Or ceremony ended up crowning Cristiano Ronaldo as the world's best player in the past year, while Messi had to settle with an always hon Rating: 0
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Neymar was voted the 7th best football player in the World

Neymar was voted the 7th best football player in the World

The 2014 FIFA Ballon d’Or ceremony ended up crowning Cristiano Ronaldo as the world’s best player in the past year, while Messi had to settle with an always honorable 2nd place and Manuel Neuer didn’t go beyond the last place in the podium (3rd place). Those were the 3 finalists that FIFA had already announced a few months ago, but the fact is that a good part of the votes have naturally rewarded other players than these, all of them part of the 23-men shortlist.

Once the full voting list was revealed after the ceremony, the complete results were also disclosed. Barcelona‘s star Neymar Jr finished 7th in the FIFA Ballon d’Or rankings, after collecting 2.21% of the votes. Had Brazil gone all the way in last summer’s World Cup and Neymar stayed safe from injuries, and the Brazilian star would have probably been in top 3 and eventually even be the top candidate to win this much-acclaimed award.

So who exactly voted Neymar as the best player in the world in 2014 and by doing so, granted him the maximum votes/points possible?

– American Samoa (Captain)
– American Samoa (Coach)
– Bahamas (Coach)
– Brazil (Coach)
– Brunei (Coach)
– Madagascar (Media)

And who has Neymar voted on for the 2014 FIFA Ballon d’Or?

– 1st: Lionel Messi
– 2nd: Cristiano Ronaldo
– 3rd: Javier Mascherano

You can take a look at all full voting list published by FIFA here.

2014 FIFA Ballon d’Or full voting and rankings:

Rank Player Nationality Club Votes
1 Cristiano Ronaldo  Portugal Spain Real Madrid 37.66%
2 Lionel Messi  Argentina Spain Barcelona 15.76%
3 Manuel Neuer  Germany Germany Bayern Munich 15.72%

 

Rank Player Nationality Club Votes
4 Arjen Robben  Netherlands Germany Bayern Munich 7.17%
5 Thomas Müller  Germany Germany Bayern Munich 5.42%
6 Philipp Lahm  Germany Germany Bayern Munich 2.90%
7 Neymar  Brazil Spain Barcelona 2.21%
8 James Rodríguez  Colombia France Monaco/Spain Real Madrid 1.47%
9 Toni Kroos  Germany Germany Bayern Munich/Spain Real Madrid 1.43%
10 Ángel Di María  Argentina Spain Real Madrid/England Manchester United 1.29%
11 Diego Costa  Spain Spain Atlético Madrid/England Chelsea 1.02%
12 Gareth Bale  Wales Spain Real Madrid 1.00%
13 Zlatan Ibrahimović  Sweden France Paris Saint-Germain 1.00%
14 Yaya Touré  Ivory Coast England Manchester City 0.86%
15 Mario Götze  Germany Germany Bayern Munich 0.84%
16 Karim Benzema  France Spain Real Madrid 0.75%
17 Andrés Iniesta  Spain Spain Barcelona 0.67%
18 Bastian Schweinsteiger  Germany Germany Bayern Munich 0.57%
19 Javier Mascherano  Argentina Spain Barcelona 0.55%
20 Thibaut Courtois  Belgium Spain Atlético Madrid/England Chelsea 0.51%
21 Eden Hazard  Belgium England Chelsea 0.47%
22 Paul Pogba  France Italy Juventus 0.40%
23 Sergio Ramos  Spain Spain Real Madrid 0.33%

 Sources: wikipedia.com / fifa.com

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