Messi vs Ronaldo: How the World’s Media Voted for 2015 FIFA Ballon d’Or

Lionel Messi won the prestigious FIFA Ballon d’Or award for the fifth time in his career at Monday’s ceremony, taking 41% of the vote.

Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo won 28% of the vote, whilst Neymar took 8% in his first top three finish.

The Argentine’s victory put an end to Ronaldo’s back-to-back awards and in the process Messi becomes the first player to win the award on five occasions.

Messi had been the bookmaker’s comfortable favourite prior to the announcement of the award which proved to be a comfortable victory.  Below is a map of the world showing which player each country’s media voted (this does not include the country’s coach or captain’s votes).

Lionel Messi is in blue, Cristiano Ronaldo in red and none or other in white:

2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or World Map: Messi vs Ronaldo

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As you can see, Lionel Messi won the vote hands down when it came down to the world’s media.  The Barcelona forward took 138 of the 171 votes (81%), compared to Ronaldo’s 22 votes (13%).

The fall list of votes are below:

Country Media Captain Coach
Afghanistan Ronaldo
Albania Messi Ronaldo Messi
Algeria Messi Messi Messi
American Samoa Neymar Sánchez
Andorra Messi Messi
Angola Messi Messi Ronaldo
Anguila Messi
Antigua and Barbuda Lewandowski Messi
Argentina Messi Messi Messi
Armenia Messi Messi Messi
Aruba Messi Messi Messi
Australia Messi Ronaldo Messi
Austria Messi Neuer Ronaldo
Azerbaijan Neymar Messi Messi
Bahamas Messi Messi
Bahrain Ronaldo
Bangladesh Messi Messi Messi
Belarus Messi Ronaldo Messi
Belgium Messi Hazard Neuer
Belize Messi Ronaldo
Benin Messi
Bermuda Messi Messi Lewandowski
Bhutan Ronaldo Ronaldo
Bolivia Suárez
Bosnia & Herzegovina Messi Ronaldo Ronaldo
Botswana Ronaldo Ronaldo Ronaldo
Brazil Messi Messi Neymar
British Virgin Islands Messi Messi
Brunei Ronaldo Bale
Bulgaria Messi Messi Ronaldo
Burkina Faso Ronaldo Müller
Burundi Messi Messi
Cambodia Messi Ronaldo Ronaldo
Cameroon Ronaldo Yaya Touré Ronaldo
Canada Messi Messi Ronaldo
Cape Verde Islands Messi Ronaldo Ronaldo
Cayman Islands Messi Messi Messi
Chad Messi Messi
Chile Messi Messi
China PR Messi Messi Ronaldo
Colombia Messi Ronaldo Messi
Congo Messi
Cook Islands Ronaldo Messi Bale
Costa Rica Messi Neymar Iniesta
Croatia Messi Messi Messi
Cuba Messi Messi Messi
Curaçao Messi Ibrahimović Neymar
Cyprus Messi Messi Ronaldo
Czech Republic Messi Messi Messi
Denmark Messi Messi Messi
Djibouti Messi Messi Messi
Dominica Messi Agüero
Dominican Republic Messi Ronaldo Ronaldo
DR Congo Messi Messi Messi
Ecuador Messi Neymar Ronaldo
Egypt Ronaldo Messi Messi
El Salvador Messi
England Messi Messi Ronaldo
Eritrea Ronaldo
Estonia Messi Messi Messi
Ethiopia Messi
Faroe Islands Messi Messi Messi
Fiji Mascherano Messi Ronaldo
Finland Messi Messi Messi
France Messi Messi Ronaldo
FYR Macedonia Messi Ronaldo Messi
Gabon Messi
Gambia Ronaldo
Georgia Ronaldo Messi Messi
Germany Messi Neuer Neuer
Ghana Messi Messi Neymar
Greece Messi
Grenada Yaya Touré
Guam Messi Messi
Guatemala Messi Mascherano Mascherano
Guinea Messi Messi Messi
Guinea-Bissau Messi Ronaldo
Guyana Messi
Haiti Messi
Honduras Messi Ronaldo Neymar
Hong Kong Messi Messi Ronaldo
Hungary Messi Messi Ronaldo
Iceland Messi Ronaldo Ronaldo
India Ronaldo Messi Sánchez
Indonesia Messi
Iran Messi Messi Messi
Iraq Messi
Israel Messi Ronaldo Ronaldo
Italy Messi
Ivory Coast Yaya Touré Messi Messi
Jamaica Messi Neuer
Japan Messi Messi Messi
Jordan Ronaldo Messi
Kazakhstan Messi Messi Messi
Kenya Suárez
Kuwait Messi
Kyrgyzstan Messi Ibrahimović Lewandowski
Laos Messi Messi
Latvia Messi Lewandowski Messi
Lebanon Messi Ronaldo Ronaldo
Lesotho Messi
Liberia Ronaldo Ronaldo Ronaldo
Libya Messi
Liechtenstein Messi Messi Messi
Lithuania Messi Messi Messi
Luxembourg Messi Messi Messi
Macau Ronaldo Messi Messi
Madagascar Ronaldo Messi Messi
Malawi Messi
Malaysia Messi Ronaldo Yaya Touré
Maldives Messi Messi Lewandowski
Mali Messi
Malta Ronaldo Müller Messi
Mauritania Messi Mascherano Messi
Mauritius Messi Ronaldo Messi
Mexico Messi Messi Müller
Moldova Messi Messi Messi
Mongolia Ronaldo Ronaldo Ronaldo
Montenegro Messi Messi Ronaldo
Montserrat Lewandowski Messi
Morocco Messi Lewandowski Messi
Mozambique Messi Messi Messi
Myanmar Ronaldo De Bruyne
Namibia Messi Messi Messi
Nepal Messi Ronaldo Ronaldo
Netherlands Ronaldo Messi Messi
New Caledonia Iniesta Neymar
New Zealand Messi Lewandowski Ronaldo
Nicaragua Messi Ronaldo Ronaldo
Niger Messi
Nigeria Messi Messi Messi
Northern Ireland Ronaldo Messi Suárez
Norway Messi Mascherano Ronaldo
Oman Messi
Pakistan Messi Robben
Palestine Ronaldo Messi Messi
Panama Messi Ronaldo Messi
Paraguay Messi Messi Messi
Peru Messi Neuer Messi
Philippines Messi Neymar Ronaldo
Poland Lewandowski Neuer Lewandowski
Portugal Messi Benzema Ronaldo
Puerto Rico Messi Messi Messi
Qatar Messi Messi Suárez
Republic of Ireland Messi Ronaldo Messi
Romania Messi Messi Messi
Russia Messi Messi Messi
Rwanda Messi
Samoa Messi Messi
San Marino Messi Ronaldo Iniesta
São Tomé and Príncipe Messi Messi
Saudi Arabia Messi
Scotland Messi Lewandowski Ronaldo
Senegal Messi Messi Yaya Touré
Serbia Messi Messi Messi
Seychelles Messi Messi Messi
Sierra Leone Messi Messi Messi
Singapore Messi Ronaldo Messi
Slovakia Messi Ronaldo Ronaldo
Slovenia Messi Ronaldo Messi
Solomon Islands Neymar Messi
Somalia Messi Messi
South Africa Messi Messi Ronaldo
South Korea Messi Messi Ronaldo
South Sudan Messi
Spain Messi Messi
Sri Lanka Iniesta Iniesta
Sudan Messi Ronaldo Ronaldo
Suriname Messi
Swaziland Messi Ronaldo Messi
Sweden Ronaldo Messi Ibrahimović
Switzerland Messi Ronaldo Messi
Syria Messi Messi Messi
Tahiti Messi Ronaldo Messi
Tajikistan Ronaldo Ronaldo Ronaldo
Tanzania Ronaldo
Thailand Messi Messi Messi
Togo Ronaldo Messi De Bruyne
Trinidad and Tobago Messi
Tunisia Messi Iniesta Lewandowski
Turkey Messi Messi Messi
Turkmenistan Messi Messi Messi
Turks and Caicos Islands Neymar Messi Messi
UAE Messi Ronaldo
Uganda Messi Ronaldo Messi
Ukraine Neymar Messi Messi
Uruguay Suárez Messi
US Virgin Islands Messi Messi
USA Messi Messi Messi
Uzbekistan Ronaldo Messi Messi
Vanuatu Lewandowski Pogba Messi
Venezuela Messi Messi Messi
Vietnam Messi Messi Messi
Wales Messi Bale Bale
Yemen Messi
Zambia Messi Neymar Neymar
Zimbabwe Messi Ronaldo Messi

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