Caltex Socceroo coach Ange Postecoglou and skipper Mile Jedinak both cast their votes for Cristiano Ronaldo, the winner of FIFA’s “The Best” award this week.
The Real Madrid and Portuguese superstar took out the prestigious honour for the fourth time, ahead of Argentina’s Lionel Messi and France attacker Antoine Griezmann.
The winner is voted for by captains and managers from all of FIFA’s international managers who vote for their top three in a 5-3-1 points voting system.
So who else did Postecoglou and Jedinak vote for?
The Caltex Socceroos boss gave Ronaldo his maximum points (five), but left Barcelona striker Messi out, opting for Griezmann (three points) and Chile’s Alexis Sanchez (one).
Aston Villa midfielder Jedinak believed Messi was the world’s best in 2016, handing him his five points, while giving Ronaldo three and Wales talisman Gareth Bale one.
In a year where he helped Real Madrid to the UEFA Champions League title and Portugal to Euro 2016 glory, Ronaldo was a clear winner with 34.54% of the overall vote.
Messi came in second with 26.42%, while Griezmann was well back in third with 7.53% of the votes.
Poll: choose your Caltex Socceroos starting XI to face Colombia in London
After Saturday morning’s (AEDT) loss to Norway, the Caltex Socceroos get a chance at redemption when they take on Colombia in London. Coach Bert van Marwijk handed debuts to the likes of Dimitri Petratos, Andrew Nabbout and Aleksandar Susnjar in Oslo and is sure to freshen up
What’s next for the Caltex Socceroos?
While Bert van Marwijk’s debut game as Caltex Socceroos coach didn’t go to plan, the side gets a chance to put things right when they take on Colombia in London on Wednesday morning (Australian time). The South Americans are a dangerous side, having beaten Australia’s Group C
Opponent Watch: Deschamps slams ‘cocky’ France
The Caltex Socceroos weren’t the only team in pre-World Cup friendly action this weekend, with all three of their Group C opponents in Russia featuring in matches. And Australia’s first opponents at the World Cup France suffered a setback in their preparations against Colombia
Analysis: debutants Petratos, Susnjar the positives after Oslo loss
Result aside, Dimi Petratos and Aleksandar Susnjar had assured debuts on Saturday morning. It was encouraging to see two starting XI debutants given a chance in Bert van Marwijk’s first game in charge. REPORT: Caltex Socceroos undone by Norway in BvM's maiden match ANAL