As manager and captain of a national side, a perk that comes with the job is the right to vote for who wins the prestigious awards such as tonight’s FIFA World Player Of The Year and the Ballon d’Or.
When the results are released and we know who our winner is, the next thing we look to is, who did we vote for?
Martin O’Neill and Seamus Coleman are the men representing Ireland with their respective votes and in this instance the pair were in agreement.
Both men voted for eventual winner of the award, Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Portuguese captain won the award for the second consecutive year after he was the main driving force behind Real Madrid’s successful retention of the Champions League. Los Blancos became the first side ever to defend the Champions League, thanks in no small part to CR7’s goals along the way.
In total, in this calendar year so far, Ronaldo has bagged a whopping 44 goals for club and country.
O’Neill and Coleman were also in accordance with their runner-up, both opting for Lionel Messi. Coleman selected Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain in third place with the Republic Of Ireland boss going for Belgium’s Eden Hazard.