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Pahars and Gorkss vote for Ronaldo in Ballon d'Or vote

BC, Riga, 10.01.2017.Print version

Three Latvian representatives also gave their votes in the annual FIFA Ballon d'Or award for the world's best player, according to the results, writes LETA.


The Latvian representatives who gave their votes in the annual awards vote was the head coach of the Latvian national football team Marians Pahars, the captain of the Latvian football team Kaspars Gorkss, and local journalist Ilvars Koscinkevics.


Pahars gave his first place vote to Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo, second place vote to Argentine forward Lionel Messi, and third place vote to France striker Antoine Griezmann.


Gorkss also gave his first place vote to Ronaldo, second place vote to Griezmann, and third place vote to Italian goaltender Gianluigi Buffon.


Meanwhile, Koscinkevics have his first place vote to Messi, second place vote to Ronaldu and third place vote to Griezmann.


The DPA news agency reported last month that Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has won football's Ballon d'Or award for a fourth time.


The award by France Football magazine comes at the end of a year in which the Portuguese star won the Champions League with Real Madrid and Euro 2016 with Portugal.


Ronaldo had previously won the award in 2008, 2013 and 2014, and is now one behind Argentina striker Lionel Messi's record tally of five from 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015.


Barcelona's Messi was second in the vote, ahead of France striker Antoine Griezmann of Atletico Madrid and Barcelona forwards Luis Suarez and Neymar, France Football said.





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