Wayne Rooney, as England captain, was given a vote. He put Messi first, Thomas Muller second and Cristiano Ronaldo third. Roy Hodgson, as England manager, chose Ronaldo first, Messi second and Eden Hazard third. Henry Winter, chief football writer at The Times, voted for Messi, Ronaldo then Neymar.
Messi, as Argentina’s captain, voted for Luis Suarez, Neymar then Andres Iniesta. Cristiano Ronaldo, as Portugal’s captain, voted for Karim Benzema, James Rodriguez then Gareth Bale. Neymar, as Brazil’s captain, voted for Messi, Suarez then Ivan Rakitic.