Cristiano Ronaldo successfully retained his FIFA Ballon d'Or Award by winning the 2014 edition. His victory was quite convincing as he gained a 37.66% share of the vote - much larger than Lionel Messi's 15.76% and Manuel Neuer's 15.72%.
The votes are comprised by FIFA nations captains and coaches, as well as one respected journalist from FIFA nations. As always, it is interesting to find out who voted for who. By cleverly matching club or country allegiances or rivalries, it can easily be summised where tactical voting has taken place.
Using 2014s Ballon d'Or top three as an example, it is clear to see they all did their best to sabotage each others chances, ignoring true form. Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo voted for Sergio Ramos, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema - all of whom are his Real Madrid teammates - leaving out Messi and Neuer in the process.
Argentine captain Lionel Messi voted for Angel Di Maria, Andres Iniesta and Javier Mascherano and it is easy to see why. Di Maria is a fellow Argentinean, as is Mascherano who is also Messi's Barcelona teammate, just like Iniesta.
Manuel Neuer is not Germany's captain but his teammate for both club and country, Bastian Schweinsteiger is. Bound by duty, Schweinsteiger voted for Neuer first, and then his fellow club and country teammates Philipp Lahm and Thomas Mueller second and third.
Check out the full listing of voting patterns in the PDF document below; I warn you there are a few shockers.