Thursday, May 28, 2009

Messi Comes Out Of Rome Final With 44% of Worldwide Fan Voting at

It's only one percentage point, but the fans of the world responded at to Barcelona's Champions League win and Lionel Messi's second-half goal, by cementing Messi as 2009's Best Player In The World.

Overnight Messi added 43 votes to his total, while Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo still managed to add 13 votes despite his side losing and the player not scoring or making an impact on football's biggest stage in Rome.

While there is still a half year to go, Ronaldo would have to do something extra special and Messi would have to fall off the map, for the Best Player In The World title to change.

Messi also leads the way by a much larger margin in our "Media Mentions" category, having been called the "best player in the world" by various managers, players and media figures, 53 times to Ronaldo's 19. These figure would then to some extent predict Messi winning both the Ballon d'Or (voted by journalists) and the FIFA World Player of the Year (voted by managers and captains) for 2009.

Here are the poll results as of 7:00 AM Eastern Standard Time, Thursday May 28th, 2009:

Lionel Messi 44% (548 votes)

Cristiano Ronaldo 24% (302 votes)

Steven Gerrard 8% (103 votes)
Fernando Torres 3% (42 votes)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic 3% (33 votes)
Kaka 2% (28 votes)
Andres Iniesta 2% (27 votes)
Wayne Rooney 2% (24 votes)
Ronaldinho 2% (19 votes)
Frank Lampard 1% (17 votes)
Andrei Arshavin 1% (16 votes)
Nemanja Vidic 1% (13 votes)
Didier Drogba 1% (9 votes)
Cesc Fabregas 1% (8 votes)
Franck Ribery 1% (8 votes)
Arjen Robben 1% (8 votes)

Total Votes: 1248


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