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Roy Hodgson overlooked Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi for Ballon d'Or

Javier Mascherano impressed for Argentina at the 2014 World Cup.

As we all know by now, Cristiano Ronaldo was voted the 2014 Ballon d'Or winner after another spectacular 12 months with Real Madrid.

He comfortably pipped Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Bayern Munich's Manuel Neuer to the accolade, as the Portugal international earned 37.66 percent of the votes.

The victor is decided by a voting system whereby captains, coaches and media from around the world pick their top three players over the last year.

Being England manager and all, Roy Hodgson selected his trio, and raised some eyebrows in doing so.

Hodgson selected Neuer third (fine), Philipp Lahm (understandable) and... Javier Mascherano (slightly left field).

Mascherano did, of course, enjoy an impressive 2014 World Cup with Argentina, helping them to the final, but top three in the world?

The likes of former Liverpool defender Jamier Carragher and ex-England international Gary Lineker were somewhat bemused.

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