Mason Mount could have finished in the top three of the Ballon d’Or ballot, if the representatives of Togo and Uzbekistan had done what they wanted, while the own head of France Football voted for Robert Lewandowski in front of Lionel Messi.
The Chelsea midfielder finished 19th in the award vote last week with seven votes, but Togolese Mathias Ayena and Uzbekistan Grigoriy Rtveladze placed him third and second respectively.
The 22-year-old played a central role in the Blues’ Champions League triumph last season, scoring nine goals and registering eight more in 55 appearances in all competitions.
Mason Mount finished 19th at the Ballon d’Or last week with seven votes
He started the current campaign in an equally rich vein, with five goals and six assists in 12 Premier League appearances.
Still, his inclusion in the top three players in the world is somewhat surprising.
According to the vote count contained in the latest edition of France Football, Ayena and Rtveladze were also the only two members of the jury of journalists formed by the organizers to vote for Mont.
Each reporter must select five players from the shortlist of 30 players and rank them in descending order of merit.
Mount scored his fifth goal of the season in Chelsea’s 3-2 loss to West Ham on Saturday
Paris Saint-Germain star Lionel Messi won the award for the seventh time in Paris on Monday
The first choice receives six points, the second player on the list gets four points, while the third choice gets three points. The last two players among the five selections receive two and one point respectively.
Details of the voting process uncovered a series of intriguing choices. France Football’s own representatives, Pascal Ferré, voted for Robert Lewandowski ahead of future winner Lionel Messi.
Messi’s triumph has perhaps been the most scrutinized of his career. He inspired Argentina to a first major title since 1993, but Barcelona failed in both La Liga and the Champions League.
The 34-year-old led his Argentina national team to a first major trophy in 28 years last summer
Lewandowski, meanwhile, added another Bundesliga title last season – his seventh in a row – plundering 48 goals in 40 appearances across all competitions and breaking the late Gerd Muller’s record for most goals in one only Bundesliga season with 41.
Messi also finished second in Henry Winter’s vote. The Times football editor-in-chief, England’s sole representative, chose Chelsea midfielder Jorginho as the winner, Mohamed Salah third.
The Liverpool star finished seventh overall, a result that has puzzled many observers as the Egyptian has been in terrifying form for his club over the past four seasons, scoring 108 goals in 160 Premier League games. .
Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski came in second despite a superb season and missed last year
Mohamed Salah burst out laughing after being asked about his seventh place at the Ballon d’Or
However, Salah saw the fun side of it and burst out laughing when asked what he perceived to be a snub, as Reds boss Jurgen Klopp admitted it was “difficult” to any player to beat Messi for the price.
Meanwhile, Brazilian Cléber Machado and Icelandic Vidir Sigurdsson believed Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne deserved the accolade.
The other Manchester City players also received a lot of praise, with Passang Norbu of Bhutan picking Phil Foden as their fourth preference, while Ruben Dias placed fifth on Raju Ghising of the Nepalese top five.