Ballon D'Or Unusual Voting XI: Alternative Team Without Ronaldo, Ribery, Messi

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Ballon D'Or Unusual Voting XI: Alternative Team Without Ronaldo, Ribery, Messi
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Cristiano Ronaldo, Franck Ribery and Lionel Messi were the only serious contenders for the Ballon d'Or, right?

And if you're talking to football experts: captains, coaches, media representatives, they should know that too, right?

Wrong.

While there were plenty of standout performances in 2013 to take note of, there were some bizarre votes cast in the Ballon d'Or voting this year. 

It's not that, say, Radamel Falcao didn't excel last year—but can a case seriously be made for him to win the award over the trio in the top three?

Falcao doesn't make our XI of obscure votes, and nor does Zlatan Ibrahimovic, pictured above. He would have been set for a fourth-place finish based on the number of votes he received from his peers, and few could have argued with that.

This team line-up in a 3-4-3 formation, thanks mainly to how top-heavy the voting is in favour of attacking players. Just two out-and-out defenders appear to have been deemed worthy of a vote, so we've improvised...

Note: Each FIFA country had their national captain, coach and media representative vote for a top three and points were tallied up accordingly. The full list of votes can be found here on FIFA's website.

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