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Michael Bradley’s picks for FIFA Player & Coach of the Year

The Toronto FC captain cast votes due to his role as skipper of the U.S. men’s national team.

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You’re probably aware by now that Cristiano Ronaldo was named FIFA’s Player of the Year for 2016 yesterday, with Claudio Ranieri scooping the prize for the top coach.

You may not know, however, that Toronto FC’s own Michael Bradley helped Ronaldo get there. In his role as captain of the United States men’s national team, Bradley cast votes for both of the main awards and selected Ronaldo as his top player.

He picked the eventual top three, in fact, placing Lionel Messi of Barcelona after his Real Madrid rival and choosing Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann in third.

The Best FIFA Football Awards Photo by Helios de la Rubia/Real Madrid via Getty Images

Bradley’s Coach of the Year votes were more surprising, however; he selected Luis Enrique, again of Barcelona, as the best manager in 2016 despite the two Madrid clubs’ longer runs in the Champions League. Barca did, of course, retain La Liga with 91 points and win the Copa del Rey, so it wasn’t exactly a disastrous season.

In second and third, he had no room for Ranieri but again chose a one-two-three from the trio of top Spanish clubs, ranking Diego Simeone of Atletico after Luis Enrique and giving Zinedine Zidane of Real third place.

Canada captain Julian de Guzman, meanwhile, picked the most notable trophy winners in the coaching categories, with Ranieri first for his incredible Premier League success with Leicester City, Fernando Santos second after leading Portugal to Euro 2016 glory and Zinedine Zidane third for his Champions League win with Real.

The Best FIFA Football Awards Photo by Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images

De Guzman also had Ronaldo and Messi as his top two in the player vote but ranked Barca’s Luis Suarez ahead of Griezmann in third.

Canada interim coach Michael Findlay and Canadian Press journalist Neil Davidson, as the country’s media representative, also cast ballots.

Michael Findlay (Canada interim coach):

1. Cristiano Ronaldo
2. Lionel Messi
3. Robert Lewandowski

1. Diego Simeone
2. Pep Guardiola
3. Claudio Ranieri

Neil Davidson (Canadian Press)

1. Cristiano Ronaldo
2. Lionel Messi
3. Luis Suarez

1. Claudio Ranieri
2. Zinedine Zidane
3. Fernando Santos