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Look who Wayne Rooney voted for as his coach of the year

Rooney's votes for Mourinho

Rooney’s votes for Mourinho

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has offered up a public show of admiration for Jose Mourinho, after voting for the sacked Chelsea boss as his FIFA Coach of the Year.

As part of the FIFA Ballon d'Or event, international team managers and captains have a chance to vote of their players and manager of the year, which often throws up some intriguing nominations.

Rooney's decision to pick Mourinho will be viewed by some as evidence that he is a big admirer of the coach who has been heavily linked with replacing Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford in recent weeks. 

The United skipper voted for Mourinho as coach of the year, with pep Guardiola in second place and Chile boss Jorge Sampaoli in third spot.

Rooney named Messi as his Player of the Year, with Thomas Muller – a player United tried to sign in 2015 – placed as ahead of his former team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo in his voting.

England boss Roy Hodgson voted for Ronaldo as his Player of the Year, with Messi and Chelsea's Eden Hazard in second and third spot.

Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill voted for Messi as a leading player of the year, while his captain Robbie Keane voted for Ronaldo to take the top prize.

Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill failed to have his votes entered into the Ballon d'Or vote, as his nominations and that of his skipper Steven Davis were not submitted in time to be included in what is an embarrassing administrative error for the IFA.

FIFA revealed that it sent out a reminder email before the ballot closed, but the IFA did not respond.

“The online votes were recorded before the deadline," said a FIFA spokesmen. "However, the original documents with the signatures were not received on time. We needed to have it, because only then are the votes valid.” 

Germany coach Joachim Low didn’t pick any of the three short-listed candidates. Bayern Munich shot-stopper Manuel Neuer was his number one choice, followed by Thomas Muller and Toni Kroos.

James Nesbitt’s new hair steals the show at Ballon d’Or

Man Utd fan Nesbitt chats to his hero Ronaldo

Man Utd fan Nesbitt chats to his hero Ronaldo

Irish actor James Nesbitt admitted he “thought it was a wind-up” when he was asked to co-host the FIFA Ballon d’Or award – but he stole the show at the lavish event in Zurich.

Lionel Messi was crowned as FIFA World Player of the year for a fifth time, but it was Nesbitt's presentation that attracted much of the attention on Twitter and other social media sites.

Sporting a new hairdo that certainly made an impression on Twitter followers who were quick to post images of his one-time thinning locks, Man Utd fan Nesbitt behaved like a true fans as he was in the presence of football's superpowers.

This is how Nesbitt looked not so long ago, with the image he presented on stage on Monday evening confirming his hair has been impressively enhanced in recent years.

The hair debate aside, Nesbitt was a triumph as host, with his whit and charm adding some colour to what has a tendency to be a pretty boring event on the football calendar.

Taking selfies with FIFA World Player of the Year Lionel Messi and his hero Cristiano Ronaldo, the charming host was well received by the sporting heroes who must have wondered what he was doing there.

Messi also seemed content to pose for this snap with Nesbitt on stage:

Meanwhile, smartly dressed Barcelona star Neymar (below) chuckled away at Jimmy's jokes, which included a plea for Ronaldo to makes his dreams come true and return to Man Utd.

Nesbitt and his co-host Katie Abdou also appeared to commit something of a broadcasting error as the credits rolled on the ceremony, as they were critical of the organisers in comments that were picked up on air.

Kate Abdo "Are they crazy" and James Nesbitt clearly annoyed about some last minute changes #BallondOr pic.twitter.com/Gutuv39egv

— Tahira Mirza (@tahiramirza1) January 11, 2016