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Gharib and Fathi voted for Ronaldo in Ballon d’Or race

Shawky Gharib's tenure as Egyptian's national team coach has been a "strange" one to be sure.

FIFA announced on Tuesday that Shawky Gharib and Ahmed Fathi both voted for Cristiano Ronaldo in the FIFA Ballon d’Or race.

Ronaldo, who eventually won the coveted prize, was in contention with Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi and Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.

Following the event which took place in Zurich, the official FIFA website announced who the representatives from each country voted for.

Egypt’s three representatives were former national team coach Shawky Gharib, who was dismissed following the failure to reach the 2015 African Cup of Nations, Ahmed Fathi, and journalist Enas Mazhar, with the trio all voting for Cristiano Ronaldo.

Gharib and Fathi both chose Messi and Neuer in second and third place, respectively; on the other hand, Enas Mazhar chose German international Thomas Mueller and Arjen Robben in second and third place.

Al Ahly fanatic and Italian football aficionado. Working on a degree in Business Administration at the American University in Cairo.

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