The selection of Arab journalists participating in the selection of the winner of the France Football magazine's Golden Ball Award varied.

Argentine Lionel Messi won the award on Monday, taking his tally to six gold balls and beating his Portuguese rival Cristiano Ronaldo, who won the award on five occasions.

Egyptian star Mohamed Salah came in fifth, while captain Riad Mehrez came in 10th.

The winner of the award is determined based on the selections of the journalists participating in the voting, and France Football magazine relies on the vote of one journalist from each country.

Egyptian journalist Ines chose the appearance of her compatriot Mohamed Salah in first place followed by Senegalese Sadio Mani and Ronaldo, and from Algeria chose Yazid Waheeb Mani in first place followed by Messi and Riad Mehrez.

Saudi Arabia's Abdul Rahman Al Abed put Ronaldo ahead of Messi and Manchester City's Bernardo Silva, while Bahraini journalist Abdullah Ashour named Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk at the top and then Ronaldo and Messi.

From the UAE, Zafarullah, the muezzin, chose Ronaldo, Mehrez and Salah, while Iraqi journalist Sami Imam chose Van Dyke followed by Mani and Salah, while Jordanian journalist Hossam Barakat, Van Dyke, Messi and Ronaldo.

From Kuwait, journalist Abdel Aziz Attia put Messi in the lead, then Ronaldo and Van Dyck.

The list drawn up by Libyan journalist Ahmed al-Dair included Messi, Ronaldo and Manny. Moroccan journalist Mustapha Badri chose Messi, Mani and Ronaldo, while Sudanese journalist Muzammil Abdul Qasim put Messi ahead, followed by Van Dijk and Mani. Tunisian journalist Abdeslam Daifallah Messi, Van Dyke and Ronaldo were chosen.