Lionel Messi omitted from FIFA's shortlist of the world's top three players

05 September, 2018, 20:40 | Author: Marlene Myers
  • FIFA Best Awards Messi snubbed Ronaldo Modric and Salah nominated

Portugal winger Ronaldo, the 2016 and 2017 victor, won a fifth Champions League title with Real Madrid in May before joining Juventus for £99m.

The Argentine also noted that the development will have a negative impact on the European champions.

Messi believes Ronaldo's sale weakens Madrid, but Suarez warned against underestimating them, highlighting the fact that some players, like Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale, have taken on bigger roles since the Portuguese forward left. It surprised me, but he has gone to a very good team'.

"They're also a team that never give up".

"Obviously it's infuriating [for us] because Madrid have won the Champions League in each of the last three years".

The Camp Nou giants restored domestic dominance last season, securing a La Liga and Copa del Rey double. Ever since, he has been nominated as part of the shortlist, winning 5 times.

The women's player shortlist is headed by Brazilian forward, Marta, a five-time victor who plays for Orlando Pride in the US National Women's Soccer League.

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"Even he will need a break at some point. We have a spectacular squad and we can do it".

Many feel that Modric was a deserving victor but the decision hasn't gone down well with Ronaldo's entourage. "At Real Madrid, he was excellently managed".

"There are clubs now with a lot of money and players move for that reason", he told Catalunya radio."

"Wherever the most money is, that's where they end up going."

Football is a team game but we live in a world of individual fame - somebody has to be the best!

Barcelona signed four players this summer, with Arthur Melo, Clement Lenglet, Arturo Vidal and Malcom all arriving at the Camp Nou.

Messi has been tight-lipped over his rival's transfer, which has watered down El Clasico somewhat, but has finally spoken out on the impact it has had on Real Madrid, and his surprise in Ronaldo leaving.

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