Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

Messi excluded from Federation Internationale de Football Association men's top player shortlist

Modric Cristiano Ronaldo and Salah Modric Cristiano Ronaldo and Salah
Tamara Craig | 05 September, 2018, 17:29

Out of the entire planet, Luka Modric, Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah are deemed to be the absolute elite, meaning that Lionel Messi - one of the greatest players of all time - has not made the shortlist.

Not to forget, the midfield genius at Real Madrid was also awarded the best player of the recently ended FIFA World Cup 2018.

Instead, the 33-year-old moved to Turin, and Messi feels the Old Lady will be a significant threat in Europe with his old rival Ronaldo leading the line - while Real have got significantly weaker.

The snub came despite Messi top-scoring in La Liga as he lead Barcelona to a league and cup double in Spain.

Reports coming out of Italy suggest that Spanish giants Real Madrid and Serie A champions Juventus are looking at possibly doing a swap deal in the January transfer window.

Modric was last week unveiled as UEFA Player of the year, a ceremony which Ronaldo "boycotted" after getting hints that he had failed to land the award.

Brazil's top electoral court votes down Lula candidacy
But he is adored by millions of Brazilians due to the prosperity Brazil enjoyed under his leadership from 2003 to 2010. If da Silva is barred, former Sao Paulo Mayor Fernando Haddad is seen as his likely candidate for the presidency.

Salah had 44 goals last season and set a Premier League record with 32 goals, but Liverpool didn't win a trophy, finishing second to Real Madrid in the Champions League final.

For the past nine years, these two superstars have dominated the game of football with Ronaldo and Messi winning five Ballon d'Or each.

Both Lionel Messi and Karim Benzema top the Pichichi charts with four goals apiece, with Gareth Bale just behind on three.

The women's player of the year award will be contested between Olympique Lyonnais duo Ada Hegerberg and Dzsenifer Marozsan, who enjoyed an unbeaten league season and lifted the Women's Champions League, and Brazil's triumphant Copa America Femenina captain Marta.

France's World Cup-winning manager Didier Deschamps, Zlatko Dalic and Zinedine Zidane were nominated as the finalists for Fifa's coach of the year award.

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