Messi omitted from FIFA best player award nominations
Lionel Messi was left off the shortlist for the FIFA’S men’s player of the year award for the irst time in over a decade this week as his old rival Cristiano Ronaldo was named alongside Luka Modric and Mohamed Salah. Messi has dominated the award along with Ronaldo over the past decade, but the Barcelona star has been omitted from the top three for the irst time since 2006. A ive-time winner of the award, Messi has also inished second in the voting for each of Ronaldo’s ive previous wins in 2008,
2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017. Ronaldo ended a nine-year stay at Real Madrid on a high with a fourth Champions League in ive years before joining Italian giants Juventus in July. Yet, that might not even be enough for the Portuguese to edge ahead in his battle for supremacy with Messi by adding his sixth crown when the winners are announced on Sep.24. Ronaldo’s former Real Madrid teammate Luka Modric is best-placed to become the irst new name to win the award for 10 years after a superb season for club and country. As well as his inluential displays in Real’s Champions League triumph, the Croatia midielder won the Golden Ball for the best player at the tournament as Croatia reached their irst World Cup inal, inishing as runners-up to France.