Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil full-back Dani Alves has branded Lionel Messi’s exclusion from The Best FIFA Men’s Player Award nomination unjust.
Real Madrid’s Luka Modric walked away with the prestigious accolade on Monday night, with FIFA’s ceremony taking place at the Royal Festival Hall in London. But Messi wasn’t even among the top three nominees as Mohamed Salah and Cristiano Ronaldo filled up the other two spots.
The Argentinian also voted for long-time rival Cristiano Ronaldo for No.3 – he went with Kylian Mbappe at No.2 – but the new Juventus star did not return the favour, going with Raphael Varane, Modric and Antoine Griezmann in that order.
Messi scored 34 goals and assisted 12 more in 36 La Liga appearances for La Blaugrana last season and has scored five times in five outings along with two assists this term.