Lionel Messi was snubbed off the nominations for the FIFA’s men’s player of the year for the first time after 12 years. The nominations were announced in London on September 3rd, 2018. Messi’s Rival Ronaldo was shortlisted along with Luka Modric and Mohamed Salah.
The shortlists for the Player of the Year were announced by the Legends Sol Campbell, Kelly Smith, Nwankwo Kanu and Peter Schmeichel. Players are shortlisted for nominations based on their performance for a period of one year – July 2017 to July 2018. The performance of players in 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia has also been considered.
See FIFA’s post on Twitter for the same:
For the past decade, Messi and Ronaldo have been dominating the award. It is for the first time since 2006 that the Barcelona star has not been included in the top three players nomination.
Messi made it to the top 10 players nominations along with Kevin De Bruyne, Raphael Varane, Antoine Griezmann, Eden Hazard, Harry Kane and Kylian Mbappe but failed to make it to the final cut.
Messi created history when he recently became the first player to reach 150 assists in La Liga in the 21st century.
The winners will be presented with the awards on September 24 at the Royal Festival Hall in London.
The outcome of the nominations has sparked debate among fans, journalists and former players.
Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker – a known fan of Messi took to Twitter to talk about the same.
Barcelona Club also shared a picture of the player with a note “No doubt for Barça Fans. He is the best. Period.”
Disappointed fans of Argentina and Barcelona star took to social media to vent out their anger.
Who do you think will win the FIFA’s men’s player of the year award on 24th September 2018 in London?