It been ten years coming but the Mess/Ronaldo duopoly seems to be coming to an end finally. However, though Ronaldo have managed to remain relevant in this year’s award season, Barcelona star and Argentina captain, Lionel Messi has seen his star fade and he has been excluded from the FIFA wards.
His exclusion may not be unconnected to the dismal performance of his National team at the FIFA World Cup this year despite having a fairly successful season with Barcelona last term.
His exclusion from the FIFA awards which came just weeks after he suffered the same fate at the UEFA awards, though came as a shock to some, was no surprise to many.
This led fans to express their opinion on twitter and other social network. We examine some of the reaction below…
Ok FIFA, how is Messi not in here?????
I mean , what exactly did Salah win that Messi didn’t????
Can someone explain to me?
Was it the World Cup? Or CL? Or league stats?
Why exactly is Salah here and Messi isn’t??
— Shögɠụŋ (@no_grubchen) September 3, 2018
WOW modric is so fucking overrated he’s good player but ur telling me he deserves to be one of the finals nominees over messi? tbh modric had a good World Cup but highly overrated i think players like Rakitić and Perisic deserve more credit #FIFAFootballAwards
— mahiamon (@mahiamonelbejou) September 3, 2018
I won’t say much about these 3 nominees as FIFA best player award. Messi is literally better than all these 3 players combined together. Meanwhile, there is no Griez or Mbappe who won the World cup is shows the awards is for popularity contest nothing else.
— KONJI (@SpiritualKonjji) September 3, 2018
No Messi in FIFA Top3 player of the year!! Oh Wow ??
Ronaldo – Champions league, CL top scorer.
Modric – WC golden ball, CL, World Cup finalist.
Lionel Messi – La Liga + Copa del Rey winner
Like How did Salah had a better season than Messi? ?#FIFAFootballAwards
— Osas Cruz (@OsasCruz) September 3, 2018
Both Messi and Salah flopped at the World Cup and Messi had a better domestic season than Salah so on what basis was Messi omitted?
— francis. (@stayne_) September 3, 2018
Salah got nominated for FIFA Best player of the year 2018 ahead of Messi.
World Cup: group stage exit with 0points
World Cup:last 16 exit
Europe golden boot
Laliga Golden boot
— ? (@Calmeharry) September 3, 2018
When #TheBest is not the best. No way Messi should be excluded from the list. No Griezmann or Mbappé either. In a World Cup year. You’d think FIFA’s big tournament would hold more sway in a FIFA award. But it’s 25% fan vote, so Cristiano the favourite again.
— Ben Hayward (@bghayward) September 3, 2018