Lionel Messi Won't Be Attending 'The Best Awards' In London
He had initially accepted the invitation but Lionel Messi will not be present at FIFA's 'The Best' awards in London tonight.
The Barcelona forward has been snubbed from the Best FIFA Men's Player top three but is up for the Puskas Award and FIFPro XI and still looked set to be turning up for the ceremony.
However, things have changed and AS say that the Argentine ace is giving it a miss due to "personal reasons".
:newspaper: [MD] ' Leo Messi will not travel to London on Monday to attend the FIFA 'The Best' award ceremony citing a personal issue. Messi has been nominated for the Puskas award and the best 11 of the year. pic.twitter.com/mZmlQRCVlN- BarcaTimes (@BarcaTimes) September 24, 2018
OFFICIAL: Leo Messi will not attend Fifa 'The Best' award ceremony today in London because of a personal issue. pic.twitter.com/N5IPj39lZA- Argentina Soccer 11 (@ArgSoccer11) September 24, 2018
There aren't much specifics in regards to Messi's situation but he informed Barcelona, who in turn notified FIFA that their star player will not be there.
Messi's fellow five-time Ballon d'Or Cristiano Ronaldo will also not be attending, with Juventus having a midweek game against Bologna to prepare for on Wednesday.
Both Cristiano and Messi not attending the awards, FIFA's credibility <<<<<- OusmaneTime:m: (@mahmessi21) September 24, 2018
You know the Best Player awards in FIFA have become a Joke when Cristiano and Messi stop showing up- Edwin Martinez (@e_mrtz) September 24, 2018
Ronaldo has won 'The Best' Award for the first two years of its existence but his former teammate Luka Modric is favourite to scoop the gong after an exceptional 2018.
Still, it's evident that the two titans of world football not showing up is a huge blow to FIFA and the credibility of their awards.
The Ballon d'Or would appear to be their priority, particularly with news emerging that the pair will be on the judging panel for a new award.
Messi, Ronaldo and numerous other past winners will all help decide the Kopa Award, which will be handed to the best under 21 player in the world, and is named after the very first Ballon d'Or winner from 1958, Raymond Kopa.