Lionel Messi To Attend The FIFA Best Awards Despite Snub
Lionel Messi is the best player in the world according to around 50% of football fans, it might be more but lets hedge our bets, but according to FIFA he isn't worthy of winning The Best Male Player Award. That won't stop him being at the award ceremony.
Like the Ballon d'Or, FIFA's The Best Award isn't exactly for the best player on the planet but it's for whoever's been the best that year, actually more specifically it's for the best player in the team that's done the best in the Champions League.
Cristiano Ronaldo has been on great form for the last few seasons but you could have made an argument for Luka Modric to have won last year's 'The Best Award,' he may well do this year.
The Croatian midfielder has already got some silverware after winning UEFA's Player of the Year last month but could add FIFA's The Best award on Monday. The win last month for Modric was shrouded in controversy as Ronaldo decided not to turn up to the gala, out of protest for not winning.
Lionel Messi won't be doing that on Monday. The Barcelona forward has been snubbed from the top three with Mo Salah completing the trio including Ronaldo and Modric but according to reports Messi is set to be there anyway.
The Argentina forward could still find himself in the FIFPro world XI whilst his goal against Nigeria in the World Cup is nominated for the Best Goal award.
However it's his snub for the main award that caused indignation to his fans. Messi scored more goals than the three who are up for the award and still helped his team to a La Liga and Copa del Rey double.
Failures in the World Cup and Champions League seem to have cost him although neither Ronaldo or Salah produced their best in Russia either.
Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni is expected to be in London for the awards and will attempt to find out what Messi sees as his international future, although he will miss the next fixtures.
Messi can't win the award and yet this one is a plus for his fan boys over those who adore Ronaldo more.