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Lionel Messi misses out on FIFA shortlist of world’s best three players


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Lionel Messi is not the best player in the world, in fact he’s not even in the top three according to FIFA.

The shortlist for FIFA’s ‘The Best’ was announced on Monday, and there’s no room for Messi.

There are also no World Cup winners in the top three either. Instead we get Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Mohamed Salah.

All of this despite Messi winning La Liga, the Copa del Rey, finishing as top goalscorer across Europe and topping just about any other list you can think of with his brilliance.

He has, however, been nominated for the Puskas Award which goes to the prettiest goal. There were plenty to choose from, but FIFA have curiously gone for his effort against Nigeria for Argentina.

It’s all pretty laughable really, but perhaps what we’ve come to expect from FIFA.

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