Barcelona’s Lionel Messi was somewhat surprisingly left off FIFA’s Best Men’s Player award list this week. The three-man final list was made up of UEFA Champions League winners Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo, and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah.
Messi completed the domestic double last year winning both La Liga and the Copa del Rey. He scored the most goals too, slotting home 45 in 54 games.
This was so strange that Atletico Madrid’s Felipe Luis came out and expressed his opinion.
“The award is for the best player in the world. For me, today, it’s Messi. Just like in previous years,” he told Globoesporte.
”When he’s not there, it loses credibility. It doesn’t matter who wins the World Cup or the Champions League. He’s the best.”
Filipe Luis | Source
He’s not wrong.