Barcelona: FIFA loses touch as Messi overlooked for ‘The Best’ awards

Barcelona: FIFA loses touch as Messi overlooked for ‘The Best’ awards

Messi has won the Player of the Year award five times and been runner-up on six occasions.

Ronaldo left Madrid for Juve in a €112million move in July, ending his battle with Messi on the domestic stage at least.

The Argentine also noted that the development will have a negative impact on the European champions.

The Portugal forward, lifted a 4th Champions League title in five years in May, to keep him in the Federation Internationale de Football Association shortlist this year, after he won the crown in 2008, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017. I was surprised by his decision, I did not think he would go from Madrid nor that he would go to Juventus. "I thought the squad was fantastic, the players are very good in all areas of the pitch and are capable to compete for titles".

Ronaldo, who like Messi is a five-time victor of the award and has won it for the last two years, helped Real Madrid claim a third consecutive Champions League crown before securing a transfer to Italian champions Juventus in July.

Madrid have started LaLiga's new season well without Ronaldo, winning their first three matches, but Messi - who was surprised by his rival's departure - is adamant they are not what they were with the Portugal talisman.

Father: 'Eden Hazard considered leaving Chelsea for Real Madrid'
Alonso was also involved in both the goals for the Blues against Newcastle United at St James Park on Sunday. I saw Chelsea's third goal against Arsenal (scored by Marcos Alonso from a Hazard cross) and I knew enough.

'We have been knocked out in the quarterfinals in the last three seasons.

"It's time to win the Champions League", Messi said. "We have a spectacular squad and we can do it".

Messi believes the lure of Barcelona and Real Madrid is now being neutralised by the mouth-watering sums on offer.

"Each year the competition is more even with clubs investing more money to compete and bring in players".

Ronaldo now owns 51 per cent of the shares of the club.

Not to forget, the midfield genius at Real Madrid was also awarded the best player of the recently ended FIFA World Cup 2018.

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