Lionel Messi has been excluded from the podium of the top prize at FIFA’s The Best awards after the final shortlists were leaked.
The Best Men’s Player will not be won by the Barcelona player this year, despite a magnificent season for the Blaugrana. Failure to land the Champions League or advance to the latter stages of the World Cup with Argentina has proved decisive.
Instead, the award will be won by one of the following, in a list leaked by Sport: Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Antoine Griezmann.
The Croatian has already won best player at last week’s Champions League awards, which infuriated Ronaldo enough that the Juventus star failed to turn up to the awards.
Messi was part of the initial top 10 nominees, with Kevin De Bruyne, Raphael Varane, Mohamed Salah, Eden Hazard, Harry Kane and Kylian Mbappe all set to join him in failing to make the cut.
The Best FIFA Men’s Player
Cristiano Ronaldo – Juventus
Antoine Griezmann – Atletico Madrid
Luka Modric – Real Madrid
The Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper
Thibaut Courtois – Real Madrid
Hugo Lloris – Tottenham
Kasper Schmeichel – Leicester City
The Best FIFA Men’s Coach
Zlatko Dalic – Croatia
Didier Deschamps – France
Zinedine Zidane – Real Madrid
The Best FIFA Women’s Coach
Reynald Pedros – France
Asako Takakura – Japan
Sarina Wiegman – The Netherlands