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Filipe Luis: Fifa award has lost credibility after Messi omission

‘It doesn’t matter if somebody wins the World Cup or the Champions League, he is the best’: Atletico Madrid’s Filipe Luis claims The Best Fifa Men’s Player Award has lost credibility after Barcelona star Lionel Messi’s omission

  • Lionel Messi wasn’t among nominees for The Best Fifa Men’s Player Award
  • Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Mohamed Salah are all in contention 
  • Filipe Luis has claimed that The Best Fifa Men’s Player Award has lost credibility 

Atletico Madrid defender Filipe Luis has claimed that The Best Fifa Men’s Player Award has lost credibility after Barcelona star Lionel Messi was left off the three-man shortlist.

Despite Messi scoring 45 goals in 54 games for Barcelona last season, he didn’t make the cut, with Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Mohamed Salah all being selected.

It is the first time that Messi, who has won the award or the equivalent five times, hasn’t made the shortlist since 2006.

Lionel Messi was surprisingly not among the nominees for The Best Fifa Men’s Player Award

Luis was left bewildered by Messi’s omission from the shortlist.

As reported by Give Me Sport, Luis said: ‘The award is for the best player in the world – and that today for me is Messi.

‘As in the past years. When he’s not there, the award loses its credibility.

‘It doesn’t matter if somebody wins the World Cup or the Champions League, he is the best.’ 

Atletico Madrid defender Filipe Luis was surprised by Messi's omission from the shortlist

Atletico Madrid defender Filipe Luis was surprised by Messi’s omission from the shortlist

LIONEL MESSI’S 2017/18 SEASON 

La Liga: 36 appearances, 34 goals, 12 assists

Copa del Rey: Six appearances, four goals, four assists

Champions League: Ten games, six goals, two assists

Supercopa: Two games, one goal

Total: 54 games, 45 goals, 18 assists 

Messi helped Barcelona to win the La Liga title and the Copa del Rey last season, although he couldn’t prevent Argentina from going out of the World Cup at the last-16 stage.

Juventus attacker Ronaldo will surpass Messi as having won the award the most times if he prevails with his sixth triumph. 

Ronaldo’s former Real Madrid team-mate Modric, meanwhile, enjoyed a stellar season as he won the Champions League and also helped Croatia to reach the World Cup final. 

Salah, the other nominee, scored a remarkable 44 goals in his debut season at Liverpool.  

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