Football star Lionel Messi has been excluded from the final shortlist of the FIFA’s Player of the Year Award.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Mo Salah are the three finalists, according to Spanish outlet Diario Sport.
They top a shortlist of 10, which did include Messi, along with De Bruyne, Varane, Salah, Hazard, Kane and Mbappe. The official shortlist will be announced by FIFA on Monday.
Last Thursday, at the Champions League draw, Modric was named as the best player in Europe for last season. Real Madrid also scooped the positional prizes at the event: Keylor Navas (goalkeeper), Sergio Ramos (defender), Modric (midfielder) and Ronaldo (forward), now at Juventus but chosen for his performances with Los Blancos.
Messi has finished second in the two editions of The Best to date, always behind Cristiano. Neymar was third in 2016 and Griezmann in 2017.
The winner will be named on September 24 at a gala in London. The prizes are voted for by players, coaches journalists and fans through the Internet.
The exclusion of Lionel Messi, has come as a rude shock to majority of his fans across the world who still believes the football genius supersedes all other players when it comes to showing off their skills on the field of play.