5 Reasons Why Lionel Messi Should Be In The Best FIFA Player Award Shortlist

Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Dani Alves, Sergio Ramos, Leonardo Bonucci, Marcelo and Gianluigi Buffon are selected in the FIFA FIFPro World 11 during the awards.

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When FIFA announced their shortlist for the Best Player, there was a surprising omission in the form of Lionel Messi.

The Argentine superstar didn’t make it to the three-man shortlist composing of Cristiano Ronaldo, Mo Salah, and Luka Modric.

This is the first time since 2006 that the player hasn’t made it in the list and quite understandably, fans were flabbergasted. Here are five reasons why they have the right to be confused: