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Reaction as Messi misses out on Federation Internationale de Football Association nomination

05 September, 2018, 20:38 | Author: Delia Walker
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The FIFA announcement came as a shock, as Lionel Messi was left off the shortlist, to give the ground to Ronaldo, after a decade of fascinating duel for the sport's top individual award.

Portugal forward Ronaldo lifted a fourth Champions League title in five years in May before joining Italian champions Juventus in July.

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

Between them, Messi and Ronaldo have won the Champions League nine times and have a combined 14 domestic league titles.

Ronaldo made it after Champions League glory with Real Madrid, scoring 15 goals in the cup, while Luka Modric was his teammate with Real and also guided Croatia to the World Cup final.

Juventus head coach Massimo Allegri says he won't be afraid to bench club-record signing Cristiano Ronaldo over the course of the season.

We have been knocked out in the quarter-finals in the last three seasons.

Barca, meanwhile, have kept all of their best players this summer as well as adding four new signings in Arthur Melo, Clement Lenglet, Malcom and Arturo Vidal, who they hope will add depth in their tilt for Champions League success.

"Even he will need a break at some point".

"We are concentrating on this because it is possible, we have a squad where we can fight for this competition".

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

"There are clubs now with a lot of money and players move for that reason", he told Catalunya radio."
Things have changed and now the owners of clubs are multi-millionaires.

Though the Ballon d'Or merged with Fifa's World Player of the Year award in 2010 and then split once again, Fifa's The Best awards have served as the governing body's official replacement with France Football continuing its own Ballon d'Or.

"I've never seen myself outside of Madrid", he said.

"I expressed from the start [the players I wanted]".



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