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Although this year there was no Ballon d’Or award, FIFA decided to award its gong ‘The Best’.
Despite not having their best years, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi were still in the top three, this time alongside Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski.
Any other result than the Polish shooter taking the top prize would have been a sham and would surely leave everyone wondering if they had any merit in the future.
As things stood, Lewandowski was the winner, leaving Messi in third place and a clearly disgruntled Ronaldo in second.
With both the Portuguese and the Argentine reaching the end of their careers, it was the first sign that perhaps their time at the top is over.
While that’s probably not in dispute, what caused consternation after the awards was how Messi had voted, according to FIFA.com.
Arguably there were enough Liverpool players he could have picked who also deserved it, but there were no Reds players on his roster.
Instead, Messi opted for Neymar, Lewandowski and Kylian Mbappé.
Messi’s votes for FIFA THE BEST
– Barça Worldwide (@BarcaWorldwide) December 17, 2020
It seems quite clear, therefore, that the scars from that night in Liverpool have not yet healed. How else do you explain such a slight?