Cristiano Ronaldo, Leo Messi and Gareth Bale were the big absentees this Monday in London for the gala of `The Best’. The Portuguese was one of the three nominees for the award for best player of this award granted by FIFA.
Barça player Leo Messi did not attend the event due to family reasons. He was not among the nominees for the `The Best` award but he was among the best 11 of the year, as was Gareth Bale, who, like the Argentinian, was also on the list of the Puskas award for the best goal of 2018.
Cristiano Ronaldo was nominated for the award along with the Croatian Luca Modric, who has already won the award for best player in UEFA. Cristiano no longer went to the gala in which his ex-partner was rewarded at Real Madrid.
The reason for the absence of the Portuguese player is that Juventus played on Sunday and would play again in Serie A next Wednesday. At the UEFA gala, Cristiano Ronaldo decided not to go after knowing that he was not going to get the prize.
However, what has created questions is not the absence of the aforementioned footballers but the manner in which FIFA picked up the Best XI of the year. With this selection, the world of football has created a storm of criticism. Many football analysts have called this a ‘joke’.
Belgium footballer Thibaut Courtois has been elected as the Goalkeeper of the Year by FIFA. However, Courtois somehow was left out From the Best XI. Not only the Belgian goalkeeper but also Mohamed Salah who was nominated as one of three finalists for the Men’s Player of the Year Award failed to be named in the Team of the Season. Messi’s exclusion From the three finalists gave rise to the question.
So, the question is, was it wrong to put Salah in the short list of the Men’s Player of the Year? Did FIFA blunder by announcing Courtois the Goalkeeper of the Year by FIFA?