Incredibly, Lionel Messi has been excluded from Best FIFA Men’s Player award for the first time since 2006.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Mohamed Salah made the top 3 spots. They top a shortlist of 10, which did include Messi, along with De Bruyne, Varane, Griezmann, Hazard, Kane and Mbappe.
Messi’s absence from the top three of the best comes as surprise after his excellent season, which saw Barcelona win La Liga and the Copa del Rey as he won the Pichichi and the European Golden Shoe.
It’s true that Argentina fell short at the World Cup but Ronaldo’s Portugal also failed to make it beyond the last 16.
The winner will be named on September 24 at a gala in London.