Dani Alves claims Messi snub for The Best is 'unjust'
- The former Barcelona full-back was disappointed not to see Leo Messi on FIFA The Best short-list
- He believes that FIFA has ignored his achievements with Barcelona
"It's unjust that Messi was not nominated for The Best," Alves told ESPN.
"It's not just that they have only looked at what he has done with Argentina and not what he has done with Barcelona."
Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric received FIFA's The Best award for 2018. The Croatia midfielder has been awarded 29% of the votes. While the rest of voting goes like this: Ronaldo (19%), Mohamed Salah (11.2%), Kylian Mbappe (10%) and Messi (9,8%).
Modric has a great campaign with both Real Madrid and Croatia, leading his national team to the first World Cup final ever. Messi, who was sensationally snubbed from the shortlist, won La Liga and Copa last season and has also become European top goalscorer.
I like Modric as a player, and he is valuable, but... if he's the best player in the world, soccer is in trouble. I agree that his 'type' deserves more accolades, but he's a far cry from a Xavi, Iniesta, Pirlo, etc. in their prime.— Phil Schoen (@PhilSchoen) September 24, 2018