Messi snub has cost Fifa awards their credibility, says Filipe Luis


Ever since the Argentine took over the special number he has continued to hit new heights with the star being hailed as one of the greatest players of all time.

The Barcelona star could have justifiably expected to be on the shortlist for the top award Federation Internationale de Football Association hand out at their annual gala.

Despite inspiring Barcelona to a domestic double of LaLiga and the Copa del Rey in 2017-18, Messi was overlooked for the final three-man list in favour of Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Mohamed Salah.

Messi has repeatedly insisted that he will not leave Barcelona for another European club, despite speculative reports linking Manchester City with an audacious bid, and the five-time Ballon d'Or victor insists that he has no worries about the future at this stage.

And Luis, who's come up against the 31-year-old in La Liga, has added his views to the chorus of derision.

"The award is for the best player in the world". I see you've already met Mr. Messi.

"When he's not there, it loses credibility".

Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez each netted two scores in Barcelona's 8-2 win against Huesca on Sunday at Camp Nou in Barcelona.

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"It's time [Barcelona won the Champions League]", Messi said.

On the other hand, Ronaldo, who helped Real Madrid win their fourth Champions League title in five years before moving to Juventus, is among the favourite to win the annual award for the sixth time.

Dembele looked to get on the end of things three minutes later, but a shot off a cut back from the edge of the box just skinned the left-hand post.

"I think that as a club and as a team we have to target winning the Champions League".

"Last year was the worst because of the result we had in the first leg and how the game went in the second leg".

Messi is not away on Argentina duty because he has been left out of the squad to face Guatemala and Colombia.

Barcelona battles Real Sociedad at 10:15 a.m. Saturday at Anoeta Stadium in San Sebastian, Spain.