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Lionel Messi skipping FIFA grants as Cristiano Ronaldo is clear favorite to win

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With Lionel Messi looking improbable to beat Cristiano Ronaldo for FIFA’s yearly top respect, Barcelona declared that Messi wouldn’t go to Monday night’s honors celebration in Zurich, Switzerland.

“With the aim of prioritizing preparations for Wednesday’s game against Athletic Club, FC Barcelona has decided that the players recognized” at The Best FIFA Awards won’t travel, Barcelona said. Messi is the leading Barca player up for honor, in spite of the fact that Neymar is viewed as a most loved to be voted into the World XI team.

The odds of Messi winning do look thin, so it’s not very shocking to see him skirt the function and for Barcelona to regard it as an inevitable end product. Ronaldo officially won the Ballon d’Or — the French honor split from FIFA’s top honor this year — which is a truly decent pointer.

That’s not to say Messi’s year wasn’t terrific. He led Barcelona to La Liga and Copa del Rey titles and was spectacular in his play all year. He drove Argentina to the Copa America Centenario last despite the fact that they lost on extra shots, where Messi missed.

But in the same class as Messi’s year was, Ronaldo’s was essentially better. He won the Champions League with Real Madrid. He won the European Championship with Real Madrid. What’s more, he scored a huge amount of objectives to make those things happen.

Certainly, Messi’s Barcelona do have a match on Wednesday versus Athletic Bilbao in Copa del Ray. However, Ronaldo’s Real Madrid play Sevilla on Thursday and Antoine Grisman’s Atletico Madrid play Las Palmas on Tuesday, so the planning of the honors function isn’t advantageous for anybody, truly.

In any case, Messi won’t be at the awards ceremony on Monday, and it likely won’t have any effect.

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