Ronaldo & Messi anger FIFA president after award snub

FIFA president Gianni Infantino is understood to be fuming over Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi’s absence at this year’s The Best awards ceremony in London

The five-time Ballon d’Or winners chose to not attend the event at the Royal Festival Hall last week due to it clashing with their schedules at both Juventus and Barcelona.

In the end, it was Real Madrid playmaker Luka Modric who took the main prize home after being named the FIFA Player of the Year in a ten-man shortlist.

Ronaldo ended up second, while Messi only finished in fifth with under ten per cent of the votes.

But AS reports that Ronaldo and Messi haven’t heard the last of their no-show at London with Infantino now instructing lawyers to ensure that finalists are legally obligated to attend the FIFA awards ceremony in the future.

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The football governing body has invested heavily in promoting their newly formed “The Best” awards after ending a six-year relationship with France’s Ballon d’Or in 2016.

The absence of Ronaldo and Messi was all the more obvious when they were both missing in the FIFPro Team of the Year photo with hosts Ronaldinho and Michael Ballack accepting the trophies on their behalf.

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