ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - JANUARY 11: FIFA Ballon d'Or nominees Lionel Messi of Argentina and FC Barcelona (L) and Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal and Real Madrid (R) attend a press conference prior to the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala 2015 at the Kongresshaus on January 11, 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images)

With the much-awaited Ballon d’Or ceremony just around the corner, Vicente del Bosque has revealed his thoughts about Lionel Messi’s absence from the final three candidates

Numerous reports across Europe over the past few weeks have claimed the Argentinean wizard won’t make it to the last three candidates to claim the flattering prize.

In addition to Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo is also expected to remain out of the race after his Portugal side suffered early elimination at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

According to the various sources, the leading contestants for the Ballon d’Or are Luka Modric, Kylian Mbappe, and Raphael Varane.

However, talking to Marca, former Spain and Real Madrid boss has expressed his frustration about Messi’s absence from the final race.

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Juventus winger Federico Bernardeschi believes it would be madness if UEFA were to ban Cristiano Ronaldo for his goal celebration against Atletico Madrid.

“I am very surprised that Messi isn’t there.”

I think it [the award] loses all value if he is not leading the best players in the world.”

“It is, at the very least, a little strange.”

As things stand, for the first time after 11 years, neither Cristiano Ronaldo nor Leo Messi won’t be lifting the precious award.