Federation Internationale de Football Association 19: Messi, Ronaldo share rating, Salah 27th best player

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Messi was recently omitted from the top three in the voting for FIFA's best male player of the year honors, with Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Mohamed Salah chosen as finalists, ending a 12-year run where Messi was at least on the podium.

However, team-mate Suárez believes titles and victories on the pitch are more important than prizes given out based on opinion.

Elsewhere, Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski, Milan forward Gonzalo Higuan and Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer drop out of the top 10.

"It's just like when I was scoring goals and deserved to win things, I was above all that". This list will be highly sought-after by both football aficionados of the game on the field, and more particularly by the actual gamers who will be hoping that these players will aid them best in their pursuits.

In terms of trophies, Mbappe has already won the FIFA World Cup, silverware Messi and Ronaldo still might dream of lifting, and when it comes to goals, the Frenchman is even further ahead.

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"'Lionel Messi, I never saw him in the gym." the former Argentine worldwide said.

"That's why, for many people, and for me, he is the best player in history - because of what he signifies as a player and for what he's done in the game". By the same age the Portuguese star had scored just 17 while Messi had only managed to find the back of the net 25 times. "You don't need to tell him anything because he sees everything".

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"So it surprises you a bit, but that's football for you". It's a decision which must be respected, (it was) taken for a reason. And on Wednesday the Champions League game against Valencia.

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