Suarez – Messi’s FIFA shortlist exclusion means nothing

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Barcelona forward and Uruguay international Luis Suarez believes that Lionel Messi’s absence from FIFA’s three-man Best Player shortlist means nothing.

It can be recalled that Lionel Messi was excluded from the three-man shortlist which includes Mohammed Salah, Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo.

According to Suarez in a chat with ESPN FC, Messi’s exclusion from the list won’t downgrade the previous awards he has won as well as his present and future achievements in the game.

“I don’t think that any award [Messi] does or doesn’t win takes anything away from what he has won and what he keeps on achieving”

“It’s just like when I was scoring goals and deserved (to win) things, I was above all that. You prove yourself by working hard, with what you do in every game.

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“The prizes that are worth more are the ones you win on the pitch. An example of that is being top scorer: no one can take that away from you because you won it with the goals you scored, proving yourself on the pitch, not because of a vote by players and journalists.

“There are times when you don’t even need to look at him because you know he is going to put the ball where you want it.

“There are times when you see a space that you can take advantage of and you don’t even have to tell him because he’s already seen it.

“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.

“You don’t need to tell him anything because he sees everything.”


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