Messi misses out on Federation Internationale de Football Association award shortlist

Posted September 05, 2018

Barcelona star Lionel Messi admits he was shocked by Cristiano Ronaldo's move from Real Madrid to Juventus and now expects the Italian giants to be big favourites for the Champions League.

The Argentine also noted that the development will have a negative impact on the European champions.

On Ronaldo's departure, Lopetegui added: "I did not speak to him, it was a situation where he had already chose to leave and the club went along with this for a player who had been tremendous".

Ronaldo, who has won the award for the last two years, helped Real Madrid claim a third consecutive Champions League crown before securing a transfer to Juventus.

However, a good amount of Cristiano Ronaldo fans were left frustrated as they believed that the 5-time Ballon d'Or victor deserved it more.

The Egyptian led Liverpool to the Champions League final before cruelly suffering an injury early on in Kiev against Madrid that also limited his participation at the World Cup.

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Even winning both La Liga and the Copa del Rey last term for a domestic double was not enough to extinguish the disappointment. Ever since, he has been nominated as part of the shortlist, winning 5 times.

"In other years the Champions League evaded us, in the Guardiola era with Inter and Chelsea, due to small details".

"We have achieved the aim of nine points and now we need to reflect. Hosting Spurs right away could be a disadvantage for us, but doing well in our debut would be an excellent start for us in the competition".

Messi believes the lure of Barcelona and Real Madrid is now being neutralised by the mouth-watering sums on offer. Things have changed and now the owners of clubs are multi-millionaires.

"I've been surprised by the quality that Arthur and Lenglet have".

On CR7's move, he goes on to say: "It surprised me".