UEFA have unveiled their three-man shortlist for their Player of the Year award on their official website, with Barcelona star Lionel Messi a shock omission.
The individual award will be contested by Mohamed Salah, Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo, who all had excellent 2017-18 campaigns.
Despite this, Barcelona supporters and those that worship Messi are still rubbing their eyes in disbelief as the Argentine has not been included.
The Camp Nou outfit won a domestic treble last season, with the South American at the helm as always.
Messi scored 45 goals and created 18 assists in 2017-18, continuing his unbelievable record in front of goal for Barcelona.
However, a poor World Cup with Argentina looks to have cost Messi his place on the list, with the South American nation being eliminated from the competition by France.
The Barcelona star has broken so many records for the Catalan club and in La Liga, that his omission is a shock – and something the player’s supporters are hard-pushed to accept – here are the best tweets.
UEFA: "The award is based on domestic and European performances, all competitions included."
Messi had the most goals (europe), assists, dribbles (europe), chances created, through balls in La liga, but..
Lionel Messi did not make it to UEFA's 2017/18 Player of the Year award. pic.twitter.com/otHQcFW1Da
— Lionel Messi FanClub (@LMessifanclub) August 29, 2018
According to UEFA, this man is not one the best 3 players in Europe.
Messi’s 2018 has been legendary. pic.twitter.com/vaUvkBDZSm
— sjx (@Sakkax10) August 27, 2018
👉 @UEFA did not include Messi in their 2017/18 Player of the Year award.
🗣️ UEFA: "The award is based on domestic and European performances, all competitions included."
🤔 Messi was individually better than each nominee in goals, assists etc AND had more trophies.
🧠 Logic? pic.twitter.com/YJv4MSEWpy
— infosmessi (@INFOSMESSl) August 20, 2018
Lionel Messi isn’t in the shortlist for UEFA POTY.
Lionel Messi, who won 3 trophies, the European Golden Shoe & topped rankings for goals, assists, chances created, key passes and goals from set pieces.
Meanwhile Mo Salah, who won absolutely nothing, is in contention. Baffling.
— Tom Todhunter (@tdhntr) August 20, 2018
UEFA Best Player award criteria considers players performances in all competitions, domestic and international. Messi won an unbeaten domestic double, was Europe’s top scorer, and all this. Scandalous he’s not in the top 3 pic.twitter.com/DV1NVM6yTm
— Matt (@MessiLob) August 20, 2018
All these "individual" awards are no longer about individual performances. If it was, Lionel Messi would hands down be the number one player and would win the UEFA player of the year award.
Lionel Messi is underrated, it's actually abysmal.
— Mod (@CFCMod_) August 20, 2018
— FORÇA BARÇA (@ForcaBarcaEN) August 27, 2018
— 🆎 (@Messician_17) August 20, 2018
Don't let Messi's omission from UEFA's top 3 make you forget that Messi scored 45 goals and assisted 18 last season, under a manager whose tactics are restrictive and somewhat negative at times. Be it any system, or any manager, Messi finds a way to thrive. My 🐐.
— Rohan (@Rohandinho_) August 23, 2018
I know UEFA picked Sallah, Modric & Ronaldo ahead of Messi for UEFA POTY, but that won't take away the fact that Messi won 3 trophies, won european golden shoe, he's the player with most goals, most assists, most
chances created, most key passes, and most goals from free-kicks.
— AJALA (@UNCLE_AJALA) August 22, 2018
Messi won golden boot,most assists,most goals,most key pass,chance creat,most fk goals.
But he wasn't nominate for UEFA best player.
— 14 Forever (@04Elahi) August 22, 2018
Still can’t get over Messi not being in UEFA’s shortlist, it’s disgusting. I’d go as far as saying if you swapped Messi’s stats with Ronaldo’s of last season, Ronaldo would’ve still been in the top 3 while Messi wouldn’t. People underrate Messi, because of Messi.
— J. (@Messilizer) August 21, 2018