While Lionel Messi went for Sadio Mane as his top choice and included Cristiano Ronaldo as his second pick, the Portuguese forward left his Argentine rival out of his top three picks for The Best FIFA Men's Player.
In Lionel Messi's absence, Barcelona have made a lacklustre start to the season, losing their opening game to Athletic Bilbao before taking just four points from fixtures against Real Betis and Osasuna.
Lionel Messia also said he had no plans to quit the Catalans any time soon after it was confirmed by the club that his contract contains a clause that allows him to decide at the end of each season whether he wants to leave for free.
Cristiano Ronaldo made a big impact in his truncated appearance at Camp Nou on Sunday, scoring a goal before being sent off in Real Madrid’s 3-1 win over Barcelona in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup.
An Afghan boy who became an Internet sensation by wearing a plastic bag fashioned as a Lionel Messi shirt now has the real thing. The Argentinian football star donated the jersey and also signed it for the five-year-old. The Barcelona player is a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF, the UN children’s agency.
Barcelona has one foot in the quarter-finals of the Champions League after beating Arsenal 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium with a second half brace from Lionel Messi. Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger says there was “no excuse” as he assesses his team’s performance.