Football’s governing body held a glitzy bash in London last night, where it handed out prizes for some of the game’s top performers over the last 12 months – including the world’s best player.
International captains and managers from every recognised FIFA country put forward their top-three players with Cristiano Ronaldo coming out on top and Leo Messi coming second.
Many people voted for the Barcelona legend to win outright but, remarkably, Gareth Southgate didn’t include the Argentine at all, opting instead to plump for Ronaldo and his Real Madrid team-mates Toni Kroos and Luka Modric.
As you can probably imagine, his choices didn’t go down too well when they were eventually filtered out to social media:
So Gareth Southgate doesn't think Messi is in the top 3 players in the world. This is the man who is going to lead our country into a WC ??
— Dave Jenkins (@DaveJenkins56) October 24, 2017
Gareth Southgate, England manager, didn't put Messi in his 3 votes for FIFA Best Player. No wonder he plays Jake Livermore regularly.
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) October 24, 2017
Messi not in your top 3 in the world Southgate? Please wrap up now!! Nothing more than an @FA yes man.
— OwenBabyBull23 (@OwenBabyBull23) October 24, 2017
The fact Southgate chose Kroos over Messi in his top 3 players for 2017 tells you everything you need to know about the England manager.
— Ben Sutherland (@Sutherland_94) October 24, 2017
#TheBest england coach(southgate) chose Ronaldo, Modric and Kroos…. Lol… No wonder hes a terrible coach?
— Dapo05 (@Dapoo05) October 24, 2017
Southgate doesn’t even have Messi in his top 3 and we’re expected to think he knows what he’s doing ffs
— jack (@jackbooth1195) October 24, 2017
Can you understand why he wouldn’t pick Messi?