And should that come as a surprise? Both are considered the best two platers in the world, but the former Scotland manager chose to ignore them with his top two selections.
Instead, Strachan went for Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric as his number one player, with Chelsea’s hard-working centre mid N’Golo Kante as his number two, according to stv.tv.
Strachan did recognise Messi with his third pick – completing a trio of players who don’t boast the best of genetics. Makes his ‘genetics’ excuse for Scotland’s failure to qualify for the World Cup even more ironic now.
Scott Brown was the other Scot tasked with picking his best players and managers for the awards ceremony last night, opting for Cristiano Ronaldo as his player while picking Zinedine Zidane as the best boss – with both Real Madrid men coming out on top on the night.
Who would you have picked as your best manager and player over the last year?