Lionel Messi’s true feelings about Liverpool come to light at FIFA Best awards
Lionel Messi is clearly not a fan of Liverpool – that’s if you go by his voting choices at the FIFA Best awards.
The Argentine was beaten to the individual gong by Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski.
The Pole was many people’s tip for the Ballon d’Or before it was axed earlier this year.
But Liverpool’s impressive year meant they had a host of individuals up for awards – both in the player and manager category.
The Reds claimed a first ever Premier League title as they romped to first place dropping just two points in their opening 27 games.
Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk all played starring roles and were among the nominees for the award.
Thiago, who has moved to the Reds following his treble success at Bayern, was also in the running.
Goalkeeper Alisson, a man hailed for his influence since moving to Anfield in 2018, was the fifth Liverpool player to be nominated.
Messi though had no interest in voting for any of the quintet.
Instead his top vote went to PSG’s Neymar, a man he played alongside for four years at Barcelona.
The pair are thought to have a very healthy relationship and have spoken about one day reuiniting.
Kylian Mbappe and Lewandowski were Messi’s other picks.
His snubbing of Cristiano Ronaldo has come as a surprise with the Juventus star voting for Messi in third.
The Barcelona star also had no interest in voting for Jurgen Klopp as the best manager, although the German did win the award.
Messi by no means has a dark past with the Reds having rarely met them during his career.
The 33-year-old scored twice against them in a Champions League first-leg back in 2019.
But his efforts were undone by Liverpool’s famous 4-0 comeback win at Anfield en route to lifting the trophy.