Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo has angered FIFA for missing out for The Best FIFA Men’s Player award in Milan, Italy on Monday.
Ronaldo was expected to grace the occasion as he was one of the three players shortlisted for the award, but the Portuguese attacker failed to show up in the gala ceremony.
Ronaldo absence was evident as time continued to tick and gave an indication that Lionel Messi would be scooping the top prize as opposed to Virgil van Dijk who had been the favourite ahead of the awards.
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Despite the fact that Ronaldo plays his trade in Italy and he lives 150km from Milan raised even more questions about the Portuguese star's decision to not show up.
It was obvious when the time to announce the FIFA FIFPro World XI that Ronaldo would not be making an appearance, as his name was not even read out despite featuring in the team of the year.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino made no secret of his disgust at Ronaldo's absence as he spoke of Messi fully deserving the award and that he had finally gained the top prize in the men's game.