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    Twitter Stunned as Messi Gets Snubbed From FIFA Player of the Year Shortlist

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    The shortlist was announced by FIFA on Monday, and the award ceremony is scheduled to take place on September 24 in London.

    Famous Argentinian footballer Lionel Messi did not make it to the annual FIFA Player of the Year award shortlist for the first time since 2006, according to the media reports.

    Messi’s absence now leaves Cristiano Ronaldo, Mohammed Salah and Luka Modric to compete for the prize.

    This development apparently left a number of Twitter users shocked as they tried to process how it could have happened.

    ​Lionel Messi previously won the FIFA Player of the Year award five times during his career, just like his rival Cristiano Ronaldo, who may now win the award for the sixth time.

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