The absence of Lionel Messi and Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo from the list of nominees for the European Footballer of the Year award, for the first time in 10 years, caused an uproar on social networking sites.
The European Football Association (UEFA) announced today, Wednesday, the names of the three nominees for the award, which are Polish striker Robert Lewandowski and German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer from Bayern Munich, and Belgian Kevin De Bruyne, Manchester City’s English player.
🥇 De Bruyne, Lewandowski or Neuer for UEFA Men’s Player of the Year?
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See the nominees: 👇
– UEFA (@UEFA) September 23, 2020
UEFA Men’s Player of the Year nominees:
🇵🇱 Robert Lewandowski
🇧🇪 Kevin De Bruyne
🇩🇪 Manuel Neuer
Is the Messi-Ronaldo era over? 😱 pic.twitter.com/08bDvjhH9b
— Goal (@goal) September 23, 2020
The fans’ opinions differed about the absence of the two big stars together for the first time from the list, which Messi won twice for the 2010-2011 and 2014-2015 seasons, while Ronaldo had the greatest luck by crowning it 3 times for the 2013-2014, 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 seasons.
Neither Messi nor Cristiano 😣😣😣 https://t.co/PEyUR2ITdt
– Aziz (@ _IAziz7) September 23, 2020
Some of the fans who love the two stars expressed their sadness and surprise at the absence of both Ronaldo and Messi, while others expressed their happiness in the absence of the two, considering that this is an indication of the end of the era of Messi and Ronaldo, which dominated the names of candidates for 10 consecutive years.
The only ones who beat Ronaldo and Messi for this award are Van Dyck Iniesta and Ribery
It remains the truest and fairest official individual award that does not depend on media pressure https://t.co/lBiM4h78N2
– Ahmed (@Ehler_Danlos) September 23, 2020
Right Wanatha Llasaf https://t.co/RfS9jGPvd6
– Abdul Nasser Al-Shamsi (@shamsi6229) September 23, 2020
No Ronaldo or Messi mentioned in this for the first time since the award was introduced in 2010-11.
The end of an era is near. https://t.co/WCoKNlwHxE pic.twitter.com/xNJtRbqxfh
– KingKompany (@KompanyKing) September 23, 2020
I understand Lewandowski being there and maybe Neuer, but how is De Bruyne ahead of Messi? They both went trophyless so it comes down to individual stats and Messi had much better stats… https://t.co/kW6nxE3K8V pic.twitter.com/Dz97ZxeL4h
– Vansh LM10 (@ VanshBh85586086) September 23, 2020
Usually the trio nominated for the award is chosen from a committee of 80 coaches for clubs that participated in the Champions League and European League competitions last season, in addition to 55 journalists. It will be delivered during the group stage draw ceremony for the 2020-2021 UEFA Champions League, which will take place on October 1.
FIFA looked like magic until it was
The one who did not name Messi or Cristiano was among the candidates 🤣
– Fatma M alagouri (@tema_alagouri) September 23, 2020
Lionel Messi … and Cristiano Ronaldo Mo are among the top 3 candidates for the Players of the Year … this is the beginning of the end for the era of Messi and Cristiano …? 💔💔💔💔 https://t.co/rP9rGB5IwP pic.twitter.com/UqbZVYq7jr
– IamAliGamer | Ali (@IamAliGamer) September 23, 2020
the end of ronaldo-messi era? https://t.co/7NNXyhDhBC
— alterego. (@abrmsanto) September 23, 2020
What, Gidean, don’t you say they are finished? Https://t.co/FITLW4LRTa
— عُثمــــــــــــــان..😎👷🏻♂️ (@AhmedAliOthman3) September 23, 2020