Messi, Salah, Lewandowski make FIFA Best award three-man shortlist; Ronaldo snubbed

Messi nominated for FIFA Best award 2022; Ronaldo snubbed
Messi nominated for FIFA Best award 2022; Ronaldo snubbed /

FIFA announced their final nominations foe the FIFA Best award last night with the likes of Paris Saint-Germain icon, Lionel Messi, Liverpool star, Mohamed Salah and Bayern Munich hitman, Robert Lewandowski making the three-man shortlist.

However one legendary figure who failed to find a place in the three-man shortlist was Manchester United superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo with the 36-year-old winning the honour twice which is more than any other player - and featuring in every top three list since the inception of the award in 2016.

This snub might come as a surprise to all of Ronaldo's fans considering that he enjoyed a brilliant individual final season with Juventus while continuing his good form for United after he returned back to Old Trafford after a gap of 12 years.

Among the nominees at the Best Awards include Italy's 2020 European Championship winning manager Roberto Mancini who was nominated alongside Manchester City's, Pep Guardiola and Chelsea's, Thomas Tuchel for men's coach.

England manager Sarina Wiegman and Chelsea’s Emma Hayes were shortlisted for women’s coach, along with Lluís Cortés, while former Tottenham Hotspur winger, Erik Lamela along with Patrik Schick and Mehdi Taremi were among the final nominees for the Puskas Award for goal of the year.

The winners and best 11 will be revealed at the Fifa Best Awards ceremony on Monday 17 January.