There has been reactions after main figures in football, Ronaldo and Messi, were absent at the award night where Luka Modric was declared the FIFA Best Player.
Cristiano Ronaldo was nominated for the award of the FIFA Best player alongside, Liverpool striker, Mohamed Salah, however the award was clinched by Modric.
This year would be the first time in 11 years that the award for the best player in the world would not go to either the Portuguese or Argentine.
See some reactions below:
Paolo Maldini, former AC Milan captain: “It’s a shame that Cristiano and Messi did not come. It’s an important prize when you win … and when you do not win.”
Davor Suker, a former Croatian striker, said: “I do not want to ruin the night, but one day I’ll say something else: life is not always a sea of roses, you have to have elegance when you lose yourself. Luka. ”
Luka Modric, Real Madrid and Croatia player: “Ronaldo is my friend, I was not upset with his absence, I won the prize, but Salah and Cristiano Ronaldo are great.”
Ricardinho, futsal player: “As hard as it may cost me, it’s hard to see something like this from someone we admire and idolize every day, that we see our children wanting to be like them … I do not know what the reason is, but no doubt that those who won deserved their applause. ”
Fabio Capello, a former Italian player and coach: “The absence of Ronaldo and Messi is a lack of respect for players, FIFA and the world of football, it is possible that they have won too much and they do not like to lose. good when you win and when you lose. ”
Sergio Ramos, Real Madrid player: “[Cristiano] He is a good player, teammate and friend. Both Messi and Ronaldo had been very well if they had come.”
Diego Forlan, former player of Uruguay and Manchester City: “It’s an event for all players and it’s important to be here.” No matter who wins, a player must appear by his attitude and actions, as they are a role model for the world. everything. “