- FIFA Award will see three top players contend for the prestigious prize this month
- Lewandowski, Messi and Ronaldo are the three finalists to battle for the gong
- Dimitar Berbatov has tipped the Polish striker to win the award ahead of the other two
Former Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur striker Dimitar Berbatov has ruled both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi out of the FIFA The Best awards this year.
Both superstars failed to power their respective clubs beyond the quarterfinal stage of the UEFA Champions League last season with Barcelona being humiliated by Bayern Munich.
While Juventus failed to get past French League side Lyon as they crashed out of the competition in the rounds of 16 stage.
However, they have been shortlisted for the award alongside Polish striker Robert Lewandowski who inspired his club to win five titles in the outgoing year.
And Berbatov believes both Messi and Ronaldo who have shared 11 Ballon d'Or awards failed to give their best in the year under review - hence, they don't deserve the prestigious prize.
The 39-year-old Bulgarian singles out Robert Lewandowski as the deserving winner - citing the fact that Messi went trophyless while Ronaldo only managed to win the Serie A title.
The Polish scored a total of 55 goals and 10 assists across competitions last campaign and was tipped to win the Ballon d'Or before the organisers cancelled this year's edition because of the pandemic. Berbatov told Betfair and was reported by The Mirror.
"I’m surprised Ronaldo and Messi are among finalists for the Fifa Best award as I’m not sure they deserved to be there. I think they should give it to Robert Lewandowski. I think he deserves it.
"I’m not that sure who else should be there. People will always argue and speculate about who should be there. It is these three players and I think Lewandowski deserves to get the award.
"It would be unfair if he didn’t win it. I think it was unfair the Golden Ball didn’t happen this year as he was my favourite and a lot of people’s favourite.
"I think he should have got that award and hopefully this will be compensation.
"Sometimes unfortunately football is business and behind the curtains and the PR/Agents work way more away the camera from what you see.
"For me, Lewandowski is up there with the best strikers in modern football. This is a subject where nobody can agree on one player as in my opinion you cannot compare players from different times.
"Kane, Messi, Ronaldo, Aguero who have been scoring goals for many years are among the best.
"There are others, but with Lewandowski the way he plays the game and moves around the pitch, he should be in my three top strikers; he is great."
Legit.ng earlier reported that the world football governing body has announced on Friday evening, December 11, the names of the final three nominees for this year's award of the best player.
The three players are Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich, Barcelona captain Lionel Messi and Portugal international, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Despite the hazard of COVID-19 this year, these three players have been impressive for their respective clubs in all competitions.
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