TOPSHOT - Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi gestures during the Spanish league football match between FC Barcelona and Girona FC at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on September 23, 2018. (AFP / Pau Barrena)
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Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde believes his player Lionel Messi should have won FIFA's 'The Best' award and not Real Madrid's Luka Modric.Modric was named the best player of 2018 at a glitzy ceremony on Monday night which Messi did not attend having not made the shortlist, which was completed by Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool's Mohamed Salah.Valverde, however, said Messi should have walked away with the prize and criticized the amount of individual awards creeping into the game.Valverde, who was speaking ahead of Wednesday's visit to Leganes, will be without defender Clement Lenglet, who was shown a disputed red card in their last game against Girona.
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