- Cristiano Ronaldo was missing during the FIFA The Best award ceremony held in Milan
- The 34-year-old lost the best men's player award to his closest rival Lionel Messi
- After the event, Ronaldo posted a photo of himself along with a cryptic message
Cristiano Ronaldo was snubbed as Lionel Messi won the FIFA Best Player of the Year for the sixth time in his career.
The Barcelona talisman beat his fiercest rival and Liverpool's center-back Virgil Van Dijk to claim the award.
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Messi last won the award four years ago but the 32-year-old's contribution in Barcelona's La Liga title winning run and the European golden boot was enough for him to win the accolade.
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Van Dijk, who recently won UEFA's best European player was favourite to clinch the crown following his immense contribution in the Champions League lasts season for Liverpool.
But Messi prevailed as Ronaldo, who was also listed in the Fifpro XI, was missing at the event held at the La Scala Opera house in Milan, Italy.
However, 10 minutes after the event, Ronaldo posted on Instagram handle a photo of himself and his eldest son studying.
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The 34-year-old also shared a cryptic message which seemed to suggest he was content at not winning the coveted individual award.
"Patience and persistence are two characteristics that differentiate the professional from the amateur," wrote Ronaldo.
"Everything that is big today has started small. You can't do everything, but do everything you can to make your dreams come true. And keep in mind that after night always comes dawn," he said.
The long standing rivalry between Ronaldo and Messi meant there would inevitably be a group which felt the Portuguese deserved to be crowned for a record sixth time in his career.
Portugal, through its official Twitter handle, made its feelings known as the country by sharing a photo of the golden child along with the caption “The Best”.
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