Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi should not have been included in FIFA’s world team of the year.
That’s according to Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum.
The XI consisted of a number of familiar faces, including Messi and Ronaldo, both of whom have made the cut every year since the award’s inception in 2016.
—FIFPRO (@FIFPro) September 23, 2019
Wijnaldum, who scored Liverpool’s only goal in a 1-0 win over Sheffield United on Saturday, however, believes neither should have made the team this year, and instead should have been replaced by two of his own teammates — Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.
“Different players have their own opinions,” Wijnaldum told The Athletic. “I think for some they probably just wrote down what they regard as their best XI rather than who the best XI was over the course of the year, which is different.”
Wijnaldum added: “Ronaldo and Messi will always be there even if they haven’t had a great season. Maybe it needs to change. There are players who should