Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi BLASTED by ex-England boss over FIFA awards snub
Former Real Madrid and England boss Fabio Capello made the accusation after the ceremony which took place in London last night.
As Luka Modric scooped up yet another individual award, Ronaldo and Messi were conspicuous by their absence.
The Croatian is the first winner of an individual accolade since Kaka in 2007, following a decade of dominance from the former La Liga rivals.
Ronaldo moved to Juventus this summer meaning that he could only meet Messi in the Champions League.
The pair have faced off in various FIFA and UEFA ceremonies over the years, often resulting in awkward photos.
But Capello thinks the duo’s decision to snub the awards signifies a lack of respect to the sport of football as a whole.
“Ronaldo and Messi’s absence is disrespectful to their fellow players, to FIFA, and to the football world,” Capello told Television Espanola.
“Maybe they have won too much have too great a dislike of losing.
“Maybe they have won too much have too great a dislike of losing”
“In life, you have to know how to win and lose.”
And Modric has revealed he wanted the legendary strikers there, while revealing he has not spoke to his former team-mate.
“Everyone has their own reasons,” he said. “Obviously, I would have liked them to be here but they aren’t.
“No [I haven’t spoken to Ronaldo]. He sent me a message the day of the UEFA prize but nothing yet.
“I don’t have my phone with me now so maybe he has [sent a message].
“I don’t want to enter into the debate of whether it is deserved or not,” he said.
“I just want to thank all the people that voted for me for their support and continue as I have until now.”
Messi had voted for Modric to pick up the award while Ronaldo had the midfielder second, behind Raphael Varane.