Lionel Messi is one of the greatest footballers of all time, so FIFA’s omission of his name from the FIFA 2021 Team of the Year is puzzling. It is expected of a player with such abilities to make the FIFA team every year. Have you ever wondered why Lionel Messi’s name was left off the team? So, I’ve compiled my findings and will explain why FIFA didn’t include Messi on the team.
The most likely reason is that Messi did not win a trophy with Barcelona in the 2019/20 season. Despite being one of the best players in Europe’s top five leagues that season, his performance was marred by a lack of a trophy. However, because he won the Copa del Rey trophy in the 2020/21 season, FIFA will almost certainly include him in the FIFA 2022 Team of the Year.
Except for Bruno Fernandes, every player on the FIFA 2021 team of the year won a trophy in the 2019/20 season. Despite only playing for half a season in 2019/20, no player in the Premier League was better than the Portuguese midfielder. Instead of Fernandes, another player who had won a trophy could have been chosen. But you can’t deny that his performance earns him a spot on the team. What, in your opinion, is the reason Lionel Messi’s name was not included in the FIFA 2021 team? Fill in the blanks with your thoughts in the comment section below.