Cristiano Ronaldo reacts following his exclusion from the list of the top 10 players of 2023, which featured Lionel Messi

Cristiano Ronaldo has reacted to being excluded from the list of the 10 best players of 2023.

The IFFHS recently revealed their Men’s World Best Player of 2023, with Manchester City’s Erling Haaland securing the top spot. This decision saw him surpassing notable names such as Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi, who finished second and third, respectively.

In the rankings, Haaland’s teammate Rodri claimed the fourth position, surpassing players like Jude Bellingham and another Manchester City star, Kevin de Bruyne. Ronaldo, however, was notably absent from the list, prompting a response from the football icon.

Harry Kane, Bernardo Silva, Vinicius Junior, and Lautaro Martinez completed the top ten.

After being snubbed byIFFHS, Ronaldo was spotted commenting on a post on Instagram that showed the list.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner commented three laughing emojis as well as an eye-covering emoji under the post.

Haaland is only the fifth player to be named the best player by IFFHS.

On their official website, it states: “IFFHS was the first to create the Award of THE WORLD’S BEST PLAYER in 1988. Marco Van Basten (1988 and 1989) and Lothar Matthaus (1990) were the 3 winners (1988 to 1990) before FIFA President Sepp Blatter asked IFFHS to let this World Award to FIFA to become FIFA World Player of the Year.

“Since 2020, the IFFHS has decided to award again IFFHS WORLD’S PLAYER OF THE YEAR and Robert Lewandowski was the winner of the Awards 2020 and 2021, Lionel Messi won in 2022.”

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Norwegian superstar striker Haaland has missed City’s last few matches after suffering a foot injury.

When asked about Haaland’s fitness, City boss Pep Guardiola said: “Still he’s not with the team. He feels better with his bone but he hasn’t made one training session with us. Unfortunately December is so congested with so many teams.

“January is so congested. Hopefully in January he can come back with us.”

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