Cristiano Ronaldo has reacted to his omission from the IFFHS World’s Best Men’s Player of the Year 2023 shortlist with laughter.
The 37-year-old was not included in the top 10, which was topped by Erling Haaland of Manchester City. Kylian Mbappe was second, while Lionel Messi was third.
Ronaldo was the top scorer in the world in 2023, with 53 goals in all competitions. He also helped Manchester United to a third-place finish in the Premier League and the UEFA Europa League final.
The Portuguese superstar took to Instagram to react to the snub, posting a photo of himself laughing with the caption: “When they tell you that you are not in the top 10 of the best players in the world.”
Ronaldo’s reaction has been met with mixed reactions from fans and pundits. Some have defended the IFFHS’s decision, arguing that Ronaldo’s performances for United were not as good as they have been in previous years. Others have criticized the organization, arguing that Ronaldo’s achievements in 2023 were worthy of a top-10 finish.
Whatever the reason for Ronaldo‘s omission, it is clear that the 37-year-old is still as competitive as ever. He will be determined to prove the IFFHS wrong in 2024.
Ronaldo’s reaction to his omission from the IFFHS shortlist is understandable. He is one of the greatest players of all time and has won numerous individual and team awards. To be omitted from the top 10 is a snub that he will not take lightly.
However, it is also important to note that Ronaldo’s performances for United in 2023 were not as good as they have been in previous years. He scored 24 goals in the Premier League, which was his lowest tally since 2009. He also struggled to find the net in the UEFA Champions League, scoring just three goals in six appearances.
Ultimately, whether or not Ronaldo was worthy of a top-10 finish is a matter of opinion. There are strong arguments to be made on both sides of the debate. However, there is no doubt that Ronaldo’s reaction has generated a lot of attention and will continue to be discussed for some time to come.