Messi admitted that he was "surprised" at the move and believes that Madrid will be weaker for losing his fellow five-time Ballon d'Or victor.
Others are of the opinion that Kylian Mbappe, Antonine Grizeman and Eeden Hazard deserve a spot on the list since these people had a wonderful World cup outing as against Mo Salah.
The winners will be announced on 24 September.
There was also no place for any member of France's World Cup winning squad, notably Antoine Griezmann who many tipped to be one of the three.
Serena advances to US Open quarters
In the women's draw , Anastasija Sevastova advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-3, 1-6, 6-0 win over Elina Svitolina . On Tuesday in the quarterfinals, they will have a rematch. "That's the most important thing to me".
Trump won't say if Sessions' job is safe past November
Last week, in an interview with Fox, Trump lashed out at Sessions, saying he failed to take control of the Department of Justice. He charged that Mr Mueller's probe was "highly conflicted" and that "real corruption goes untouched".
Steelers officially throwing all the pressure on Le'Veon Bell
Conner received the first-team reps in preseason, and Tomlin said the game plan will not be altered if Bell isn't on the field. Some players don't have to show up to any of training camp, yet they're still capable of playing Week 1 with no restraints.
Get the latest World Cup news updates. "I came here at 13 and I've had my whole life here".
Salah enjoyed a dream debut season for Liverpool after his transfer from Italian side AS Roma, scoring 44 times and clinching the English Premier League Golden Boot award with 34 League goals.
The women's player of the year award is between Olympique Lyonnais duo Ada Hegerberg and Dzsenifer Marozsan, who had an unbeaten league season and lifted the Women's Champions League, and Brazil's triumphant Copa America Femenina captain Marta. However, former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has set the record straight.
The Best FIFA Goalkeeper Award will be contested between a trio who shone in Russian Federation, namely Belgium's Thibaut Courtois, France's Hugo Lloris and Denmark's Kasper Schmeichel.
Ronaldo and Messi both feature among the 10 nominees for the Puskas Award for best goal of the year, along with Gareth Bale's sensational overhead kick in the Champions League final.
Holland's Sarina Wigman, Lyon's Reynald Pedros and Asako Takakura of Japan are in contention for the women's coach prize.