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THE BEST 2019

Cristiano: Portugal team Twitter responds to Messi The Best win

Minutes after Cristiano Ronaldo came third in the voting for The Best FIFA Men's Player 2019, the Portugal team's community managers issued a pointed response.

The Best: Portugal team responds as Messi beats Cristiano to award
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The Portuguese Football Federation wasted no time in offering a pointed response to Lionel Messi being named 2019's The Best FIFA Men's Player on Monday night.

Ronaldo comes third behind Messi, Van Dijk

Juventus and Portugal star Ronaldo, who won Best Men's Player in 2016 and 2017, came third in the voting for this year's award, behind Messi and Virgil van Dijk.

"THE BEST EVER"

And just minutes after the Argentine collected the prize at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Portugal national team's official Twitter account posted a picture of Seleçao captain Ronaldo, with the caption: "THE BEST EVER".

For the second consecutive year, the forward did not attend FIFA's annual awards ceremony - on this occasion, it was claimed, because he is recovering from an injury.

Ronaldo in FIFA FIFPro World 11

Although Cristiano missed out on scooping the third Best Men's Player accolade of his career, he was included in the 2019 men's FIFA FIFPro World 11.