Homepage - Online Entertainment and Lifestyle Magazine in Nigeria
www.happenings.com.ng
Pep Guardiola
Pep Guardiola
Sports

Pep Guardiola Criticises The FIFA Best Football Awards Shortlist

Austin Papi

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has questioned the omission of his players on the shortlist for the 2019 FIFA Best Men's category.

The Eithad outfit won the Premier League, the FA Cup, and the Carabao Cup last season in an overall trophy haul in England.

Key players like England Winger, Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero, French defender, Aymeric Laporte, and Portuguese playmaker, Bernando Silva, who also won the UEFA Euro League with Portugal, stood out in the team.

Guardiola was livid they weren't nominated in the FIFA shortlist announced earlier this week.

Tottenham Hotspur striker, Harry Kane, and Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk, Sadio Mane, and Mohamed Salah are among the players from England that make up the top 10 nominated men's shortlist.

"Maybe we have to win five or six or get 250 points to be considered next season," said Guardiola.

"I don't think there is one player who had a better season than Bernardo Silva last season, even winning [the Nations League] with Portugal.

"These awards are normally when you win the Champions League. We were in the last stages and the other competitions do not count, are not important," Guardiola lamented.

Guardiola's side also won the 2018 Community Shield, making it four trophies for the 2018/2019 season, though they were eliminated by Spurs in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League.

They went on to win every other competition they participated in, which begs the question: why wasn't a Manchester City player given the nod in the FIFA Best Men's category?