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05th Jan 2024

Cristiano Ronaldo snubbed in Team of the Year list but Lionel Messi features

Callum Boyle

Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi

Even scoring more goals than anyone else in a calendar year isn’t enough

Cristiano Ronaldo has been snubbed for the IFFHS Team of the Year despite scoring more goals than anyone else in 2023.

Ronaldo scored 54 goals in 59 games for Al Nassr and Portugal but it wasn’t enough to earn himself a place in the IFFHS (International Federation of Football History & Statistics) Team of the Year.

To add further salt to the wounds Ronaldo’s rival Lionel Messi was named in the XI that also features Erling Haaland, Kylian Mbappe and Harry Kane.

Haaland scored 50 goals as Manchester City secured a historic Treble as well as the Super Cup and Club World Cup in the latter stages of 2023.

Kane and Mbappe meanwhile netted 52 times in all competitions.

It’s a second major snub for Ronaldo, who was overlooked for the Ballon d’Or awards last year.

Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi

The 38-year-old commented on the omission at the time, leaving several laughing face emojis.

As for Messi, who won the Ligue 1 title with PSG before moving to MLS side Inter Miami, his position in the side is slightly different to his usual advanced forward role.

He lines up alongside Jude Bellingham and Man City duo Kevin de Bruyne and Rodri in the makeshift midfield four.

The full line up is:


Ederson (Manchester City, Brazil) 


Ruben Dias (Manchester City, Portugal)

Kim Min-Jae (Bayern Munich, South Korea)

Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich, Canada)


Rodri (Manchester City, Spain)

Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund/Real Madrid, England)

Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City, Belgium)

Lionel Messi (Paris Saint-Germain/Inter Miami, Argentina)


Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur/Bayern Munich, England)

Erling Haaland (Manchester City, Norway)

Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain, France)

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