FIFA have accused Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi of ‘discrediting football’ by not appearing at the organisation’s The Best awards.
The duo’s decade-long monopoly over the top individual prizes was ended by Luka Modric on Monday night, with neither Ronaldo nor Messi in attendance.
“By this (not showing up) they are discrediting football, maybe they do not even realise this,” a representative of FIFA is reported as saying by Marca.
Former Madrid boss Fabio Capello also added: “It's a lack of respect, you have to be there when you win and also when you lose.”
Ronaldo did not attend officially due to his participation in Juventus’s 2-0 victory at Frosinone on Sunday evening, in which he scored, while he will face Bologna on Wednesday.
Messi, who was shortlisted for the Puskas Award for the best goal due to his strike against Nigeria in the World Cup, reportedly did not attend due to family reasons.
Both players were voted into FIFA’s Team of 2018.