Paris Saint-Germain star Lionel Messi has been snubbed by Ligue 1 after the nominees for the Player of Season was announced.
Messi’s teammate Kylian Mbappe will be hoping to clinch the prize for the third time running and the Frenchman will be up against Monaco striker Wissam Ben Yedder, Marseille midfielder Dimitri Payet, Lyon’s Brazilian star Lucas Paqueta and Martins Terrier of Rennes.
It comes as no surprise that the Argentine superstar has been left out due to his underwhelming debut season in the French capital.
During his legendary stint at Barcelona, it was unheard of for the Messi not to be in the running for a top prize, as he was shortlisted for a domestic award every year since 2009.
Since the La Liga awards were established during the 2008/09 campaign, the 34-year-old was voted “Best Player” in 9 out of the 13 seasons.
He was also voted the league’s “Best Forward” on 11 occasions, only beaten by Cristiano Ronaldo in 2013/14 and Karim Benzema in 2019/20.
Ronaldo and Benzema also claimed “Best Player” in those years, though Messi still made the shortlist, finishing third in 2014 and second in 2020.
At Barcelona, the Argentine won a staggering ten La Liga titles, four Champions Leagues and seven Ballon d’Or awards.
After moving to Paris at the end of his contract at the Catalan giants, many had expected him to dominate the Ligue 1.
However, that has been far from the case as he has only scored four goals in 23 Ligue 1 appearances.
It is the least number of league goals he has scored in a season since 2004/05 when he first broke into the Barca team.
Messi fared slightly better in the Champions League, scoring five goals in seven appearances.
In the aftermath of their 3-1 second leg defeat in Madrid, Messi, along with teammate Neymar were booed by their own supporters in Ligue 1 games.
Neymar has also struggled this season with just 11 goals in all competitions while Mbappe has undoubtedly been the star of the team with 35 goals in 43 appearances.