For the first time ever, Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has been left out of FIFA 21 Team of the Year’s starting XI, since Ultimate Team was introduced in 2009.
With over 10m votes cast from 185 countries, Messi has appeared in every starting XI but missed out on France’s young superstar Kylian Mbappe.
EA Sports officially unveiled the Team of the Year for the latest title in the franchise. Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo and Germany’s Robert Lewandowski found themselves in the starting XI along with Bruno Fernandes, De Bruyne.
Brazil football icon Pele did not pick both Messi and Ronaldo in his FIFA 21 Team of the Year.
Meanwhile, Messi faces a two-match ban following his first-ever red card for Barcelona during the Super Cup final against Atheltic Bilbao. Barcelona lost the summit clash 3-2, while Messi was red-carded in the 120th-minute of the match.
Also the Argentine star is currently being linked to Manchester City and a possible reunion with Pep Guardiola, while some other reports suggest that Paris Saint-Germain are looking to get Messi on board.