Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has blasted FIFA for snubbing his players from the best awards list that was released last week, saying Bernado Silva had a better season than every other player.
Despite winning the Premier League, Carabao Cup and FA Cup, none of City players was deemed good enough by FIFA to be on the ten-man shortlist.
One notable omission was Bernado Silva who was named City’s player of the season last season and was also named the best player of the inaugural nations league that he helped Portugal win.
And it is something that has not sat down well with Guardiola who feels his players’ feats last season were not respected.
Speaking to BBC, Guardiola expressed his disappointment at the omission of City players from the list, saying that would not have happened to Barcelona or Real Madrid should they had a season like City did last season.
“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.”
“In eight years, winning four times the Premier League is quite good,” added Guardiola. “And never one player – not David [Silva], not Vincent [Kompany], not Yaya [Toure] – won, not even suggested.
“Huge respect for Mohamed Salah, but Kevin de Bryune that season when we made 100 points [in 2017-18] was above and beyond the normal situations.
“I cannot imagine Real Madrid and Barcelona winning four titles and not one single player being there.”