Rangers boss Gerrard 'flattered' by Klopp's Liverpool plan for him

Rangers boss Gerrard 'flattered' by Klopp's Liverpool plan for him

Certainly, they would have been eager to see Messi back in their line-up, having suffered a humbling 2-0 loss at newly-promoted Granada last weekend, a result that left them with seven points from five games, their worst start to a season since 1995.

Meanwhile, TUKO.co.ke had ealier reported that Cristiano Ronaldo was snubbed as Lionel Messi won the FIFA Best Player of the Year for the sixth time in his career.

They each won the last two FIFA World Player of the Year awards - Ronaldo in 2008 and Messi in 2009 - as well as the Ballons d'Or in those years.

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Van Dijk who finished second in the category picked victor Messi as his best player and placed his Liverpool team-mates Mane and Mo Salah in second and third positions respectively, snubbing Ronaldo.

USA co-captain Megan Rapinoe won the women's top award after helping her country to the World Cup title this year in a tournament considered to be a milestone in the development and expansion of women's football internationally.

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"I did not vote in The Best 2019 awards", he wrote on Twitter.

"I told Salah that whoever committed this administrative mistake will be punished".

The report also added that Barrera said while a year ago he received an email with instructions on how to cast his vote, this time around he received nothing.

Lugarisic says his first choice was Egypt's Mohamed Salah but FIFA's voting document showed Messi as his first selection.

This is not the first time the voting process at a Federation Internationale de Football Association awards event were questioned - similar transpired in 2015 when several national team captains insisted their original votes were altered.

"The voting procedure for each of the awards is supervised and monitored by an independent observer, in this case PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Switzerland". They noted Egypt were first contacted for confirmation of the ballots then "received two reminders to submit the properly signed voting forms on August 19".

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