Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson were robbed in front of live cameras last night. Monday marked the Best FIFA Football Awards. Prizes were given out to the best coach, won by Jürgen Klopp, best goalkeeper, won by Alisson Becker and best player, somehow not won by Virgil van Dijk. There was also the announcement of the FIFPro World XI. The team, voted for by players around the world, didn’t include either Alexander-Arnold or Andy Robbo. The pair of Liverpool full backs registered just shy of 30 assists between them last year. The wide men were pivotal to the Reds’ Champions League victory. For some reason, their successes weren’t enough. Instead, Sergio Ramos and Marcelo of Real Madrid pipped the pair.
Real Madrid finished 19 points behind Barcelona last season and were pathetic in the Champions League on the way to their premature exit. Liverpool finished on 97 points. The Reds’ full backs have every right to feel cheated by last night’s announcement. Supporters have taken to Twitter to voice their dismay at the epic snub.
One fan felt that the team looked a little outdated, given that Marcelo has been a mainstay in the side for years, also pointing out that somehow even Dani Alves was above the Liverpool duo in the rankings.
I find it hard to believe to see Marcelo and Dani Alves had more votes than Robertson and Trent. It’s 2019, not 2013 ffs.
— . (@SamueILFC) September 23, 2019
Others believe that the Liverpool defenders weren’t the only Premier League stars to be ignored by the voting. It is hard to argue that Luka Modric deserved a place in the side over Bernardo Silva.
— olegabrielbuljo (@olegabrielbuljo) September 24, 2019
The general consensus is that Real Madrid’s players were very lucky to find their way into the squad.
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Seeing Marcelo and Ramos getting in the team of the year over Trent and Robertson https://t.co/0BVEuG3m1Q
— Thomas Metcalfe 🚩 (@ThomasM36150514) September 23, 2019
To tell you how stupid this “FIFA Best” award is, imagine having Ramos and Marcelo in FIFA best XI…Those position should have gone to Robertson and Trent-Alexander Arnold. Just like with Modric last year, FIFA constantly proving to be in Florentino’s pocket.
Ronaldo last year👇 pic.twitter.com/CCKtR0NC59
— Maazi_Fran6is (@MFran6is) September 24, 2019
— Aogiri (@XenoYT10) September 23, 2019
And of course, what about Mo Salah and Sadio Mane?
ROBERTSON HAS BEEN ROBBED
TRENT HAS BEEN ROBBED
SALAH AND MANE HAD BETER SEASONS THAN HAZARD !#FIFAFootballAwards
— Joseph LFC (@JosephLFC1) September 23, 2019