Pep Guardiola has lamented over the nominations of his players in the best male player for the Best Fifa Football Awards after Manchester City won the treble last season.
Concise News learned that City won the three domestic trophies as Liverpool pushed City all the way in the Premier League title race, as Guardiola added the England Community Shield on Sunday.
Liverpool whose three of their players are favoured in the nominations for the best male player for the Best Fifa Football Awards, which were announced last Wednesday.
Virgil van Dijk, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are on the ten-man shortlist. It has left Guardiola questioning what City’s players must do to receive wider acclaim for their performances.
“I cannot imagine Real Madrid or Barcelona winning four titles in one season and not having a single-player there,” he said.
“That is impossible. I am not going to say that the ten guys nominated don’t deserve it, but I am a bit surprised we had no one because our players were incredible.
“For example, I don’t think any player made a better season than Bernardo Silva, who also won the Nations League with Portugal.”
Guardiola had to acknowledge that success in Europe is the only remedy for resolving the conundrum.
“These awards are normally when you win the Champions League or are in the later stages,” he said.
“The other competitions do not count. So if we win the Champions League, our players will be there.”