Ballon d’Or publication France Football drop Messi from Champions League Best XI

In a bad sign for Lionel Messi’s hopes of reclaiming the Ballon d’Or trophy, France Football have shunned the forward from their Champions League team of the season.

Claiming the European Golden Shoe as Barcelona made the last-eight was not considered enough to oust Neymar from the 4-3-3 formation while finalists Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala were also selected.

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Gianluigi Buffon has been placed in goal, behind a back four of Dani Alves, Leonardo Bonucci, Sergio Ramos and Marcelo, whilst the midfield was made up of Luka Modric alongside Monaco duo Fabinho and Thomas Lemar.