The Barcelona star secured his fifth Ballon d'Or after a stellar 12 months in 2015, but a host of big name stars failed to include him in their top three players of the year
As many as 30 international captains failed to name Messi as one of their top three players of 2015, with some of the biggest names in football leaving the Barcelona star out.
Fellow nominee Cristiano Ronaldo unsurprisingly missed off the Argentina international, though Messi did repay the favour by opting to choose three of his Barca team-mates over the Portugal skipper.
Elsewhere, Ronaldo's club-mate James Rodriguez, Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski and Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger felt three players fared better in the last 12 months than Messi.
So it seems that even after dominating the world game for so long, the 28-year-old still has some doubters to win over.
Selected players who DIDN't vote for Messi: Mile Jedinak (Australia), Christian Fuchs (Austria), Stephane Mbia (Cameroon), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany), Michael Mifsud (Malta), Chris Wood (New Zealand), Per Ciljan Skelbred (Norway), Robert Lewandowski (Poland), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), Scott Brown (Scotland), Diego Godin (Uruguay).