Egypt and Liverpool star Mohamed Salah has revealed his shock at his seventh-place finish in the race for the 2021 Ballon d'Or, believing it to be unfair.
Despite having an exceptional 2021 for the Reds and his country, Salah still finished behind six other players in the voting for the prestigious award in November last year, with Lionel Messi, Robert Lewandowski, Jorginho, Karim Benzema, N'Golo Kante, and Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of him.
Here are all the award winners from the 2021 Ballon d'Or awards ceremony, as well as the top 10 for the men's prize
He was also later snubbed for the FIFA FIFPro Men's World XI, having been a notable absentee from the initial 23-man shortlist voted in by professional footballers around the world.
The 29-year-old has now opened up about his disappointment at only receiving 121 points for the latest Ballon d'Or, feeling that it is "not 100% fair".
"I was shocked by the results, but there is nothing I can say. No one in the world expected that I would finish in seventh, but this is what happened," Salah told DMC.
"I feel that it is not 100% fair. There are many countries that have nothing to do with football and we do not know the basis for their voting, but I do not believe in conspiracy theories."
The forward also touched on his exclusion from FIFA's Team of the Year, stating that: "I do not know the criteria for the choices. I saw that I was not included in it. I was not happy, but what should I do.
"I feel that if people see that I should be present and that the whole world is surprised by my absence, this is the most important.
"Sometimes I feel it's not fair, but there is nothing I can do."
Scroll through the gallery below to see the 2021 FIFPro World XI