Rapinoe was not present at the ceremony in Paris to collect football's most prestigious individual accolad.
"If you have to give it to the best, let's just give it to Messi and the problem is solved", Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde said ahead of the match. I am going to be there for a reason and there are no losers on the evening. But I think there have been a lot of great players this year.
'But I think there have been a lot of great players this year.
"There's going to be a victor but there are no losers". Frenkie de Jong and Arthur started alongside Rakitic in midfield, and we could see those two retain their places in the Barcelona midfield. Michael Hincks was at the Wanda Metropolitano to watch the Argentine produce the goods once more on the eve of the Ballon d'Or announcement. But I chose Sadio Mane because he's a player that I like. Bernardo Silva, 10. Riyad Mahrez.
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The former Real Madrid star was also named in the Serie A Team of the Year alongside team-mates Joao Cancelo (ex-Juventus now Manchester City), Giorgio Chiellini and Miralem Pjanic.
England's Lucy Bronze, Holland striker Vivianne Miedema and Sam Kerr of Australia are among the other players shortlisted.
But Messi took matters into his own hands with another trademark goal from range, before Suarez capped a fine piece of team play by back-heeling in from eight yards.
Messi is the current betting favourite and, according to the image, he will best Van Dijk with 446 points to the Dutchman's 382. "These are all things which worry us much more than who will be first at Christmas and what it means".