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ALso check the file /etc/shells ,your shell must be listed in /etc/shells.
But by the look of it seems that the option userlist_deny=YES is set in the /etc/vsftpd/vsftpd.conf file. remove that entry from that file and check
Why on earth would you want to ftp as root? Creating a new user for ftp'ing stuff, and perhaps a script for chmod'ing the needed files OR using a special group for accessing them does not take long, but adds to the security. Remember that ftp is not a secure protocol, and if you allow root ftp, then you actually allow anybody who gets to know the root password, to ftp-download your whole system. OR put some nifty rootkits on your machine, compromizing it completely without you even knowing it. Sounds nice? And I can tell you, stealing a root password is not even difficult, especially if your system's security is overall as low as in this case.
Root account should be used just and only for maintenance. sudo can be used, restricted, to grant the needed rights for needed users, and groups and file permissions can be used to achieve the needed freedom for stuff like ftp.
I really really hope you aren't really going to let root do ftp. Really.