Ronaldo, Salah, Modric make Federation Internationale de Football Association player of the year shortlist

Jo Caldwell
September 6, 2018

Ronaldo and Messi have both won the prize five times but the Barcelona and Argentina forward has been overlooked this year.

It has nearly become routine to see names such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi fight for the honour to be named best player on the planet.

Andrea Barzagli has said he has been astounded by Cristiano Ronaldo's hunger and desire and he expects the Portuguese forward to break his Serie A drought soon.

The winners will be crowned on September 24 in London after votes are collected from players, coaches, journalists and supporters.

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Three more World Cup goals feature: Denis Cheryshev for Russian Federation v Croatia, Benjamin Pavard, for France v Argentina and Ricardo Quaresma for Portugal v Iran.

Zidane himself is up for an award and has been nominated alongside France boss Didier Deschamps and Croatia manager Zlatko Dalic in the Best Men's Coach final three.

Lionel Messi has finally broken his silence on Cristiano Ronaldo leaving Real Madrid - and believes it's made the Spanish giants considerably weaker.

Ronaldo won a third successive Champions League title with Real Madrid in 2017-18, finishing as top scorer in the competition and had Modric as a team-mate.

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Messi, Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Mohamed Salah are all included in a stellar field for the FIFA Puskas Award.

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Messi says Barcelona are desperate for European success this year after three consecutive quarter-final exits.

Salah enjoyed a dream debut season for Liverpool after his transfer from Italian side AS Roma, scoring 44 times and clinching the English Premier League Golden Boot award with 34 League goals.

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France's World Cup-winning captain Hugo Lloris is in contention for the goalkeeper of the year award, alongside Golden Glove victor Thibaut Courtois of Belgium and Denmark's Kasper Schmeichel.

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