Federation Internationale de Football Association reveals final list for Best Player award

Cristiano Ronaldo Luka Modric and Mohamed Salah

Cristiano Ronaldo Luka Modric and Mohamed Salah

However, a good amount of Cristiano Ronaldo fans were left frustrated as they believed that the 5-time Ballon d'Or victor deserved it more.

Cristiano Ronaldo could claim a record sixth men's world player of the year award after Lionel Messi was left off the Federation Internationale de Football Association shortlist for the first time since 2006. While Luka Modric also won Champions League with Cristiano Ronaldo past year, but he takes the cherry away with a phenomenal FIFA World Cup campaign with Croatia in France where he led his global side against France.

Salah, meanwhile, enjoyed a magnificent debut season with Liverpool - scoring 44 goals in 52 games - and deservedly won the Premier League's Player of the Season award.

But Messi blows all three of them out of the water, the Barca star having attempted 399 dribbles, of which 253 were successful. Barcelona won the Copa del Rey, too, notching a double that used to mean so much more, before the Champions League became the end-all for elite teams and their season aspirations (surely, Barcelona's collapse vs. Roma in the quarterfinals did not help Messi's cause).

Real midfielder Luka Modric was named the World Cup 2018's player of the tournament as Croatia reached the final against France.

Tottenham's Mauricio Pochettino warned for touchline behaviour
Tottenham has proven to be very good on the road and they have much more talent. 'We conceded two goals that if you want to be a contender you can not concede.

France's World Cup winning captain Hugo Lloris is in contention for the goalkeeper of the year award, alongside Golden Glove victor Thibaut Courtois and Danish shot-stopper Kasper Schmeichel. The former went on to join Italian giants Juventus after the FIFA World Cup.

Messi already has four goals from three appearances in La Liga this season, claiming a brace and two assists in an 8-2 demolition of Huesca on Sunday.

The victor will be decided by a fan poll, and will be announced at a ceremony in London on September 24.

Fifa's women's player of the year finalists include Brazil's Marta (Vieira da Silva) and Olympique Lyonnais teammates Ada Hegerberg, a striker with Norway, and German captain Dzsenifer Marozsan.

The 10 nominees for the Puskas Award of best goal features overhead kicks from Wales captain Gareth Bale and Ronaldo - for Real against Liverpool and Juventus, respectively - and Salah in the Merseyside derby.

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