Neither Cristiano Ronaldo nor Lionel Messi will attend FIFA's The Best gala

Egyptian king Mohamed Salah

Egyptian king Mohamed Salah

The Croatian is also expected to win the Best Player award at the Federation Internationale de Football Association gala.

He is also up for the Puskas award, the goal of the year.

Speculations arose that the results of the UEFA event were leaked to Ronaldo and his team which prompted him to not to attend the event.

It is the same reasoning he gave when he withdrew from the Portugal squad for the most recent worldwide break.

Ramzy is, however, convinced that his standing in his homeland, and around the world, makes him deserving of the most prestigious of personal prizes.

Luka Modric, Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah have all made the finalists of FIFA's The Best award, however Javier Bordas believes that the absence of Lionel Messi discredits the award.

He was snubbed for the Best Men's Player accolade, but is in the running for the Puskas Award for goal of the year for his strike against Nigeria in the World Cup in Russian Federation - an award Ronaldo is also up for through his stunning overhead-kick for Real against Juventus in the Champions League. The rumors, however, were rubbished by the Juventus man who went on to personally congratulate Modric for the award.

What are the awards Ronaldo can win?

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski almost traded to Lions, threatened to retire
The Packers already got a taste of Mack, who was traded to the Chicago Bears the week before the season opener. That was a scenario the tight end wasn't a fan of. "I think we saw a different offense today and we won".

He is nominated for goal of the year for an effort, ironically, against the team he would go on to join, Juventus.

Salah, like Ronaldo, was not at his peak in Russian Federation but he at least had the excuse of not being fit following his controversial tangle with Sergio Ramos in the Champions League final.

Legends Sol Campbell, Kelly Smith, Nwankwo Kanu and Peter Schmeichel announced the nominees for the Best FIFA Football Awards 2018 on September 3 and some notable names cut off from the short-list.

The FIFA Best awards take place on Monday night but the two greats of the modern game will be conspicuously absent, as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are reportedly both set to miss the glitzy ceremony in London.

Where are the awards held?

The event in London will also see the Best FIFA Women's Player named, with Norway's Ada Hegerberg, Germany's Dzsenifer Marozsan and Brazil's Marta in contention to claim the prize won by Lieke Martens in 2017.

British actor Idris Elba and French journalist Anne-Laure Bonnet host the show at the Royal Festival Hall, which starts at 6:30 p.m.

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