Ronaldo, Modric, Salah nominated but Messi snubbed — FIFA Awards

06 September, 2018, 01:48 | Author: Judy Cobb
  • Cristiano Ronaldo Luka Modric and Mohamed Salah

He was runner-up in the prize in 2007 and 2008 before winning the title for the first of five years in 2009.

Cristiano Ronaldo was nursing a black eye on Wednesday as he trained at Juventus HQ in Turin.

The winners will be announced on 24 September.

There was also no place for any member of France's World Cup winning squad, notably Antoine Griezmann who many tipped to be one of the three.

Can he break the Ronaldo-Messi dominance?

His competitors, Ronaldo and Modric, won the Champions league together with Real Madrid.

Ronaldo and Bale face off in a battle of the Champions League overhead kicks - the Portugal icon's effort against current employers Juventus in the quarter-finals and Bale's acrobatic finish to help down Salah's Liverpool in the final. Luka Modric and Mohamed Salah are also in contention.

"He's this quiet guy we know from Real Madrid, but when we saw him in the World Cup he became a majestic leader".

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.

Lyon duo Ada Hegerberg and Dzsenifer Maroszan, who enjoyed an unbeaten Division 1 Feminine season and lifted the UEFA Women's Champions League, are joined by Brazil's triumphant Copa America Feminina captain Marta in contending for the honour.

"We're favourites to win again what we've won in the past, but we need to prove we're the best and now we've got a tough month to come with the start of the Champions League".

Lyon's Norwegian striker Ada Hegerberg and German midfielder Dzsenifer Marozsan are joined by Brazilian five-time victor Marta in the running for the best women's player after winning the Champions League with the French giants.

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