Published: Wed, September 05, 2018
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Salah v Modric and Ronaldo for FIFA Best Men's Player 2018

Salah v Modric and Ronaldo for FIFA Best Men's Player 2018

Spanish League giants, Barcelona, have lashed out at Federation Internationale de Football Association following the exclusion of superstar Lionel Messi in the shortlist of final three players for the best player award.

Interestingly Modric will again face competition from the duo of Ronaldo and Salah just like he did in the UEFA award.

Since then Real Madrid have won it three times on the trot with Ronaldo very much orchestrating those successes.

As well as his influential displays in Real's Champions League triumph, the Croatia midfielder won the Golden Ball for the best player at the tournament as Croatia reached their first World Cup final, finishing as runners-up to France.

Salah had a dream season as well with Liverpool as he led Jurgen Klopp's side to the Champions League final and set the Premier League goal-scoring record with 32 goals.

Messi admitted that he was "surprised" at the move and believes that Madrid will be weaker for losing his fellow five-time Ballon d'Or victor.

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.

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Ronaldo is yet to get off the mark in three competitive outings for Juventus, while Messi has four goals already this term.

Modric made the shortlist after helping Real Madrid to a third straight Champions League title in May and then leading Croatia to the World Cup final in Russian Federation this summer, including a 3-0 group stage win over Messi's Argentina.

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.

France's World Cup winning squad players also missed out on a place in the top three finalists.

Norway and Lyon's Ada Hegenrberg, Dzsenifer Marozsan, of Germany and Lyon, and Marta, of Brazil and Orlando Pride, have been shortlisted for the women's prize.

Zidane's last game in charge of Real was beating Liverpool in the Champions League at the end of last season.

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