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FIFA’s best player: Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Mohamed Salah in final three

September 4, 2018 11:02 am

Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Mohamed Salah are the finalists for Best Fifa Men’s Player award for 2018.

Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi, a five-time Ballon d’Or winner, missed out on a place in the top three. There was also no place for any member of France’s World Cup winning squad.

Lyon’s Champions League winning duo Ada Hegerberg of Norway and Germany’s Dzsenifer Marozsan are the finalists for Best Fifa Women’s Player, alongside Brazil forward Marta.

Portugal winger Ronaldo, the 2016 and 2017 winner, won a fifth Champions League title with Real Madrid in May before joining Juventus for £99.2m.

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

Egypt forward Salah scored 44 goals as Liverpool reached the Champions League final, losing to Real. Modric beat Ronaldo and Salah to win the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year last week.

Ada Hegerberg of Norway, Germany’s Dzsenifer Marozsan and Brazil forward Marta are the finalists for Best FIFA Women’s Player

England striker Harry Kane, who won the World Cup Golden Boot and was on the original 10-man shortlist, has also missed out.

Didier Deschamps, who led France to the World Cup, is nominated for coach of the year, alongside Croatia’s Zlatko Dalic and former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane.

The awards are separate to the Ballon d’Or after world football’s governing body ended its association with that honour in 2016.

A panel of FIFA legends and experts drew up 10-man shortlists for each award and a jury consisting of national team captains, coaches, selected journalists and fans choose the winner, each group accounting for 25% of the vote.

Ronaldo’s overhead kick against Juventus and Gareth Bale’s overhead kick against Liverpool in the Champions League final are among the 10 nominees for the Puskas award for best goal, which is voted for by the fans.

The winners will be announced on 24 September at Royal Festival Hall in London.

 

Men’s player

Cristiano Ronaldo – Juventus & Portugal

Luka Modric – Real Madrid & Croatia

Mohamed Salah – Liverpool & Egypt

 

Women’s player

Ada Hegerberg – Lyon & Norway

Dzsenifer Marozsan – Lyon & Germany

Marta – Orlando Pride & Brazil

 

Men’s coach

Zlatko Dalic – Croatia

Didier Deschamps – France

Zinedine Zidane – former Real Madrid

 

Women’s coach

Reynald Pedros – Lyon

Asako Takakura – Japan

Sarina Wiegman – Netherlands

 

Goalkeeper

Thibaut Courtois – Real Madrid & Belgium

Hugo Lloris – Tottenham & France

Kasper Schmeichel – Leicester & Denmark

 

Puskas Award

Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) v Liverpool

Denis Cheryshev (Russia) v Croatia

Lazaros Christodoulopoulos (AEK) v Olympiacos

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Riley McGree (Newcastle Jets) v Melbourne City

Lionel Messi (Argentina) v Nigeria

Benjamin Pavard (France) v Argentina

Ricardo Quaresma (Portugal) v Iran

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) v Juventus

Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) v Everton

 

Fan Award

Sebastian Carrera (Deportes Puerto Montt, Chile)

Peru fans

Japan and Senegal fans

 

Author: Staff Writer

 

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