Ronaldo, Salah and Modric nominated for Federation Internationale de Football Association best player award

Ronaldo, Salah and Modric nominated for Federation Internationale de Football Association best player award

Ronaldo, Salah and Modric nominated for Federation Internationale de Football Association best player award

Barcelona star Lionel Messi admits he was shocked by Cristiano Ronaldo's move from Real Madrid to Juventus and now expects the Italian giants to be big favourites for the Champions League.

The Argentinian forward has lost out to his great rival Cristiano Ronaldo, Liverpool's Mohamed Salah and Croatia captain Luka Modric.

For the first time in 12 years, Federation Internationale de Football Association had overlooked Barca icon Lionel Messi despite his phenomenal exploits last season.

Modric helped Croatia to the World Cup final, which France won, while Salah's goals propelled Liverpool to the Champions League final, which Real won.

Messi, 31, was the runner-up in 2007 and 2008 before winning for the first time in 2009.

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

Luka Modric, the Real Madrid mid-field maestro, was at his absolute best, last season, as he guided Real to another Champions League victory.

While his global team-mates geared up for games against Croatia and Italy, Ronaldo was put through his paces alongside Sami Khedira, who was left out of the recent Germany squad after a disappointing World Cup.

Deschamps became just the third man to win the World Cup as a player and coach with victory over Dalic's Croatia in July's final in Russian Federation.

Failure to go farther with Argentina at the World Cup or win the Champions League has proved decisive for the selection.

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.

Holland's Sarina Wigman, Lyon's Reynald Pedros and Asako Takakura of Japan are in contention for the women's coach prize.

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

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