Fifa best player: Messi omitted as Cristiano, Modric and Salah makes final three

Written by on September 4, 2018

 Lionel Messi missed out of the final three man list for  the Fifa Best player award released on Monday  for the first time since 2006,  the five-time Ballon d’Or winner who notched 45 goals and helped his Barcelona team to secure two domestic titles was surprisingly left out  also there was no place for any member of France’s World Cup winning squad.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Mohamed Salah are the finalists for Best Fifa Men’s Player award for 2018 with the winner set to be announced on September 24 at Royal Festival Hall  in London

Portugal forward Ronaldo, 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  player of the tournament as Croatia reached the final which they lost to France in Russia.

Egypt forward Mohammed Salah scored 44 goals as Liverpool reached the Champions League final  losing to Real Madrid.

Last week Luka Modric  won the Uefa Men’s Player of the Year beating Ronaldo and Salah for the individual award.

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


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

Giorgian De Arrascaeta (Cruzeiro) -v America MG

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

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