Ronaldo, Salah and Modric nominated for FIFA best player award (Fifa 2018)

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LONDON: Cristiano Ronaldo will go head to head with former Real Madrid teammate Luka Modric and Egypt´s Mohamed Salah as he seeks a sixth FIFA men´s world player of the year award.

But Lionel Messi — who has dominated the award along with Ronaldo over the past decade — has been omitted from the shortlist after featuring in the top three for 11 straight years.

Ronaldo, who like Messi is a five-time winner of the award, lifted a fourth Champions League title in five years before joining Italian champions Juventus in July.

France´s World Cup-winning manager Didier Deschamps, Zlatko Dalic and Zinedine Zidane were nominated as the finalists for FIFA´s coach of the year award.

Deschamps became just the third man to win the World Cup as a player and coach with victory over Dalic´s Croatia in Russia while Zidane led Real Madrid to a third consecutive Champions League win in May before stepping down.

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