Salah nominated for FIFA Best Player award, Messi misses out

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For the past nine years, these two superstars have dominated the game of football with Ronaldo and Messi winning five Ballon d'Or each.

TUKO.co.ke earlier reported that Ronaldinho joined the debate on who is the best player between Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona star Lionel Messi.

Lionel Messi first got nominated for FIFA World Player of the Year 12 years ago, in 2007, as a 20-year old La Masia product slowly entering the Barcelona first-team.

"They're also a team that never give up".

Yet, that might not even be enough for the Portuguese to edge ahead in his battle for supremacy with Messi by adding his sixth crown when the winners are announced on September 24.

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

Rather, Cristiano Ronaldo, Mohammed Salah and victor of the UEFA Awards, Luka Modric have been listed as the final contestants for the awards, which is presented to the best footballer of the last season.

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He was eliminated with Argentina in the last 16 of the World Cup by eventual champions France and is not being considered as the best player on the planet for the first time in 11 years.

"He's this quiet guy we know from Real Madrid, but when we saw him in the World Cup he became a majestic leader".

Former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane, France coach Didier Deschamps and Croatia's Zlatko Dalic were on the shortlist for the coach of the year award.

France's World Cup winning captain Hugo Lloris is in contention for the goalkeeper of the year award, alongside Golden Glove victor Thibaut Courtois and Danish shot-stopper Kasper Schmeichel.

"It makes Juventus a clear favourite to win the Champions League due to the squad they had before and now with him on top".

Tottenham held Madrid to a 1-1 draw in Spain, then swept them away in a 3-1 victory at Wembley during the Champions League group stages last season.

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