Messi omit­ted from FIFA best player award nom­i­na­tions

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Lionel Messi was left off the short­list for the FIFA’S men’s player of the year award for the irst time in over a decade this week as his old ri­val Cris­tiano Ronaldo was named along­side Luka Mo­dric and Mo­hamed Salah. Messi has dom­i­nated the award along with Ronaldo over the past decade, but the Barcelona star has been omit­ted from the top three for the irst time since 2006. A ive-time win­ner of the award, Messi has also in­ished sec­ond in the vot­ing for each of Ronaldo’s ive pre­vi­ous wins in 2008,

2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017. Ronaldo ended a nine-year stay at Real Madrid on a high with a fourth Cham­pi­ons League in ive years be­fore join­ing Ital­ian giants Ju­ven­tus in July. 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 Sep.24. Ronaldo’s for­mer Real Madrid team­mate Luka Mo­dric is best-placed to be­come the irst new name to win the award for 10 years af­ter a su­perb sea­son for club and coun­try. As well as his in­lu­en­tial dis­plays in Real’s Cham­pi­ons League tri­umph, the Croa­tia mi­dielder won the Golden Ball for the best player at the tour­na­ment as Croa­tia reached their irst World Cup inal, in­ish­ing as run­ners-up to France.

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