I'm suprised Ronaldo left Real Madrid - Messi

Justin GreeneSep 06, 2018

Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Mohamed Salah have been finalized as the final three nominees for this year's Best FIFA Men's Player award.

He was runner-up in 2007 and 2008 before winning the title for the first of five years in 2009.

Argentina and Barcelona forward was missing in the list released by Federation Internationale de Football Association on Monday just like he failed to get a mention during the UEFA award.

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.

Ronaldo's move to Juventus has not been well-received by Real Madrid fans, particularly given the club's failure to land a replacement.

With Ronaldo in the squad, Juve hope to go one step further by winning the Champions League this season, after losing two of the past four finals.

Lionel Messi also makes the cut for his strike for Argentina against Nigeria, while Portugal winger Ricardo Quaresma rounds out the Russian Federation 2018 nominees with his goal against Iran.

Cristiano Ronaldo was nursing a black eye on Wednesday as he trained at Juventus HQ in Turin.

Real have won their opening three LaLiga games of the new season, with attackers Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale in terrific form so far.

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.

"I really hope Modric will win because I think what he did in the World Cup was really special", said legendary former Manchester United and Denmark goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel in his role as a Federation Internationale de Football Association ambassador on Monday.

Marta is one of three finalists for the award and will look to win her record sixth Women's World Player of the Year award at the end of this month.

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