Modric battles Ronaldo Salah again — FIFA BEST AWARD

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo won The Best FIFA Men's Player Award in 2017

Messi and Ronaldo have been regarded as the two best players in the world for a decade now, but the added El Clasico element of the perennial rivalry ended this summer when the latter joined Juve after nine years with Real Madrid.

Although Messi won the Spanish league title with Barca last season, the 31-year-old had an unhappy World Cup, missing a penalty against Iceland and scoring only once in four games as they were knocked out in the last 16.

Ronaldo also features, for his overhead kick for Real against new team Juventus.

Polling is open until the awards ceremony on September 24 in London.

There was also no place for any member of France's World Cup winning squad, notably Antoine Griezmann who many tipped to be one of the three.

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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The ex-Spain boss spoke about a number of issues, including Lionel Messi's comments that Cristiano Ronaldo's move to Juventus weakens Madrid.

Salah's strike in last December's Merseyside derby also makes the shortlist, with FIFA.com users voting for the victor.

Messi has gone three seasons without winning the Champions League, last doing so in 2015, and admits it is his major goal this season: 'It's time [to win it again].

Former Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is full of praise for Liverpool's team spirit.

Messi says Barcelona are desperate for European success this year after three consecutive quarter-final exits.

The best goalkeeper prize is to be contested by Tottenham and France's Hugo Lloris, Denmark and Leicester's Kasper Schmeichel and Belgium and Real goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, formerly of Chelsea.

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