Messi Snubbed As FIFA Men’s Player Of The Year Shortlist Revealed

FIFA Best Awards Messi snubbed Ronaldo Modric and Salah nominated

The nominees were revealed by FIFA, football's world governing body, on Monday (Sep 3). But who will it be?

Egyptian football star Mohamed Salah has made it into the final three-man shortlist for the Best FIFA Men's Player award for 2018.

They have, however, gone three years without European glory, with arch-rivals Real Madrid enjoying an unprecedented run of success in Champions League competition.

Juventus head coach Massimo Allegri says he won't be afraid to bench club-record signing Cristiano Ronaldo over the course of the season.

The award was first introduced as the FIFA World player of the year prize (1991-2009), before becoming the Ballon d'Or (2010-15) and subsequently part of FIFA's "The Best" awards.

Messi and Ronaldo, the world's two best players, have been engaged in a fascinating duel for the sport's top individual and club honours for over a decade.

Zidane's last game in charge of Real was beating Liverpool in the Champions League at the end of last season.

He was also instrumental in Croatia's campaign, taking them to the finale of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.

Lionel Messi has been left out of FIFA's "The Best" shortlist, despite winning La Liga and finishing as the league's highest goalscorer in 2017/18. The former Chelsea man's role in Liverpool reaching the Champions League finals and Egypt making it to the World Cup is also praise-worthy.

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. The Orlando Pride player is up against Lyon teammates Ada Hegerberg of Norway and Dzsenifer Marozsan of Germany.

The award ceremony takes place on Sept 24 at Royal Festival Hall in London.

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