3rd September, 2018
Just like it happened at the EURO Player Of The Year Awards, Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Mohamed Salah have been nominated for the Best FIFA Men’s Player award.
And unlike the situation at the EURO Awards, lots of people are tipping Modric for this title. That is because of his performance for both club and country.
Similarly with whatt happened at the EURO event, Lionel Messi’s name is missing from the list this time around.
It will be recalled that Cristiano Ronaldo scored 44 times for Real Madrid last term, including 15 strikes in the Champions League as the LaLiga giants won a third successive European title.
Modric was also pivotal to that success before inspiring Croatia’s run to the World Cup final. That gives him some sort of edge since this is a global award.
Of course, Salah did not enjoy such a productive time in Russia, with Egypt going out at the group stage.
In similarity to Ronaldo, Salah scored 44 goals across all competitions for Liverpool F.C.
In Lionel Messi’s case, he has been nominated for the Puskas Award for the best goal in the world over the past year as a result of his excellent World Cup goal against Nigeria. He is however not alone as he is competing with Ronaldo, who scored a magnificent Champions League overhead kick against current employers Juventus, and Salah, courtesy of a solo effort against Everton.
In the goalkeeping department, France captain Hugo Lloris and Belgium’s Thibaut Courtois have been put forward alongside Denmark’s Kasper Schmeichel for the Best FIFA Goalkeeper award.
As far as the coach of the year’s award is concerned, Zinedine Zidane’s three Champions Leagues in a row as Madrid coach means he is up for back-to-back awards in his category, with World Cup finalists Didier Deschamps and Zlatko Dalic the other coaches nominated for the award.