Cristiano Ronaldo turns his focus back to Juventus's quest for a treble this season on Wednesday (Sep 24) after losing out in the FIFA's best player of the year award. Cristiano Ronaldo turns his focus to Juventus' treble bid after losing out in the FIFA best player award. (Photo: AFP/Filippo Monteforte) Five-time Ballon d'Or winner Ronaldo skipped the awards ceremony in London on Monday as his former Real Madrid teammate Luka Modric beat him for the award. The 33-year-old Portuguese star also lost out to Liverpool's Mohamed Salah for the Puskas Award for the best goal. He had been nominated for his superb overhead bicycle kick for Real Madrid against Juventus in last season's Champions League quarter-final, which even drew a standing ovation from Juventus supporters in Turin. Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri had backed Ronaldo - who has scored three goals in his last two league games - for the award, as he led the way in the Champions League with 15 goals to help Real to … [Read more...] about Ronaldo turns to Juventus challenge after FIFA best player snub
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Luka Modric is due in London on Monday evening for Fifa's player of the year awards aiming to end Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi's recent dominance at the ceremony. The former Tottenham midfielder's hopes of breaking the 10-year Messi/Ronaldo duopoly are based on two pillars: one, Messi has not made the shortlist for the first time since 2007; and two, Modric was the player of the tournament at this summer's World Cup and won Uefa's player of the year last month. Ronaldo, however, has been nominated for another player of the year prize, with Liverpool and Egypt hero Mohamed Salah completing the line-up. Compered by British actor Idris Elba and featuring a performance by Noel Gallagher, the awards are in their third year in this guise having previously been a joint venture with France Football's Ballon d'Or between 2010 and 2016, and before that the FIFA World Player of the Year award. For those confused as to why Fifa is no longer involved with the Ballon d'Or, … [Read more...] about Ballon d’Or vs Fifa Best Player award: What are the key differences?
Lionel Messi was left off the shortlist for the FIFA's men's player of the year award on Monday as his old rival Cristiano Ronaldo was named alongside Luka Modric and Mohamed Salah. File photo of Luka Modric (centre) and Cristiano Ronaldo (right) during the Champions League final. (AFP/Isabella BONOTTO) Messi has dominated the award along with Ronaldo over the past decade, but the Barcelona star has been omitted from the contenders list for the first time since 2006. After featuring in the top three for 11 straight years, Messi was overlooked when the list was announced by football's world governing body on Monday. The 31-year-old Argentine was runner-up for the prestigious prize in 2007 and 2008 before winning it for the first of five times in 2009. 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. Between them, Messi and Ronaldo have won the Champions League nine times … [Read more...] about Ronaldo, Salah and Modric nominated for FIFA best player award; Messi snubbed
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 first time since 2006. A five-time winner of the award, Messi has also finished second in the voting for each of Ronaldo's five 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 five 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 September 24. End to Messi-Ronaldo dominance? Ronaldo's former Real Madrid team-mate Luka Modric is best-placed to become the first new name to win the award for 10 years after a superb season for club and country. As well as his influential displays in Real's Champions League triumph, the Croatia midfielder won the Golden Ball for the … [Read more...] about Messi snubbed as Ronaldo, Salah and Modric nominated for FIFA best player award
FIFA has announced the official three-man shortlist for the award and snubbed superstar Lionel Messi 0SHARES Share Tweet Email Recommended Stories VAR to be introduced in Champions League next seasonIt has also been introduced in Spain's La Liga and Ligue 1 in France this seasonRonaldo to make Serie A debut for JuventusFive-time Ballon d'Or winner to make low-key start following Genoa tragedy Ronaldo set to revisit Old Trafford with JuventusUnited host the old lady on October 23 before going to Turin on November 7 … [Read more...] about Ronaldo, Salah and Modric nominated for FIFA best player award