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?
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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
Associated Press Published 4:39 pm PDT, Tuesday, July 24, 2018 World Cup standouts Kylian Mbappe and Luka Modric will lead the challenge against a decade-long dominance of FIFA’s best player award by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Mbappe, the teenage forward of France’s World Cup-winning team, and Modric, the Croatia captain who was named the tournament’s best player, joined five-time winners Ronaldo and Messi among 10 candidates announced by FIFA. For the first time, FIFA has opened voting within days of the World Cup, from which Ronaldo and Messi exited in the round of 16. France also has Antoine Griezmann and Raphael Varane, who won a third straight Champions League title alongside Modric and Ronaldo with Real Madrid, on the FIFA list. Belgium, which lost to France in the semifinals, has Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard on the list. It is completed by World Cup Golden Boot winner Harry Kane of England and Mohamed Salah, the Egypt forward who … [Read more...] about Kylian Mbappe, Luka Modric among candidates for FIFA’s best player award
French World Cup winners Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and Raphael Varane were included alongside perennial candidates Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi on a 10-man shortlist for the FIFA best player award on Tuesday. Luka Modric was nominated for the prize as well after helping Croatia reach the final, with the Real Madrid midfielder named the player of the tournament in Russia. Belgium duo Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne were also shortlisted along with England striker Harry Kane, in addition to Liverpool and Egypt star Mohamed Salah. However, there was no place for Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil forward Neymar, whose country lost 2-1 to Belgium in the quarter-finals of the World Cup. France coach Didier Deschamps and compatriot Zinedine Zidane, who led Real Madrid to a third successive Champions League title, headlined the 11 candidates in the running for men's coach of the year. Deschamps became just the third man to lift the World Cup trophy as both a player and a coach, … [Read more...] about World Cup stars dominate FIFA best player award shortlist