Cristiano Ronaldo's effort and aggression is striking - Juventus' Andrea Barzagli

Bobbie Reid
September 6, 2018

But Lionel Messi - who has dominated the award along with Ronaldo over the past decade - has been omitted from the shortlist after featuring in the top three for 11 straight years.

The Argentine faced off against Ronaldo countless times in La Liga, both with their respective clubs and for personal accolades, though they will no longer go head to head in La Liga.

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.

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.

Barcelona star Lionel Messi has revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo left Spanish team Real Madrid for Juventus during the summer transfer window.

Midfielder Modric, also part of Madrid's Champions League triumph, finished as a runner-up with Croatia at the World Cup, winning the best player award at the tournament in Russian Federation.

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

Egyptian forward Salah scored 44 goals for Liverpool last season, helping the English club reach the Champions League final where they were beaten by Real.

While his worldwide team-mates geared up for games against Croatia and Italy, Ronaldo was put through his paces alongside Sami Khedira, who was left out of the recent Germany squad after a disappointing World Cup.

Zidane himself is up for an award and has been nominated alongside France boss Didier Deschamps and Croatia manager Zlatko Dalic in the Best Men's Coach final three.

Barca last won the Champions League in 2014-15 and have failed to get beyond the quarter-finals since.

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

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