Ronaldo, Salah, Modric make Federation Internationale de Football Association player of the year shortlist


But there is no place for Barcelona and Argentina superstar Lionel Messi.

World Cup winning tactician Didier Deschamps has been nominated alongside Croatia's Zlatko Dalic and former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane for the coach of the year award.

Lionel Messi has been left off the shortlist for FIFA's world player of the year for the first time since 2006.

Modric was last week unveiled as UEFA Player of the year, a ceremony which Ronaldo "boycotted" after getting hints that he had failed to land the award.

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Argentina and Barcelona forward was missing in the list released by Federation Internationale de Football Association on Monday just like he failed to get a mention during the UEFA award.

Tottenham held Madrid to a 1-1 draw in Spain, then swept them away in a 3-1 victory at Wembley during the Champions League group stages last season.

Ronaldo admittedly took on a new challenge at the age of 33 to join Juventus, after winning three consecutive UEFA Champions League titles with Real.

Egypt forward Mohamed Salah scored 44 goals as Liverpool reached the Champions League final, losing to Real.

Lyon's Norwegian striker Ada Hegerberg and German midfielder Dzsenifer Marozsan are joined by Brazilian five-time victor Marta in the running for the best women's player after winning the Champions League with the French giants.

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Croatia midfield ace Modric has been touted to win the award after clinching the 2018 FIFA World Cup's best player award.

Holland's Sarina Wigman, Lyon's Reynald Pedros and Asako Takakura of Japan are in contention for the women's coach prize.

Barca strolled to the La Liga title by 14 points previous year as Real Madrid floundered domestically.

"It's a great feedback from the last season; it's great to see that feedback on everything I put in", Marta said.

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