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Portugal and Juventus forward Ronaldo, like Messi, is a five-time victor, and has reached the top three alongside Croatia and Real Madrid midfielder Modric and Salah, the Egypt and Liverpool forward.

For the first time in 11 years, Argentina Captain, Lionel Messi is not among the three players shortlisted by FIFA for the Best Football Awards.

Modric beat Ronaldo and Salah to win the Uefa Men's Player of the Year last week.

Barca star Lionel Messi has now spoken out about Ronaldo's departure for the first time since the move.

The Italian giants secured Ronaldo's services in a €100 million deal back in July, after the 33-year-old called time on nearly a decade in the Spanish capital.

Messi has been overlooked for the Best FIFA Men's Player accolade, with Ronaldo, Salah and Croatia and Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric in the running.

Ronaldo, who has left Real for Juventus, was seen as pivotal to the Spanish club's Champions League success, while Salah was recognised for a Premier League record 32 goals for Liverpool.

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I spoke to Mo of course about that, but it's not up to me to intervene or say something about that. Hitting out at his service, he added: "I didn't get a very good pass".

"They already had a good team and now they also have Cristiano Ronaldo".

"It's time to win the Champions League", Messi said.

Ronaldo made it after Champions League glory with Real Madrid, scoring 15 goals in the cup, while Luka Modric was his teammate with Real and also guided Croatia to the World Cup final.

'And it makes Juventus [one of the] clear favourites to win the Champions League'.

France's World Cup-winning captain Hugo Lloris is in contention for the goalkeeper of the year award, alongside Golden Glove victor Thibaut Courtois and Danish shot-stopper Kasper Schmeichel. Norway's Ada Hegerberg (Olympique Lyonnais) and Germany's Dzsenifer Maroszan (Olympique Lyonnais) were announced as the other two finalists for the pinnacle award.

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

The awards ceremony will take place in London on September 24.


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