No Messi as Ronaldo, Modric, Salah named in final list for FIFA Best Player

Author: Rosalind K. Amoh
Who will be 2018 FIFA Best? Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Mohamed Salah
Who will be 2018 FIFA Best? Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Mohamed Salah

For the first time in 12 years, Argentina and Barcelona star, Lionel Messi, has failed to make the final cut of the  for the FIFA Best Player of the Year award.

In his place, Liverpool and Egypt's Mohamed Salah and Real Madrid and Croatia's Luka Modric, will challenge Cristiano Ronaldo for the prestigious award as FIFA announced a shortlist of nominees for its seven annual awards on Monday.

The winner will be announced on September 24, at the Best FIFA Football Awards 2018 to be held in London, England.

Lionel Messi has been left out of the final shortlist for 2018 FIFA Best Player

Messi was among the 10-player list announced last July, but he missed the final three. This is the first time he is out of contention since finishing second in voting in 2007. He has won the award five times and has been second five times.

The other players shortlisted last July were  Kylian Mbappe (PSG and France), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City and Belgium), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid and France), Eden Hazard (Chelsea and Belgium), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur and England), and Raphael Varane (Real Madrid and France).

 

Cristiano Ronaldo beat Messi to it for the 2017 Award

Ronaldo has a chance to win the award three times in a row. In all, he has won the FIFA Player of the Year Award five times, has finished second four times and third, once. He failed to make the final three in 2010.

Mo Salah and Modric have never been shortlisted for the award before this year.

Salah was the top club scorer in Europe last year, scoring 44 goals for Liverpool and he is the current African Player of the Year. It has been nearly a quarter of a century since the last time an African player, George Weah, won the FIFA award in 1995.

Luka Modric has already won the 2018 UEFA Player of the Year

Luka Modric won the UEFA Champions League player award last week beating out Salah and Cristiano Ronaldo. In July he was voted as the player of the tournament at the 2018 World Cup and won the Golden Ball.

Salah was the top club scorer in Europe last year, scoring 44 goals for Liverpool and he is the current African Player of the Year. It has been nearly a quarter of a century since the last time an African player, George Weah, won the FIFA award in 1995.

 Modric won the UEFA Champions League player award last week beating out Salah and Cristiano Ronaldo. In July he was voted as the player of the tournament at the 2018 World Cup and won the Golden Ball.

The Coach of the Year contest will be a challenge between the coaches of the finalists of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Zlatko Dalic (Croatia) and Didier Deschamps (France). Also on the final shortlist is France's Zinedine Zidane who led Real Madrid to a third successive Champions League title.

 

The FIFA Award
 The Best FIFA Men's Player has been aligned with the previous season instead of the calendar year, meaning this awards will reward performances in the 2017/18 campaign. The change was made last year when FIFA split from the Ballon d'Or in France as joint organisers for the event for several years.


FIFA awards voting

Voting for the five main awards has now closed. For the Men’s and Women’s player and coach awards, fan voting accounts for 25per cent of the ballot with three other tranches of 25 percent distributed equally between national coaches, national team captains, and selected journalists.

Voting for the FIFA Fan Award and the Puskás Award is limited to FIFA.com registered users. If you register you can vote for your favorite goal right up until September 24. There are 10 goals to choose from and all where scored between July 3, 2017, and July 15, 2018. Needless to say, they are all spectacular.

 

The main awards

Male Footballer of the Year

Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus, Portugal)
Mo Salah (Liverpool, Egypt)
Luka Modric (Real Madrid, Croatia)

Female Footballer of the Year

 Ada Hegerberg          (France Lyon, Norway)    
Dzsenifer Marozsán     (France Lyon,Germany)    
Marta                         (USA Orlando Pride, Brazil)

Zlatko Dalic(Croatia national team)
*Took Croatia to their first FIFA World Cup Final
*Led them to historic match in Moscow after just nine months in the job
*Croatia were one of only three teams to secure three group wins

Didier Deschamps (France national team)
*Won the FIFA World Cup
*Became only the third man to do so as a player and coach
*Has taken charge of more games for France than anyone else


Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid)
*Clinched a third-straight UEFA Champions League title
*Became first coach to win three in a row
*Left Real Madrid with a 70 per cent win ratio

Puskas Award
Gareth Bale (Real Madrid),
Denis Cheryshev (Russia),
Lazaros Christodoulopoulos (AEK Athens),
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid),
Giorgian de Arrascaeta (Cruzeiro),
Riley McGree (Newcastle Jets), Lionel Messi (Argentina),
Benjamin Pavard (France),
Ricardo Quaresma (Portugal),
 Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)