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Ronaldo, Salah, Modric nominated for FIFA best player award




Cristiano Ronaldo will go head to head with former Real Madrid teammate Luka Modric and Egypt ’ s Mohamed Salah as he seeks a sixth FIFA men ’ s world player of the year award .
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 .

Ronaldo , who like Messi is a five – time winner of the award , lifted a fourth Champions League title in five years before joining Italian champions Juventus in July.

France ’ s World Cup- winning manager Didier Deschamps , Zlatko Dalic and Zinedine Zidane were nominated as the finalists for FIFA ’ s coach of the year award .

Deschamps became just the third man to win the World Cup as a player and coach with victory over Dalic’ s Croatia in Russia while Zidane led Real Madrid to a third consecutive Champions League win in May before stepping down.

( AFP )