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FIFA Announce Official Three-man Shortlist For The Best Men’s Player 2018

FIFA have announced the shortlist of three players nominated for The Best Player in 2018.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Mohamed Salah all made the cut while Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi was snubbed for the award, the first time this has happened in 11 years.

The Best FIFA Men’s Player is aligned with the previous season instead of the calendar year, meaning it rewards performances in the 2017/18 campaign. The Best is the successor of the FIFA Ballon d’Or after joint organisers FIFA and France Football split up last year, with France Football’s Ballon d’Or being awarded later in the year.

The shortlists for the The Best Goalkeeper and Coach of the Year were also revealed.

The finalists for The Best Coach of the Year are Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid), Didier Deschamps (France) and Zlatko Dalic (Croatia).

Three nominees for the new The Best Goalkeeper award are Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur), Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea/Real Madrid) and Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City).

Ronaldo, who won the past two editions of the award and five in total, led his former club Real Madrid to another UEFA Champions League crown this past season.

Croatia midfielder Modric was the key man for his country as they reached their first World Cup final, finishing as runners-up to France. The diminutive player was last week awarded the UEFA Player of the Year Award.

Salah helped Liverpool reach the UEFA Champions League final, losing to Los Blancos, and also helped Egypt reach the World Cup finals for the first time in 34 years.

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The winners will be announced during the FIFA awards gala on 24 September in London.

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