Cristiano Ronaldo deserves Federation Internationale de Football Association award over Luka Modric, says Portugal head coach

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Ronaldo, who won the award past year, is used to facing stiff competition from the diminutive striker but still has a battle on his hands to retain "The Best" trophy.

Ronaldo, who like Messi is a five-time victor of the award and has won it for the last two years, helped Real Madrid claim a third consecutive Champions League crown before securing a transfer to Italian champions Juventus in July.

Lionel Messi's omission from FIFA's Best award sent social media into overdrive which includes a superb Tweet from Barcelona.

France may not have any runners for the best player award but two Frenchmen lead the finalists for the best coach as World Cup-winning manager Didier Deschamps and former Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane are joined by Croatia's Zlatko Dalic.

Cristiano Ronaldo continued to be named in the final three for the 8th successive season while his former Real Madrid teammate Luka Modric and Liverpool's frontman Mohamed Salah completed the list.

Barcelona star Lionel Messi has revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo left Spanish team Real Madrid for Juventus during the summer transfer window.

"In a year that was filled with drama, action and excitement across both the men's and women's game, The Best FIFA Football Awards 2018 look set to build on the success of 2017's event and return to London bigger and better than ever".

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Salah did not enjoy such a productive time in Russian Federation, as Egypt bowed out at the group stage, but swept the board in terms of individual awards in England after a magnificent debut season for Champions League finalists Liverpool.

It brought Ronaldo's nine-year Madrid stay to an end, having won four Champions League titles with them and as many Ballons d'Or.

On Ronaldo's departure, Lopetegui added: "I did not speak to him, it was a situation where he had already made a decision to leave and the club went along with this for a player who had been tremendous".

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.

Holland's Sarina Wigman, Lyon's Reynald Pedros and Asako Takakura of Japan are in contention for the women's coach prize. It last played in the top league in 2013-14.

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