Lionel Messi: Juventus are 'clear favourites' to win the Champions League

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However, Messi's last victory came in 2015 and his absence from the 2018 shortlist will be seen by some as a sign the 31-year-old Barcelona striker's powers are waning.

For the first time in 12 years, Lionel Messi isn't a contender to be Fifa's Player of the Year.

Federation Internationale de Football Association also named Zinedine Zidane, Didier Deschamps and Zlatko Dalic in the final shortlist for coaches.


Cristiano Ronaldo will hope to claim his sixth FIFA men's player of the year award after he was named on the shortlist on Monday by world football governing body alongside Luka Modric and Mohamed Salah.

Ronaldo and Messi both feature among the 10 nominees for the Puskas Award for best goal of the year, along with Gareth Bale's sensational overhead kick in the Champions League final.

Barcelona star Lionel Messi has revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo left Spanish team Real Madrid for Juventus during the summer transfer window. Juventus will now be a force on the European stage as they look to win their first Champions League title in the modern era.


Ronaldo won a third successive Champions League title with Real Madrid in 2017-18, finishing as top scorer in the competition and had Modric as a team-mate.

Lopetegui was also asked about Ronaldo's exit, which preceded his appointment at the Bernabeu. More importantly, the 32-year-old won the Golden Ball at World Cup as he led Croatia to the final with some inspired displays throughout the tournament in Russian Federation. Norway's Ada Hegerberg (Olympique Lyonnais) and Germany's Dzsenifer Maroszan (Olympique Lyonnais) were announced as the other two finalists for the pinnacle award.

"I'm really excited", Ronaldo said at Valladolid's city hall.


Barca strolled to the La Liga title by 14 points a year ago as Real Madrid floundered domestically.

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