Lionel Messi says Cristiano Ronaldo makes Juventus Champions League favourites

FIFA Best Awards Messi snubbed Ronaldo Modric and Salah nominated

But who will it be?

Lionel Messi has been left off the shortlist for FIFA's world player of the year for the first time since 2006.

Ronaldo made the surprise switch to Turin after nine successful years at Real Madrid for a reported €100m (£88.3m) in July.

Messi has won four Champions League titles to Ronaldo's five although the Argentine's last win came back in 2015.

Juventus head coach Massimo Allegri says he won't be afraid to bench club-record signing Cristiano Ronaldo over the course of the season.

Liverpool's Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah celebrates after scoring during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Brighton and Hove Albion.

That was unfair, but Lionel Messi was at least nominated for the award, and always finished second to the Portuguese forward.

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"Before, everyone wanted to play for Barca or Madrid, who were the best, but now everything's tighter and there's not much of a difference between the teams in Manchester, PSG, Madrid, us, Bayern [Munich], the Italians".

Ronaldo, who has won the award for the last two years, helped Real Madrid claim a third consecutive Champions League crown before securing a transfer to Juventus.

He was eliminated with Argentina in the last 16 of the World Cup by eventual champions France and is not being considered as the best player on the planet for the first time in 11 years.

The Puskas Award has previously recognised more unheralded players and McGree's improbable scorpion kick for Newcastle Jets in the A-League would appear to have a very good chance of success after becoming a worldwide viral hit.

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

Norway and Lyon's Ada Hegenrberg, Dzsenifer Marozsan, of Germany and Lyon, and Marta, of Brazil and Orlando Pride, have been shortlisted for the women's prize.

Polling is open until the awards ceremony on September 24 in London.

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