Barcelona: FIFA loses touch as Messi overlooked for ‘The Best’ awards


What is the FIFA Best player of the year award you may rightly ask? But who will it be? earlier reported that Ronaldinho joined the debate on who is the best player between Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona star Lionel Messi.

Lionel Messi has heaped pressure on arch-rival Cristiano Ronaldo by claiming his new club Juventus are "clear favourites" to win the Champions League this season.

The shortlists were announced by football's world governing body yesterday and the awards ceremony takes place in London on September 24 at Royal Festival Hall.

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Real Madrid lodged an official complaint with Federation Internationale de Football Association, claiming that Inter had made an illegal approach for the UEFA Player of the Year, who was strongly linked with a move to the Nerazzurri over the summer.

Ronaldo and Bale face off in a battle of the Champions League overhead kicks - the Portugal icon's effort against current employers Juventus in the quarter-finals and Bale's acrobatic finish to help down Salah's Liverpool in the final.

There was some consolation as Messi was name as one of the nominees for the Puskas award with his stunning strike for Argentina against Nigeria during this summer's World Cup.

Lopetegui was also asked about Ronaldo's exit, which preceded his appointment at the Bernabeu.

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Netherlands's tactician Sarina Wiegman both in contention for the Best FIFA Women's Coach, along with Lyon's Reynald Pedros and Japan's Asako Takakura, the latter having guided her side to the AFC Women's Asian Cup.

The World Cup features heavily, with Russia's Denis Cheryshev, France's Benjamin Pavard and Ronaldo's worldwide team-mate Ricardo Quaresma nominated for providing three of the champagne moments of Russian Federation 2018.

Tottenham held Madrid to a 1-1 draw in Spain, then swept them away in a 3-1 victory at Wembley during the Champions League group stages last season.

France's World Cup-winning captain Hugo Lloris is in contention for the goalkeeper of the year award, alongside Golden Glove victor Thibaut Courtois of Belgium and Denmark's Kasper Schmeichel.

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