FIFA Best Awards 2018

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A panel of Fifa legends and experts drew up 10-man shortlists for each FIFA award and a jury consisting of national team captains, coaches, selected journalists and fans will choose the winner with each group accounting for 25% of the vote.

The winners will be unveiled on September 24 at a ceremony organized at London’s Royal Festival Hall.

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Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus/Portugal), Croatian midfielder Luka Modric (Real Madrid/Croatia) and Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah (Liverpool/Egypt) were shortlisted on Monday for the Best FIFA Men’s Player Award for 2018.

Surprisingly, Argentine captain and forward Lionel Messi was left off the shortlist for the FIFA award. There was also no place for any member of France’s World Cup winning squad.

Modric, who was recently named UEFA player of the year, and Salah, who led Liverpool to the UEFA Champions League final, have been shortlisted for this award for the first time, while Cristiano has won back-to-back awards in the last two years.

As for the Best Men’s Coach Award, the shortlist includes former Real Madrid Coach Zinedine Zidane, France’s Didier Deschamps and Croatia’s Zlatko Dalic.

Zidane could be awarded the trophy for the second straight year, after he led Real Madrid to a third consecutive Champions League title.

Deschamps is also a favorite to get the award after winning the 2018 FIFA World Cup with France, while Dalic led Croatia to its first-ever World Cup final.

Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid), France’s Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur) and Denmark’s Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City) have been shortlisted for the Best FIFA Goalkeeper Award.

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Full List of Nominees.

Men’s player
Cristiano Ronaldo – Juventus & Portugal
Luka Modric – Real Madrid & Croatia
Mohamed Salah – Liverpool & Egypt

Women’s player
Ada Hegerberg – Lyon & Norway
Dzsenifer Marozsan – Lyon & Germany
Marta – Orlando Pride & Brazil

Men’s coach
Zlatko Dalic – Croatia
Didier Deschamps – France
Zinedine Zidane – former Real Madrid

Women’s coach
Reynald Pedros – Lyon
Asako Takakura – Japan
Sarina Wiegman – Netherlands

Goalkeeper
Thibaut Courtois – Real Madrid & Belgium
Hugo Lloris – Tottenham & France
Kasper Schmeichel – Leicester & Denmark

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