Ronaldo, Salah, Modric make Federation Internationale de Football Association player of the year shortlist

Cristiano Ronaldo Luka Modric and Mohamed Salah

Cristiano Ronaldo Luka Modric and Mohamed Salah are up for Best Fifa Men's Player award

Cristiano Ronaldo faces stiff competition from former Real Madrid team-mate Luka Modric and Egypt's Mohamed Salah to be crowned FIFA's player of the year for a sixth time.

The goals in line for the Puskas Award for the best of the year have been revealed by Federation Internationale de Football Association.

"Real Madrid are one of the best teams in the world with a great squad (but) it's evident that the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo makes them less good and makes Juventus (one of the) clear favourites to win the Champions League", he said.

Modric picked up the honour last week following a terrific season in which he also helped Real Madrid to a third consecutive Champions League.

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Women's Player Award - Ada Hegeberg, Dzsenifer Maroszan, Marta.

Lyon's Norwegian striker Ada Hegerberg and German midfielder Dzsenifer Marozsan are joined by Brazilian five-time victor Marta in the running for the best women's player after winning the Champions League with the French giants.

There was also no place for any member of France's World Cup winning squad, notably Antoine Griezmann who many tipped to be one of the three.

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Reynold Pedros of Lyon, Japan boss Asako Takakura and Netherlands coach Sarina Wiegman are in the running for best women's coach. Things have changed and now the owners of clubs are multi-millionaires. He will preside over the board of directors while Carlos Suarez will remain club president, a job he held before Ronaldo's arrival.

"I didn't speak to [Ronaldo]", he said. "I came here at 13 and I've had my whole life here".

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. Messi alluded to the trend of players choosing to move to clubs that are financially powerful, to the extent of them deciding to inferior leagues that don't have the same level of competition as the other big leagues in Europe.

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