Lionel Messi says Cristiano Ronaldo makes Juventus Champions League favourites

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Messi, who last failed to make the final three nominees in 2006, has won the award, in its various guises, five times and finished runner-up on another six occasions.

It was the missile that launched the Newcastle into the A-League grand final, went viral around the world and now Riley McGree's "scorpion kick" goal has been pitched against the best from Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Mo Salah.

Lionel Messi first got nominated for FIFA World Player of the Year 12 years ago, in 2007, as a 20-year old La Masia product slowly entering the Barcelona first-team.

If Ronaldo wins on 24 September, it will his sixth Federation Internationale de Football Association award.

In a ceremony in London witnessed by such FIFA legends as Nigeria's Nwankwo Kanu, Sol Campbell, Kelly Smith, and Peter Schmeichel, the nominees were recognised for their achievements in elite football between July 2017 and July 2018 - a period that saw the 2018 FIFA World Cup take place in Russian Federation.

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.

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.

Salah's strike in last December's Merseyside derby also makes the shortlist, with FIFA.com users voting for the victor.

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Tony Finau is believed to be the leading candidate for 12th and final spot. "It's going to be an interesting crowd". Still to come for Furyk is his final captain's pick, to be announced Monday after the BMW Championship.

"He's this quiet guy we know from Real Madrid, but when we saw him in the World Cup he became a majestic leader".

Egypt forward Mohamed Salah scored 44 goals as Liverpool reached the Champions League final, losing to Real.

Though Madrid lost the UEFA Super Cup to neighbours Atletico, Los Blancos have made a superb start to life under former Spain coach Lopetegui, taking nine points from their first three LaLiga games.

France's World Cup winning squad players also missed out on a place in the top three finalists.

The Best FIFA Goalkeeper Award will be contested between a trio who shone in Russian Federation, namely Belgium's Thibaut Courtois, France's Hugo Lloris and Denmark's Kasper Schmeichel.

Messi believes with Ronaldo in Juventus, the team are now favourites for the Champions League crown.

Reynold Pedros of Lyon, Japan boss Asako Takakura and Netherlands coach Sarina Wiegman are in the running for best women's coach.

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