ZURICH, NNC – Competition to become the world's best player this year will involve Cristiano Ronaldo, Mohamed Salah and Luka Modric. Interestingly, there is no mentioning of Lionel Messi who previously was always in the list of the world's best player award nominations.
This year’s award will be held in London on September 24.
Messi is considered inferior to these three players in the 2017/2018 season, although he managed to deliver Barcelona to La Liga and Copa del Rey. Unfortunately at the World Cup, Messi and Argentina were stuck in the last 16.
On the contrary, Ronaldo was again nominated after successfully delivering Real Madrid to win the Champions League for three consecutive seasons. In addition, CR7 also listed himself as the most productive player in the European competition.
Unfortunately, Ronaldo failed to deliver Portugal to go far in the 2018 World Cup because Uruguay were eliminated in the last 16.
Meanwhile Salah is considered worthy of being nominated after successfully bringing Liverpool through to the Champions League final last season and finishing in the top four. Salah also made 44 goals in his debut season with the Red. One Liverpool striker's minus value is that he failed to bring Egypt through the group stage in the 2018 World Cup.
Finally, Modric became an important actor behind the success of Croatia to qualify for the World Cup final for the first time before being defeated by France with a score of 2-4. Modrid was also ranked as the tournament's best player. At the club level, Modric also has an important role to bring Madrid to win the Champions League.