Reaction as Messi misses out on Federation Internationale de Football Association nomination

Modric Cristiano Ronaldo and Salah

Modric Cristiano Ronaldo and Salah

Messi admitted that he was "surprised" at the move and believes that Madrid will be weaker for losing his fellow five-time Ballon d'Or victor.

The trio of Portugal striker, Cristiano Ronaldo, Croatia midfielder, Luka Modric and Egypt forward, Mohammed Salah are in the running for the award.

Messi, 31, was the runner-up in 2007 and 2008 before winning for the first time in 2009.

Juventus head coach Massimo Allegri says he won't be afraid to bench club-record signing Cristiano Ronaldo over the course of the season.

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

Salah enjoyed a dream debut season for Liverpool after his transfer from Italian side AS Roma, scoring 44 times and clinching the English Premier League Golden Boot award with 34 League goals.

Portugal winger Ronaldo, the 2016 and 2017 victor, won a fifth Champions League title with Real Madrid in May before joining Juventus for 99.2m pounds.

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His competitors, Ronaldo and Modric, won the Champions league together with Real Madrid.

Lionel Messi was controversially left out of the nominees for FIFA's Men's World Player of the Year prize when they were announced on Monday.

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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.

Former Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is full of praise for Liverpool's team spirit.

Messi has won four Champions League titles to Ronaldo's five although the Argentine's last win came back in 2015.

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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