Lionel Messi finally breaks silence on Cristiano Ronaldo's move to Juventus

Lionel Messi finally breaks silence on Cristiano Ronaldo's move to Juventus

Lionel Messi finally breaks silence on Cristiano Ronaldo's move to Juventus

But who will it be?

Madrid have undergone some big changes in the summer, with coach Zinedine Zidane stepping down, replaced by Julen Lopetegui, and star player Cristiano Ronaldo sold to Juventus for €100 million.

And even when he did win, he did so purely on the merit of leading Real Madrid to the Champions League title.

Cristiano Ronaldo was nursing a black eye on Wednesday as he trained at Juventus HQ in Turin. Luka Modric and Mohamed Salah are also in contention.

Federation Internationale de Football Association has announced the official three-man shortlist for the award and snubbed superstar Lionel Messi.

'Real Madrid are one of the best teams in the world and they have a great squad [but] it's evident that the absence of Ronaldo makes them less good, ' Messi told Catalunya Radio. Salah enjoyed a record-breaking first season with Liverpool as his goals propelled Jurgen Klopp's to the Champions League final and set a host of individual club landmarks.


He was eliminated with Argentina in the last 16 of the World Cup by eventual champions France and is not being considered as the best player on the planet for the first time in 11 years.

Real midfielder Luka Modric was named the World Cup 2018's player of the tournament as Croatia reached the final against France.

There is some consolation for Messi as his Russian Federation 2018 goal versus Nigeria makes the list of 10 nominees for the Puskas Award for best goal.

Barcelona have not won the Champions League since 2015 after crashing out in the quarter-finals in each of the past three seasons.

Federation Internationale de Football Association also named Zinedine Zidane, Didier Deschamps and Zlatko Dalic in the final shortlist for coaches.

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.

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