Messi determined to win Champions League again

06 September, 2018, 01:44 | Author: Felix Jensen
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But Lionel Messi - who has dominated the award along with Ronaldo over the past decade - has been omitted from the shortlist after featuring in the top three for 11 straight years.

He was runner-up in 2007 and 2008 before winning the title for the first of five years in 2009.

"Even though it's an individual award, I also share this with my teammates because they help me through everything".

The winners will be announced on 24 September.

The World Cup features heavily, with Russia's Denis Cheryshev, France's Benjamin Pavard and Ronaldo's global team-mate Ricardo Quaresma nominated for providing three of the champagne moments of Russian Federation 2018.

Lionel Messi has finally broken his silence on Cristiano Ronaldo leaving Real Madrid - and believes it's made the Spanish giants considerably weaker.

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Luka Modric, the Real Madrid mid-field maestro, was at his absolute best, last season, as he guided Real to another Champions League victory.

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

Real have won their opening three LaLiga games of the new season, with attackers Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale in terrific form so far. However, former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has set the record straight.

France's World Cup-winning captain Hugo Lloris is in contention for the goalkeeper of the year award, alongside Golden Glove victor Thibaut Courtois of Belgium and Denmark's Kasper Schmeichel.

"It makes Juventus a clear favourite to win the Champions League due to the squad they had before and now with him on top". Ever since, he has been nominated as part of the shortlist, winning 5 times.

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