LaLiga: Lopetegui hits back at Messi over Juventus Champions League favourite claims

06 September, 2018, 01:47 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
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But who will it be?

Messi has been overlooked for the Best FIFA Men's Player accolade, with Ronaldo, Salah and Croatia and Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric in the running.

Lionel Messi believes Juventus are now a "clear favourite" to win the Champions League after signing Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid.

All seven awards, as well as the FIFA Fair Play Award and FIFA/FIFPro World 11, will be handed out on 24 September in front of football's biggest names amongst the impressive surroundings of London's Royal Festival Hall, FIFA.com reported.

Ronaldo made the surprise switch to Turin after nine successful years at Real Madrid for a reported £88.3m in July.

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

Salah's 44 goals in an incredible debut season for Liverpool saw him edge out Messi and French World Cup stars Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann for a place in the top three.


Federation Internationale de Football Association have closed an investigation into Inter Milan and their pursuit of Luka Modric this summer since they say there are no grounds to continue.

The Argentine faced off against Ronaldo countless times in La Liga, both with their respective clubs and for personal accolades, though they will no longer go head to head in La Liga.

The women's player of the year award is between Olympique Lyonnais duo Ada Hegerberg and Dzsenifer Marozsan, who had an unbeaten league season and lifted the Women's Champions League, and Brazil's triumphant Copa America Femenina captain Marta.

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.

The best goalkeeper prize is to be contested by Tottenham and France's Hugo Lloris, Denmark and Leicester's Kasper Schmeichel and Belgium and Real goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, formerly of Chelsea.

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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