Messi and Ronaldo to decide world's best young player

25 September, 2018, 05:40 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
  • Ronaldo, Messi to miss FIFA The Best awards

The Croatia star led his country to the World Cup final and also won a third consecutive Champions League crown with Real Madrid.

Mohamed Salah beat Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo to win the FIFA Puskas award.

Liverpool midfielder James Milner couldn't resist the temptation to poke fun at the weird decision and posted a tongue-in-cheek message on social media, suggesting his goal was not even his best one from a memorable last season.

Fabio Capello says Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi's absence at FIFA's The Best awards showed a lack of respect from the pair.

'Not even the best premier league goal of the season from Salah.

Debate is guaranteed, particularly after Ronaldo's unannounced absence in Monaco for UEFA's award ceremony - when he discovered that he was not the player of the year.

Ronaldo, who left Madrid in the off-season to join Italian champion Juventus, was knocked out of the World Cup in the round of 16 with European champion Portugal.


The best Federation Internationale de Football Association women's player award was given to Brazil global Marta, after impressive displays for both her national side and club team Orlando Pride.

Modric went on to thank his family, fans who voted for him, and Zvonimir Boban, the captain of the Croatian 1998 World Cup team that achieved a third-place finish in France, calling him his "footballing idol".

The Liverpool forward produced a moment of brilliance to light up his first Merseyside derby appearance, spinning away from his marker in the area before curling a shot into the far top corner.

'I have to thank everyone who voted for me.

He said: "I'm very happy and proud".

Meanwhile, former Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois won the goalkeeper of the year prize, beating Leicester's Kasper Schmeichel and Hugo Lloris of Tottenham Hotspur and World Cup-winning France.

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