Lopetegui tells Messi: Don't doubt these Madrid players for a second

Marcus Newton
September 5, 2018

Fans will vote for their favourite goal via the FIFA website after the shortlist was announced as part of the Best FIFA Football Awards nominations. But who will it be?

In fact, it is the same three players, who were nominated for the UEFA Men's Player of the Year, who made it to FIFA's final three as well.

FC Barcelona striker Luis Suarez recently had some encouraging words for Real Madrid supporters regarding Cristiano Ronaldo's departure to Serie A giants Juventus.

Ronaldo played a crucial role in Real Madrid's Champions League last season and even emerged as the top scorer in the tournament.

And Messi believes that Ronaldo's move has helped install Juventus as firm favourites for the Champions League in 2018-19.

The goals in line for the Puskas Award for the best of the year have been revealed by Federation Internationale de Football Association.

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He said: 'After talking to the player, and after he moved to Juventus with all the processes of adaptation that entails, we understand it was best for him to not be present for these games'.

Furthermore, Messi created most goal-scoring chances, completed most key passes, most successful in take-ons, most goals free kick, most number of shots at goals and so on. 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.

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.

France may not have any runners for the best player award but two Frenchmen lead the finalists for the best coach as World Cup-winning manager Didier Deschamps and former Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane are joined by Croatia's Zlatko Dalic.

The FIFA world best finalist have been announced today with the victor to be announced later in September 24th in London.

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