The Bale, Messi, Ronaldo and Salah strikes among Puskas Award nominees

The Bale, Messi, Ronaldo and Salah strikes among Puskas Award nominees

The Bale, Messi, Ronaldo and Salah strikes among Puskas Award nominees

Contrary to that, his on-field rival plus the counterpart, Ronaldo last missed out back in 2010 from the shortlisted finals for Federation Internationale de Football Association best player award. But who will it be?

Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Mohamed Salah have been finalized as the final three nominees for this year's Best FIFA Men's Player award.

Ronaldo left Madrid after the Champions League final win over Liverpool to join Juventus.

Cristiano Ronaldo was nursing a black eye on Wednesday as he trained at Juventus HQ in Turin.

"Obviously they (Madrid) are one of the best teams in the world, they have great players and squad but yes the departure of Cristiano from the squad makes them less strong", Messi is quoted as saying by Marca.

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

"He's really motivated, even more so after the World Cup and the Champions League", the Uruguay forward added.

What has been hurting Barcelona and Lionel Messi fans the most is that the Argentine talisman was the top scorer and joint-top assist maker of last season in the Spanish league.

Liverpool forward Salah had a record-breaking season, scoring 32 goals in a 38-game Premier League season, as well as 44 goals in all competitions for The Reds.

Didier Deschamps, who led France to the World Cup title, was nominated alongside the coach he outwitted in the final: Zlatko Dalic of Croatia.

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. Norway's Ada Hegerberg (Olympique Lyonnais) and Germany's Dzsenifer Maroszan (Olympique Lyonnais) were announced as the other two finalists for the pinnacle award.

The award ceremony takes place on Sept 24 at Royal Festival Hall in London.

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