Cristiano Ronaldo could claim record sixth player of the year award

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Salah's deserved inclusion is nearly shadowed by the glaring miss of Argentina and Barcelona star Lionel Messi, the first time since 2006 that he has not made it into the top three.

The Best FIFA Football Awards will be held on Monday, Sept. 24 in London.

Notably, former AC Milan and Brazil great Kaka was the last player other than Ronaldo and Messi to win the prestigious award in 2007.

However, he is not in the running with Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Mohamed Salah in contention instead.

Ronaldo, who won the award previous year, is used to facing stiff competition from the diminutive striker but still has a battle on his hands to retain "The Best" trophy.

"They already had a good team and now they also have Cristiano Ronaldo".

Salah had 44 goals last season and set a Premier League record with 32 goals, but Liverpool didn't win a trophy, finishing second to Real Madrid in the Champions League final.

Modric, the Croatian captain who led the national team to their first World Cup finals, headed up Real Madrid - alongside Ronaldo - when they secured the team's third consecutive Champions League title.

Salah also represented his country at the World Cup, scoring twice as the Pharaohs were eliminated after the group stage in Russian Federation.

Federation Internationale de Football Association also named Zinedine Zidane, Didier Deschamps and Zlatko Dalic in the final shortlist for coaches.

The best goalkeeper prize is to be contested by Tottenham and France's Hugo Lloris, Denmark's Kasper Schmeichel, son of Peter, and Belgium's Thibaut Courtois, whose World Cup heroics earned him a move to Real Madrid.

"[But] it's evident that the absence of Ronaldo makes them less good and makes Juventus [one of the] clear favourites to win the Champions League".

The awards ceremony will take place in London on September 24.

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