Real Madrid Boss Responds To Lionel Messi's Comments

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But who will it be?

For his performances, Modric was awarded the UEFA Player of The Year.

Ronaldo ended a nine-year stay at Real Madrid on a high with a fourth Champions League in five years before joining Italian giants Juventus in July.

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.

"Real Madrid are one of the best teams in the world with a great squad (but) it's evident that the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo makes them less good and makes Juventus (one of the) clear favourites to win the Champions League", he said.

Even so, Barcelona won the domestic double last season, despite losing out to Roma in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

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There is some consolation for Messi as his Russian Federation 2018 goal versus Nigeria makes the list of 10 nominees for the Puskas Award for best goal.

Ronaldo is yet to get off the mark in three competitive outings for Juventus, while Messi has four goals already this term.

Zidane himself is up for an award and has been nominated alongside France boss Didier Deschamps and Croatia manager Zlatko Dalic in the Best Men's Coach final three. The Reds lost their star man Mohamed Salah in the first half and had to replace him with Adam Lallana.

He was also instrumental in Croatia's campaign, taking them to the finale of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.

The three coaches in contention for the women's game award are: Asako Takakura, who led Japan to the Asian Games title last week, Reynald Pedros of France and Sarina Wiegman of the Netherlands.

France's World Cup winning captain Hugo Lloris is in contention for the goalkeeper of the year award, alongside Golden Glove victor Thibaut Courtois and Danish shot-stopper Kasper Schmeichel.

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