Ronaldo and Messi to sit on panel of new Ballon d’Or award

Two new additions to France Football's Ballon d'Or for 2018

Two new additions to France Football's Ballon d'Or for 2018

That accolade went to Croatia playmaker Modric, and the Real Madrid man could get one over on his former teammate again on Monday night - meaning at least Ronaldo will avoid facing defeat in person.

Messi and Ronaldo have been the only winners of world football's main individual award from Fifa in various guises since 2008, both winning five titles each.

Messi's solitary World Cup goal against Nigeria and Ronaldo's spectacular overhead kick against his future employers in the Champions League quarter-finals are two of 10 goals on the shortlist, also including Gareth Bale's acrobatic strike for Real in the Champions League final.

He was snubbed for the Best Men's Player accolade, but is in the running for the Puskas Award for goal of the year for his strike against Nigeria in the World Cup in Russian Federation - an award Ronaldo is also up for through his stunning overhead-kick for Real against Juventus in the Champions League.

The Croatian was already crowned UEFA Player of the Year last month and ha now also lifted the prestigious Federation Internationale de Football Association award. The reigning champions on Wednesday will face Bologna in their Italian Serie A match.

It's surprising that while two Chelsea players were included, record-breaking Premier League champions Manchester City's players were omitted.

France Football magazine chief editor Pascal Ferre poses with the Golden Ball during a interview with The Associated Press
France Football magazine chief editor Pascal Ferre poses with the Golden Ball during a interview with The Associated Press

I would like to give congratulations to Mohamed [Salah] and Cristiano [Ronaldo] for the great season that they had.

The players had their say, and so did the fans, who voted for the Puskás and FIFA Fan Awards, with Mo Salah the ultimate victor of the Puskás Award thanks to his outstanding goal against Everton.

The first 40 years (until 1995) saw the best player European awarded.

France's Didier Deschamps won the award for the best men's coach in 2018. It is a lack of respect, for the players, for FIFA and for the world of football, ' Capello told TVE.

All three enjoyed great World Cup campaigns, with Courtois helping Belgium to a third-place finish. Lennart missed a game for VVV-Venlo against PSV Eindhoven to donate stem cells to try and help a Leukaemia patient.

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