Neymar omitted from FIFA Best shortlist

Inter Milan 'line up Lionel Messi move next summer'

Ronaldo's nine-year rivalry with Messi in LaLiga ended this summer, with the Portugal captain leaving Real Madrid for Juventus in a £88m transfer.

The FIFA World Player of the Year award combined with the Ballon d'Or in 2010 to create the Fifa Ballon d'Or in a six-year partnership.

While the nominees include usual suspects like Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, new names like Kylian Mbappe and Mo Salah will also be contenders this year.

Messi struggled to perform in a poor Argentinian team at the 2018 World Cup and this could be the factor preventing him from being named FIFA's best player, with many of those shortlisted around him excelling internationally.

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Antoine Griezmann also makes the cut, alongside fellow Frenchman Raphael Varane.

France forward Kylian Mbappe has said that he had to hide his back injury from Belgium in the World semifinal - and again against Croatia in the final.

For the men's coach, Zinedine Zidane could retain his crown after ensuring Real Madrid held on to the Champions League for the third season in a row.

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The other five candidates for the award were Massimiliano Allegri (Juventus), Pep Guardiola (Manchester City), Juergen Klopp (Liverpool), Diego Simeone (Atletico Madrid) and Ernesto Valverde (Barcelona).

FIFA's expert panel did not shortlist the past two award winners - Carli Lloyd of the USA and Lieke Martens of the Netherlands.

At the age of 33, Ronaldo is hoping to bring Champions League success to the Italian giants.

Argentine forward Messi topped the scoring charts with 34 goals in Barcelona's third La Liga title win in the last four seasons.

The French side's coach Reynald Pedros could stop last year's victor, Netherlands national team coach Sarina Wiegman, from retaining her title.

Winners of the four categories will be chosen by a process involving stakeholders from across the world of football, including players, coaches, fans and media, with public voting to close on August 10.

The accolade will be presented at the FIFA Football Awards ceremony in London on September 24.

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