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Liverpool's Salah to battle for Best FIFA Men's Player award

By Joshua Bunting

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah is set to battle Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo to be named Best FIFA Men's Player for 2018.

The three were nominated for the European player of the year award that saw Modric pick up the award at last Thursday's Uefa Champions League draw.

Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi has missed out on a top three place.

There was no place for any member of France's World Cup winning squad.

This year's Best FIFA Women's Player nominees are Lyon duo Ada Hegerberg and Dzsenifer Maroszan as well as Brazil's Marta.

Two Premier League players are nominated for the Best FIFA Goalkeeper award including Tottenham's Hugo Lloris and Leicester's Kasper Schmeichel. Former Chelsea 'keeper Thibaut Courtois is also nominated.

Didier Deschamps, who led France to World Cup glory in Russia, is on the Best FIFA Men's Coach shortlist with Croatia manager Zlatko Dalic and former Champions league winning manager Zinedine Zidane.

The awards are separate to the Ballon d'Or, after world football's governing body ended its association with that honour in 2016.

A panel of Fifa legends and experts drew up 10-man shortlists for each award and a jury consisting of national team captains, coaches, selected journalists and fans choose the winner, each group accounting for 25% of the vote.

Ronaldo's overhead kick against Juventus and Gareth Bale's overhead kick against Liverpool in the Champions League final are among the 10 nominees for the Puskas award for best goal, which is voted for by the fans.

The winners will be announced on 24 September at Royal Festival Hall in London.

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