Barcelona: FIFA loses touch as Messi overlooked for ‘The Best’ awards


World Best: Messi misses FIFA podium for first time since 2006

Meanwhile, Real Madrid will face either Mexican side Guadalajara or the eventual Asian champions in the semi-finals of this year's Club World Cup following the draw made at Federation Internationale de Football Association headquarters.

Out of the entire planet, Luka Modric, Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah are deemed to be the absolute elite, meaning that Lionel Messi - one of the greatest players of all time - has not made the shortlist.

Messi has dominated the award along with Ronaldo over the past decade, but the Barcelona star has been omitted from the top three for the first time since 2006.

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

Ronaldo swapped Spain for Italy in a deal worth 100 million euros ($117 million) in July, after securing a third consecutive European crown, and his fourth in five years with Real.

Interestingly Modric will again face competition from the duo of Ronaldo and Salah just like he did in the UEFA award.

Even winning both La Liga and the Copa del Rey last term for a domestic double was not enough to extinguish the disappointment.

World Cup winning tactician Didier Deschamps has been nominated alongside Croatia's Zlatko Dalic and former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane for the coach of the year award.

"It's time to win the Champions League", Messi said.

Three more World Cup goals feature: Denis Cheryshev for Russian Federation v Croatia, Benjamin Pavard, for France v Argentina and Ricardo Quaresma for Portugal v Iran.

Along with the UEFA Champions League group stage draws last week, the association also announced Real Madrid midfielder Modric as the best player in the men's division. The 32-year-old Brazilian helped the Pride finish with a league-leading 45 goals, a nine-game unbeaten streak to cap off the 2017 season and the Club's first postseason appearance.

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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