Madrid, The finalists are already known for
FIFA’s ‘The Best’ awards in 2018, and Lionel Messi is nowhere to be
Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Mohamed Salah, the same
trio as in UEFA’s Player of the Year award, which was won by Modric,
are the candidates for the best player of the 2017/18 season.
The three players have achieved collective titles over the past
season and have also been major players for their national teams.
A continuation of the extinct ‘FIFA Ballon d’Or,” The Best’ is
awarded with votes from players, coaches, journalists and supporters
through FIFA’s website.
Already focused on his new team, Cristiano Ronaldo had an
outstanding season at Real Madrid, scoring 44 goals and providing
eight assists in 44 matches.
A fourth Champions League was achieved, thanks to his
performances against Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Juventus.
He also scored four goals with Portugal at the World Cup,
including a memorable hat-trick against Spain.
After his arrival at Liverpool, the Egyptian star Mohamed Salah
caught fire, scoring 44 goals and providing 16 assists. He also led his
national team to their first World Cup finals in 28 years.
A key player for the Liverpool in their run all the way to the
Champions League final where he was injured after a clash with Real
Madrid captain, Sergio Ramos. He managed to return in time to play
the last two games of the group stage at the World Cup.
Modric, a recent winner of the ‘UEFA Player of the Year’ award,
has had a dream year with both Real Madrid and Croatia.
The midfielder was the axis of Real Madrid team on the road to
conquering their 13th Champions League, and with Croatia, he guided
his country to the greatest success in their history by reaching the
World Cup final. He was named the World Cup MVP.
Under the name of ‘The Best’ created in 2016, Ronaldo won
Previously, known as the ‘FIFA Ballon d’Or’ award since 2010, it
was exclusively won by Messi and Ronaldo.
The Argentine triumphed in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, and the
Portuguese in 2013 and 2014.
Prior to that, the best player of the season award was called
‘FIFA World Player’ and was held from 1988 to 2009, Marco van Basten
being the first winner and Messi the last.
Winners of ‘The Best’:
5 -: Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
3 -: Ronaldo Nazario, Marco van Basten and Zinedine Zidane.
2 -: Ronaldinho and Lothar Matthaus.
1 -: Roberto Baggio, Romario, George Weah, Rivaldo, Luis Figo, Fabio
Cannavaro and Kaka, the Spanish MARCA newspaper reported.
Source: Oman News Agency