This is certainly not a good year for Barcelona and Argentina striker Lionel Messi, and he will hope to make a comeback in 2019.

But the raves of the moment are Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah, and still-fit Juventus striker, Cristiano Ronaldo.

They both, alongside Luka Modric made the final shortlist for the 2018 Best FIFA Men's Player award.

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Tottenham's Hugo Lloris, Leicester's Kasper Schmeichel and former Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois, who signed for Real Madrid in the summer, are shortlisted for the Best Goalkeeper award.

For the Best FIFA Men's Coach award, Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane, Didier Deschamps, who led France to World Cup glory in Russia and Croatia manager Zlatko Dalic were nominated.

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

The Best FIFA Women's Coach shortlist consists of Lyon's Reynald Pedros, Japan's Asako Takakura and Sarina Wiegman of the Netherlands.

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