Modric threatens to end Ronaldo-Messi era as world’s best

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah

Via a VAR gag - the video-assistant referee system gets the "best newcomer" award - we are treated to a look back at the summer's World Cup in Russian Federation.

Good evening! Welcome to our live coverage of 2018's The Best Fifa Football Awards, which gets underway at London's Royal Festival Hall at about 20:30 CEST.

It will be a panel of journalists specialising in women's football around the world who will vote on the victor, using the same system that is in place for the men's game.

Gareth Bale, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Mohamed Salah, Benjamin Pavard, Ricardo Quaresma, Denis Cheryshev, Lazaros Christodoupoulos, Giorgian de Arrascaeta and Riley McGee are the other nominees, for the Puskas Award for goal of the year, with Messi the favourite for his World Cup strike against Nigeria.

Asked who he wants to win, Hazard revealed: 'I voted for Luka Modric, but Mo Salah is my friend so I would like him to win'.

The three-man shortlist for the Best FIFA Men's Player Award was announced earlier this month, with last year's victor Cristiano Ronaldo aiming to collect the prize for a record sixth-time after Lionel Messi was omitted for the first time since 2006.

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Both Messi and Ronaldo have won FIFA's award in different guises five times each, and the Portuguese can move out on his own after winning a third straight Champions League title with Real Madrid before heading for pastures new with Juventus in July.

The star-studded event will also see the best Women's Player, Men's Coach, Women's Coach and Men's Goalkeeper crowned, as well as picking Goal of the Year.

However, things have changed and AS say that the Argentine ace is giving it a miss due to "personal reasons". With Modric heavily tipped to scoop the Best Men's Player gong, Ronaldo's no-show is perhaps the best indication yet that the Croatia midfielder, who was also presented with the 2017/18 Uefa Men's Player of the Year award ahead of an absent Ronnie in Monaco at the end of August, is in line for the prize.

For the first time in 12 years Messi is not even nominated among the three finalists for the award after early exits for Argentina at the World Cup and Barcelona in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

The awards will be compered by British actor Idris Elba and feature a performance by Noel Gallagher.

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