#TheBEST 2018 AWARDS: Messi Misses out, as FIFA reveals final shortlists for all categories SEE FULL LIST OF NOMINEES AND CATEGORIES HERE

By John Izabi,

The Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) few moments ago revealed the final shortlists for this year’s #TheBest FIFA AWARDS for 2018.

Expectedly shocking was the omission of Argentina and Barcelona talisman, and five – time FIFA Ballon D’or winner, Lionel Messi from the final shortlist of three players in the BEST MEN’S PLAYER AWARD category which saw Croatia’s world cup finalists’ captain and Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric, Egyptian and Liverpool striker Mohammed Salah and Portugal and newly signed Juventus forward who’s tipped by most sports pundits to win the award, Cristiano Ronaldo making the final three on the list.

Lionel Messi misses out

Meanwhile, a quick glance into some of the other eye – popping categories reveals the following:

#TheBest FIFA #Puskas Award Finalist:

Bale
Cheryshev
Christodoulopoulos
Ronaldo
De Arrascaeta
McGree
Messi
Pavard
Quaresma
Mo Salah

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#TheBest Men’s Coach Award Finalist:

Dalic Zlatko
Didier Deschamps
Zinedine Zidane

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#TheBest Women’s Coach Award Finalist:

Reynald Pedros
Asako Takakura
Sarina Wiegman

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#TheBest FIFA Fan Award finalist

Sebastián Carrera of Chile
Japan and Senegal supporters
Peru supporters

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#TheBest Women’s Player Award finalist:

Ada S Hegerberg
Dzsenifer Maroszan
Marta

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#TheBest FIFA Goalkeeper Award Finalist

Thibaut Courtois
Hugo Lloris
Kasper Schmeichel

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#TheBest FIFA Men’s Player Award.

The three finalists are:
Cristiano Ronaldo
Luka Modric
Mohammed Salah

Announcement of winners and presentation of awards is slated for an elaborate ceremony to be held later this year (2018) where the creme de la creme from all soccer playing nations are expected to be in attendance to witness another glamourous football awards spectacle.

Recall that Portugal and Juventus’ forward, Cristiano Ronaldo is the reigning FIFA BEST PLAYER OF THE YEAR in award he won last year ahead of arch – rival Lionel Messi of Barcelona and Neymar Jnr of PSG.

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