Ronaldo, Messi to miss FIFA The Best awards

Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric speaks after winning the trophy for the Best Fifa Men's Player of 2018 Award during The Best Fifa Football Awards ceremony in London

Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric speaks after winning the trophy for the Best Fifa Men's Player of 2018 Award during The Best Fifa Football Awards ceremony in London

Messi and Ronaldo have shared the prize five times each over the past decade.

Messi is not among the three finalists of this year's The Best FIFA Men's Player award, and he will not head to London for personal reasons.

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"Congrats Mohamed Salah on your seventh best goal from last season winning goal of the year #baller #topbin #oneofmanyworldies", Milner tweeted.

With no Cristiano in London, the bets are on Luka Modric having won the Champions League with Real Madrid and reached the World Cup final with Croatia, only to be beaten despite his spectacular performance.

The impending absence of Ronaldo from Monday's gala has further fueled speculation that the 2018 ward is for Modric.

Ronaldo, Messi to miss FIFA The Best awards
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France's World Cup-winning coach Didier Deschamps won the best coach of the year prize in recognition for his work in leading Les Bleus to success in Russian Federation.

Ronaldo, who left Madrid in the off-season to join Italian champion Juventus, was knocked out of the World Cup in the round of 16 with European champion Portugal.

Real Madrid shot-stopper Thibaut Courtois has just picked up the FIFA Goalkeeper of the Year award.

Modric becomes the first Croatian player to win the award after an outstanding year for club and country.

David De Gea, Dani Alves, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Marcelo, Luka Modric, N'Golo Kante, Eden Hazard, Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Cristiano Ronaldo were named to the FIFPro World XI.

Lyon boss Reynald Pedros did win the award for best women's coach, though, after winning the Champions League with the French giants.

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