Salah v Modric and Ronaldo for FIFA Best Men's Player 2018

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Portugal winger Ronaldo, the 2016 and 2017 victor, won a fifth Champions League title with Real Madrid in May before joining Juventus for 99.2m pounds.

The Barcelona star missed out for the first time since 2006 after Real Madrid duo Cristiano Ronaldo and Luka Modric, plus Liverpool's Mohamed Salah got the nod ahead of him.

Luka Modric, the Real Madrid mid-field maestro, was at his absolute best, last season, as he guided Real to another Champions League victory.

"I simply took a decision and I would take the same one again, I did it in the most honest way possible and I don't regret anything", Lopetegui told Spanish radio station Onda Cero on Tuesday.

"I really hope Modric will win because I think what he did in the World Cup was really special", said legendary former Manchester United and Denmark goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel in his role as a Federation Internationale de Football Association ambassador on Monday.

Wales forward Gareth Bale's acrobatic effort for Real in the Champions League final is another on the list.

More news: I'm extremely happy at Real Madrid - Modric

For the past nine years, these two superstars have dominated the game of football with Ronaldo and Messi winning five Ballon d'Or each. It surprised me, but he has gone to a very good team'. "We have a spectacular squad and we can do it".

Ronaldo now owns 51 per cent of the shares of the club.

Most members of the Real Madrid squad have jetted off around the world with their national teams, but Marcelo is staying at Valdebebas this week after being given a rare global break off.

"Wherever the most money is, that's where they end up going. It's a great feedback from the last season; it's great to see that feedback on everything I put in", Marta said.

"Before, everyone wanted to play for Barca or Madrid, who were the best, but now everything's tighter and there's not much of a difference between the teams in Manchester, PSG, Madrid, us, Bayern (Munich) and the Italian (teams)".

"He has the style we always look for here".

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