Barcelona: FIFA loses touch as Messi overlooked for ‘The Best’ awards

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Modric made the shortlist after helping Real Madrid to a third straight Champions League title in May and then leading Croatia to the World Cup final in Russian Federation this summer, including a 3-0 group stage win over Messi's Argentina.

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has claimed that Juventus must be regarded as "a clear favourite" for Champions League glory this season following the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Deschamps became just the third man to win the World Cup as a player and coach with victory over Dalic's Croatia in July's final in Russian Federation.

Modric beat Ronaldo and Salah to win the Uefa Men's Player of the Year last week.

'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin funeral at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit
Although she suffered personal hardships, sorrows and tragedies, Aretha remained one of America's iconic gifts to the world. Franklin, long ago dubbed the Queen of Soul, died August 16 at age 76 after a long bout with pancreatic cancer.

The shortlists were announced by football's world governing body on Monday and the award ceremony is scheduled to take place on September 24 at Royal Festival Hall in London.

Tottenham held Madrid to a 1-1 draw in Spain, then swept them away in a 3-1 victory at Wembley during the Champions League group stages last season.

Marta has been won Women's Player of the Year five times previously in her career, tied for most all-time, male or female, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

"They're also a team that never give up".

Tottenham's Son Heung-min avoids military duty with Asian Games gold
After the the gold medal match, Son was still searching for words to describe his emotions. "Without them we couldn't win this tournament".

Croatia midfield ace Modric has been touted to win the award after clinching the 2018 FIFA World Cup's best player award. The Orlando Pride player is up against Lyon teammates Ada Hegerberg of Norway and Dzsenifer Marozsan of Germany.

Reynold Pedros of Lyon, Japan boss Asako Takakura and Netherlands coach Sarina Wiegman are in the running for best women's coach.

"I didn't know much about Arthur before [he joined], but he's really similar to Xavi", he said. He picked up the Premier League Player of the Season prize and is a major contender.

Expect a wet Labor Day weekend. The tropical wave won't help
It will continue to strengthen over the next few days as it continues on its path this way, but should not gain hurricane status. No one is predicting a repeat of 2005. "We don't expect another 2017, but that's not to say we won't get something".

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