There has been some unsavoury tit-for-tat fallout over UEFA's decision to name Luka Modric, who captained Croatia to the runners-up slot at the World Cup, as its Player of the Year. This is causing uproar among football lovers as some feel the credibility of the award is under doubt.
Lionel Messi was controversially left out of the nominees for FIFA's Men's World Player of the Year prize when they were announced on Monday.
Luka Modric, the Real Madrid mid-field maestro, was at his absolute best, last season, as he guided Real to another Champions League victory.
For his performances, Modric was awarded the UEFA Player of The Year.
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Salah had 44 goals last season and set a Premier League record with 32 goals, but Liverpool didn't win a trophy, finishing second to Real Madrid in the Champions League final.
Ronaldo, 33, won it for the first time while playing for Manchester United the year before. Modric also led Croatia to the final of the 2018 World Cup, where Croatia lost to France 4-2.
The Croatian starred for his side on their unlikely run to the World Cup final this summer and was at the heart of Zinedine Zidane's Real side.
Federation Internationale de Football Association also named Zinedine Zidane, Didier Deschamps and Zlatko Dalic in the final shortlist for coaches.
Reynold Pedros of Lyon, Japan boss Asako Takakura and Netherlands coach Sarina Wiegman are in the running for best women's coach.
Polling is open until the awards ceremony on September 24 in London.