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Who will make FIFA's 10 man shortlist for The Best 2018?

Who will make FIFA's 10 man shortlist for The Best 2018?

World Cup stars Kylian Mbappe and Luka Modric are among the contenders to end Cristiano Ronaldo's hold on FIFA's The Best Men's Player award after the shortlist was announced on Tuesday, but Neymar was not among the nominees.

Similarly vying for the honour are World Cup winners Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe and Raphael Varane as well as tournament Golden Ball recipient Luka Modric.

Ronaldo, who won the award in 2017, helped Real Madrid to their third Champions League title in a row, while Messi scored 34 league goals to guide Barca to the Liga title.

The Belgium duo Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard also give the Premier League more representation.

Carvajal celebrates with Ronaldo. Image PA
Carvajal celebrates with Ronaldo. Image PA

Varane is the only defender included, alongside his Real Madrid colleague Luka Modric - the World Cup's Golden Ball victor.

The accolade will be presented at the FIFA Football Awards ceremony in London on September 24.

He enjoyed club success with Real Madrid, helping the team to a third successive Champions League title in May.

Salah, meanwhile, netted on 44 occasions for Liverpool in his first season back in English football following a move from AS Roma and scooped a plethora of individual awards including PFA Player of the Year.

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Widely considered as the two best players on the planet, getting them in the same league in Italy would likely see Serie A reach new levels of worldwide popularity.

Here's the official list of FIFA Best Men's Player 2018 nominees.

But France's star in Russian Federation was Mbappe, who came to the fore in the knockout stages with his four goals which helped Les Bleus win the tournament for a second time.

The women's player award will have a new name on it as neither 2017 victor Lieke Martins or 2016 victor Carli Lloyd have made the cut.

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The French side's coach Reynald Pedros could stop last year's victor, Netherlands national team coach Sarina Wiegman, from retaining her title.

The male candidates include Lyon boss Reynald Pedros and Brazil's Vadao, whose team won the Copa America Femenina.

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