Messi and Ronaldo to decide world's best young player

Modric hoping to complete FIFA and UEFA double at Best Awards

Messi and Ronaldo to decide world's best young player

Debate is guaranteed, particularly after Ronaldo's unannounced absence in Monaco for UEFA's award ceremony - when he discovered that he was not the player of the year.

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are among the judges for a new award created to recognise the world's best young player.

The Real midfielder was terrific in yet another Champions League win for the club in 2017/18. Portugal suffered a disappointing last-16 exit from the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation, after which he moved to Juventus in a 112 million euros (£99.2m) transfer.

"Messi and Ronaldo are fantastic players, but this year is the year of Luka".

Salah scored 44 goals for the Reds last season, including a record-breaking 32 in the Premier League, and it was one of these league goals that won Salah the award for the best strike of the season.

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Despite scoring in each of his two appearances in Russia, The Pharaohs bowed out at the group stage with three defeats.

Even if they lose out on the best player award, Messi and Ronaldo could walk away with a prize as they are both nominated for the Puskas award for best goal.

Other accolades to be awarded are the Best Men's Coach, which sees World Cup-winning French coach Didier Deschamps go up against his compatriot Zinedine Zidane, who guided Real Madrid to a third consecutive Champions League title last season before sensationally stepping down.

Lyon's Reynald Pedros won women's coach of the year, Peru fans won the FIFA fan award, the FIFA Fair Play honor was given to former VVV-Venlo striker Lennart Thy, and Brazil's Marta was named the female player of the year.

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

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