World Cup stars dominate Federation Internationale de Football Association best player award shortlist

Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe lead the nominees for the Best FIFA Men's Player award, but Neymar and Paul Pogba have not made the shortlist.

Voting for the award closes at midnight on 10 August, while the awards ceremony takes place in London on 24 September.

Mbappe told France Football when asked to pick out the likely winners: "For the favorites, I will say Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric, Raphael Varane. and me".

Pep Guardiola is nominated for leading Manchester City to a runaway English Premier League title win.

Other inclusions are Lionel Messi, Raphael Varane and Antoine Griezmann - while Neymar is the big name exclusion from the list following his injury-hit campaign for PSG, along with his diving antics at the World Cup. The Egyptian scored 46 times for club and country during 2017-18, helping Liverpool to the Champions League final in his first season at Anfield.

Supporters can vote for their choice of who deserves to be crowned The Best FIFA Women's Coach online.

Ronaldo ended his nine-year La Liga duel with Messi this summer as he swapped Madrid for Turin in a £88million move.

He became the first player to score 32 in a 38-game season, while also contributing a further 10 in Europe - while he won all the individual awards in England.

Salah, the current African footballer of the year, would be the first player from the continent to win the Federation Internationale de Football Association prize since Liberian striker George Weah, now the West African country's president, in 1995.

The nominees for The Best FIFA Women's Player 2018: Lucy Bronze, Pernille Harder, Ada Hegerberg, Amandine Henry, Sam Kerr, Saki Kumagai, Dzsenifer Marozsan, Marta, Megan Rapinoe, Wendie Renard.

  • Stacy Allen