Two-time winner of the Best FIFA Men’s Player award, Cristiano Ronaldo, is on course to retain his prize.
The former Real Madrid number 7 player recently lost out to Luka Modric in the 2018 UEFA Player of the Year award. He was however elected as the UEFA Champions League Forward of the Year winner.
Ronaldo, who guided Portugal past the group stages at Russia 2018 with four goals in four matches, also netted 15 goals en route to UCL glory with Los Blancos before leaving the Santiago Bernabeu to join Juventus in arguably the most stunning transfer this summer. On Monday, it was announced that he will be competing against the likes of ex-Real Madrid teammate Luka Modric and Liverpool’s talismanic striker Mohamed Salah for the Best FIFA Men’s Player award. Ronaldo’s eternal rival, Lionel Messi, did not make the Top 3.
The FIFA Football Awards were founded in 2016 following FIFA’s separation from France Football for the Ballon d’Or. Among the list of awards is the Best FIFA Men’s Player prize which Cristiano clinched during the maiden edition. He then retained his crown and could make it a hat-trick. Voting is now closed for this category on FIFA.com and was proportionally divided between fans (25%), national team coaches (25%), national team players (25%), and a select panel of journalists (25%).
For the FIFA Puskas Award, Cristiano Ronaldo’s spectacular strike against Juventus in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals, of course, made the list. The Allianz Stadium beauty is in contention with massive 2018 FIFA World Cup goals such as that of Lionel Messi’s against Nigeria, Benjamin Pavard’s against Argentina and Ricardo Quaresma’s against Iran.
Time will tell whether CR7 will bag a double on the night of Monday, September 24, as FIFA crowns its winners at the Royal Festival Hall on the Southbank.