Lionel Messi finally breaks silence on Cristiano Ronaldo's move to Juventus

FIFA Best Awards Messi snubbed Ronaldo Modric and Salah nominated

He was runner-up in the prize in 2007 and 2008 before winning the title for the first of five years in 2009.

Lionel Messi first got nominated for FIFA World Player of the Year 12 years ago, in 2007, as a 20-year old La Masia product slowly entering the Barcelona first-team.

Modric was last week unveiled as UEFA Player of the year, a ceremony which Ronaldo "boycotted" after getting hints that he had failed to land the award.

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi believes that the addition of Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid makes Juventus "a clear favourite" to win the Champions League.

Contrary to that, his on-field rival plus the counterpart, Ronaldo last missed out back in 2010 from the shortlisted finals for Federation Internationale de Football Association best player award.

Croatia midfield ace Modric has been touted to win the award after clinching the 2018 FIFA World Cup's best player award.

Ronaldo left Madrid after the Champions League final win over Liverpool to join Juventus.

He will face competition from former Real teammate Mordic, who played a key role in the Spanish giants' Champions League victory.

Andrea Barzagli has said he has been astounded by Cristiano Ronaldo's hunger and desire and he expects the Portuguese forward to break his Serie A drought soon.

She is up against two Lyon players, Ada Hegerberg of Norway and Germany's Dzsenifer Marozsan.

The three coaches in contention for the women's game award are: Asako Takakura, who led Japan to the Asian Games title last week, Reynald Pedros of France and Sarina Wiegman of the Netherlands.

Barca, meanwhile, have kept all of their best players this summer as well as adding four new signings in Arthur Melo, Clement Lenglet, Malcom and Arturo Vidal, who they hope will add depth in their tilt for Champions League success.

"They said I insisted, but it's a lie".

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