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MESSI WAS EXCLUDED IN FIFA THE BEST MEN'S PLAYER
Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Mohamed Salah have made the final three for FIFA's The Best Men's Player of the Year award.

Ronaldo and Modric both helped Real Madrid to Champions League glory prior to the former's move to Juventus, with Salah scoring an incredible 44 goals in all competitions for Liverpool.

That means that there's no place in the final three for Barcelona sensation Lionel Messi, despite his exploits in helping the Catalan giants win the Liga title last season.

Croatia midfielder Modric earns his place in the final three nominations for his performances as the Balkan nation reached the final of the World Cup for the first time in their history.

Mohamed Salah thrived for Liverpool as they reached the final of the Champions League, although a shoulder injury from a foul by Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos prevented him from having the ideal World Cup campaign with Egypt .

FIFA'S BEST COACH AWARD NOMINEES
Zinedine Zidane, Didier Deschamps and Zlatko Dalic have been named the three finalists for FIFA's The Best Coach of the Year award.

Former Real Madrid boss Zidane is the current holder of the prize and is nominated once again after he became the first coach to win three straight Champions League titles.

Deschamps guided France to their first World Cup success since 1998, when he was captain, as they beat Croatia 4-2 in the final.

With a side comprising the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann and N'Golo Kante, Les Bleus beat Argentina, Uruguay and Belgium in the knockout rounds to reach the final, where Deschamps got the better of another Best Coach nominee.

Although France ultimately triumphed, Dalic's Croatia put together a fantastic campaign to reach their best ever finish at the tournament, despite the coach only taking over in October 2017 to oversee their last qualifying game and then take them through the playoffs.

FIFA PUSKAS AWARD NOMINEES
Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Mohamed Salah have all been nominated for the Puskas award.

The prize is given to the best goal scored in a season, and a total of 10 players are set to battle for the gong, with the likes of Benjamin Pavard and Ricardo Quaresma also nominated. The winner will be decided by a fan poll, and will be announced at a ceremony in London on September 24.



The finalists are:
 Bale   
️Cheryshev  
️Christodoulopoulos   
️Ronaldo   
️De Arrascaeta   
️McGree  
Messi   
Pavard   
Quaresma   
Salah

lLLORIS, SCHMEICHEL AND COURTOIS ARE NOMINATED AS BEST FIFA GOALKEEPER
Hugo Lloris, Kasper Schmeichel and Thibaut Courtois have all been nominated for the FIFA Best Goalkeeper award.

The Premier League trio, of Tottenham, Leicester City and Chelsea respectively, all impressed at club level last season, though they truly thrived internationally, all performing heroics at the World Cup.

Lloris captained France to victory, despite an error in the final that allowed Mario Mandzukic to score. Indeed, he conceded twice in that game, with France ultimately triumphing 4-2.

Schmeichel, meanwhile, played a key role as Denmark reached the Round of 16 in Russia, where they lost to finalists Croatia on penalties.

Belgium's Courtois helped his side to third-place in the tournament, twice keeping clean sheets against England, and also inspiring the Red Devils to a 2-1 win over Brazil in the quarter-finals.

WHY MOURINHO DOESN'T FEAR MANCHESTER UNITED SACK?
Jose Mourinho has claimed that he doesn't fear being sacked by Manchester United as it would cost the club an inordinate amount of money to release him from his contract.

The Red Devils have endured a rough start to their 2018-19 Premier League campaign, losing to both Brighton and Tottenham and currently sit 10th in the table.

Sunday's convincing 2-0 win over Burnley has gone some way to quietening the Portuguese's detractors, however, but there are still rumours abound that he could face the sack if he cannot secure positive results with more regularity.

Mourinho, though, has no such fears, laughing as he told La Repubblica: “If they sent me away, do you have any idea how much money they would have to give me?!” “They say I'm in danger, but I don't think so.”

The 55-year-old has seemingly been at odds with the executive vice chairman, Ed Woodward, over a lack of summer transfer activity, having only brought in Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk, youngster Diogo Dalot from Porto and Lee Grant as third-choice goalkeeper.

BERBATOV MANCHESTER CITY WANTED ME, I SAID FUCK OFF
Dimitar Berbatov has revealed he told his agent to "fuck off" when he was told of Manchester City's interest in signing him in 2008.

The Bulgarian moved from Tottenham to Manchester United on one of the most intense deadline days in recent memory, sealing a £30 million ($38m) move with minutes to spare.

City, of course, were the subject of a takeover on the same day, and amazingly swooped to sign Robinho from under the noses of Chelsea.

Speaking to FourFourTwo regarding City's interest, he said: “I don’t think it was that close, to be honest. My agent told me about some interest but I said, ‘Don’t even bother mentioning anyone else, I’m going to Man United,’ because of the history, the players, the tradition, everything.

“I think it was the night before City signed Robinho from Real Madrid and my agent said, ‘Berba, there’s another team in for you’. I said, ‘Fuck off, we’re going to Man United’. He said, ‘But they’ll give you more money!’"

RONALDO BUYS 51% SHARE IN REAL VALLADOLID
Brazil legend Ronaldo has puchased a 51 per cent share in la liga side real valladolid. Despite now owning a majority of the club, Ronaldo has agreed that president Carlos Suarez will remain in his position, while the World Cup winner will take on the role of president of the board of directors.

The club's new majority owner was unveiled on Monday at a press conference where he outlined his plans for the future of the club.

"We want to grow and reach where our will allows us," Ronaldo said. "I will use four words to define our politics: Competitiveness, Transparency, Revolution and Social. I assure you that you will find me as a lover of Castilla-Leon, Valladolid and Real Valladolid."

Suarez is delighted to welcome Ronaldo on board, confirming that negotiations took just over a month to finalise. The club president believes the addition of the former Real Madrid striker will help put Valladolid "on the map" while also indicating that it was not merely a financial decision to sell to the Brazilian.

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