Published: Wed, September 05, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Ronaldo, Modric, Salah nominated but Messi snubbed — FIFA Awards

Ronaldo, Modric, Salah nominated but Messi snubbed — FIFA Awards

Julen Lopetegui warned not to doubt Real Madrid's players after Lionel Messi claimed Juventus are one of the clear favourites to win the Champions League following Cristiano Ronaldo's move to Turin.

Ronaldo ended a nine-year stay at Real Madrid on a high with a fourth Champions League in five years before joining Italian giants Juventus in July.

The Argentine also noted that the development will have a negative impact on the European champions.

Deschamps became just the third man to win the World Cup as a player and coach with victory over Dalic's Croatia in Russian Federation while Zidane led Real Madrid to a third consecutive Champions League win in May before stepping down. "I thought the squad was fantastic, the players are very good in all areas of the pitch and are capable to compete for titles".

"Obviously they (Madrid) are one of the best teams in the world, they have great players and squad, but yes the departure of Cristiano from the squad makes them less strong", Messi told Catalunya Radio.

Juventus head coach Massimo Allegri says he won't be afraid to bench club-record signing Cristiano Ronaldo over the course of the season. Ever since, he has been nominated as part of the shortlist, winning 5 times.

"Even he will need a break at some point". There's no question Modric deserved to make it, and Ronaldo as well. "Hosting Spurs right away could be a disadvantage for us, but doing well in our debut would be an excellent start for us in the competition". "At Real Madrid, he was excellently managed".

"Wherever the most money is, that's where they end up going."

Ronaldo now owns 51 per cent of the shares of the club.

"It surprised me [when he left]".

Messi singled out Arthur, the 22-year-old Brazilian playmaker, for special praise.

Dalic continued: "He is the kind of player that only thinks 'no matter if we lose, the only thing that matters is that I score a goal!'".

"He has the style we always look for here".

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