FIFA Best Awards: Ronaldo & Messi set to snub lavish London ceremony


For Argentina coach Lionel SCALONI, it won't be coming as good news since he was planning on speaking with MESSI.

A list of 15 nominees will be selected by France Football and a panel of global journalists will vote on a victor.

Still, it's evident that the two titans of world football not showing up is a huge blow to FIFA and the credibility of their awards.

Ronaldo and Messi, though, will not be alone on a panel of illustrious talents.

With no Cristiano in London, the bets are on Luka Modric having won the Champions League with Real Madrid and reached the World Cup final with Croatia, only to be beaten despite his spectacular performance.

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Via a VAR gag - the video-assistant referee system gets the "best newcomer" award - we are treated to a look back at the summer's World Cup in Russian Federation.

The former Tottenham midfielder's hopes of breaking the 10-year Messi/Ronaldo duopoly are based on two pillars - one, Messi has not made the short list for the first time since 2007; and two, Modric was the player of the tournament at this summer's World Cup and won UEFA's player of the year last month.

In other categories, the Best Coach award looks destined for Didier Deschamp after his World Cup victory with France, though there is also competition from Zinedine Zidane to retain his crown.

In the women's section of the awards, Norway's Ada Hegerberg, Germany's Dzsenifer Marozsan and Brazil's Marta battle it out for the Best Player title, while France's Reynald Pedros, Japan's Asako Takakura and the Netherlands' Sarina Wiegman face off for the Best Women's Coach award. It has been reported that after initially accepting the invitation, Barcelona have informed Federation Internationale de Football Association that their star man will not be attending the gala for unspecified "personal reasons".

Join Gary Neville and Kelly Cates for a star-studded night at the Royal Festival Hall - tap or click the video above from 7pm to watch the preview show, with the ceremony due to start from 7.30pm.