Real Madrid Boss Responds To Lionel Messi's Comments

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Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi, a five-time Ballon d'Or victor, missed out on a place in the top three.

Messi, 31, was the runner-up in 2007 and 2008 before winning for the first time in 2009.

The Argentine faced off against Ronaldo countless times in La Liga, both with their respective clubs and for personal accolades, though they will no longer go head to head in La Liga.

As well as his influential displays in Real's Champions League triumph, the Croatia midfielder won the Golden Ball for the best player at the tournament as Croatia reached their first World Cup final, finishing as runners-up to France.

Former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has praised Tottenham Hotspur and said that Mauricio Pochettino's side helped his Los Blancos team win last season's UEFA Champions League.

Ronaldo has been selected and the Portuguese superstar has his former Real Madrid teammate Luka Modric and Liverpool's pint sized scoring machine Mo Salah for company.

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He played three very good matches and it is not easy to play three very good matches when your team loses two of them... We dropped two points or we won one point at Wolves. "I knew that because finishing second last season was hard ".

Fans will vote for their favourite goal via the FIFA website after the shortlist was announced as part of the Best FIFA Football Awards nominations.

Zidane's last game in charge of Real was beating Liverpool in the Champions League at the end of last season.

Barcelona have not won the Champions League since 2015 after crashing out in the quarter-finals in each of the past three seasons.

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.

France's World Cup-winning captain Hugo Lloris is in contention for the goalkeeper of the year award, alongside Golden Glove victor Thibaut Courtois of Belgium and Denmark's Kasper Schmeichel.

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