Lopetegui tells Messi: Don't doubt these Madrid players for a second

06 September, 2018, 01:47 | Author: Isabel Grant
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Ronaldo stunned the footballing world this summer when he left Real Madrid and La Liga behind after nine very successful years and put pen to paper with Juventus in a deal worth £105million.

Messi has been linked with a move away from Barcelona over the years due to his status as, arguably the best player in world football.

Ronaldo won a third successive Champions League title with Real Madrid in 2017-18, finishing as top scorer in the competition and had Modric as a team-mate.

For his performances, Modric was awarded the UEFA Player of The Year.

Egypt forward Mohamed Salah scored 44 goals as Liverpool reached the Champions League final, losing to Real.

Lionel Messi also makes the cut for his strike for Argentina against Nigeria, while Portugal winger Ricardo Quaresma rounds out the Russian Federation 2018 nominees with his goal against Iran.

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And that they did, as they romped to a 3-1 victory, with the help of two howlers from Loris Karius and an unfathomably good bicycle kick from Gareth Bale.

He was eliminated with Argentina in the last 16 of the World Cup by eventual champions France and is not being considered as the best player on the planet for the first time in 11 years.

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.

Barcelona have not won the Champions League since 2015 after crashing out in the quarter-finals in each of the past three seasons. Pep Guardiola of Manchester City was not shortlisted.

The best goalkeeper prize is to be contested by Tottenham and France's Hugo Lloris, Denmark's Kasper Schmeichel, son of Peter, and Belgium's Thibaut Courtois, whose World Cup heroics earned him a move to Real Madrid.

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