Messi says that run must end - especially in the wake of last season's shock defeat to Roma. However, a good amount of Cristiano Ronaldo fans were left frustrated as they believed that the 5-time Ballon d'Or victor deserved it more.
Benjamin Pavard's goal against Argentina, which was named goal of the World Cup, is on the list, as is Russia's Dennis Cheryshev scoring against Croatia. "Ronaldo is bringing a great enthusiasm to Italian football".
"I would give it to our player, (Luka) Modric, I have made it very clear", he added.
"At Manchester United [Pogba] is one of the key players and wants to compete more".
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!'".
Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric has his name thrown into the hat for yet another award.
"[Messi], as a player, deserves many more Champions League titles than he has".
The 31-year-old Argentine was runner-up for the prestigious prize in 2007 and 2008 before winning it for the first of five times in 2009.
Messi also out-crafted the Croatian 121 to 60 in terms of chances created, while Ronaldo set up 54 chances.
Bow Down: The King of Egypt, Mo Salah, coming off a remarkable season. The likeliest one in the bunch of finalists is Salah, given that Liverpool ultimately didn't win any silverware last season, and that's generally a difference-maker in voting criteria.
"The way he played in that game". A win from Modric would throw a real spanner in the works as Ronaldo and Messi have combined to win the last 10 years. He was a part of the best strikeforce in the world, with his teammates Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. Salah was injured in the final but was recognised for his Premier League record 32 goals for Liverpool.
It all looks set for an El Clasico battle for La Liga supremacy, with Atletico Madrid really struggling in the early stages - they lost 2-0 to Celta Vigo on the weekend.
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