Luka Modric, the Real Madrid mid-field maestro, was at his absolute best, last season, as he guided Real to another Champions League victory.
The coach's award is between Didier Deschamps, who led France to the World Cup title, Zlatko Dalic of Croatia, whom Deschamps overcame in the final, and Zinedine Zidane, who quit Real Madrid after a third straight Champions League title.
There is a widespread thought that if not declared a victor, Messi should have been at least included in the final three of FIFA's the Best Men's Player of the Year award.
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.
Even winning both La Liga and the Copa del Rey last term for a domestic double was not enough to extinguish the disappointment.
Interestingly Modric will again face competition from the duo of Ronaldo and Salah just like he did in the UEFA award.
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Talking about the finalists in the run for this award, they are the similar faces, who were in the contest of UEFA's Best Player Award this year.
Salah scored 44 goals in an incredible debut season for Liverpool before being robbed of his chance to make an impression in the Champions League final by an early injury.
The Portugal forward, lifted a 4th Champions League title in five years in May, to keep him in the Federation Internationale de Football Association shortlist this year, after he won the crown in 2008, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017.
Other goal nominated for the award include Mohamed Salah's strike for Liverpool in his derby debut against Everton and Lionel Messi's awesome effort for Argentina during the World Cup against Nigeria. The former Chelsea man's role in Liverpool reaching the Champions League finals and Egypt making it to the World Cup is also praise-worthy. The Orlando Pride player is up against Lyon teammates Ada Hegerberg of Norway and Dzsenifer Marozsan of Germany.
The awards ceremony will take place in London on Sep 24.