"It doesn't matter who wins the World Cup or the Champions League".
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.
Salah was arguably the feel-good story in world football last season, with the Chelsea reject coming back to England and producing man of the match displays on an nearly weekly basis, which would have undoubtedly embarrassed his former club in the process.
Talking about the three finalists for this years' FIFA Best player award, Ronaldo the top scorer at Champions League gets a bit extra prominence as well as he lifted this trophy as well.
Between them, Messi and Ronaldo have won the Champions League nine times and have a combined 14 domestic league titles.
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"The award is for the best player in the world", Luis told Brazilian outlet Globoesporte. He was runner-up in the prize in 2007 and 2008 before winning the title for the first of five years in 2009. There's no question Modric deserved to make it, and Ronaldo as well.
Modric helped Croatia to the World Cup final, won by France, while Salah's goals propelled Liverpool to the Champions League final.
The Egyptian led Liverpool to the Champions League final before cruelly suffering an injury early on in Kiev against Madrid that also limited his participation at the World Cup.
France's World Cup-winning captain Hugo Lloris is in contention for the goalkeeper of the year award, alongside Golden Glove victor Thibaut Courtois and Danish shot-stopper Kasper Schmeichel. Norway and Lyon's Ada Hegerberg, Dzsenifer Marozsan of Germany and Lyon, and five-time victor Marta, of Brazil and Orlando Pride, were shortlisted for the women's prize.
The winners will be announced on September 24 in London after votes are collected from players, coaches, journalists and supporters.