Cristiano Ronaldo‘s sixth time FIFA Footballer of the Year award pursuit seems to be around the corner having made the final cut for the 2018 edition.
The Portuguese talisman leads former Real Madrid teammate and Russia 2018 Runner-up medal winning captain, Luka Modric.
Mohamed Salah completes the trio who will be honoured at the London Royal Festival Hall on September 23.
Lionel Messi, Ronaldo’s long time contender misses out on the 2018 list following a not too impressive campaign with Argentina at the World Cup and Barcelona in Europe.
Ronaldo, Modric and Salah received the highest vote split between fans, journalists, national team coaches and captains.
The Juventus’ players personal records stand atop the rest and is the oldest of them all.
He won the 2017/2018 Champions League with Real Madrid; emerged the highest goal scorer in the tournament in addition to the 2017 Club World Cup with the club.
Croatia played its first-ever World Cup final courtesy of the Modric captained team; the 32-year-old helped Madrid to the UEFA Champions League title and the Club World Cup. He won the Most Valuable Player award at the World Cup.
Salah, the youngest of all was voted for his Premier League goals record of 32, finishing second in the scorers chart of the Champions League and helping Liverpool to the final of the tournament.
In the Women’s category, Brazil veteran, Marta makes the list with Ada Hegerberg of Norway and Dzsenifer Maroszan of Germany.
She captained Brazil to the Copa America title without dropping any point.
Hegerberg helped French club, Lyon to the Ligue 1 Feminine title with 31 goals; won the UEFA Champions League and set a new goals record, 15, that UEFA named her in the tournament’s squad of the year 2018.
Dzsenifer is Hegerberg’s teammate at Lyon. She captained Germany to five wins in six Women’s World Cup qualifying games and was also named in the UEFA Women’s Champions squad of the season.
BEST FIFA MEN’S COACH: Zlatko Dalic (Croatia), Didier Deschamps (France), Zinedine Zidane (France)
BEST FIFA WOMEN’S COACH: Reynold Pedros (France), Asako Takakura (Japan), Sarina Wiegman (Netherland)
BEST GOALKEEPER AWARD: Thibaut Courtois (Belgium), Hugo Lloris (France), Kasper Schmeichel (Denmark)