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Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi, a five-time Ballon d'Or victor, missed out on a place in the top three.

It has nearly become routine to see names such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi fight for the honour to be named best player on the planet.

He was runner-up in the prize in 2007 and 2008 before winning the title for the first of five years in 2009.

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.

The Portuguese moved to Juventus in the summer after nine years in Madrid.

Ronaldo, who like Messi is a five-time victor of the award, lifted a fourth Champions League title in five years before joining Italian champions Juventus in July.

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Ronaldo's former Real Madrid team-mate Luka Modric is best-placed to become the first new name to win the award for 10 years after a superb season for club and country.

In a ceremony in London witnessed by such FIFA legends as Nigeria's Nwankwo Kanu, Sol Campbell, Kelly Smith, and Peter Schmeichel, the nominees were recognised for their achievements in elite football between July 2017 and July 2018 - a period that saw the 2018 FIFA World Cup take place in Russian Federation.

While his global team-mates geared up for games against Croatia and Italy, Ronaldo was put through his paces alongside Sami Khedira, who was left out of the recent Germany squad after a disappointing World Cup.

Even so, Barcelona won the domestic double last season, despite losing out to Roma in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

'We have been knocked out in the quarterfinals in the last three seasons.

"We're favourites to win again what we've won in the past, but we need to prove we're the best and now we've got a tough month to come with the start of the Champions League".

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