Barça's Leo Messi will not attend FIFA's The Best gala in London

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Sam Kerr beaten by Marta for FIFA women's player of the year award, Matildas, football

Real Madrid's Croatian midfielder Luka Modric looks on during the UEFA Champions League group G football match between Real Madrid CF and AS Roma at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on September 19, 2018.

Indications suggest Real Madrid midfielder Modric is the favourite, having also won the World Cup's Golden Ball and UEFA's Player of the Year award.

While Chelsea winger Hazard is in the running to be named in the Fifpro World XI, the main individual prize on Monday night is a three-way battle between Modric, Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah. "All dreams can come true".

"I don't want to enter into the debate of whether it is deserved or not", he said.

There were 10 nominees for the Best Men's Player award, including the three finalists.

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At 33, Croatia´s run to the final was the culmination of a brilliant career for Modric that had often been overshadowed by Ronaldo´s goalscoring in their time together in the Spanish capital, before the Portuguese left for Juventus in July.

Messi, meanwhile, claimed four Ballons d'Or as well as one FIFA World Player of the Year honour.

The best goalkeeper award will be fought for between Thibaut Courtois, Kasper Schmeichel and Hugo Lloris.

It's the first time since 2006 that Barcelona icon Lionel Messi has not been among the candidates for FIFA's top award, and also the first time someone else won the award outside Messi or Ronaldo.

Salah received the Puskas award for the best goal, for his effort against Everton in the Premier League at Anfield last December.

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His runner-up on both of those occasions, Lionel Messi, is not in the top three this time around.

'It is possible that they won too much and do not like to lose.

Suker, who finished behind Zinedine Zidane and Brazilian star Ronaldo in the 1998 FIFA World Player of the Year voting, also called the duo our for a lack of sportsmanship. She also scored 13 goals as Orlando Pride reached the NWSL playoffs.

Musical entertainment was provided by Big Shaq - of "Man's Not Hot" fame - and British rock god Noel Gallagher, the latter of whom brought the house down with a performance of Don't Look Back in Anger.

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