Modric hoping to complete Federation Internationale de Football Association and UEFA double at Best Awards

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GETTY Cristiano Ronaldo is in the run-in to win the FIFA Football Award

And it is understood Ronaldo has chose to stay in Italy to focus on his club games, rather than attend the awards - live on Sky - where he could potentially win his sixth World Player of the Year honour.

Several of Ronaldo's former Madrid teammates, including Sergio Ramos, Raphaël Varane and Marcelo will be there, after they were named in the FIFA Team of the Year.

But neither Cristiano Ronaldo nor Lionel Messi will be in attendance.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi's decade-long domination of football's individual awards is under threat from Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric and Liverpool's Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah when FIFA's player of the year is announced on Monday (Sep 24).

However, although Messi's goal for Argentina against Nigeria at the World Cup is in contention for the FIFA Puskas Award and he could feature in the FIFPro World 11, he, like Ronaldo, is not expected to attend the ceremony.

Also on the list for the player of the year prize is Liverpool and Egyptian hero Mohamed Salah.

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It will also be the first time since 2010 that Ronaldo and Messi have not been the top two in either order.

A 10-strong shortlist has been trimmed down to just three following a vote split evenly between fans, journalists, national team coaches and captains.

The five-time Champions League victor scored his third goal for the Old Lady since he joined them this summer and they went ahead to beat Frosinone away from home. But Portugal did not progress beyond the last 16 in Russian Federation, although Ronaldo scored a memorable hat-trick against Spain. Modric also led Croatia to its first World Cup final.

Prior to that moment, though, the Egyptian was arguably the hottest finisher in the world with his 32 Premier League goals, a record for a 38-game season.

In the women's category, Lyon duo Ada Hegerberg and Dzsenifer Marozsan will fight with Orlando Pride's Marta for the crown, whilst the coaching award will be for Lyon's Reynald Pedros, Japan's Asako Takakura or the Netherlands' Sarina Weigman.

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