Cristiano Ronaldo scores a spectacular bicycle-kick goal for Real Madrid against Juventus. Photo: Andrea di Marco/EPA

Now we’re down to three! Cristiano Ronaldo is a usual suspect among the finalists for The Best FIFA Men’s Player award, but he is joined by two newer names.

Croatia’s World Cup star Luka Modric has made the cut from the short-list of 10, and so too has Egyptian Mohamed Salah.

But who will be crowned the ultimate winner in London on September 24? Let’s take a look at what the three players achieved last season…

Cristiano Ronaldo

Age: 33

Club: Real Madrid (last season), Juventus (this season)

Country: Portugal

Ronaldo scored 15 goals in guiding Real Madrid to a record third consecutive Champions League title. He was the leading goal-getter in the tournament for a sixth consecutive time.

His dramatic bicycle kick goal against Juventus was recently chosen as the Uefa Goal of the Season, so don’t be surprised if it wins the Fifa Puskas Award as well.

Things didn’t go as planned for Portugal at the World Cup as they lost 2-1 to Uruguay in the second round, but Ronaldo still impressed, scoring a hat trick to secure a draw against Spain in the opener.

Luka Modric

Age: 32

Club: Real Madrid

Country: Croatia

The playmaker supreme at the World Cup, captain Modric led Croatia all the way to the final, where they were many people’s sentimental choice to clinch the title for the first time.

It didn’t work out that way as France were just too good in a 4-2 triumph, but it didn’t take anything away from the magnificent contribution by Modric.

He was the Man of the Match in three games, and was handed the Golden Ball award for the Player of the Tournament in Russia.

Modric was also chosen as the best player at the Fifa Club World Cup, which Real Madrid won in December last year.

He was picked in the Champions League team of the season, and also claimed the Uefa Player of the Year award.

Luka Modric holds his Uefa Champions League Midfielder of the Season trophy. Photo: Claude Paris/AP

Mohamed Salah

Age: 25

Club: Liverpool

Country: Egypt

Salah made a massive impact at Liverpool, setting a new goals record in a 36-game Premier League season by scoring 32 times.

His blistering pace troubled most defences, and his knack of getting into scoring positions saw the Reds finish fourth to qualify for the Champions League.

He was also a hero for Egypt, netting the decisive goal that qualified the Pharoahs for their first World Cup appearance in 28 years.

Salah was also an inspirational figure in the Champions League, scoring 11 goals as they went all the way to the final.

Disaster struck, though, as he was hauled down by Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos in the first half of the final and had to go off with a shoulder injury.

That also affected his involvement at the World Cup, as he missed the opening defeat to Uruguay. He scored against Russia and Saudi Arabia, but it was not enough to reach the second round.

Mohamed Salah receives medical treatment following the incident with Sergio Ramos during the Champions League final. Photo: Sergei Grits/AP



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