Published: Thu, September 06, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Real Madrid coach Lopetegui dismisses Messi swipe over Ronaldo exit

Real Madrid coach Lopetegui dismisses Messi swipe over Ronaldo exit

Messi and Ronaldo have been regarded as the two best players in the world for a decade now, but the added El Clasico element of the perennial rivalry ended this summer when the latter joined Juve after nine years with Real Madrid.

"As to the rest, it's up to the public, the journalists, other managers, many people, so the decision will come out on the exact date and it will be announced".

Real Madrid won the Champions League controversially, and they failed to perform at the domestic double, finishing third in the La Liga and were eliminated by minnows Leganés in the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey.

Both nations are taking part in the new tournament called the UEFA Nations League, which has been created to replace global friendlies with more competitive matches and will include promotion and relegation.

As for the Puskas Award, the nominations are dominated goals scored at the World Cup, with four of the ten goals coming in Russian Federation.

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There was also no place for any member of France's World Cup winning squad, notably Antoine Griezmann who many tipped to be one of the three. From the moment that Messi does not win the award, with everything that he does, it loses some of its credibility.

Liverpool's Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah celebrates after scoring during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Brighton and Hove Albion.

However, this might not have actually been the best goal he scored last season, as he netted quite brilliantly in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final against Roma.

World Cup winning tactician Didier Deschamps has been nominated alongside Croatia's Zlatko Dalic and former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane for the coach of the year award.

The awards ceremony will take place in London on September 24.

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