What coaches think of nominees for the 2018 Best FIFA Football Awards

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Ahead of the 2018 Best FIFA Men’s Award, football coaches have given their opinions on individual nominees but your vote might swing the results if you act now.

Voting closes Monday 10 August, 2018.

Among the list of selected players for this year’s FIFA Men’s Player award are Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard, Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, Harry Kane, Luka Modric, Mohamed Salah, and Raphael Varane. They are the most-popular footballers now and any of them could be the best, including a first-time Ballon d’Or winner.

Guy Stephan, France assistant coach said, “Raphael belongs to a generation, like Paul Pogba, who are not afraid to fail. They keep on trying, look forward and never lose their composure.”

Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool manager said Mohamed Sala is on the way to being the best in the world.

“He [Salah] is a fantastic player. He’s outstanding; pretty much you can’t defend against him,” Klopp said.

On Cristiano Ronaldo, Fernando Santos, Portugal coach said: “He [Cristiano] is crazy, he’s amazing. He has only one focus: win, win, win. And for this he works a lot.

“He is the best player in the world, but more importantly, he’s my friend. He is a genius. To be a genius you need a talent, but you need to work. Because if you have one without the other it is impossible to be a genius — and Cristiano is a genius.”

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Image shows Cristiano Ronaldo  at the 2016 edition of FIFA Best Men’s Award

“Modric showed [at the World Cup] that he is one of the best midfielders in the world,” Zlatko Dalic, Croatia coach said of the Real Madrid midfielder.

“He [Modric] is playing the best football of his life… He is our best player – he is the engine that makes us go. He is also a captain who leads by example. He always gives his maximum, he sets high standards with his attitude, aggression and energy on the pitch, and with his behavior off it.”

Ernesto Valverde, Barcelona coach, said there are no words to describe his star player Lionel Messi.

“Leo makes things appear easy, which aren’t easy,” the Spaniard said. “He is an incredibly talented player, extraordinary… You always think when he gets the ball that only good things can happen for the team.”

About the Paris Saint-Germain youngster who won the Young Player Awards at Russia 2018, Didier Deschamps (France coach) said: “To be so crucial and effective at the World Cup at just 19, that is extraordinary.

“Kylian Mbappe is also very intelligent. One of the best things he said was, ‘I cannot be the spokesman for this team’.

“Despite his immense quality on the pitch, he knew that he did not have the experience to deal with the situation that others do.”

Gareth Southgate (England manager) described the Golden Boot Winner, Harry Kane, as his best nominee for the 2018 FIFA Best Men’s Award.

“We wouldn’t swap him for anyone in terms of No9s,” Southgate said.

“You know that when he gets opportunities he’s going to bury them. You sit there very confident in his ability to take chances. But as important in that is the way he sacrifices himself for the team in the way he presses, holds the ball up, contributes to the overall game. He’s not just a player that stands up front and waits for chances.”

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