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KALININGRAD, RUSSIA - JUNE 16: John Obi Mikel of Nigeria is challenged by Luka Modric of Croatia during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Croatia and Nigeria at Kaliningrad Stadium on June 16, 2018 in Kaliningrad, Russia. (Photo by Jamie Squire - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

Ahead of FIFA Men’s Best Player of the Year Award, Super Eagles’ Captain Mikel John Obi’s choice for the top gong, Lionel Messi has missed out following the release of a final three with Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Mohammed Salah all shortlisted, while Coach Gernot Rohr opted for Croatian midfielder Luka Modric who has made the final shortlist, AOIFootball.com can confirm.

Modric captained Croatia to their first ever FIFA World Cup final and scored against Nigeria and he seems to have caught the attention of Gernot Rohr, with the Franco-German giving him the nod ahead of Golden Boy, Kylian Mbappe and Eden Hazard whom he chose as second and third respectively.

Mikel however stuck with five-time winner Lionel Messi to get is sixth Player of the Year Award and also picked Kylian Mbappe and Harry Kane in second and third respectively.

Similarly, Gernot Rohr has also backed World Cup winning coach Didier Deschamps for the Coach of the Year, whilst Mikel believes Zidane’s heroics with Real Madrid in the Champions League last season makes him a better choice for the coach of the year award.

The ceremony will take place in London on September 24.

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