Ronaldo, Messi, Rapinoe nominated for FIFA awards

Juventus soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo speaks after receiving the Lifetime Achievement award given by the Spanish sports paper 'Marca', in Madrid, Spain, Monday, July 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul White)

Five-time winners Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi among 10 candidates for the FIFA best player award, while United States forward Megan Rapinoe favored for women's award

GENEVA — Five-time winners Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are among the 10 candidates for the FIFA best player award. United States forward Megan Rapinoe is the favorite for the women's award.

Ronaldo and Messi were joined by three Liverpool players, Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk and Sadio Mane. Liverpool won the Champions League title in June.

Rapinoe was in a list of 12 players that included teammates Alex Morgan, Rose Lavelle and Julie Ertz. Ada Hegerberg, a Norway forward who won the Ballon d'Or but skipped this year's World Cup, was also nominated.

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