Ronaldo, Messi, Rapinoe nominated for FIFA awards

FILE - In this July 6, 2019 file photo, Argentina's Lionel Messi, center left, and Chile's Gary Medel, center right, scuffle as referee Mario Diaz, from Paraguay, left, shows the red card to both of them during Copa America third-place soccer match at the Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo, Brazil. South America’s governing soccer body CONMEBOL, has given Argentina star Lionel Messi on Tuesday, July 23, a one game suspension and $1500 fine for the incident. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano, File)

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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