Ronaldo, Messi, Rapinoe nominated for FIFA awards

Reign FC midfielder Allie Long, left, and forward Megan Rapinoe, right, wrap themselves in an American Flag during a pregame ceremony honoring the Women's World Cup players at Cheney Stadium, Sunday, July 28, 2019, in Tacoma, Wash. The Reign FC played the Chicago Red Stars in a National Women's Soccer League match. (Joshua Bessex/The News Tribune via AP)

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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