Published: Thu, September 06, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Messi tips Juve to win Champions League

Messi tips Juve to win Champions League

Messi admitted that he was "surprised" at the move and believes that Madrid will be weaker for losing his fellow five-time Ballon d'Or victor.

Although Messi won the Spanish league title with Barca last season, the 31-year-old had an unhappy World Cup, missing a penalty against Iceland and scoring only once in four games as they were knocked out in the last 16.

Lopetegui was also asked about Ronaldo's exit, which preceded his appointment at the Bernabeu.

The winners will be announced on 24 September.

He was also instrumental in Croatia's campaign, taking them to the finale of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.

Croatia and Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric is in running for FIFA Best Award just few weeks after claiming the UEFA Best player award beating former teammates Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool forward Mo Salah in the bargain.

With FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi recently speaking about how he thinks Real Madrid are likely to be weaker without Cristiano Ronaldo, Los Blancos' manager has now responded to his comments.

Hampered by injury, he made little impact at the World Cup as his country went out in the group stage.

Former Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is full of praise for Liverpool's team spirit.

France's World Cup winning squad players also missed out on a place in the top three finalists.

We have been knocked out in the quarter-finals in the last three seasons.

Ronaldo and Messi both feature among the 10 nominees for the Puskas Award for best goal of the year, along with Gareth Bale's sensational overhead kick in the Champions League final.

The three coaches in contention for the women's game award are: Asako Takakura, who led Japan to the Asian Games title last week, Reynald Pedros of France and Sarina Wiegman of the Netherlands.

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