New Player Replaces Neymar As World's Most Valuable Star, CR7 24th!

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Philippe Coutinho believes Mohamed Salah and Neymar can stake their claims to be the world's best player at Russian Federation 2018.

A new player has replaced Neymar as the world's most valuable star, while Lionel Messi dropped out of the top three and an ageing Cristiano Ronaldo climbed up to 24th position.

Ronaldo, 33, sparked speculation about his future by speaking in the past tense when discussing his time as a Madrid player after last month's Champions League final victory over Liverpool in Kiev.

Speaking to Marca from Spain's pre-World Cup camp, Asensio said that he "could not imagine" being part of a Madrid squad which did not include the five time Ballon d'Or victor.

Messi and Ronaldo have been regarded as the two premier players in the sport in recent years but Salah had an incredible season at Anfield and Neymar adjusted to life at Paris Saint-Germain in similar fashion.

The Egypt forward, who is hoping to recover from a shoulder injury before the start of the World Cup, has emerged as a potential Ballon d'Or victor on the back of his fine campaign.

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'For me, Salah and Neymar have serious chances to do that.

As such, Madrid players weren't surprised by his Ukrainian outburst immediately after the final whistle, when he declared: "It has been very nice playing at Real Madrid".

Real Madrid will open the door to an exit if Cristiano isn't happy and wants to leave, but they insist he needs to come with an acceptable offer for them to consider letting him go.

"Watching Mo Salah since then has been fantastic", he added."He can do well in the World Cup, too - it all depends on how far his team can go".

'He can do well in the World Cup, too - it all depends on how far his team can go.

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