However, his £100 million move to the Old Lady seems to have made Juve favourites to win the European elite club competition.
Barcelona and Argentina forward Messi had featured in the top three for 11 straight years.
For the past nine years, these two superstars have dominated the game of football with Ronaldo and Messi winning five Ballon d'Or each.
Lionel Messi failed to make The Best FIFA Men's Player Award shortlist on Monday for the first time since 2006, with Luka Modric and Mohamed Salah making their first appearance in the final three alongside Cristiano Ronaldo.
Lionel Messi also makes the cut for his strike for Argentina against Nigeria, while Portugal winger Ricardo Quaresma rounds out the Russian Federation 2018 nominees with his goal against Iran.
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Andrea Barzagli has said he has been astounded by Cristiano Ronaldo's hunger and desire and he expects the Portuguese forward to break his Serie A drought soon.
Federation Internationale de Football Association have closed an investigation into Inter Milan and their pursuit of Luka Modric this summer since they say there are no grounds to continue.
There was also no place for any member of France's World Cup winning squad, notably Antoine Griezmann who many tipped to be one of the three.
Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain, backed by financial powerhouses, could potentially afford to sign the Argentina global but Messi has quashed any idea he could leave the Nou Camp.
The best goalkeeper prize is to be contested by Tottenham and France's Hugo Lloris, Denmark's Kasper Schmeichel, son of Peter, and Belgium's Thibaut Courtois, whose World Cup heroics earned him a move to Real Madrid.