Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar named in FIFA Player of the Year shortlist


FIFA have selected Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar as the final three to compete for the FIFA Player of the Year Award.

Portuguese international Cristiano Ronaldo, the heavy favourite to take out the award, propelled Real Madrid to a second successive UEFA Champions League crown after netting 10 of his 12 goals in the competition in the knockout rounds.

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Cristiano Ronaldo has enjoyed a plethora of individual and club honours throughout his career, though La Liga titles have been hard to come by. In his eight full seasons at Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo has won La Liga only twice, as Barcelona have largely dominated domestic competition.

The former Manchester United man also notched 25 goals in La Liga as Real Madrid secured their first league title since 2012.

Argentine maestro Lionel Messi enjoyed a highly prolific campaign last term, finishing as La Liga’s top-scorer and netting 54 times from 52 appearances in all competitions, but only had a Copa del Rey winners medal to show for his efforts.

Lionel Messi’s former teammate Neymar wasn’t at his high-flying best last season, making his inclusion somewhat of a surprise, but he did still score 20 times in 45 appearances before becoming the world’s most expensive player by moving from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain for €222 million.

The winners will be announced on October 23 at the London Palladium.

The Best FIFA Men’s Player

Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Neymar

The Best FIFA Women’s Player

Deyna Castellanos, Carli Lloyd and Lieke Martens

The Best FIFA Men’s Coach

Massimiliano Allegri, Antonio Conte and Zinedine Zidane

The Best FIFA Women’s Coach

Nils Nielsen, Gerard Precheur and Sarina Wiegman

The Best Goalkeeper

Gianluigi Buffon, Keylor Navas and Manuel Neuer

The FIFA Fan Award

Borussia Dortmund, Celtic and FC Kobenhavn



  1. I find it irritating that again and again the achievements of a club or National team influence the choice of the player of the year. Ronaldo will be chosen because of Real Madrid and Portugal’s success, not because he is the best player. That title should clearly go to Messi.

    • please read your first line again. Dont get me wrong cuz I like messi but Ronaldo “achievement”is not only in club level but internationally in the national team well proven. Ronaldo was amazing as well in England. He had proven him self there as well. Its the whole big picture need to be taken into account not just based on Barcelona. Messi should move out of Barcelona and be succesful somewhere else , then he is definetely the greatest of his time.


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