Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar & 22 Others Nominated For FIFA Player Award

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Adekunle Samuel

 

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi will renew their rivalry as both superstars have been named alongside 22 others for the 2017 FIFA Best Player Award.

Andres Iniesta is one of the more surprising names on the 24-man shortlist for the Best FIFA Men’s Player award for 2017.

The Barcelona captain has been included despite having been restricted to just 13 starts in La Liga last season, largely due to injury problems.

Holder Cristiano Ronaldo, Barca star Lionel Messi and new Paris Saint-Germain signing Neymar are on the list, while Juventus duo Paulo Dybala and Gianluigi Buffon are named after impressing en route to the Champions League final.

Tottenham striker Harry Kane is on the list, having finished top of the Premier League goalscoring charts for the second campaign in a row, although Spurs’ season ended in disappointment, as they failed to win a trophy.

Real Madrid full-backs Dani Carvajal and Marcelo have been included after consistently strong displays in their side’s league and Champions League double in 2016-17.

Alexis Sanchez, N’Golo Kante, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Eden Hazard are the other nominees who played for Premier League clubs last term. The list was compiled by a panel of former football greats including Diego Maradona, Cafu, Carles Puyol, Edwin van der Sar and Jay Jay Okocha.

A final trio of nominees will now be decided by a combination of a public vote, which runs between August 21 and September 7, as well as input from national team captains, coaches, and a panel of media representatives.

BEST FIFA MEN’S PLAYER NOMINEES
  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund)
  • Leonardo Bonucci (AC Milan, Juventus in 2016-17)
  • Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus)
  • Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid)
  • Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
  • Paulo Dybala (Juventus)
  • Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid)
  • Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Free agent, manchester United in 2016-17)
  • Andres Iniesta (Barcelona)
  • Harry Kane (Tottenham)
  • N’Golo Kante (Chelsea)
  • Toni Kroos (Real Madrid)
  • Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)
  • Marcelo (Real Madrid)
  • Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
  • Luka Modric (Real Madrid)
  • Keylor Navas (Real Madrid)
  • Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich)
  • Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona in 2016-17)
  • Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
  • Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)
  • Luis Suarez (Barcelona)
  • Arturo Vidal (Bayern Munich)

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