Ronaldo, Messi, Neymar emerge as finalists for 2017 Best FIFA Men’s Player award

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The trio of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar Jnr., have made the final shortlist for Best FIFA Men’s Player of the Year.

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The three players had been named in an initial 24-man list of nominees last month and will now battle it out for the prize on October 23 in London.

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The award, which covers the period of November 20, 2016, to July 2, 2017, is voted for by national team coaches, captains, selected media and fans.

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Ronaldo is favourite to win the award for the second year running, after a year that saw him help Real Madrid to a third Champions League crown in four seasons and a first La Liga title in five years, as well as the FIFA Club World Cup.

He however faces competition from long-time rival Lionel Messi, who finished as La Liga’s top scorer with 37 goals and helped Barcelona to Copa del Rey success.

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Neymar, who finished third in the 2015 Ballon d’Or voting, is also in contention. The Brazilian became the world’s most expensive player this summer, when he left Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain in a €222 million deal.

The three finalists for The Best FIFA Goalkeeper, a new award this year, are Juventus’ Gianluigi Buffon, Real Madrid’s Keylor Navas and Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer

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