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Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar shortlisted for FIFA Best Player of the Year award

The nominations were announced in London on Friday, with Ronaldo favoured to join Messi as a five-time winner. The prizes will be handed out at the London Palladium theatre on October 23

T2 Online Newsdesk 23 September 2017, 7:12 PM
Cristiano Ronaldo is the favourite to win the title ahead of Lionel Messi and Neymar

Cristiano Ronaldo is the favourite to win the title ahead of Lionel Messi and Neymar Image: AFP

Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar are the contenders for FIFA's top player award for the third straight year.

The nominations were announced in London on Friday, with Ronaldo favoured to join Messi as a five-time winner. The prizes will be handed out at the London Palladium theatre on October 23.

While Ronaldo won the Spanish league and Champions League at Real Madrid, Messi and Neymar only collected the Copa del Rey title with Barcelona. Off the field, the three players have all been embroiled in tax cases in Spain over the last year.

Carli Lloyd is in contention to sweep a hat-trick of women's player awards. The American midfielder is being challenged by Lieke Martens, whose goals powered the Netherlands to the European Championship, and 18-year-old Deyna Castellanos, who won the Under-17 Women's World Cup in 2016.

In the coach of the year categories, most are being recognised for their achievements at club level. The nominees for the men's prize are Massimiliano Allegri (Juventus), Antonio Conte (Chelsea) and Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid). The women's coaching contenders are Nils Nielsen (Denmark), Gerard Precheur (Lyon) and Sarina Wiegman (Netherlands).

(With inputs from AP)

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