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.
Neymar, Ronaldo and Messi are the final 3 nominees for "The Best" FIFA Award.— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Ronaldo7net) September 22, 2017
Who do you think will win the award on October 23? pic.twitter.com/1LGgk1sbJ6
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.
Zidane: "I'm not really thinking about the award but it is a sense of pride to be among the best managers chosen by FIFA." pic.twitter.com/RgRLTeGosj— Peña Madridismo INA (@MADRIDBANJAR) November 5, 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)