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Cristiano Ronaldo aims for another FIFA award

by TPN/PA, in Sport · 23-09-2017 09:12:00 · 0 Comments

Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar will again battle it out to be named the best player in the world in FIFA's annual awards.

Cristiano Ronaldo aims for another FIFA award

 

The trio - who star for Real Madrid, Barcelona and Paris St Germain respectively - make up the three-man shortlist for top male player in The Best FIFA Football Awards.

 

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is on the three-man list for the best men's coach award after the Italian led the Blues to the Premier League title in his first season in charge.

 

The nominees for the seven award categories were announced on Friday afternoon, with the winners to be confirmed in a ceremony at the London Palladium on October 23.

 

Portugal forward Ronaldo will be aiming to retain the inaugural award after helping drive Real Madrid on to Champions League and LaLiga glory last season.

 

Barcelona playmaker Messi, himself a five-time world footballer of the year, again makes the shortlist, along with his former team-mate Neymar, who has since completed a world-record transfer to PSG.

 

Messi was runner-up in the 2016 voting, with France and Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann in third place.

Conte is up against Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane and Massimiliano Allegri, whose Juventus side lost the 2017 Champions League final in Cardiff, in the men's coaching category.

 

The women's player prize is a contest between current holder Carli Lloyd, the United States international who had a loan spell with Manchester City last season, Venezuelan teenager Deyna Castellanos and Lieke Martens, part of Holland's successful Euro 2017 side.

A prize for goalkeepers has been introduced this year, with Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus, Real Madrid's Keylor Navas and Bayern Munich's Germany international Manuel Neuer the men in contention.

 

The shortlist for the best women's coach features Nils Nielsen of Denmark, Lyon's Gerard Precheur and Holland's Sarina Wiegman.

There is a chance to vote online for the best goal from a 10-strong list in the 2017 FIFA Puskas Award, which will be reduced down to three ahead of the ceremony.

 

Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud's scorpion kick against Crystal Palace, Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic's long-range strike in the FA Cup semi-final and Moussa Dembele finishing off a team move by Celtic are all included.

 

A special Fan Award will also be handed out following a poll, with supporters of Borussia Dortmund, Celtic and Copenhagen making the shortlist.

 

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Edition 1453
09 December 2017
Edition: 1453

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