Ronaldo, Messi & Neymar On Ballon d’Or Shortlist

Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar make up the three-man shortlist for the Ballon d’Or; the award given to the world footballer of the year.

It is the eighth consecutive year that Real Madrid’s Ronaldo and Barcelona’s Messi have been on the shortlist.

Mark Sampson is in contention for Fifa’s women’s football world coach of the year after guiding England to third place at the World Cup.

The winners will be announced at a gala in Zurich on 11 January.

Ronaldo has been named the world’s best footballer for the past two years, ending Messi’s four-year hold on an award regarded as the game’s most prestigious individual accolade.

The three contenders were chosen from a 23-man list that also included Wales and Real Madrid attacker Gareth Bale.

Fifa award nominees
Ballon d’Or: Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Neymar

World coach of the year for men’s football: Luis Enrique, Pep Guardiola, Jorge Sampaoli

Women’s world player of the year: Carli Lloyd, Aya Miyama, Celia Sasic

World coach of the year for women’s football: Jill Ellis, Mark Sampson, Norio Sasaki

Puskas award: Alessandro Florenzi, Wendell Lira, Lionel Messi

A first for Neymar
It is the first time 23-year-old Brazilian Neymar, who along with Messi has helped Barcelona to the top of La Liga, has made the final three.

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