Neymar, Messi,Ronaldo Enter Best Player Battle

By Ikenga Chronicles September 23, 2017

Neymar, Messi,Ronaldo Enter Best Player Battle

The relationship between Lionel Messi and Neymar will have to be placed aside as both friends join Cristiano Ronaldo on the three-man shortlist for the Best FIFA Men’s Player Award .

All three have got something to show off with the youngest and Brazil superstar Neymar , 25, winning the Copa del Rey with Barcelona last season before joining Paris Saint-Germain on a big money move.

Ronaldo, 32, has bagged lots of accolades having led Real Madrid to the La Liga title and a third Champions League success in four years last season. He still holds the title after winning the Champions League with Madrid and the European Championship with Portugal .

Messi, 30, scored 54 goals last season as Barcelona won the Copa del Rey and Spanish Super Cup.
The Argentina great , a record five-time winner of the Ballon d’Or , has made a superb start to the current campaign , scoring 12 goals in his first eight appearances in all competitions .

The shortlist for the Best FIFA Women’ s Player award comprises Venezeula’s Deyna Castellanos, Carli Lloyd of the United States and Dutch player Lieke Martens .

Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane goes head to head with Chelsea’s Antonio Conte and Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri for the top coach award.

Veteran Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is shortlisted for the Best FIFA Goalkeeper prize alongside Keylor Navas of Real Madrid and Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer .

The winner of the 2017 awards will be announced during a ceremony at the London Palladium on October 23.

The voting for the award , equally weighted between national team captains , national team coaches , media and fans, closed earlier this month.

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