Real Madrid talisman, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Barcelona maestro, Lionel Messi, again headline the 24-man shortlist to win The Best FIFA Men’s Player 2017 award, with new Paris Saint-Germain recruit, Neymar, also in contention.
World football’s governing body, FIFA announced all 24 candidates on Thursday, including injured free agent Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane and Leonardo Bonucci, who joined AC Milan from Juventus this summer:
Los Blancos superstar, Ronaldo, won last year’s award and will undoubtedly be among the top stars jostling for the 2017 crown after helping Real win a third UEFA Champions League title in four seasons back in June.
Nominated goalkeepers for the award are Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Keylor Navas (Real Madrid) and Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer.
This year’s FIFA best player award ceremony is to be held in London on Monday, October 23.
Best FIFA Men’s Player shortlist
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (B/Dortmund)
Leonardo Bonucci (AC Milan, Juve in 2016-17)
Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus)
Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
Paulo Dybala (Juventus)
Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid)
Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Free agent, Man United in 2016-17)
Andres Iniesta (Barcelona)
Harry Kane (Tottenham)
N’Golo Kante (Chelsea)
Toni Kroos (Real Madrid)
Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)
Marcelo (Real Madrid)
Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
Luka Modric (Real Madrid)
Keylor Navas (Real Madrid)
Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich)
Neymar (PSG, Barcelona in 2016-17)
Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)
Luis Suarez (Barcelona)
Arturo Vidal (Bayern Munich)