Ronaldo, Griezmann, Messi on final shortlist for FIFA best Player award

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Atletico Madrid and France forward Antoine Griezmann has joined Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi on a three-man shortlist for The Best FIFA Men's Player Award 2016, with Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri nominated in the coaches' category.

Griezmann, 25, finished as top scorer at Euro 2016, where Les Bleus were defeated by Portugal in the final, and also helped take Atletico Madrid to the Champions League final, where they lost out to city rivals Real Madrid.

Ronaldo captained Portugal to their first major international tournament success at Euro 2016, although he hobbled out of the final in Paris because of injury before then urging his team-mates on from the sidelines.

The 31-year-old also drove Los Blancos towards success in the Champions League, netting 16 goals en route to the final as well as slotting in the winning penalty from the shoot-out.

Ronaldo has previously won the Ballon d'Or three times, the last in 2014 when it had been merged with the FIFA World Player of the Year accolade.

Messi, meanwhile, will be looking to repeat his success of 2015 when he again beat Ronaldo to the individual title, which was a fourth since 2010 and fifth overall.

The Argentinian playmaker, 29, helped guide Barcelona to another domestic league and cup double in 2015/2016, scoring 41 goals in all competitions.

The original 23-strong list was trimmed down following votes by captains and coaches of national teams, select members of the media and fans voting on FIFA.com.

The overall winner will be announced at a ceremony in Zurich on January 9.

Ranieri, meanwhile, is joined in The Best FIFA Men's Coach Award shortlist by Portugal manager Fernando Santos and Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane.

The 65-year-old Italian guided Leicester to a shock Premier League triumph last season, having been 5,000-1 outsiders for the title.

Santos steered Portugal to success at Euro 2017 with a 1-0 victory over hosts France, while former player Zidane guided Los Blancos to 2016 Champions League glory after stepping up from his role as reserve-team coach.

The nominees for The Best FIFA Women's Player Award are Germany's
Melanie Behringer, who helped her country win gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Carli Lloyd of the United States, the Women's World Player of the Year for 2015, along with Brazil captain Marta.

On the shortlist for The Best FIFA Women's Coach Award are American Jill Ellis, whose side won the 2015 Women's World Cup, former Germany coach Silvia Neid and Sweden's Pia Sundhage following their run to the Olympic final.

Voting for The FIFA Puskas Award has now reopened on FIFA.com to decide a winner from the three fans' choices of an initial shortlist of 10 for goal of the year.

Corinthians midfielder Marlone's acrobatic strike in the Copa Libertadores clash against Chilean side Cobresal, a fine individual effort from Venezuela's 17-year-old Daniuska Rodrigue during the Women's Under-17 Sudamericano Championship and Malaysia's first ever FIFA Puskas Award nominee Mohd Faiz Subri, of FA Penang, for his swerving 'knuckleball' free-kick against Pahang FC, will now battle it out for top spot in the poll.

Griezmann, Ronaldo and Messi

 

Source FIFA

Posted on December, 2 2016

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