Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi made the list of the 23-man shortlist for The Best FIFA Men’s Player 2016 award.
FIFA announced this week that its rebranded “The Best” awards will be decided by a combination of votes from national coaches and captains, journalists and fans.
The 23-man list will be reduced to three candidates on December 2 and the winner will be announced at an event on January 9.
The Best FIFA Men’s Player 2016 shortlist:
1. Sergio Aguero (Argentina/Manchester City)
2. Gareth Bale (Wales/Real Madrid)
3. Gianluigi Buffon (Italy/Juventus)
4. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal/Real Madrid)
5. Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium/Manchester City)
6. Antoine Griezmann (France/Atletico Madrid)
7. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden/Paris Saint-Germain/Manchester United)
8. Andres Iniesta (Spain/FC Barcelona)
9. N’Golo Kante (France/Leicester City/Chelsea)
10. Toni Kroos (Germany/Real Madrid)
11. Robert Lewandowski (Poland/FC Bayern Munich)
12. Riyad Mahrez (Algeria/Leicester City)
13. Lionel Messi (Argentina/FC Barcelona)
14. Luka Modric (Croatia/Real Madrid)
15. Manuel Neuer (Germany/FC Bayern Munich)
16. Neymar (Brazil/FC Barcelona)
17. Mesut Ozil (Germany/Arsenal)
18. Dimitri Payet (France/West Ham United)
19. Paul Pogba (France/Juventus/Manchester United)
20. Sergio Ramos (Spain/Real Madrid)
21. Alexis Sanchez (Chile/Arsenal)
22. Luis Suarez (Uruguay/FC Barcelona)
23. Jamie Vardy (England/Leicester City).
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