THE RIVALRY CONTINUES! Messi & Ronaldo Headline FIFA’s Shortlist For 2016 Best Player Award [FULL LIST]

RIVALS: Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo and his Barcelona counterpart Lionel Messi remain heavy favourites to land the FIFA Best Player crown. Photo Credit: Eurosport Australia

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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