Thursday, April 18

Finalists of FIFA’s the Best announced

FIFA has confirmed that the three finalists are The Best FIFA Men’s Player, Juventus attacker Cristiano Ronaldo, Barcelona striker Lionel Messi and Bayern Munich hitman Robert Lewandowski.

A shortlist of 11 players was announced for the award on November 25. The Bayern striker leading the charge after a prolific campaign in which, amid a flurry of goals, he led his club to a treble.

In both 2016 and 2017, Ronaldo won the award when he dominated the vote after guiding Real Madrid to consecutive Champions League trophies. However, since then with Juventus, he has completed a move to Italy, although he remains a prolific scorer.

Messi, meanwhile, is the reigning holder of the prize. He is considered to have had a disappointing year for his Barcelona side by his standards in the midst of a tumultuous time. Hence, he might fall out of favor this year. Until now Lewandowski seems to have the upper hand. The winner will be announced on December 17.

Other big players in the list were Kevin De Bruyne, Sadio Mane, Kylian Mbappe, Neymar, Sergio Ramos, Mohamed Salah, Thiago Alcantara and Virgil van Dijk

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