The top three nominees for The Best FIFA Men’s player award have been revealed. After an initial shortlist of 23 of the best names in football, rivals Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are joined by Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann in the final three. The winner will be crowned in Zurich on 9 January 2017.
Cristiano Ronaldo had an outstanding year in continental competitions, securing his third UEFA Champions League title, his second for Real Madrid, finishing as top scorer with 16 goals on the way to the final. Ronaldo also captained his country to their first major trophy at the UEFA EURO 2016 Cup.
Argentina and Barcelona’s Messi had yet another phenomenal year, guiding his side to a league and cup double, scoring 26 goals in an incredibly tight La Liga title race, and captaining his country to the final of the Copa America Centenario. Messi also stepped past Gabriel Batistuta as his country’s outright top goalscorer during the Copa America Centenario.
Antoine Griezmann announced himself as one of the world’s outstanding players this year thanks to his performances on home soil at UEFA EURO 2016, even becoming the top scorer in the tournament. The Frenchman also ended the 2015-16 season as his club side’s top goalscorer, helping Atleti to third in La Liga, and to a tight final defeat to Ronaldo’s Real in the Champions League.
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