FIFA The Best Men's Player of the Year award three-man shortlist confirmed

FIFA The Best Men's Player of the Year award three-man shortlist confirmed
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Virgil van Dijk will again do battle with Lionel Messi and Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo at The Best FIFA Awards later this month, APA reports citing Daily Mirror. 

The trio have been named as the final three for the Men's Player of the Year, after a 10-man shortlist including Harry Kane, Eden Hazard, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah was whittled down on Monday. Van Dijk was named UEFA Men's Player of the Year last week ahead of the Barcelona Portugal superstars, and the Dutchman is again favourite to take FIFA's version of the prize. The award, based on what players achieved between July 16 2018 and July 19 2019, will be announced in Milan on September 23.

The three-man shortlist for Men's Coach of the Year is one of eight awards that will be announced at the event, and is an all-Premier League affair. Jurgen Klopp, Pep Guardiola and Spurs chief Mauricio Pochettino are up for the award.

Men's Goalkeeper of the Year sees City and Liverpool represented again, in the shape of Brazilian pair Ederson and Alisson, alongside Barcelona's Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Phil Neville is up for Best women's coach, vying with Holland's Sarina Wiegman and USA's Jill Ellis, as voted for by captains and coaches from the world's top teams.

The women's top three are Sweden's Hedvig Lindahl, Chile's Christiane Endler and Sari van Veenendaal of the Netherlands.

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