Ronaldo, Messi & Neymar up for award


Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar are the three players on the shortlist for the Ballon d’Or world footballer of the year award.

It is the eighth consecutive year that Real Madrid’s Ronaldo and Barcelona’s Messi have been on the shortlist.

Mark Sampson is in contention for Fifa’s women’s football world coach of the year after guiding England to third place at this year’s World Cup.

The winners will be announced at a gala in Zurich on 11 January.

Ronaldo has been named the world’s best footballer for the past two years, ending Messi’s four-year hold on an award which is regarded as the most prestigious individual accolade in football.

The three forwards were chosen from a 23-man list that also included Wales and Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale.

It is the first time Brazil’s Neymar, who along with Messi has helped Barcelona to the top of La Liga, has made the final three.

More to follow.


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