Zurich - FIFA
on Friday said it had nominated Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and
Antoine Griezmann to battle it out for the accolade of world Player of
Real Madrid star Ronaldo is favourite for the crown after winning the
Champions League and also Euro 2016 with Portugal, albeit he exited the
final win over France with an early injury.
Perennial rival Messi of Barcelona and Argentina, the reigning player
of the year, had a less stellar year by his exacting standards.
Griezmann meanwhile suffered double heartache with France and Atletico Madrid at Euro 2016 and in the Champions League.
German Olympic champion Melanie Behringer will go up against
Brazilian veteran Marta and US star Carli Lloyd for the women's
Real Madrid's Zinedine Zidane will vie with Leicester miracle worker
Claudio Ranieri and Portugal boss Fernando Santos for the title of top
Despite being a relative coaching novice, Zidane led Real to the
Champions League after replacing Rafael Benitez mid-season at the
Ranieri shocked the football world when he led Leicester to a first
ever league crown in England while Santos ensured Portugal finally broke
their major title duck.
"I am getting better day by day and continue to learn. But maybe it
is too early for me to be up there among the three nominees," Zidane
The title of best women’s coach will go either to US handler Jill Ellis, Germany's Silvia Neid or Sweden's Pia Sundhage.
FIFA will bestow its "Best" awards on the winners at a Zurich gala evening on January 9.
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