Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar make up the three-man shortlist for the Ballon d’Or – the award given to the world footballer of the year.
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 the 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 regarded as the game’s most prestigious individual accolade.
The three contenders were chosen from a 23-man list that also included Wales and Real Madrid attacker Gareth Bale.

BBC


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