The International Federation of Football Association (FIFA) has made a final shortlist of nominees for the best footballers award for 2107 and the Neymar, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the top three candidates on the list.
The award gala has been scheduled to take place on Monday, October 23rd, 2017, at the London Palladium. The world football association made the announcements via a tweet on its official twitter handle, @FIFAcom.
The award, which considers performances over the period of Novemver 20, 2016 to July 2, 2017, collates votes made by national team coaches, team captains, selected media and fans.
The Portuguese star, Cristiano Ronaldo, is a favorite to receive the award for the second consecutive year, after the previous year when his performance helped Real Madrid to win their third UEFA Champions League title in four seasons, and a first LA Liga trophy in five years, as well as the FIFA club World Cup.
The three finalists for The Best FIFA Goalkeeper, a new category that was introduced in the FIFA awards this year, are Juventus’ Gianluigi Buffon, Real Madrid’s Keylor Navas and Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer.