Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi On FIFA Best Player Shortlist
Neymar was named alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi on the three-man shortlist for the Best FIFA Men’s Player Award, which was announced in London on Friday. Brazil superstar Neymar, 25, won the Copa del Rey with Barcelona last season before joining Paris SaintGermain in a blockbuster 222 million euros ($266 million) move that smashed the world transfer record.
Ronaldo, 32, is the overwhelming favourite to win the award, having led Real Madrid to the La Liga title and a third Champions League success in four years last season. He won last year’s award after winning the Champions League with Madrid and the European Championship with Portugal. Ronaldo previously won the FIFA World Player of the Year award in 2008 and is a four-time winner of the Ballon d’Or. Messi, 30, scored 54 goals last season.