Le­ices­ter’s trio take on Messi, Ron­aldo

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

ZURICH, Switzer­land (AP): THREE LE­ICES­TER play­ers will try to end the eight-year grip of Lionel Messi and Cris­tiano Ron­aldo on the FIFA Player of the Year award.

Riyad Mahrez, Jamie Vardy and N’Golo Kante were named yes­ter­day along­side Messi and Ron­aldo in the 23man list of con­tenders. Kante has moved to Chelsea since Le­ices­ter won the Premier League ti­tle in May.

Messi won his fifth FIFA award last sea­son and Ron­aldo has won it three times.

Ron­aldo is the likely favourite for 2016 as a dou­ble Euro­pean cham­pion: Por­tu­gal won their first Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship and Real Madrid won a record 11th Euro­pean Cup ti­tle in last sea­son’s Cham­pi­ons League.

All 23 nom­i­nees play for clubs in Europe.

Vot­ing will be held by na­tional team cap­tains and coaches, se­lected me­dia mem­bers and an on­line fan poll. Each sec­tion will count for 25 per cent of the fi­nal tally.

FIFA will an­nounce the three-man short­list on De­cem­ber 2. The re­branded Best FIFA Awards cer­e­mony will be held on Jan­uary 9 in Zurich.

Can­di­dates: Ser­gio Aguero (Ar­gentina, Manch­ester City), Gareth Bale (Wales, Real Madrid), Gian­luigi Buf­fon (Italy, Ju­ven­tus), Cris­tiano Ron­aldo (Por­tu­gal, Real Madrid), Kevin De Bruyne (Bel­gium, Manch­ester City), An­toine Griez­mann (France, Atletico Madrid), Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic (Swe­den, Paris Sain­tGer­main/Manch­ester United), An­dres Ini­esta (Spain, Barcelona), N’Golo Kante (France, Le­ices­ter/Chelsea), Toni Kroos (Ger­many, Real Madrid), Robert Le­wandowski (Poland, Bayern Mu­nich), Riyad Mahrez (Al­ge­ria, Le­ices­ter), Lionel Messi (Ar­gentina, Barcelona), Luka Mo­dric (Croa­tia, Real Madrid), Manuel Neuer (Ger­many, Bayern Mu­nich), Ney­mar (Brazil, Barcelona), Me­sut Ozil (Ger­many, Arse­nal), Dim­itri Payet (France, West Ham), Paul Pogba (France, Ju­ven­tus/Manch­ester United), Ser­gio Ramos (Spain, Real Madrid), Alexis Sanchez (Chile, Arse­nal), Luis Suarez (Uruguay, Barcelona), Jamie Vardy (Eng­land, Le­ices­ter).



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