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BREAKING: Neymar, Ronaldo, 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 Saint -Germain 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 as Barcelona won the Copa del Rey and Spanish Super Cup.

The Argentina great , a record five -time winner of the Ballon d ’Or , has made a superb start to the current campaign , scoring 12 goals in his first eight appearances in all competitions .

Ronaldo won the inaugural Best FIFA Men ’s Player Award last year after a six – year merger between the FIFA honour and the Ballon d ’Or .

The winner of the 2017 award will be announced during a ceremony at the London Palladium on October 23 .

The voting for the award , equally weighted between national team captains, national team coaches, media and fans , closed earlier this month.

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