Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi will again be dueling for the title of world's best footballer after their names by and by headed the shortlist on Thursday for The Best Fifa Men's Player.
The two superstars, who have overwhelmed the worldwide prize for 10 years running, will be top picks to gather yet another award in the midst of the 24 shortlisted players.
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will go head to head in the running to be voted Fifa’s best player. Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters
Ronaldo had another noteworthy season in which he ispired Real Madrid to a La Liga/Champions League double while Messi topped him in the Spanish goalscoring chart for Barcelona while going past a career goals of 500 for the club.
They are joined by Tottenham's Harry Kane, who won the Premier League golden boot for a third year in succession, Eden Hazard and PFA player of the year N'Golo Kanté of Chelsea and Arsenal's Alexis Sánchez.
Carli Lloyd, the US World Cup victor and two-time Olympic champion, was the inaugural victor and again makes the rundown of 10 in contention to be "Best Fifa" lady player. Lucy Bronze of Manchester City and her England colleague Jodie Taylor additionally make the waitlist.
Zinedine Zidane, who guided Real Madrid's historic season, with seven of their players in the men's shortlist, is perceived in his selection as best men's coach.
The honors are a recovery of the old Fifa World Player of the Year, which had been joined with France Football magazine's Ballon d'Or for a long time before the joint effort finished a year ago. Ronaldo won the inugural "best" trophy.
They are voted in favor of by national coaches and captains, chosen media and fans, with the winners to be announced at a ceremony in London on 23 October.
The best men’s player: Pierre Aubameyang (Gabon, Borussia Dortmund), Leonardo Bonucci (Italy, AC Milan), Gianluigi Buffon (Italy, Juventus), Daniel Carvajal (Spain, Real Madrid), Paulo Dybala (Argentina, Juventus), Antoine Griezmann (France, Atlético Madrid), Eden Hazard (Belgium, Chelsea), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden, Manchester United), Andres Iniesta (Spain, Barcelona), Harry Kane (England, Tottenham Hotspur), N’Golo Kanté (France, Chelsea), Toni Kroos (Germany, Real Madrid), Robert Lewandowski (Poland, Bayern Munich), Marcelo (Brazil, Real Madrid), Lionel Messi (Argentina, Barcelona), Luka Modric (Croatia, Real Madrid), Keylor Navas (Costa Rica, Real Madrid), Manuel Neuer (Germany, Bayern Munich), Neymar (Brazil, Paris Saint-Germain), Sergio Ramos (Spain, Real Madrid), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal, Real Madrid), Alexis Sánchez (Chile, Arsenal), Luis Suárez (Uruguay, Barcelona), Arturo Vidal (Chile, Bayern Munich)
The best women’s player: Lucy Bronze (England, Manchester City), Deyna Castellanos (Venezuela, Santa Clarita Blue Heat), Pernille Harder (Denmark, Wolfsburg), Sam Kerr (Australia, Sky Blue), Carli Lloyd (USA, Houston Dash/Manchester City), Dzsenifer Marozsan (Germany, Lyon), Lieke Martens (Netherlands, Barcelona), Vivianne Miedema (Netherlands, Bayern Munich), Wendie Renard (France, Lyon), Jodie Taylor (England, Arsenal)
The best men’s coach: Massimiliano Allegri (Italy, coach of Juventus), Carlo Ancelotti (Italy, Bayern Munich), Antonio Conte (Italy, Chelsea), Luis Enrique (Spain, Barcelona), Pep Guardiola (Spain, Manchester City), Leonardo Jardim (Portugal, Monaco), Joachim Löw (Germany, German national team), José Mourinho (Portugal, Manchester United), Mauricio Pochettino (Argentina, Tottenham Hotspur), Diego Simeone (Argentina, Atlético Madrid), Tite (Brazil, Brazilian national team), Zinedine Zidane (France, Real Madrid)
The best women’s coach: Olivier Echouafni (France, French national team), Emma Hayes (England, Chelsea), Ralf Kellermann (Germany, Wolfsburg), Xavi Llorens (Spain, Barcelona), Nils Nielsen (Denmark, Danish national team), Florence Omagbemi (Nigeria, Nigerian national team), Gerard Precheur (France, Lyon), Dominik Thalhammer (Austria, Austrian national team), Sarina Wiegman (Netherlands, Netherlands national team), Hwang Yong-Bong (North Korea, North Korean national and under-20 teams)