Griezmann joinsRonaldo & Messi inbattle to be The Best

The three nominees for The Best FIFA Men’sPlayer Award have been revealed, with perennial


rivals Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi joined

by Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann in the

final three. The list of 23 names has been trimmed

down to the elite trio after voting by captains and

coaches of national teams, select members of the

media and fans voting on FIFA.com , with the

winner to be crowned at the ceremony on 9

January in Zurich.

Cristiano Ronaldo had an outstanding year in

continental competitions, securing his third UEFA

Champions League title, his second for Real

Madrid, finishing as top scorer with 16 goals on

the way to the final – in which the Portuguese

scored the winning penalty in the shootout against

Los Blancos’ rivals Atletico Madrid. Six weeks

later, he captained his country to their first major

trophy, scoring three goals to help his side to a

final where he was restricted to just 25 minutes of

action, but provided a memorable performance in

helping to cajole his team to victory from the

sideline.

After steadily improving in recent years, Griezmann

announced himself as one of the world’s

outstanding players this year thanks, in part, to his

performances on home soil at UEFA EURO 2016.

The diminutive forward, often found in a ‘9.5’ role

between the forward line and midfield, was top

scorer in the tournament as he helped his country

reach the final, only to be defeated by Ronaldo’s

Portugal. The Frenchman also ended the 2015-16

season as his club side’s top goalscorer, helping

Atleti to third in La Liga, and to a tight final defeat

to Ronaldo’s Real in the Champions League.

Argentina and Barcelona’s talisman Messi had yet

another phenomenal year, guiding his side to a

league and cup double, scoring 26 goals in an

incredibly tight La Liga title race, and captaining

his country to the final of the Copa America

Centenario. Ultimately, the national team glory with

Argentina he craves was denied him by Chile once

more, with La Roja defeating La Albiceleste on

penalties in the finale. It was, however another

fruitful year for the No10, who stepped past Gabriel

Batistuta as his country’s outright top goalscorer

during the Copa America Centenario.

Make sure to check back on FIFA.com and on

social media – @FIFAcom using #TheBest , on

Instagram and the official FIFA Football Awards

Facebook page – to see who is The Best Men’s

Player.

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