PARIS – Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo leads the nominees unveiled on Thursday for the Best Fifa Men’s Player 2017 award.
The 32-year-old Portuguese captain is the favourite to retain the title he won last year after success in both the Champions League and La Liga.
Among the 24 men’s nominees are Ronaldo’s Real Madrid teammates Dani Carvajal, Toni Kroos, Marcelo, Luka Modric, Keylor Navas and Sergio Ramos.
The list also includes Barcelona rivals Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, as well as Paris Saint-Germain’s record signing Neymar.
Champions League finalists with Juventus, Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and teammate Paulo Dybala are also in the running, alongside former Juventus player Leonardo Bonucci, who has since signed for AC Milan.
Last year’s winner Carli Lloyd of the United States is one of 10 nominees for the women’s award. The Houston Dash midfielder had a loan spell at Manchester City last season.
Barcelona forward Lieke Martens and Arsenal striker Vivianne Miedema, both winners of the women’s Euro 2017 with the Netherlands, are also on the list.
The winners will be decided by a jury of club and international coaches, media representatives and fans.
The prize – one of a new set of awards organised by Fifa following their split with Ballon d’Or organisers France Football magazine – will be handed over in London on October 23.
The other nominees include Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Harry Kane (Tottenham), N’Golo Kante (Chelsea), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) and Arturo Vidal (Bayern Munich).AFP