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By Chineze Ogugua

Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar have been shortlisted as the finalists for the FIFA Best Men’s Player award in 2017.

The panel to decide the Best Men’s Player includes Cafu, Landon Donovan, Enzo Francescoli, Diego Maradona, Carles Puyol, Carlos Valderrama and Edwin van der Sar.

In the Women BestPlayer category, Carli Lloyd, Deyna Castellanos and UEFA Women player of the year Lieke Mertens were shortlisted.

For the Coach of the year, the Men category saw Champions League winner Zinedine Zidane,finalist Masimilliano Allegri and EPL winner Antonio Conte shortlisted while Nils Nielsen of Denmark, Gerard Precheur of Olympique Lyonnais and Sarina Wiegman of the Dutch national team were shortlisted for the Women Coach of the year category.

The winner will be announced at the London Palladium on October 23.

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