Published: Tue, September 03, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

The finalists for FIFA's 'The Best' 2019

The finalists for FIFA's 'The Best' 2019

The award season is in full swing, with the UEFA awards already distributed.

Van Dijk was been shortlisted for the men's player award.

The announcement was made on Monday inside the mythical San Siro (Milan), and it left us with three big names: Virgil van Dijk, Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

The victor will be announced on September 23 at The Best FIFA Football Awards ceremony and we have the lowdown on each of the three still in with a chance...

The award, based on what players achieved between July 16 2018 and July 19 2019, will be announced in Milan on September 23. Virgil has a Champions League win to his credit with Liverpool apart from finishing runners up in the Nations League prior to that. The Liverpool star beat Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to be crowned as the UEFA Player of the Year for 2018/19 season.

Manchester City and Liverpool were also represented in The Best Goalkeeper category, with Brazilian duo Ederson and Alisson nominated along with Barcelona's Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Similar battle lines have been drawn for the title of The Best FIFA Women's Coach, with England manager Phil Neville in contention against Jill Ellis, who has won back-to-back World Cups with USA.

As for women's football, the three nominees for "The Best" shone in the World Cup.

Netherlands boss Sarina Wiegman is the other contender after leading her country to the World Cup final.

Juanfer Quintero's free-kick for River Plate against Racing Club and Daniel Zsori's strike for Hungarian side Debrecen and Ferencvaros are also nominated.

Egyptian superstar Salah, though, was snubbed despite winning the Uefa Champions League with Liverpool and also claiming his second Premier League Golden Boot. United States forward Megan Rapinoe is the favourite for the women's award. The three goalkeepers who reached the podium are: Christiane Endler (PSG), Hedvig Lindahl (Kristianstads DFF) and Sari van Veenendaal (Atlético de Madrid).

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