Ronaldo, Messi, Neymar lead FIFA best player shortlist

Cuadrado's FIFA 18 card

FIFA announced the candidates for the Best FIFA Men's Award for 2017 on Friday, and as expected Barcelona's Lionel Messi, Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and PSG new boy Neymar made the list.

The awards ceremony will take place in London on Oct. 23.

While Ronaldo won the Spanish league and Champions League last season at Real Madrid, Messi and Neymar only collected the Copa del Rey title with Barcelona.

Holder Carli Lloyd is again nominated for the women's player award. Off the field, the three players have all been embroiled in tax cases in Spain over the last year.

Ronaldo is looked at as the heavy favorite after Real Madrid's incredible 2017, which included winning another Champions League title. The American midfielder is being challenged by Lieke Martens, whose goals powered the Netherlands to the European Championship, and 18-year-old Deyna Castellanos, who won the South American Under-17 Championship 2016.

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