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The Best FIFA finalists named: Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi face off

Last updated 2 months ago | By Mirror

Barcelona's Lionel Messi, left, shakes has with Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo prior of the start of the Champions League group G soccer match between FC Barcelona and Juventus at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020. [AP Photo, Joan Monfort]  

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi will go head-to-head yet again as the finalists for The Best FIFA awards have been announced.

The legendary pair will battle it out with Bayern Munich and Poland forward Robert Lewandowski - seen by many as the favourite for the award - for the Best Men's Player prize, with the other finalists also announced as the initial shortlists were whittled down.

Liverpool's Premier League-winning manager Jurgen Klopp will take on Leeds United's Marcelo Bielsa and Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick for the Men's Coach of the Year award, which Klopp claimed in 2019 having picked up the Champions League.

Reds star Alisson Becker is in the running for Goalkeeper of the Year, taking on Bayern and Germany stalwart Manuel Neuer and the Atletico Madrid stopper Jan Oblak.

Tottenham star Son Heung-min has made the final three for the Puskas Award for goal of the year, with his strike against Burnley following a mazy run up against efforts from Luis Suarez and Suarez's fellow Uruguayan Giorgian De Arrascaeta.

Soccer Football - Premier League - Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City - Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, Britain - February 2, 2020 Tottenham Hotspur's Son Heung-min reacts after the match. [Reuters, John Sibley]

England and Manchester City star Lucy Bronze has made the final three for Best Women's Player, joining Danish star Pernille Harder and France's Wendie Renard.

Chelsea's Emma Hayes is in the running for Women's Coach of the Year, alongside Frenchman Jean-Luc Vasseur and the Dutch coach Sarina Wiegman, who will take over as the new England Women's boss next year.

The awards will take place in Zurich next Thursday, December 17.

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