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Ronaldo, Messi and Mbappe on Fifa player of the year shortlist

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Argentine forward Messi topped the scoring charts with 34 goals in Barcelona’s third La Liga title win in the last four seasons

France’s World Cup star Kylian Mbappe joined regulars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi on the shortlist for The Best Fifa Men’s player award, world soccer’s governing body announced yesterday.

Ronaldo, who has won the award for the last two years, helped Real Madrid claim a third consecutive Champions League crown before securing a close season transfer to Juventus.

Argentine forward Messi topped the scoring charts with 34 goals in Barcelona’s third La Liga title win in the last four seasons.

The 19-year-old Mbappe followed up a domestic treble with Paris St Germain with a string of impressive performances in France’s World Cup winning campaign. He became only the second teenager after Pele to score in a World Cup final as France powered past Croatia 4-2 to win the sport’s top prize for the second time, 20 years after their first triumph. Mbappe was joined by compatriot Antoine Griezmann and Raphael Varane on the 10-man shortlist.

France coach Didier Deschamps and former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane head the nominees for the men’s coach of the year award.

England manager Gareth Southgate was also named on the shortlist after guiding the national team to a first World Cup semi-final in 28 years.

Four women and six men are part of the 10-candidate list for the women’s coach of the year award.

The three finalists for each award will be revealed at a later date, with the winners to be announced in a ceremony in London on September 24.

Full list of nominees:

The Best FIFA Men’s Player: Cristiano Ronaldo;Kevin De Bruyne; Antoine Griezmann; Eden Hazard; Harry Kane; Kylian Mbappe; Lionel Messi; Luka Modric; Mohammed Salah; Raphael Varane.

The Best FIFA Women’s Player: Lucy Bronze; Pernille Harder; Ada Hegerberg; Amandine Henry; Samantha Kerr; Saki Kumagai; Dzsenifer Marozsan; Marta; Megan Rapinoe; Wendie Renard.

The Best FIFA Men’s Coach: Massimiliano Allegri; Stanislav Cherchesov; Zlatko Dalic; Didier Deschamps; Pep Guardiola; Juergen Klopp; Roberto Martinez; Diego Simeone; Gareth Southgate; Ernesto Valverde; Zinedine Zidane.

The Best FIFA Women’s Coach: Emma Hayes; Stephan Lerch; Mark Parsons; Reynald Pedros; Alen Stajcic; Asako Takakura; Vadao; Jorge Vilda; Martina Voss-Tecklenburg; Sarina Wiegman.