Nominees For FIFA World Coach Of The Year Announced

Messi and Ronaldo duel to be world's best again

FIFA introduced contenders for the title of coach of the year

FIFA will announce the final lists of the three nominees for each of the four categories listed above – as well as for the FIFA Puskás Award, the FIFA Fan Award and the brand new The Best FIFA Goalkeeper award – later in September.

The 12-man list was composed by a panel of former stars including Cafu, Diego Maradona, Carles Puyol and Edwin van der Sar.

Neymar, who has recently been brought by the Paris Saint Germain (PSG) for a record-shattering €222 million, has also been included in the list, which also includes the Juventus pair of Paulo Dybala and Gianluigi Buffon who have been named after impressive performances en route to their Champions League final.

Today, FIFA announced the shortlisted candidates for four individual trophies, which will be presented at The Best FIFA Football Awards™ ceremony in London on 23 October 2017.

Ronaldo enjoyed another remarkable season in which he inspired Real to a La Liga and Champions League double while Messi topped him in the Spanish goalscoring charts.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi's duopoly of the main men's award looks set to continue, with Spurs striker Kane the only British representative on the 24-strong group vying for The Best FIFA Men's Player crown.

Nigeria's Florence Omagbemi was shortlisted alongside Olivier Echouafni (France), Emma Hayes (Chelsea Ladies), Ralf Kellermann (Wolfsburg), Xavi Llorens (FC Barcelona Femeni) Nils Nielsen (Danish national team), Gerard Precheur (Olympique Lyonnais Feminin), Dominik Thalhammer (Austrian national team), Sarina Wiegman (Netherlands national team), Hwang Yong-Bong (Korea DPR / Korea DPR U-20 national teams).

Football's governing body will hold their awards gala on 23 October in London this year, where the eventual victor will be announced.

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