Neymar Shortlisted for FIFA Best Award

Nigeria legend Austin 'Jay Jay' Okocha has praised the consistency of world football super stars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

The statement added that Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid), Massimiliano Allegri (Juventus, Italy) and Antonio Conte (Chelsea, the United Kingdom) were included on the candidate list for The Best FIFA Men's Coach. The women's coaching contenders are Nils Nielsen (Denmark), Gerard Precheur (Lyon) and Sarina Wiegman (Netherlands).

The Real star is being backed to win the award for the fifth time in his career, after a year that saw him win La Liga and the Champions League.

And his fine form also led to Real winning the Spanish title for the first time since 2012, when Jose Mourinho was in charge. Neymar had 20 goals for Barcelona last season and four this year for Brazil. Messi finished second behind Ronaldo for the honors last year.

Holder Carli Lloyd is again nominated for the women's player award. Go find a seat with a seatbelt. The winner 2017, a successor to Ronaldo, crowned in 2016, will be unveiled at a ceremony on 23 October in London.

Napoli star Dries Mertens follows the African with his 26 strikes, along with Roma's Edin Dzeko, while both Monaco's Radamel Falcao is currently on 24 goals in 2017. Formalities are ironed out smoothly and Ronaldo puts pen to paper for three years, taking on the No.24 shirt and becoming a 'cule'. Messi then blew his Portuguese counterpart out of the water by hitting an incredible 50 goals during the 2011/12 season.

Vanessa Coleman

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