Ronaldo, Messi shortlisted for FIFA's Best Player 2017 award

The list, which was released today had Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane leading the pack among top contenders for the prestigious award.

Holder Cristiano Ronaldo and his Barcelona rival Lionel Messi have been nominated for the Best FIFA Men's Player for the second year running.

Ronaldo poses with his latest personal award alongside victor of "The Best" women's player Carli Lloyd at the ceremony back in January. Also Zidane in 2017 became the champion of Spain and has led real Madrid to victories in the UEFA super Cup and the Spanish super Cup.

A final trio of nominees will now be decided by a combination of a public vote, which runs between Aug 21 and Sept 7, as well as input from national team captains, coaches, and a panel of media representatives.

The Best Men's Player award returned past year after FIFA and France Football ended their collaboration for the FIFA Ballon d'Or prize.

Conte hoisted the Premier League title in his first season on English shores, bagging a record-breaking 30 wins en route to his fourth league title in his last four seasons in club football (the other three triumphs were with Juventus).

Mauricio Pochettino was another manager who ended the season without a trophy, but Tottenham enjoyed another impressive league campaign, coming 2nd behind Chelsea.

The 27-year-old was the top scorer in the Bundesliga last season with 31 goals for Borussia Dortmund.

Because it wasn't enough to have just one best player in the world award in football FIFA made a decision to split from the Ballon d'Or last year and now the sport's governing body are back with their second awards of the calendar year.

The winners from each category would be revealed at a ceremony in London in October.

Vanessa Coleman