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3 Finalists For FIFA's The Best Men's Player Revealed, Messi Snubbed!

FIFA has announced the official three-man shortlist for The Best Men's Player 2018, and snubbed FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi, while one African is among the nominees. The shortlists for the The Best Goalkeeper and Coach of the Year were also revealed.

Tired of reading? Click through the gallery above to see the three finalists for the main prize, as well as the nominees for the Goalkeeper and Coach of the Year awards.

A panel of FIFA legends, including Brazil legend Ronaldo Nazario, former England boss Fabio Capello and former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, compiled an initial 10-man shortlist, which did not include last year's third-placed star Neymar.

Subsequently, the voting ran from 24 July until 10 August, with four groups of the football community being allowed to vote. Journalists, fans, national team coaches and captains – each section having a weighting of 25% – were asked to vote for their favourites, with their preferred option receiving five points, second choice three and third place one point.

As was the case last year, The Best FIFA Men's Player is aligned with the previous season instead of the calendar year, meaning it rewards performances in the 2017/18 campaign. The Best is the successor of the FIFA Ballon d'Or after joint organisers FIFA and France Football split up last year, with France Football's Ballon d'Or being awarded later in the year.

Cristiano Ronaldo, who won the past two editions of the award and five in total, is once again among the final three, but this time longstanding rival Lionel Messi did not make the final shortlist for the first time since 2006.

Newly crowned UEFA Men's Player of the Year Luka Modric and African Footballer of the Year Mohamed Salah are the other two finalists.

Read: Modric Beats Ronaldo & Salah To UEFA Player of the Year Award, Messi Only 5th

Meanwhile, the three nominees for the new The Best Goalkeeper award are Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur), Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea/Real Madrid) and Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City).

The finalists for The Best Coach of the Year are Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid), Didier Deschamps (France) and Zlatko Dalic (Croatia)

The winners will be announced during the FIFA awards gala on 24 September in London.

Who do you think will lift The Best FIFA Men's Player 2018 award? Have your say in the comments section below.

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