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Breaking: 3 Finalists For Fifa's The Best Men's Player Revealed, Salah Snubbed!

Fifa has announced the official three-man shortlist for The Best Men's Player 2019, and snubbed African superstar Mohamed Salah, while the finalists for the Puskas Award, the Goalkeeper of the Year and Coach of the Year accolades were also revealed.

Tired of reading? Click through the gallery above to see the three finalists for the main prize, as well as the other final nominees.

The 10-man shortlist for The Best Fifa Men's Player 2019 award was announced on 31 July, and it has now been cut down to the final three contenders.

The award is based on achievements during the period from 16 July 2018 to 19 July 2019, with the initial 10-man shortlist being compiled by a panel of experts.

Voting was then opened to four voting panels, made up fans, journalists, national coaches, and coaches, who voted for their top three.

On Monday, Fifa announced the three finalists, namely Virgil van Dijk, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Egyptian superstar Salah, though, was snubbed despite winning the Uefa Champions League with Liverpool and also claiming his second Premier League Golden Boot.

Van Dijk is the favourite to replace last year's winner Luka Modric after he was named the Uefa Men's Player of the Year last week.

Ronaldo and Messi have both won the award five times, and it remains to be seen whether or not Van Dijk can beat them to the prestigious accolade or if one of the superstar duo will become the first player to win the prize a sixth time.

Meanwhile, the three final nominees for the The Best Goalkeeper award are Alisson Becker (Liverpool), Ederson (Manchester City) and Marc-Andre ter Stegen (FC Barcelona).

The finalists for the Coach of the Year award are Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool), Pep Guardiola (Manchester City) and Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham Hotspur).

Read: UEFA Awards Winners Revealed, Messi Collects Prize But Ronaldo Snubbed

Messi was also named among the finalists for the prestigious Fifa Puskas Award, with his strike against Real Betis from last season being named one of the three best goals, alongside strikes from Juan Fernando Quintero (River Plate) and Daniel Zsori (Debrecen).

The three final nominees for Fifa's The Best Women's Player award are Lucy Bronze (Olympique Lyon), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride) and Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign).

All winners will be announced during the Fifa awards gala on 23 September in Milan, Italy.

Who do you think will lift The Best Fifa Men's Player of the Year award this year? Have your say in the comments section below.

 

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