FIFA awards: Virgil van Dijk joins Lionel Messi & Cristiano Ronaldo on Player of the Year shortlist, Klopp, Pochettino & Guardiola up for Coach of the Year

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk wins the UEFA Player of the Year award
Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk wins the UEFA Player of the Year award

Virgil Van Dijk has been shortlisted for yet another individual accolade as he joins Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in vying for the FIFA men's Player of the Year award.

Van Dijk, who beat both Barcelona Messi and Juve's Ronaldo to win the UEFA Player of the Year award last week, is again the favourite to beat the two other footballing superstars to this latest award.

Manchester City's Ederson and Liverpool's Alisson Becker, who went head-to-head in last season's Premier League title race, are vying to be named the world's best goalkeeper.

The pair have made the final shortlist of three for FIFA's The Best goalkeeper award.

Barcelona's Marc-Andre Ter Stegen is the third name on the list.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, who led the Reds to Champions League glory, was shortlisted in the men's coach category along with Tottenham's Mauricio Pochettino, whose side were beaten in the Madrid final.

There was a clean sweep for the Premier League in this category, with Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola the third man on the list after completing a domestic treble.

England Women head coach Phil Neville, who guided the Lionesses to the semi-finals of this summer's World Cup, made the shortlist for women's coach of the year.

Neville's side were beaten by eventual winners the United States in France.

Lucy Bronze, one of England's standout stars at the World Cup, is shortlisted for the women's player award.

However, she is up against arguably the most high-profile player of the tournament, Megan Rapinoe, and her USA team-mate Alex Morgan.

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