FIFA, on Monday, announced their final three-man shortlist for the Men’s Player of the Year award.
They are: Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus, Portugal), Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool, Netherlands) and Lionel Messi, (Barcelona, Argentina).
FIFA made the announcements via their official website.
One of the three will be named FIFA Men’s Player of the Year (2019).
The winner of the award will be selected by a panel of experts chosen by FIFA, comprised of former goalkeepers and strikers.
Others included are: Frenkie De Jong (Ajax/Barcelona), Matthijs De Ligt (Ajax/Juventus), Eden Hazard (Chelsea/Real Madrid), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Sadio Mane (Liverpool) and Mohammed Salah (Liverpool).
Real Madrid midfielder, Luka Modric, who is the current holder of the award, has been left out.
Messi and Ronaldo have shared the prize five times apiece over the past decade.