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It may not quite be the Ballon D'or, but it’s comes in as the second-best individual award for a player in European football. The FIFA ‘The Best’ Award is given to a player based on their respective achievements during the period between 16 July 2018 to 19 July 2019 inclusive. The ten-man shortlist is compiled by a ‘panel of experts’, and yes, I know what you’re thinking, probably a bunch of nobodies that came up with the shortlist. But don’t get ahead of yourself our young football angels, this “panel” consisted of Xavi, Kaka, Lothar Matthaus, Fabio Capello, Franco Baresi, Juan Sebastian Veron, Francisco Maturana and Hugo Sanchez.

Not a bad list of ex-players to decide who should win. However… after this it’s then up to the fans, national team coaches, captains and journalists to choose between 3 finalists from the list of 10. Of course it’s tough to move Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi of their perch so they’re in the final choose. But, after this, it was between eight other candidates to join the GOAT’s to see if they have the chance to win The Best FIFA Football Awards. An awards show taking place today in Milan.

Below are the 3 finalists for the award, plus the other candidates that unfortunately didn’t make the cut.

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Cristiano Ronaldo

Helped Juventus win Serie A and named the league’s ‘Most Valuable Player’.
Finished as the club’s top goalscorer in all competitions & won Italian Super cup.
Helped Portugal win the UEFA Nations League as top goalscorer in the Nations League.
Boots: Nike Mercurial Superfly XIII Elite

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Virgil Van Dijk

Won UEFA Champions League with Liverpool.
Named PFA Players’ Player and Premier League Player of the Year.
Helped Holland to UEFA Nations League Final.
Boots: Nike Tiempo Legend

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Lionel Messi

Won La Liga, whilst helping the team reach the UEFA Champions League Semi-Final and Copa del Rey Final.
Claimed European Golden Shoe as continent’s top goalscorer and became La Liga’s top assist-maker.
Helped Argentina to bronze at 2019 Copa America.
Boots: Adidas Nemeziz 19.1

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Sadio Mane

Won UEFA Champions League with Liverpool.
Joint top-scorer in the Premier League 2018/19.
Captained Senegal to the CAF Africa Cup of Nations Final.
Boots: New Balance Furon

Frenkie de Jong

Won domestic league and cup double with Ajax.
Reached the semi-final of the UEFA Champions League.
Named Eredivisie 'Player of the Season'.
Boots: Nike Mercurial Vapor XIII Elite

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Mohamed Salah

Won UEFA Champions League with Liverpool.
Club's top goalscorer in all competitions in 2018/19.
Joint top-scorer in the Premier League.
Boots: adidas X19.1

Kylian Mbappe

Helped PSG win Ligue 1 and Trophee des Champions.
Club's top goalscoerer in all competitions in 2018/19.
Ligue 1 top goalscorer, named league's 'Player of the Year'.
Boots: Nike Mercurial Superfly Elite

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Eden Hazard

Won the UEFA Europa League with Chelsea.
Club's top goalscorer in all competitions.
Named PFA Fans' 'Player of the Year'.
Boots: Nike Mercurial Vapor Elite

Matthijs de Ligt

Won the domestic league and cup double with Ajax.
Reached the semi-final of the UEFA Champions League with Ajax.
Named the Eredivisie and UEFA Champions League squads of the season.
Boots: adidas X19.1

Find out tonight on our social channels who'll win the award and let us know who should've had the chance to win.

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