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FIFA announce list of nominees for new 'Best Player' award

Lionel Messi, of course, is up for the award
Lionel Messi, of course, is up for the award

FIFA have announced their shortlist for 'The Best FIFA Men’s Player 2016'.

The new award comes about after the split between the Ballon d'Or and FIFA this year.

The Ballon d'Or list of 30 nominees was released two weeks ago.

FIFA's list has a number of differences, with the following 10 players making the Ballon d'Or list but failing to make FIFA's 23:

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund), Paulo Dybala (Juventus), Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid), Gonzalo Higuain (Juventus), Koke (Atletico Madrid), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Rui Patricio (Sporting Lisbon), Pepe (Real Madrid) and Arturo Vidal (Bayern Munich).

Three players, all from the Premier League, make the FIFA list but failed to get a nod for the Ballon d'Or.

They were N’Golo Kanté (France/Leicester City/Chelsea), Mesut Özil (Germany/Arsenal) and Alexis Sánchez (Chile/Arsenal).

The full FIFA list is below.

Sergio Agüero (Argentina/Manchester City), Gareth Bale (Wales/Real Madrid), Gianluigi Buffon (Italy/Juventus), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal/Real Madrid), Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium/Manchester City), Antoine Griezmann (France/Atlético Madrid), Zlatan Ibrahimović (Sweden/Paris Saint-Germain/Manchester United), Andrés Iniesta (Spain/FC Barcelona), N’Golo Kanté (France/Leicester City/Chelsea), Toni Kroos (Germany/Real Madrid), Robert Lewandowski (Poland/FC Bayern Munich), Riyad Mahrez (Algeria/Leicester City), Lionel Messi (Argentina/FC Barcelona), Luka Modrić (Croatia/Real Madrid), Manuel Neuer (Germany/FC Bayern Munich), Neymar (Brazil/FC Barcelona), Mesut Özil (Germany/Arsenal), Dimitri Payet (France/West Ham United), Paul Pogba (France/Juventus/Manchester United), Sergio Ramos (Spain/Real Madrid), Alexis Sánchez (Chile/Arsenal), Luis Suárez (Uruguay/FC Barcelona), Jamie Vardy (England/Leicester City).

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