Ronaldo, Griezmann and Messi up for Fifa Player of the Year
The three Liga-based players are the nominees for the 2016 Award, which has been reintroduced due to the split between Fifa and France Football.
Atlético Madrid and France striker Antoine Griezmann has been named alongside Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo on the shortlist for FIFA's Player of the Year award.
Claudio Ranieri and Fernando Santos, the men behind two of the year's biggest surprises, were nominated for the best coach award alongside Real Madrid's Zinedine Zidane.
Marta up for women's player
Germany's Melanie Behringer, last year's winner Carli Lloyd of the United States and Brazil's five-times winner Marta were nominated for the women's player of the year award.
Ronaldo helped Portugal win Euro 2016, although his performances were often criticised and he was injured early in the final against France, and he won the Champions League with Real Madrid.
Messi led Argentina to the final of the Copa Centenario, where they lost to Chile, and won La Liga with Barcelona. Angry with the leadership of the Argentinean FA, he briefly announced his international retirement but later back-tracked.
Griezmann earned a spot with his performances for France at Euro 2016.
Ronaldo, Messi hegemony
Ronaldo and Messi have shared the award since 2008, with Messi winning five times to Ronaldo's three, and it was the sixth time in a row both have featured in the final shortlist of three.
Ronaldo won in 2008, 2013, 2014 with Messi second on each occasion. Messi won from 2009-12 and again last year with Ronaldo second on every occasion except in 2010 when Andrés Iniesta was runner-up.
In the coaching race, Italian Ranieri led Leicester City to the English Premier League title against all the odds while Santos won Euro 2016 with Portugal, their first major trophy.
The first FIFA award was held in 1991 when it was won by Lothar Matthäus while the women's player of the year of the award has been held every year since 2001.
From 2010 to last year inclusive, the awards were organized jointly with France Football magazine and known as the FIFA Ballon d'Or.
Following the split with the French publication, the ceremony, which will be held in Zurich on January 9, has been renamed "The Best FIFA Football Awards".
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