Who will be The Best? FIFA has today announced the final contenders for The Best FIFA Football Awards™. The winners will be crowned in Zurich on 9 January 2017.

The three nominees for The Best FIFA Men’s Player 2016, in alphabetical order, are: Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal/Real Madrid), Antoine Griezmann (France/Atlético Madrid) and Lionel Messi (Argentina/FC Barcelona). Meanwhile, Melanie Behringer (Germany/FC Bayern Munich), Carli Lloyd (USA/Houston Dash) and Marta (Brazil/FC Rosengård) are in the running for The Best FIFA Women’s Player 2016.

The candidates for The Best FIFA Men’s Coach 2016 and The Best FIFA Women’s Coach 2016 have also been announced. In alphabetical order, the contenders are: Claudio Ranieri (Italy/Leicester City), Fernando Santos (Portugal/Portuguese national team) and Zinédine Zidane (France/Real Madrid) for The Best FIFA Men’s Coach 2016 award, and Jill Ellis (USA/US national team), Silvia Neid (Germany/German national team) and Pia Sundhage (Sweden/Swedish national team) for The Best FIFA Women’s Coach 2016  award.

The winners of The Best FIFA Football Awards 2016 will be determined through a combined voting process, in which 50% of the decision is based on the votes of captains and head coaches from national teams all around the globe. The other 50% is split between an online public ballot of football fans, and submissions from a selected group of media representatives from all around the world.

The voting procedure for each of the awards has been supervised and monitored by the independent observer PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Switzerland.

In addition, the three nominees for The FIFA Puskás Award 2016 for the “most beautiful goal of the season” have also been announced. The three goals still in the race are Marlone (BRA) – 21.04.2016, Corinthians v. Cobresal, Copa Libertadores, Daniuska Rodríguez (VEN) – 14.03.2016, Venezuela v. Colombia, South American U-17 Women’s Football Championship and Mohd Faiz Subri (MAS) – 16.02.2016, Penang v. Pahang, Malaysia Super League.The public voting on FIFA.com for this category will close on 9 January 2017.

All of the awards, including The FIFA Fair Play Award and The FIFA Fan Awardwill be presented at The Best FIFA Football Awards ceremony at the Zurich TPC studios (Technology and Production Center Switzerland AG, 8052 Zurich) on 9 January 2017, which will be streamed live on FIFA.com and FIFA on YouTube.

To keep up with the latest news about The Best FIFA Football Awards™ see fifa.com/fifafootballawards and www.facebook.com/fifafootballawards

Join the discussion about who should win this year’s prizes by using the hashtag#TheBest

Note to editors: the media accreditation process for The Best FIFA Football Awards opened on the FIFA Media Channel (http://media.fifa.com) on 15 November 2016 and will close on 15 December 2016.

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