According to Goal, FIFA has confirmed that the three finalists are The Best FIFA Men’s Player, Juventus attacker Cristiano Ronaldo, Barcelona striker Lionel Messi and Bayern Munich hitman Robert Lewandowski.
A shortlist of 11 players was announced for the award on November 25, with the Bayern striker leading the charge after a prolific campaign in which, amid a flurry of goals, he led his club to a treble.
But Kevin De Bruyne, Sadio Mane, Kylian Mbappe, Neymar, Sergio Ramos, Mohamed Salah, Thiago Alcantara and Virgil van Dijk have all fallen out of the running since then.
That leaves Lewandowski to face two past champions.
In both 2016 and 2017, Ronaldo won the award when he dominated the vote after guiding Real Madrid to consecutive Champions League trophies. However, since then with Juventus, he has completed a move to Italy, although he remains a prolific scorer.
Messi, meanwhile, is the reigning holder of the prize but is generally considered to have had a disappointing year for his Barcelona side by his standards in the midst of a tumultuous time.
Earlier, Lewandowski told Ole that he was positive about winning the prize, but acknowledged that the competition was fierce.
The Pole said If you scored a lot of goals and won everything and were at the top, I don’t think there’s anyone I can compare myself to,”
I just concentrate and think about the next opportunity, and so on. Of course, if I win the award, I’ll be satisfied because I know what I’ve done, that it was for the team, and I know it’s going to be a decision by the fans and the journalists who vote.
It will be more of a special experience. It would be something amazing for me if I won The Best, and it would be an award for the whole team, because I know how well we played.
For me what we did last season was amazing and I think we were the best. There is no denying that we are the best. And we want to stay in that position,
“Winning a FIFA award, a dream, is always remarkable. Personally, I know how hard I worked and pushed myself to have the year I’ve had. It’s possible to get the prize if you enjoy what you do.
I insist, however that winning will be a prize for the entire squad. Bayern had an unsurpassable year.
On December 17, the winner will be revealed.