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Van Dijk, Ronaldo, Messi finalists for FIFA player award

AP , Monday 2 Sep 2019
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Liverpool's Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk poses with his trophy of Best Men's player in Europe of the Year and Best Defender at the end of the UEFA Champions League football group stage draw ceremony in Monaco on August 29, 2019. (AFP)
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Netherlands defender Virgil van Dijk has joined five-time winners Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as the three finalists for the FIFA best player award. United States forward Megan Rapinoe is the favorite for the women's award.

The announcement of the final three in each category - including best coach and best goalkeeper - was made Monday at the San Siro. The winners will be announced in Milan on Sept. 23.

Luka Modric, who won the award last year after leading Croatia to the World Cup final, did not make the 10-man shortlist.

Van Dijk joined Ronaldo and Messi after helping Liverpool win the Champions League title in June.

Rapinoe is competing against World Cup-winning teammate Alex Morgan and England forward Lucy Bronze.

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