Date: 5th November 2016 at 7:42pm
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On Friday, FIFA announced the shortlist for the 2016 FIFA Best Men’s Player award.

The 23 man shortlist features ten English Premier League side players, with the remainder being very familiar faces from the giants of European Football.

There are no great surprises when it comes to the shortlist and the players selected, so here they are:

Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)
Gareth Bale (Real Madrid)
Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)
Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid),
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United-Paris Saint-Germain)
Andres Iniesta (Barcelona)
N’Golo Kante (Chelsea-Leicester City)
Toni Kroos (Real Madrid)
Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)
Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City)
Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
Luka Modric (Real Madrid)
Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich)
Neymar (Barcelona)
Mesut Ozil (Arsenal)
Dimitri Payet (West Ham)
Paul Pogba (Manchester United-Juventus)
Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)
Luis Suarez (Barcelona)
Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)

The above list will be reduced to a three man final shortlist on December 2, and the winner will be announced on January 9.

With FIFA splitting from the Ballon d’Or and France Football this year – that award takes place as normal and their shortlist was announced back in October – fans can play a part in the voting.

The overall winner will be selected through a combined voting process, which will see 50% of the votes awarded based on the choice of all captains and head coaches of national teams across the planet we call Earth, and the remaining 50% of the votes will be split between an online ballot of fans and also submissions from a select group of over 200 media representatives across the six continents.

Kante, Sanchez and Ozil did not feature on the Ballon d’Or list, whereas Tottenham Hotspur’s Hugo Lloris misses out on the FIFA list having been previously selected by France Football.

A number of players however do feature on both shortlists.

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