Lewandowski, Messi & Ronaldo shortlisted for FIFA Best Awards

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VIDEO SHOWS: FILE AND STILL PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE SOME OF THE FINALISTS FOR THE FIFA BEST AWARDS

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LISBON, PORTUGAL (FILE - AUGUST 22, 2020) (UEFA - NO RESALES. NO COMMERCIAL USE. MUST ON-SCREEN COURTESY "©UEFA 2020")

1. BAYERN MUNICH STRIKER, ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI JOGGING WITH TEAM

2. LEWANDOWSKI AT TRAINING SESSION

TURIN, ITALY (DECEMBER 7, 2020) (UEFA - NO RESALES. NO COMMERCIAL USE. MUST ON-SCREEN COURTESY "©UEFA 2020")

3. CRISTIANO RONALDO TRAINING WITH JUVENTUS TEAM MATES

LISBON, PORTUGAL (NOVEMBER 13, 2020) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)

4. CRISTIANO RONALDO AT A PORTUGAL TRAINING SESSION

BARCELONA, SPAIN (FILE - SEPTEMBER 9, 2020) (BARCA TV POOL - ACCESS ALL)

5. VARIOUS OF LIONEL MESSI AT BARCELONA TRAINING SESSION

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (FILE - DECEMBER 9, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)

6. VARIOUS OF LIVERPOOL MANAGER JUERGEN KLOPP AT TRAINING SESSION

BERLIN, GERMANY (FILE - NOVEMBER 5, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)

7. VARIOUS OF HANSI FLICK AT BAYERN MUNICH TRAINING

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (FILE - OCTOBER 23, 2020) (REUTERS PICTURES - ACCESS ALL) (MUTE)

8. STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF LEEDS COACH MARCELO BIELSA DURING PREMIER LEAGUE MATCH AWAY TO ASTON VILLA

LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (FILE - NOVEMBER 7, 2020) (REUTERS PICTURES - ACCESS ALL) (MUTE)

9. STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF BIELSA DURING LEEDS UNITED'S PREMIER LEAGUE MATCH AGAINST CRYSTAL PALACE

LEEDS, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (NOVEMBER 22, 2020) (REUTERS PICTURES - ACCESS ALL) (MUTE)

10. STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF BIELSA CROUCHED DURING LEEDS UNITED'S PREMIER LEAGUE MATCH AGAINST ARSENAL

LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (FILE - MAY 5, 2018) (REUTERS PICTURES - ACCESS ALL) (MUTE)

11. STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF CHELSEA MANAGER EMMA HAYES (CENTRE) CELEBRATING WITH HER PLAYERS AFTER WINNING THE FA CUP

12. STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF HAYES CELEBRATING THE VICTORY

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (FILE - APRIL 14, 2019) (ACTION IMAGES - ACCESS ALL) (MUTE)

13. STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF HAYES AHEAD OF THEIR WOMEN'S FA CUP SEMI-FINAL AWAY TO MANCHESTER CITY

LYON, FRANCE (FILE - JULY 5, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)

14. VARIOUS OF SARINA WIEGMAN AT NETHERLANDS TRAINING SESSION

15. CAMERAMAN / PLAYERS ON THE PITCH

16. VARIOUS PLAYERS LISTENING TO COACH SARINA WIEGMAN

SAN SEBASTIAN, SPAIN (FILE - AUGUST 29, 2020) (REUTERS PICTURES - ACCESS ALL) (MUTE)

17. TWO STILL PHOTOGRAPHS OF OLYMPIQUE LYONNAIS COACH, JEAN-LUC VASSEUR AT A TRAINING SESSION

18. STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF VASSEUR AT A NEWS CONFERENCE

SAN SEBASTIAN, SPAIN (FILE- AUGUST 29, 2020) (UEFA - NO RESALES. NO COMMERCIAL USE. MUST ON-SCREEN COURTESY "©UEFA 2020")

19. OLYMPIQUE LYONNAIS CAPTAIN AND DEFENDER, WENDIE RENARD AND VASSEUR AT NEWS CONFERENCE

CLAIREFONTAINE, FRANCE (FILE - MAY 23, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)

20. RENARD ON TRAINING PITCH

LIMONEST, FRANCE (FILE - JULY 1, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)

21. ENGLAND DEFENDER, LUCY BRONZE, RUNNING DURING TRAINING SESSION

LYON, FRANCE (FILE - APRIL 17, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)

22. BRONZE DURING TRAINING WITH HER THEN CLUB, LYON

STORY: Bayern Munich's treble-winning Robert Lewandowski joined regulars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as the three finalists for The Best FIFA Men's Player award, world soccer's governing body announced on Friday (December 11).

Lewandowski was top scorer for Bayern in the Champions League (15 goals), as well as the Bundesliga (34), and was a firm favourite for the Ballon d'Or award before it was scrapped this year for the first time in its 64-year history because of the novel coronavirus.

However, the Polish striker can still lay claim to being the best player if he picks up the FIFA award, which will be presented at a ceremony on Dec. 17. His former team mate and current Liverpool midfielder Thiago Alcantara was also nominated.

Lewandowski's coach, Hansi Flick is one of three finalists for the men's coach of the year along with Liverpool manager, Juergen Klopp and Leeds United's Marcelo Bielsa.

The Best FIFA Women's Player award will go to one of Olympique Lyonnais' Wendie Renard, Manchester City defender Lucy Bronze or Chelsea forward, Pernille Harder.

Meanwhile, Chelsea manager Emma Hayes, Lyon's Jean-Luc Vasseur and new England manager, Sarina Wiegman are the three finalists for the women's coach of the year award.

The winners will be announced the awards ceremony on December 17.

(Production: Tim Hart)