Van Dijk, Ronaldo and Messi shortlisted for the best FIFA player award
ROME: Liverpool Central Virgil van Dijk is on the list to add the best FIFA player award to his honor to the UEFA Player of the Year.
The Dutch international denied Cristiano Ronaldo & Lionel messi for the European title last week & the same trio are in the running for the FIFA accolade to be announced in Milan on September 23.
Van Dijk starred in the triumphant campaign of the Liverpool Champions League.
England full-back Lucy Bronze won UEFA's women's award & is on FIFA's shortlist with the United States' World Cup-winning duo Megan Rapinoe & Alex Morgan.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is up against Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp & Mauricio Pochettino of Tottenham for best men's coach.
Phil Neville, who led England's women to a World Cup semi-final, is up for the women's coach award with the USA's Jill Ellis & Sarina Wiegman who guided European champions the Netherlands to the World Cup final.
Best FIFA lists
Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus/Portugal), Lionel messi (Barcelona/Argentina), Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool/Netherlands)
Lucy Bronze (Lyon/England), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride/United States), Megan Rapinoe (Reign FC/United States)
Pep Guardiola (Manchester City), Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool), Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham)
Jill Ellis (USA), Phil Neville (England), Sarina Wiegman (Netherlands)
Christiane Endler (Paris St-Germain/Chile), Hedvig Lindahl (Wolfsburg/Sweden), Sari van Veenendaal (Atlético de Madrid/Netherlands)
Alisson (Liverpool/Brazil), Ederson (Manchester City/Brazil), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona/Germany)
Puskas Award (for the best goal):
Lionel messi (Barcelona v Real Betis), Juan Quintero (River Plate v Racing Club), Daniel Zsori (Debrecen v Ferencvaros)