Best Fifa Football Awards 2019: Lucy Bronze and Virgil van Dijk among finalists


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Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk has been named as a finalist in the Fifa Football awards combined with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, as includes England and Lyon defender Lucy Bronze.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp along with the Mauricio Pochettino of Tottenham would be the three for the men’s coach award.
Lionesses manager Phil Neville is in the running to the women’s mentor award.
The winners will be announced in a ceremony in Milan on 23.
Liverpool centre-back Van Dijk has claimed the Uefa Men’s Player of the Year award, becoming the primary defender to achieve that.
He could put in the award of the Fifa Men after serving his side win the Champions League in June. As the Reds finished second in the Premier 18, the Dutchman was voted PFA Player of the Year.
Last year, he played with every Premier League match as Liverpool conceded only 22 targets – the smallest amount in any of Europe’s best six leagues.
Van Dijk is Barcelona’s Messi, as well as up against Ronaldo, who scored 28 goals last year and helped Juventus win Serie A and the Nations League with Portugal.
The Argentine forward netted 51 times in all contests to win the Golden Boot also claimed the Spanish name that is top-flight.
Lyon Bronze was called Uefa Player of the Year at the category of the women.
She picked up the second-best player in the tournament the Silver Ball and helped Lyon win against the league and Champions League double.
Bronze is up from Megan Rapinoe, who led the USA to a record fourth World Cup. She scored the opener at the final before being named the Fifa player of the game in Lyon and won the Golden Boot.
America team-mate Alex Morgan supplied three assists in France to shoot the Silver Boot and also also scored six goals.
Guardiola led Manchester City to the Premier League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup last season, becoming the first manager to direct a team to an English domestic treble of decorations.
He finished before the Liverpool side of Klopp by one stage, but their sixth European Cup gathered from triumphing in Madrid in June.
Manager of beaten Champions League finalists Tottenham, pochettino, is the name in the coach category of the men.
Neville, who led the women of England to some World Cup semi-final, is up from the USA’s World Cup-winning coach Jill Ellis along with Sarina Wiegman, boss of European champions and World Cup finalists the Netherlands.
The player of men:
Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus/Portugal), Lionel Messi (Barcelona/Argentina), Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool/Netherlands)
Women’s player:
Lucy Bronze (Lyon/England), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride/USA), Megan Rapinoe (Reign FC/USA)
The trainer of men:
Pep Guardiola (Manchester City), Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool), Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham)
The trainer of women:
Jill Ellis (USA), Phil Neville (England), Sarina Wiegman (Netherlands)
The goalkeeper of women:
Christiane Endler (Paris St-Germain/Chile), Hedvig Lindahl (Wolfsburg/Sweden), Sari van Veenendaal (Atletico Madrid/Netherlands)
The goalkeeper of men:
Alisson (Liverpool/Brazil), Ederson (Manchester City/Brazil), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona/Germany)
Puskas award (for optimal target ):
Lionel Messi (Barcelona v Real Betis), Juan Quintero (River Plate v Racing Club), Daniel Zsori (Debrecen v Ferencvaros)
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