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Terrific trio Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann in race to be crowned The Best at Fifa awards

By Simon Peach

Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann are hoping to be crowned The Best in tonight's re-branded Fifa awards.

On the 25th anniversary of honouring football's top performers - and having split with France Football magazine - the governing body introduced the Best Fifa Football Awards.

The inaugural edition of the awards will be held in Zurich tonight, when Ronaldo will be hoping to add to last month's Ballon d'Or triumph.

The attacker helped Real Madrid to Champions League glory and Portugal to the European Championship, seeing him edge out Barcelona rival Messi and Atletico Madrid's Griezmann in the Ballon d'Or running.

The duo finished second and third respectively, and will now rival Ronaldo for The Best Fifa Men's Player 2016 crown.

Tonight's ceremony will also see the Fifa FIFPro WorldXI announced, with Leicester's Jamie Vardy and Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale the only British players on the 55-strong shortlist.

Foxes manager Claudio Ranieri is shortlisted for the managerial crown.

Liverpool could be recognised in the new Fifa Fan Award after their fans and Borussia Dortmund's bellowed out 'You'll Never Walk Alone' ahead of April's Europa League tie at Anfield.

The chorus of solidarity came a day before the 27th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.

Shortlist

The Best Fifa Men's Player Award: Cristiano Ronaldo, Antoine Griezmann and Lionel Messi

The Best Fifa Women's Player Award: Melanie Behringer, Carli Lloyd and Marta

The Fifa FIFPro World11

The Best Fifa Men's Coach Award: Claudio Ranieri, Fernando Santos and Zinedine Zidane

The Best Fifa Women's Coach Award: Jill Ellis, Silvia Neid and Pia Sundhage

The Fifa Puskas Award 2016: Marlone, Daniuska Rodriguez and Mohd Faiz Subri

The Fifa Fair Play Award

The Fifa Fan Award: ADO Den Haag supporters, Borussia Dortmund-Liverpool supporters and Iceland supporters

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