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Salah, Lewandowski, Messi shortlisted for 2021 Best FIFA Men's Player award

Mohamed Salah of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Burnley at Anfield on August 21, 2021 in Liverpool, England [Catherine Ivill/Getty Images]
Mohamed Salah of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Burnley at Anfield on August 21, 2021 in Liverpool, England [Catherine Ivill/Getty Images]

Mohamed Salah, Robert Lewandowski and Lionel Messi have been shortlisted for the Best FIFA Men's Player of the Year award, the UEFA Champions League announced on Friday.

The winner among the three players will be revealed on 17 January.

Liverpool ace Salah has been rewarded for another dazzling season at Anfield. This term, he scored 23 goals in 26 matches.

As a result, the Daily Mail reported that Salah leads the way in the shootout for the Premier League's Golden Boot and is also narrowly behind Lewandowski in the Golden Shoe chase.

Lewandowski, who won the award in 2020, scored a Bundesliga record 41 goals in the 2020-21 season to eclipse the previous best set by Gerd Muller in the 1971-72 campaign.

The original shortlist comprised 11 names: Karim Benzema, Kevin De Bruyne, Erling Haaland, Jorginho, Neymar, N'Golo Kante, Kylian Mbappe and Cristiano Ronaldo, as well as the aforementioned trio.

According to The Mirror, it has since been whittled down to leave three of the most lethal goal-scorers currently operating in European football.

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