Messi, Neymar, Ronaldo short listed for Ballon d`Or

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ZURICH: Barcelona teammates Lionel Messi and Neymar were named on the for FIFA`s prestigious Ballon d`Or along with double reigning title holder, Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid.

Ronaldo’s triumphed over the last two seasons (in a total of three wins), Argentinian Messi has previously claimed the coveted award four times while Brazilian Neymar makes the shortlist for FIFA`s player of the year award for the first time.

Messi was the catalyst for Barcelona`s impressive run to three titles last season (the Champions League, La Liga and the Spanish Cup) and will be the standout favourite ahead of Ronaldo.