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 Best Fifa Football Awards along with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, as has England and Lyon defender Lucy Bronze.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp and Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino are the final three for the men’s coach award. Lionesses boss Phil Neville is in the running for the women’s coach award. The winners will be announced in a ceremony in Milan on 23 September.

Liverpool centre-back Van Dijk has already claimed the Uefa Men’s Player of the Year award, becoming the first defender to do so. He could add the Fifa Men’s award after helping his side win the Champions League in June. The Dutchman was voted PFA Player of the Year as the Reds finished second in the Premier League.

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