Post subject: Buffon only Italian on FIFA player of year list
4. Nov 2016, 17:07
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|Italy and Juventus keeper Gianluigi Buffon was the only Italian to make FIFA's 23-man shortlist for its best player of 2016 award on Friday.
The 38-year-old helped Juventus win a fifth consecutive Serie A title and a second consecutive Italian Cup last season.
He is also the only player from an Italian club on the list.
The award is be determined via a combined voting process, with 50% of the decision based on the votes of captains and head coaches from national teams around the world and the other 50% split between an online ballot of fans and submissions from a selected group of media representatives. The winner will receive the award at a ceremony in Zurich on January 9.
Here is the full list: Sergio Agüero (Argentina/Manchester City), Gareth Bale (Wales/Real Madrid), Gianluigi Buffon (Italy/Juventus), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal/Real Madrid), Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium/Manchester City), Antoine Griezmann (France/Atlético Madrid), Zlatan Ibrahimović (Sweden/Paris Saint-Germain/Manchester United), Andrés Iniesta (Spain/FC Barcelona), N'Golo Kanté (France/Leicester City/Chelsea), Toni Kroos (Germany/Real Madrid), Robert Lewandowski (Poland/FC Bayern Munich), Riyad Mahrez (Algeria/Leicester City), Lionel Messi (Argentina/FC Barcelona), Luka Modrić (Croatia/Real Madrid), Manuel Neuer (Germany/FC Bayern Munich), Neymar (Brazil/FC Barcelona), Mesut Özil (Germany/Arsenal), Dimitri Payet (France/West Ham United), Paul Pogba (France/Juventus/Manchester United), Sergio Ramos (Spain/Real Madrid), Alexis Sánchez (Chile/Arsenal), Luis Suárez (Uruguay/FC Barcelona), Jamie Vardy (England/Leicester City).