Messi, Ronaldo, Iniesta and Neymar Among Nominees for Best Fifa Player Award

Real Madrid have dominated the shortlist, with over 20 players vying for the personal accolade after impressive seasons Andres Iniesta is one of the more surprising names on the 24-man shortlist for the Best FIFA Men's Player award for 2017. The Barcelona captain has been included despite having been restricted to just 13 starts in La Liga last season, largely due to injury problems.

FIFA: Qatar ‘May Not Have’ Met World Cup Bid Standards

Qatar “may not have met the standards set out in the FIFA code of ethics or the bid rules,” FIFA’s then-chief ethics investigator Michael Garcia said in a report, also stating that there was “no apparent violation” by Russia. "There is no evidence in this record to suggest that the Russia bid committee attempted to exert undue influence on any FIFA executive committee members in order to secure their votes," Garcia said.