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.
Brazil and Barcelona forward Neymar has been cleared of criminal charges in a tax evasion case in his home country, his father announced. A federal court judge in Rio de Janeiro last year found Neymar guilty of tax fraud for failure to report earnings from his contracts with Santos, Barcelona, and Nike, and ordered him to pay 188.8 million Brazilian reals ($52.1m, €45.9m) in fines and back-taxes.
Barcelona teammates Lionel Messi, Javier Mascherano and Neymar flew into Belo Horizonte together on Tuesday on Neymar's private jet ahead of becoming rivals in this week's key World Cup qualifier between Argentina and Brazil. None of the players spoke to the waiting media in the Brazilian city, instead dodging through security and making their way to their respective national teams' hotels.