Lionel Messi shortlisted for FIFA Best Player award

Argentina forwards Lionel Messi is on the Shortlist for the FIFA Best Male Player Award

Soccer's world governing body made the announcement on Friday.

Argentina forwards Lionel Messi named in shortlist for FIFA best male player award

Also included are Paris Saint-Germain teammate Kylian Mbappe and Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema.

Argentina beat France in the final in Qatar last year

Lionel Messi won the Golden Ball for the second time after scoring seven goals in the tournament.

Messi could win his second The Best trophy after leading Argentina to their third World Cup title.

France's superstar World Cup Golden Boot winner Mbappe's name came up.