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Here are the contenders for FIFA's top player prize

A 10-strong shortlist has been trimmed down to just three.

The Best FIFA Men's Player 2018 will be revealed at a ceremony in London on Monday night.

A 10-strong shortlist has been trimmed down to just three following a vote split evenly between fans, journalists, national team coaches and captains.

Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at the men in line to collect FIFA's top individual player prize.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Why nominated?

The 2017-18 campaign was another standout season for Portugal forward Ronaldo. Finishing the top scorer in the Champions League with 15 goals, Ronaldo helped drive Los Blancos on to a third successive European crown with victory over Liverpool in Kiev. It was the 33-year-old's fifth Champions League triumph in total. Portugal suffered a disappointing last-16 exit from the 2018 World Cup in Russia, after which he moved to Juventus in a 112 million euros (£99.2m) transfer.

Luka Modric

Why nominated?

Also part of the Real Madrid side to win the Champions League, Modric went on to guide Croatia to a first appearance in the World Cup final, defeating England along the way. Despite the disappointment of losing to France in Moscow, the energetic performances of the number 10 earned him the Golden Ball as the tournament's stand-out player. Modric also went on to receive the UEFA Men's Player of the Year award.

Mohamed Salah

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah. (PA)
Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah enjoyed a stand-out domestic and European campaign. (Dave Thompson/PA Wire)

Why nominated?

Salah may have seen his hopes of Champions League glory with Liverpool dashed by an unfortunate shoulder injury from a tussle with Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos, but the Egypt forward can look back on a superb 2017-18 season. His 32 Premier League goals set a new record, and he also found the net 11 times in the Champions League – including crucial strikes in both the quarter-final against Manchester City and semi-final showdown with Roma. While still struggling for full match fitness in Russia, Salah got himself on the World Cup scoresheet in Egypt's final group game against Saudi Arabia.

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Cristiano Ronaldo in action for Juventus on August 12, 2018
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