Since its inception in 2011, Messi and Ronaldo have won the award five times - Ronaldo is the only player to claim it on three occasions. Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric took the honor last season.
The shortlist was selected by the 80 coaches who participated in the group stage of last season's Champions League and Europa League, as well as 55 journalists.
Here's how the rest of the top 10 unfolded:
|7||Eden Hazard||Chelsea/Real Madrid||38|
|8||Matthijs de Ligt||Ajax/Juventus||27|
|8||Frenkie de Jong||Ajax/Barcelona||27|
|10||Raheem Sterling||Manchester City||12|
Liverpool youngster Trent Alexander-Arnold will go up against teammate Van Dijk and Juventus' Matthijs de Ligt for Defender of the Season honors, while Barcelona's Frenkie de Jong, Spurs' Christian Eriksen, and the Reds' Jordan Henderson were shortlisted for the Midfielder of the Year award.
Messi and Ronaldo will square off again for the Forward of the Season award alongside Liverpool's Sadio Mane.
Lyon trio Lucy Bronze, Ada Hegerberg, and Amandine Henry will vie for the Women's Player of the Year award.
Winners will be named during the Champions League group stage draw in Monaco on Aug. 29.