Liverpool’s Netherlands defender Virgil van Dijk joins Arch rivals Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as the last three  finalists for the FIFA men player of the year 2019.

The Liverpool centre back is the favorite to win the gong as he led the marseyside team to an impressive display in the UEFA champions league and also finishing a point behind Manchester City in the premier league.

United States forward Megan Rapinoe is the favorite for the women’s award.

The announcement of the final three in each category — including best coach and best goalkeeper — was made Monday at San Siro. The winners will be announced at a ceremony at Milan’s iconic Scala theater on Sept. 23.