Neuer is the first goalkeeper to make the final three-man shortlist in the award's four year history, after winning the German domestic double with Bayern Munich last season before going on to show irresistible form during Germany’s World Cup triumph.
Ronaldo is also the reigning Ballon d’Or winner – the award which was once designated for the European Footballer of the Year but has been amalgamated with FIFA’s World Player of the Year award.
Journalists have voted for the winner which will be announced in Monaco.
Bayern forward Thomas Mueller finished fourth in the award, with team-mate and Germany captain Philipp Lahm in fifth.
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