The shortlist was announced Thursday by European soccer's governing body. The three topped a poll of journalists from 54 member countries. Those voters selected the original 10-candidate list. The winner will be announced Aug. 28 at the Champions League draw in Monaco.
Neuer, of Germany and Bayern Munich, was honored as outstanding goalkeeper at the World Cup. Ronaldo's 17 Champions League goals for Real Madrid was a competition record. Robben helped the Netherlands and Bayern reach the semifinals of the Champions League and World Cup.