FIFA release full nominees shortlist for the best football award
European player of the year Robert Lewandowski is one of 10 players on the shortlist for the Best FIFA Men’s Player award unveiled on Wednesday, alongside the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
Besides Polish striker Lewandowski, one other winner of the Champions League with Bayern Munich made the list, Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara, who joined Liverpool in September.
The English champions also count Senegal’s Sadio Mane, Egyptian Mohamed Salah and Dutchman Virgil van Dijk on the shortlist.
Paris Saint-Germain, beaten Champions League finalists, are represented by Mbappe and Neymar.
Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne and Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos complete the list.
Argentinian coach Marcelo Bielsa, who led Leeds into the English Premier League, headlines a list for the men’s coach award, which also features Bayern’s Hans-Dieter Flick, Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp, Sevilla’s Julen Lopetegui and Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane.
Three finalists from categories also including men and women’s goalkeepers, and women’s players and coaches will be announced on December 11, with the award handed out on December 17.
Shortlists for Best FIFA awards
The Best FIFA Men’s Player nominees
Thiago Alcantara (ESP/Bayern Munchen/Liverpool)
Cristiano Ronaldo (POR/Juventus)
Kevin De Bruyne (BEL/Manchester City)
Robert Lewandowski (POL/Bayern Munich)
Sadio Mane (SEN/Liverpool)
Kylian Mbappe (FRA/Paris Saint-Germain)
Lionel Messi (ARG/Barcelona)
Neymar (BRA/Paris Saint-Germain),
Sergio Ramos (ESP/Real Madrid)
Mohamed Salah (EGY/Liverpool),
Virgil van Dijk (NED/Liverpool)
The Best FIFA Women’s Player nominees
Lucy Bronze (ENG/Lyon/Manchester City)
,Delphine Cascarino (FRA/Lyon)
Caroline Graham Hansen (NOR/Barcelona)
Pernille Harder (DEN/Wolfsburg/Chelsea)
Jennifer Hermoso (ESP/Barcelona)
Ji So-yun (KOR/Chelsea)
Sam Kerr (AUS/Chelsea)
Saki Kumagai (JPN/Lyon)
Dzsenifer Marozsan (GER/Lyon)
Vivianne Miedema (NED/Arsenal)
Wendie Renard (FRA/Lyon)
The Best FIFA Men’s Coach nominees
Djamel Belmadi (ALG) – Algeria national team
Didier Deschamps (FRA) – France national team
Marcelo Gallardo (ARG) – River Plate
Ricardo Gareca (ARG) – Peru national team
Pep Guardiola (ESP) – Manchester City
Jurgen Klopp (GER) – Liverpool
Mauricio Pochettino (ARG) – Tottenham Hotspur
Fernando Santos (POR) – Portugal national team
Erik ten Hag (NED) – Ajax
Tite (BRA) – Brazil national team
The Best FIFA Women’s Coach nominees
Milena Bertolini (ITA) – Italy national team
Jill Ellis (USA) – USA national team
Peter Gerhardsson (SWE) – Sweden national team
Futoshi Ikeda (JPN) – Japan U-20 national team
Antonia Is (ESP) – Spain U-17 national team
Joe Montemurro (AUS) – Arsenal
Phil Neville (ENG) – England national team
Reynald Pedros (FRA) – Olympique Lyonnais
Paul Riley (ENG) – North Carolina Courage
Sarina Wiegman (NED) – Netherlands national team