FIFA has today announced an 11-man shortlist for their ‘FIFA Best Award’.
The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Zurich on December 17th.
The nominee’s are:
- Thiago Alcantera – Bayern Munich/Liverpool & Spain
- Cristiano Ronaldo – Juventus & Portugal
- Kevin De Bruyne – Manchester City & Belgium
- Robert Lewandowski – Bayern Munich & Poland
- Sadio Mane – Liverpool & Senegal
- Kylian Mbappe – PSG & France
- Lionel Messi – Barcelona & Argentina
- Neymar – PSG & Brazil
- Sergio Ramos – Real Madrid & Spain
- Mohammed Salah – Liverpool & Egypt
- Virgil Van Dijk – Liverpool & Netherlands
Last year Lionel Messi took home the best men’s player award, taking 46 points. Virgil Van Dijk took second with 38 points and Cristiano Ronaldo finished third with 36 points.
The Premier league is the most represented league in the shortlist with five nominations, four of which come from Liverpool after their dominant title winning campaign, alongside PFA player of the year Kevin De Bruyne.
The nominations for manager of the year award are:
- Jurgen Klopp – Liverpool
- Marco Bielsa – Leeds
- Zinedine Zidane – Real Madrid
- Hansi Flick – Bayern Munich
- Julien Lopetegui – Sevilla
Liverpool’s German manager Jurgen Klopp will be looking to retain the award, winning it last year ahead of Pep Guardiola and Maurico Pochettino. Marco Bielsa is the shock inclusion, guiding Leeds to the EFL Championship title to seal a return to the Premier league for the first time since the 2003/4 season.
The nominations for Women’s best award are:
- Lucy Bronze – England & Olympique Lyonnais/Manchester City WFC
- Delphine Cascarino – France & Olympique Lyonnais
- Caroline Graham Hansen – Norway & FC Barcelona
- Pernille Harder – Denmark & VfL Wolfsburg/Chelsea FC Women
- Jennifer Hermoso – Spain & FC Barcelona
- Ji So-yun – Korea Republic & Chelsea FC Women
- Sam Kerr – Australia & Chelsea FC Women
- Saki Kumagai – Japan & Olympique Lyonnais
- Dzsenifer Marozsán – Germany & Olympique Lyonnais
- Vivianne Miedema – Netherlands & Arsenal WFC
- Wendie Renard – France & Olympique Lyonnais
The top two in the women’s best award from 2019, Megan Rapinoe (winner with 46 points) and Alex Morgan (second with 42 points) are absent from the 2020 list, with third place Lucy Bronze in contention for this years award and looking to go two places better.
In addition to these awards, Best FIFA men’s goalkeeper, Best FIFA women’s goalkeeper, Best FIFA women’s coach, FIFA fair play, FIFA Puskas, FIFA fan award, FIFA FIFPro Men’s world11 and the FIFA FIFPro Women’s world 11 will also be awarded.