Lionel Messi dream World Cup title has come in his farewell year. Mbappe became the runner-up. There are more best performances and performers. Among them, who is in the running for the best of Football Amaze last year, FIFA also brought it forward. Messi-Neymar-Mbappe are nominated for the best footballer for 2022. No Ronaldo.
14 stars have been nominated for the FIFA Best Player Men’s Award. The governing body of world football has also announced the day of announcing the name of the best. The best footballer will be crowned on February 27.
Voting will continue from January 12 to February 3. Coaches, captains, media representatives and supporters of FIFA member countries can vote.
The agency said the award nominations looked at performances from the start of the 2021-22 season to the World Cup in Qatar. World Cup winning superstar Lionel Messi is on the list. There is another Argentine, Manchester City forward Julian Alvarez.
Messi’s PSG teammate Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Moroccan defender Ashraf Hakimi are in the running for the best of the year award. Spanish giants Real Madrid have three – Luka Modric, Vinicius Junior and Karim Benzema.
Apart from Messi, Julian Alvarez is also named in the Men’s Footballer of the Year list. Benzema is in the race of ‘The Best’ with the runners-up Frenchman Kylian Mbappe (Karim Benzema) at the World Cup in Qatar. There are Norwegian star Erling Haaland, who played in the EPL for Manchester City, and Robert Lewandowski of Poland. The two faces of Brazil are Neymar Jr and Vinicius Junior. Along with Croatia’s Luka Modric and Morocco’s Achraf Hakimi in the World Cup. The names of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Jude Bellingham have also been added to the list.
Cristiano Ronaldo is not in the race for the best of the year. He left European club football and joined Saudi club Al Nasser. He was previously at Manchester United. The Portuguese legend could not shine there either. Couldn’t even show a glimpse for Portugal in the World Cup.
World football’s highest governing body has announced the Puskas Award nominees for the men’s and women’s player of the year, coach, goalkeeper and goal of the year. The public voting phase for the best of the year selection will continue until February 3. The list of year’s nominees was selected by a panel of two experts.
Meanwhile, Lionel Scaloni, the World Cup-winning coach of Argentina, is in the running for FIFA Coach of the Year along with Carlo Ancelotti, Didier Deschamps and Pep Guardiola. The name of Moroccan coach Walid Regraghie is also on the list. Emiliano Martinez, Alisson Becker, Yassin Buno, Thibaut Courtois, Ederson are in the running for the best goalkeeper of the year. Mario Balotelli joins Kylian Mbappe, Richarlison in race for Puskas Award