Football governing body, FIFA has named Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronald, Lewandowski as part of contenders for the awards of the best players.
The body also listed goalkeepers and coaches in each of the men’s and women’s games.
The nominees for The Best FIFA awards have been announced, with the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Robert Lewandowski all gunning for men’s player of the year award after FIFA had last year released the shortlists for the awards for the best players, goalkeepers and coaches.
The candidates have been selected by expert panels – one each for the men’s and women’s games.
As expected, Argentina hero Messi is up for the prize after a strong personal season with Barcelona and securing the Copa America title with his country.
Cristiano Ronaldo, too, is gunning for the prize after his heroics for Juventus despite their underwhelming season.
After their Champions League-winning exploits with Chelsea, midfielders Jorginho and N’Golo Kante have been nominated this year, and runner-up Kevin De Bruyne has also been included.
Liverpool striker, Mohamed Salah, who has been in incredible form this year, too, and has earned his place on the list.
Bayern Munich talisman, Robert Lewandowski will feel he has a good chance owing to his goalscoring exploits this year, but Real Madrid superstar Karim Benzema will be confident of mounting a serious challenge.
Borussia Dortmund star and highly sought-after striker Erling Haaland and his Paris Saint-Germain counterpart Kylian Mbappe are also on the list, alongside Brazil icon Neymar.
The competition for the Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper award is also strong, with Alisson Becker, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Edouard Mendy, Manuel Neuer, Kasper Schmeichel all nominated.
In the women category, four Chelsea stars are nominated. They include Magdalena Eriksson, Pernille Harder, Ji Soyun and Sam Kerr.
Also, Champions League winner, Barcelona also have four candidates in Aitana Bonmati, Caroline Graham Hansen, Jennifer Hermoso and Alexia Putellas.
Manchester City duo Lucy Bronze and Ellen White and Arsenal star Vivianne Miedema are in competition.
Stina Blackstenius of Sweden and BK Hacken and Canada and Portland Thorns star Christine Sinclair are also on the list.
FIFA also nominated Ann-Katrin Berger, Christiane Endler, Stephanie Lynn Marie Labbé, Hedvig Lindahl, Alyssa Naeher, for the The Best FIFA Goalkeeper prize.
In the coaching department, Roberto Mancini could be crowned the best coach of the year after guiding Italy to Euro 2020 success, but Thomas Tuchel may beat him to the prize after guiding Chelsea to the Champions League crown.
Antonio Conte, Hansi Flick, Pep Guardiola, and Diego Simeone are also in contention after winning their domestic leagues with Inter, Bayern Munich, Manchester City, and Atletico Madrid, respectively.
Lionel Scaloni could also claim the trophy this year after Argentina won the Copa America under his tutelage.
In the women’s game, Lluis Cortes is a strong contender for the success of his Barcelona team.
But Chelsea coach Emma Hayes is another strong contender, while Sarina Wiegman’s work with the Netherlands puts her in contention.
Sweden and Canada coaches Peter Gerhardsson and Beverly Priestman, respectively. are also named on the shortlist.
Fans can cast their votes for the winner of each award until December 10 and the winners will then be revealed during an online ceremony on January 17 next year.
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