Best FIFA Football Awards: Ronaldo, Others Get Nominations

FIFA has revealed the shortlisted candidates for seven of the individual trophies that will be presented at The Best FIFA Football Awards ceremony on December 17, 2020.

The usual suspects, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi top the list of nominations with others like Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane among others also on the short list.

FIFA in its official statement explained that two panels of experts, one for women’s football and one for men’s football, have selected the candidates for each category.

The nominees are listed below in alphabetical order:

The best player in FIFA:
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 best male player in FIFA:
Thiago Alcântara (Spain / FC Bayern München / Liverpool FC)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal / Juventus FC)
Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium / Manchester City FC)
Robert Lewandowski (Poland / FC Bayern München)
Sadio Mané (Senegal / Liverpool FC)
Kylian Mbappé (France / Paris Saint-Germain)
Lionel Messi (Argentina / FC Barcelona)
Neymar (Brazil / Paris Saint-Germain)
Sergio Ramos (Spain / Real Madrid CF)
Mohamed Salah (Egypt / Liverpool FC)
Virgil van Dijk (Netherlands / Liverpool FC)

The best female goalkeeper in FIFA:
Ann-Katrin Berger (Germany / Chelsea FC Women)
Sarah Bouhaddi (France / Olympique Lyonnais)
Christiane Endler (Chile / Paris Saint-Germain)
Hedvig Lindahl (Sweden / VfL Wolfsburg / Atlético de Madrid Women)
Alyssa Naeher (United States / Chicago Red Stars)
Ellie Roebuck (England / Manchester City WFC)
The best male goalkeeper in FIFA:
Alisson Becker (Brazil / Liverpool FC)
Thibaut Courtois (Belgium / Real Madrid CF)
Keylor Navas (Costa Rica / Paris Saint-Germain)
Manuel Neuer (Germany / FC Bayern München)
Jan Oblak (Slovenia / Atlético de Madrid)
Marc-André ter Stegen (Germany / FC Barcelona)
The best female coach in FIFA:
Lluís Cortés (Spain / FC Barcelona)
Rita Guarino (Italy / Juventus Women)
Emma Hayes (England / Chelsea FC Women)
Stephan Lerch (Germany / VfL Wolfsburg)
Hege Riise (Norway / LSK Kvinner)
Jean-Luc Vasseur (France / Olympique Lyonnais)
Sarina Wiegman (Netherlands / Dutch national team)

Best FIFA Men’s Coach:
Marcelo Bielsa (Argentina / Leeds United FC)
Hans-Dieter Flick (Germany / FC Bayern München)
Jürgen Klopp (Germany / Liverpool FC)
Julen Lopetegui (Spain / Sevilla FC)
Zinedine Zidane (France / Real Madrid CF)

FIFA Puskás Award
Shirley Cruz (CRC) – Costa Rica v. Panama [Concacaf Women’s Olympic qualifying] (January 28, 2020)
Giorgian De Arrascaeta (URU) – Ceará SC v. CR Flamengo [Brasileirão – Brazil] (August 25, 2019)
Jordan Flores (ENG) – Shamrock Rovers FC v. Dundalk FC [League of Ireland] (February 28, 2020)
André-Pierre Gignac (FRA) – UANL Tigres v. Pumas UNAM [Liga MX – Mexico] (March 1, 2020)
Sophie Ingle (WAL) – Arsenal WFC v. Chelsea FC Women [FA Women’s Super League – England] (January 19, 2020)
Zlatko Junuzović (AUT) – SK Rapid Wien v. FC Red Bull Salzburg [Bundesliga – Austria] (June 24, 2020)
Hlompho Kekana (RSA) – Mamelodi Sundowns FC vs Cape Town City FC [South African Premier Soccer League] (August 20, 2019)
Son Heungmin (KOR) – Tottenham Hotspur FC v. Burnley FC [Premier League – England] (December 7, 2019)
Leonel Quiñónez (ECU) – Catholic University v CSD Macará [Serie A – Ecuador] (August 19, 2019)
Luis Suárez (URU) – FC Barcelona – RCD Mallorca [LaLiga[MG(1] – Spain](December 7, 2019)
Caroline Weir (SCO) – Manchester City WFC v. Manchester United WFC [FA Women’s Super League – England] (September 7, 2019)

FIFA will announce the three finalists in each of the seven categories listed above on December 11, 2020.

source: – fcnaija