Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi will head for the best FIFA Men’s Player Awards again. Shortlist was announced today and on 24th September in London, a ceremony will be held to announce the winner.
The award was launched in 2016 with the Portuguese star twice seeing off competition from long-time rival Messi. Ronaldo will be bidding to defend his trophy after having a stunning start to the year with Real Madrid winning back to back Champions League before moving to Juventus in a sensational £88 million switch earlier this month.
Brazilian forward and World record signing Neymar Jr. was third last time but, misses out this time following his disappointing first campaign in France Capital.
A total of four players were nominated from the Premier League & La Liga whereas the teenage sensation and the winner of the Young Payer Award in FIFA World Cup Kylian Mbappe is representing French League alone. Following Ronaldo’s move to Old Lady, Serie A got one nominee who is also a strong candidate to win the trophy.
List of the Full Nomination
Kevin De Bruyne – Manchester City & Belgium
Antoine Griezmann – Atletico Madrid & France
Eden Hazard – Chelsea & Belgium
Harry Kane – Tottenham & England
Kylian Mbappe – Paris St-Germain & France
Lionel Messi – Barcelona & Argentina
Luka Modric – Real Madrid & Croatia
Mohamed Salah – Liverpool & Egypt
Raphael Varane – Real Madrid & France