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Ronaldo Missing As Messi, Mbappe, Benzema Battle For 2022 The Best FIFA Men’s Player Award

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Qatar 2022 World Cup winner Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, Ballon D’Or holder Karim Benzema and Robert Lewandowski are among a 14-man shortlists for the 2022 The Best FIFA Men’s Player award. 

The nominees were unveiled on FIFA’s official website on Thursday.

Africa is also represented on the shortlist as Achraf Hakimi of Morocco, Sadio Mane of Senegal and Egypt’s Mohamed Salah made the cut.

Other players who were included are Julian Alvarez, Jude Bellingham, Kevin de Bruyne, Luka Modric, Neymar, Erling Haaland and Vinicius Junior. 

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Recall Barcelona and Poland striker Lewandowski won the last two editions of the award.

Meanwhile, Portugal skipper and Al Nassr’s new signing Cristiano Ronaldo did not make the shortlist. 

Aside the award for the Men’s Player of the Year, there is the categories for The FIFA Women’s Player, The Best FIFA Men’s Coach, The Best FIFA Women’s Coach, The Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper, The Best FIFA Women’s Goalkeeper, FIFA Puskás Award, and The Best FIFA Fan award. 

For the men’s coach award, Atlas Lions of Morocco handler Walid Regragui will battle with Carlo Ancelotti, Didier Deschamps, Pep Guardiola and Lionel Scaloni. 

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And men’s goalkeeper category will see Álisson Becker, Yassine Bounou, Thibaut Courtois, Ederson and Emiliano Martínez slug it out. 

The Best FIFA Football Awards 2022 will be held on 27 February 2023 in Paris, France. 

The winners in each of the categories will be decided by fans votes. 

The Best FIFA Men’s Player nominees:

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Julian Alvarez

Jude Bellingham

Karim Benzema

Kevin de Bruyne

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Erling Haaland

Achraf Hakimi

Robert Lewandowski

Sadio Mane

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Kylian Mbappe

Lionel Messi

Luka Modric


Mohamed Salah

Vinicius Junior

The Best FIFA Women’s Player nominees:

Aitana Bonmatí


Jessie Fleming

Ada Hegerberg

Sam Kerr

Beth Mead

Vivianne Miedema

Alex Morgan

Lena Oberdorf

Alexandra Popp

Alexia Putellas

Wendie Renard

Keira Walsh

Leah Williamson

The Best FIFA Men’s Coach nominees:

Carlo Ancelotti

Didier Deschamps

Pep Guardiola

Walid Regragui

Lionel Scaloni

The Best FIFA Women’s Coach nominees:

Sonia Bompastor

Emma Hayes

Bev Priestman

Pia Sundhage

Martina Voss-Tecklenburg

Sarina Wiegman

The Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper nominees:

Álisson Becker

Yassine Bounou

Thibaut Courtois


Emiliano Martínez

The Best FIFA Women’s Goalkeeper nominees:

Christiane Endler

Ann-Katrin Berger

Mary Earps

Merle Frohms

Alyssa Naeher

Sandra Paños García-Villamil

FIFA Puskás Award nominees:

Mario Balotelli

Amandine Henry

Théo Hernández

Alou Kuol

Kylian Mbappé

Francisco González Metilli

Marcin Oleksy

Salma Paralluelo


Alessia Russo

Dimitri Payet

The Best FIFA Fan Award nominees:


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