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.
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.
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:
Kevin de Bruyne
The Best FIFA Women’s Player nominees:
The Best FIFA Men’s Coach nominees:
The Best FIFA Women’s Coach nominees:
The Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper nominees:
The Best FIFA Women’s Goalkeeper nominees:
Sandra Paños García-Villamil
FIFA Puskás Award nominees:
Francisco González Metilli
The Best FIFA Fan Award nominees: