Messi and Mbappe amongst nominees for FIFA Best Men’s Player award

Argentina’s Lionel Messi defends on France’s Kylian Mbappe’s assault throughout the World Cup last soccer match between Argentina and France on the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar. File.
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Argentina featured closely in shortlists for FIFA’s Best awards following their World Cup triumph, with forwards Lionel Messi and Julian Alvarez, goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez and coach Lionel Scaloni receiving nominations of their classes.

Messi, alongside along with his Paris St Germain crew mate Kylian Mbappe and Manchester City’s Erling Haaland, had been among the many 14 gamers shortlisted for The Best FIFA Men’s Player award, the world governing physique stated on Thursday.

The trio are joined by final yr’s winner Robert Lewandowski of Barcelona, Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne, Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and PSG’s Neymar and Achraf Hakimi.

Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema, who gained the 2022 Ballon d’Or award, can be within the shortlist.

Barca and Arsenal dominate the ladies’s award with three gamers every together with Alexia Putellas, Keira Walsh and Aitana Bonmati for the Spanish champions whereas the English facet are represented by Leah Williamson, Vivianne Miedema and Beth Mead.

Putellas makes it into the shortlist regardless of lacking a lot of final yr on account of a knee ligament harm.

Chelsea duo Sam Kerr and Jessie Fleming and Olympique Lyonnais’ Ada Hegerberg and Wendie Renard additionally make the minimize.

Sarina Wiegman, who led England to final yr’s European Championship title, is joined on The Best FIFA Women’s Coach shortlist by Chelsea’s Emma Hayes and Germany supervisor Martina Voss-Tecklenburg.

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti and Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola are nominated for the boys’s award, together with Argentina’s Scaloni, France boss Didier Deschamps and Morocco supervisor Walid Regragui.

Liverpool’s Alisson Becker, Real Madrid’s Thibaut Courtois and Aston Villa’s Martinez are among the many nominees for The Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper award.

FIFA stated it can announce the three finalists in every class in early February.

FIFA additionally introduced an 11-player shortlist for this yr’s Puskas Award for the “most beautiful” objective of the yr, with Mbappe’s spectacular volley towards Argentina within the World Cup last among the many nominees.

The FIFA Puskas Award shortlist (all objectives 2022):

Mario Balotelli (ITA): Adana Demirspor v Goztepe [Super Lig] (May 22)

Amandine Henry (FRA): FC Barcelona v Olympique Lyonnais [UEFA Women’s Champions League] (May 21)

Theo Hernandez (FRA): AC Milan v Atalanta [Serie A] (May 15)

Alou Kuol (AUS): Iraq U23 v Australia U23 [AFC U23 Asian Cup] (June 4)

Kylian Mbappe (FRA): Argentina v France [FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022] (December 18)

Francisco Gonzalez Metilli (ARG): Club Atletico Central Cordoba v Club Atletico Rosario Central [Primera Division] (Aug. 1)

Marcin Oleksy (POL): Warta Poznan v Stal Rzeszow (November 6)

Salma Paralluelo (ESP): FC Barcelona v Villarreal CF [Liga F] (April 2)

Dimitri Payet (FRA): Olympique de Marseille v PAOK Thessaloniki FC [UEFA Europa Conference League] (April 7)

Richarlison (BRA): Brazil v Serbia [FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022] (Nov. 24)

Alessia Russo (ENG): England v Sweden [UEFA Women’s EURO 2022] (July 26)

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