Messi, Mbappé nominated for FIFA Best award; Cristiano Ronaldo not on the list

The nominees for the 2022 FIFA Best Awards have been announced, with a host of top football stars from around the world in contention for the coveted prizes.

Among those nominated are Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, Leah Williamson, Beth Mead, Keira Walsh, Jude Bellingham, Luka Modric, Karim Benzema, Sam Kerr, Jessie Fleming, Alexia Putellas, Sarina Wiegman, Emma Hayes and Pep Guardiola.

The awards recognize the best players, coaches and goalkeepers in the world of football.

In the men’s category, Bellingham, Modric, Benzema, Manchester City’s Erling Haaland, Kevin de Bruyne and Julian Alvarez, and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah are all nominated for best player.

For the first time ever, Cristiano Ronaldo didn’t make the final 14 players for the annual Best Fifa Men’s Player award.

For the best men’s goalkeeper award, the nominees are Liverpool’s Alisson Becker, Manchester City’s Ederson and Aston Villa and Argentina’s Emiliano Martinez.

In the women’s category, Williamson, Mead, Walsh, Kerr, Fleming, and Putellas are all nominated for best player. The nominees for the best women’s goalkeeper are Manchester United’s Mary Earps, Chelsea’s Ann-Katrin Berger.

For the best coach, the nominees are Sarina Wiegman, Emma Hayes, Pep Guardiola, Beverly Priestman, Carlo Ancelotti, Didier Deschamps and Lionel Scaloni.

Voting closes on 3 February, with the three finalists in each category to be announced later that month.

Here is the full list.

The Best FIFA Women’s Player
  • Aitana Bonmatí (Spain / FC Barcelona)

  • Debinha (Brazil / North Carolina Courage)

  • Jessie Fleming (Canada / Chelsea FC Women)

  • Ada Hegerberg (Norway / Olympique Lyonnais)

  • Sam Kerr (Australia / Chelsea FC Women)

  • Beth Mead (England / Arsenal WFC)

  • Vivianne Miedema (Netherlands / Arsenal WFC)

  • Alex Morgan (USA / Orlando Pride / San Diego Wave)

  • Lena Oberdorf (Germany / VfL Wolfsburg)

  • Alexandra Popp (Germany / VfL Wolfsburg)

  • Alexia Putellas (Spain / FC Barcelona)

  • Wendie Renard (France / Olympique Lyonnais)

  • Keira Walsh (England / Manchester City WFC / FC Barcelona)

  • Leah Williamson (England / Arsenal WFC)

The Best FIFA Men’s Player
  • Julián Álvarez (Argentina / River Plate / Manchester City FC)

  • Jude Bellingham (England / BV Borussia 09 Dortmund)

  • Karim Benzema (France / Real Madrid CF)

  • Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium / Manchester City FC)

  • Erling Haaland (Norway / BV Borussia 09 Dortmund / Manchester City FC)

  • Achraf Hakimi (Morocco / Paris Saint-Germain)

  • Robert Lewandowski (Poland / FC Bayern München / FC Barcelona)

  • Sadio Mané (Senegal / Liverpool FC / FC Bayern München)

  • Kylian Mbappé (France / Paris Saint-Germain)

  • Lionel Messi (Argentina / Paris Saint-Germain)

  • Luka Modrić (Croatia / Real Madrid CF)

  • Neymar (Brazil / Paris Saint-Germain)

  • Mohamed Salah (Egypt / Liverpool FC)

  • Vinícius Junior (Brazil / Real Madrid CF)

The Best FIFA Women’s Coach
  • Sonia Bompastor (France / Olympique Lyonnais)

  • Emma Hayes (England / Chelsea FC Women)

  • Bev Priestman (England / Canadian National Team)

  • Pia Sundhage (Sweden / Brazilian National Team)

  • Martina Voss-Tecklenburg (Germany / German National Team)

  • Sarina Wiegman (Netherlands / English National Team)

The Best FIFA Men’s Coach
  • Carlo Ancelotti (Italy / Real Madrid CF)

  • Didier Deschamps (France / French National Team)

  • Pep Guardiola (Spain / Manchester City FC)

  • Walid Regragui (Morocco / Wydad AC / Moroccan National Team)

  • Lionel Scaloni (Argentina / Argentinian National Team)

The Best FIFA Women’s Goalkeeper
  • Ann-Katrin Berger (Germany / Chelsea FC Women)

  • Mary Earps (England / Manchester United WFC)

  • Christiane Endler (Chile / Olympique Lyonnais)

  • Merle Frohms (Germany / Eintracht Frankfurt / VfL Wolfsburg)

  • Alyssa Naeher (USA / Chicago Red Stars)

  • Sandra Paños García-Villamil (Spain / FC Barcelona)

The Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper
  • Álisson Becker (Brazil / Liverpool FC)

  • Yassine Bounou (Morocco / Sevilla FC)

  • Thibaut Courtois (Belgium / Real Madrid CF)

  • Ederson (Brazil / Manchester City FC)

  • Emiliano Martínez (Argentina / Aston Villa FC)

The FIFA Puskás Award
  • Mario Balotelli (Italy): Adana Demirspor v. Göztepe Spor Kulübü [Süper Lig] (22 May 2022)

  • Amandine Henry (France): FC Barcelona v. Olympique Lyonnais [UEFA Women’s Champions League] (21 May 2022)

  • Théo Hernández (France): AC Milan v. Atalanta [Serie A] (15 May 2022)

  • Alou Kuol (Australia): Iraq U23 v. Australia U23 [AFC U23 Asian Cup] (4 June 2022)

  • Kylian Mbappé (France): Argentina v. France [FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™] (18 December 2022)

  • Francisco González Metilli (Argentina): Club Atlético Central Córdoba v. Club Atlético Rosario Central [Primera División] (1 August 2022)

  • Marcin Oleksy (Poland): Warta Poznań v. Stal Rzeszów [PZU Amp Futbol Ekstraklasa] (6 November 2022)

  • Salma Paralluelo (Spain): FC Barcelona v. Villarreal CF [Liga F] (2 April 2022)

  • Dimitri Payet (France): Olympique de Marseille v. PAOK Thessaloniki [UEFA Europa Conference League] (7 April 2022)

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

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



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