Robert Lewandowski, Karim Benzema Nominated for FIFA Best Award


Robert Lewandowski is in the running to retain his FIFA Men’s Player award, after being named on an 11-man shortlist alongside Karim Benzema and Jorginho on Monday.

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are among the nominees, along with Neymar, Mohamed Salah, and Kylian Mbappe.

The variety of potential winners includes Erling Haaland, N’Golo Kante, and Kevin De Bruyne.

Alexia Putellas, Jennifer Hermoso, Aitana Bonmati, and Caroline Graham Hansen are four Barcelona players on the shortlist for the women’s best player award.

Chelsea, who were beaten by Barcelona in the Women’s Champions League final last season, will also be represented by four players.

Lucy Bronze, who won the prize last year, was nominated alongside Ellen White, a fellow England international.

Christine Sinclair of Canada, as well as Stina Blackstenius of Sweden, are both in contention.

After leading Chelsea to the Champions League title, Thomas Tuchel is a frontrunner for best men’s coach. Roberto Mancini, the mastermind of Italy’s Euro 2020 triumph, is his biggest rival.

Hansi Flick, Pep Guardiola, Antonio Conte, Diego Simeone, and Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni are among the other nominees.

The captains and coaches of all national teams around the world, as well as an online ballot of fans and a select number of journalists, vote for the best men’s and women’s player, coach, and goalkeeper.

Voting will take place between November 22 and December 10.

The three finalists in each category will be announced in early January, with the awards ceremony taking place on January 17 from FIFA headquarters in Zurich.

On November 29, a separate Ballon d’Or award ceremony will be held in Paris.

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