Messi and Mbappe among nominees for FIFA Best award | Football News

PARIS: Fresh off their brilliant World Cup performances, Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe are among the nominees for FIFA’s The Best award last year, world football’s governing body announced on Thursday.
Messi, who has won the award once before, led Argentina to victory in Qatar, a career-defining triumph that boosted their chances of securing an eighth golden ball but can also make him the favorite for this price.
As well as Mbappe, who scored a hat-trick in the World Cup final, two other Paris Saint-Germain players are named in Neymar and Achraf Hakimi.
Karim Benzema, who won the Ballon d’Or last year for his performances with Real Madrid, is also nominated, as is Robert Lewandowski, who won the FIFA award for the past two years.
The list of nominees is completed by Manchester City’s Julian Alvarez, Kevin De Bruyne and Erling Haaland; the Real Madrid pair of Luka Modric and Vinicius Junior; Mohammad Salah, Sadio Mane and Jude Bellingham.
Alexia Putellas is nominated for the women’s award despite having been out for the past six months due to injury.
The Barcelona and Spain midfielder won the award last year and retained the Ballon d’Or in October.
Arsenal striker Beth Mead, runner-up to Putellas for the Ballon d’Or, is also nominated, as are two other members of the England squad that won the European Championship on home soil with Leah Williamson and Keira Walsh.
There are also awards for the best men’s and women’s manager, the best goalkeeper and the Puskas award for the best goal of 2022.
A public vote, open until February 3, will decide between the three finalists in each category.
The winner is then elected by a jury made up of coaches and captains of the national team as well as journalists and supporters.


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