The final three nominees for the FIFA The Best Awards have been released on Friday evening and making headlines is the inclusion of Liverpool winger Mohammed Salah among the top three.
In the mens best player category, PSG and Argentina forward Lionel Messi was nominated alongside Bayern Munich and Poland’ Robert Lewandowski and Liverpool and Egypt winger Mohammed Salah.
The inclusion of the Egyptian who was placed seventh in the Balon d’or is a testament of the effort he has put in to achieve such feat.
Although the former Chelsea and Roma player is currently in Cameroon with his national team preparing for the Africa Cup of Nations, he is the Premier League’s top goalscorer so far with 16 to his name.
After winning the previous edition, Lewandowski again has staked a claim for the FIFA players gong having enjoyed another spectacular year at club level for Bayern, scoring a Bundesliga record 41 goals in the 2020-21 season to eclipse the previous best total set by Gerd Muller in the 1971-72 campaign.
Argentine superstar Lionel Messi finally ended his wait for major international silverware in last year as he helped Argentina to win the Copa America. Lionel Messi left Barcelona for PSG after 20 years with the Spanish giants.
In the female category, FC Barcelona Femeni pair Alexia Putellas and Jennifer Hermoso were picked alongside Chelsea’s Sam Kerr.
The Puskas Awards will be contested by Porto’s Mehdi Taremi, Sevilla’s Erik Lamela and Czech Republic’s Patrick Schick.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, Chelsea’s Thomas Tuchel and the head coach of the Azurris of Italy, Roberto Mancini have been nominated for The Best Coach
The best goalkeeper nominees are Gianluigi Donnaruma who won the Euros with Italy, Chelsea’s Edouard Mendy who won the Uefa Champions League and Bayern’s Manuel Neuer who enjoyed a stellar season winning the Bundesliga.
The winners will be announced on January 17 and the votes are made by current men’s national team coaches, captains, one specialist journalist from each territory represented by a national team and fans registered on FIFA.com.