Premier League stars Mohamed Salah, Cristiano Ronaldo, Jorginho, N’Golo Kante and Kevin De Bruyne nominated for the FIFA Men’s Player of the Year award.
They join a number of other elite names in the game, with Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, Karim Benzema, Robert Lewandowski, Neymar and Erling Haaland also vying for the award.
Lewandowski is currently the award holder and the Bayern Munich and Poland forward could retain his title after enjoying a phenomenal 2021 with 63 goals so far for club and country. It is only six minutes away from matching Ronaldo’s total of 69 in 2013.
Many would find it difficult to look past the clinical future, but that doesn’t mean the remaining candidates don’t stand a chance. Salah has had a great start to the season, as has Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema.
Below you can see the full list of nominees to win the Male Player Award.
Nominees for FIFA Men’s Player of the Year
Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United)
Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)
Lionel Messi (Paris Saint-Germain)
Kylian Mbappé (Paris Saint-Germain)
Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain)
N’Golo Kanté (Chelsea)
Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)
Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)
Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund)
The Manager of the Year roster didn’t disappoint either, with several of the game’s biggest names being considered for the award.
Antonio Conte, now Spurs manager, is in the running for the award after the role he played in helping Inter Milan win their first league title since 2010.
Kante and Jorginho manager Thomas Tuchel is another serious contender who helped Chelsea win the Champions League last season, as is Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.
Nominees for FIFA Men’s Coach of the Year
Antonio Conte (Tottenham / Inter Milan)
Thomas Tuchel (Chelsea)
Roberto Mancini (Italy)
Hansi Flick (Germany / Bayern Munich)
Pep Guardiola (Manchester City)
Lionel Scaloni (Argentina)
Diego Simeone (Atletico Madrid)
Elsewhere, three Premier League stars are in contention for the men’s goalkeeper award, with Liverpool star Alisson, Chelsea’s Edouard Mendy and Leicester man Kasper Schmeichel in contention. They join PSG and Italy glove Gianluigi Donnarumma and Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer in the nominations.
Lucy Bronze will defend her Best Player of the Year title, having been nominated alongside her Manchester City and England teammate Ellen White.
Vivianne Miedema and Chelsea quartet Magdalena Eriksson, Pernille Harder, Ji So-yun and Sam Kerr are also in the running.
The nominees for the best FIFA female player of the year
Stina Blackstenius (Sweden / BK Häcken)
Aitana Bonmati (Spain / FC Barcelona)
Lucy Bronze (England / Manchester City WFC)
Magdalena Eriksson (Sweden / Chelsea FC Women)
Caroline Graham Hansen (Norway / FC Barcelona)
Pernille Harder (Denmark / Chelsea FC Women)
Jennifer Hermoso (Spain / FC Barcelona)
Ji So-yun (Republic of Korea / Chelsea FC Women)
Sam Kerr (Australia / Chelsea FC Women)
Vivianne Miedema (Netherlands / Arsenal WFC)
Ellen White (England / Manchester City WFC)
Alexia Putellas (Spain / FC Barcelona)
Christine Sinclair (Canada / Portland Thorns FC)
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