Mbappé, Messi, Neymar and the others: The list of candidates for the FIFA The Best Trophy

Mbappé, Messi, Neymar and the others: The list of candidates for the FIFA The Best Trophy

After facing off in the World Cup final, Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappé are set to compete for the FIFA The Best Trophy for Best Player of the Year 2022, the list of candidates for which was unveiled on Thursday. Neymar, the third member of the “MNM” of Paris Saint-Germain also appears in the nominees like the Ballon d’Or Karim Benzema, the Norwegian prodigy Erling Haaland or the Croatian Luka Modric. The result will be revealed on February 27.

Among the women, the Spanish double Golden Ball Alexia Putellas, the Englishwoman Beath Mead or the Australian Sam Kerr. For the best coach trophy, World Cup finalists Didier Deschamps (France) and Lionel Scaloni (Argentina) face Pep Guardiola (Manchester City), the Champions League winner with Real Madrid, Carlo Ancelotti and Morocco coach Walid Regragui, fourth in the World Cup and winner of the African Champions League with Wydad Casablanca.

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The International Federation also rewards the best coach, the best goalkeeper and the best goalkeeper, and also plans a supporter’s trophy and the Puskas award for goal of the year, for which Kylian Mbappé, for his volley in the world final, or the heel of the English Alessia Russo in the semi-finals of the Euro. Football fans can vote on the Internet until February 3 at 11:59 p.m. Paris time. In early February 2023, Fifa will announce the three finalists in each category.

List of nominees in alphabetical order

Players:

Aitana Bonmatí (Spain – FC Barcelona)

Debinha (Brazil – North Carolina Courage)

Jessie Fleming (Canada-Chelsea)

Ada Hegerberg (Norway – Olympique Lyonnais)

Sam Kerr (Australia – Chelsea)

Beth Mead (England – Arsenal)

Vivianne Miedema (Netherlands – Arsenal)

Alex Morgan (USA – Orlando Pride and San Diego Wave)

Lena Oberdorf (Germany – Wolfsburg)

Alexandra Popp (Germany – Wolfsburg)

Alexia Putellas (Spain – FC Barcelona)

Wendie Renard (France – Olympique Lyonnais)

Keira Walsh (England – Manchester City and FC Barcelona)

Leah Williamson (England – Arsenal)

Players:

Julián Álvarez (Argentina – River Plate and Manchester City)

Jude Bellingham (England – Borussia Dortmund)

Karim Benzema (France-Real Madrid)

Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium – Manchester City)

Erling Haaland (Norway – Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City)

Achraf Hakimi (Morocco – Paris Saint-Germain)

Robert Lewandowski (Poland – FC Bayern Munich and FC Barcelona)

Sadio Mané (Senegal – Liverpool and Bayern Munich)

Kylian Mbappe (France – Paris Saint-Germain)

Lionel Messi (Argentina – Paris Saint-Germain)

Luka Modric (Croatia – Real Madrid)

Neymar (Brazil – Paris Saint-Germain)

Mohamed Salah (Egypt – Liverpool)

Vinicius Junior (Brazil – Real Madrid)

Coaches:

Sonia Bompastor (France – Olympique Lyonnais)

Emma Hayes (England – Chelsea)

Bev Priestman (England – Canada)

Pia Sundhage (Sweden – Brazil)

Martina Voss-Tecklenburg (Germany – Germany)

Sarina Wiegman (Netherlands – England and Netherlands)

Coaches :

Carlo Ancelotti (Italy – Real Madrid)

Didier Deschamps (France – France)

Pep Guardiola (Spain – Manchester City)

Walid Regragui (Morocco – Wydad Casablanca and Morocco)

Lionel Scaloni (Argentina – Argentina)

Babysitters:

Ann-Katrin Berger (Germany – Chelsea)

Mary Earps (England – Manchester United)

Christiane Endler (Chile – Olympique Lyonnais)

Merle Frohms (Germany – Eintracht Frankfurt and Wolfsburg)

Alyssa Naeher (USA – Chicago Red Stars)

Sandra Paños García-Villamil (Spain – FC Barcelona)

Guardians:

Alisson Becker (Brazil – Liverpool)

Yassine Bounou (Morocco – Sevilla FC)

Thibaut Courtois (Belgium – Real Madrid)

Ederson (Brazil – Manchester City)

Emiliano Martínez (Argentina – Aston Villa)

Puskás Prize for the best goal:

Mario Balotelli (Italy): Adana Demirspor – Göztepe Izmir (May 22, 2022)

Amandine Henry (France): FC Barcelona – Olympique Lyonnais (May 21, 2022)

Théo Hernández (France): AC Milan – Atalanta Bergamo (May 15, 2022)

Alou Kuol (Australia): Iraq – Australia U23 (June 4, 2022)

Kylian Mbappé (France): Argentina – France (December 18, 2022)

Francisco González Metilli (Argentina): Central Córdoba – Rosario Central (August 1, 2022)

Marcin Oleksy (Poland): Warta Poznan – Stal Rzeszów (November 6, 2022)

Salma Paralluelo (Spain): FC Barcelona – Villarreal (April 2, 2022)

Dimitri Payet (France): Olympique de Marseille – PAOK Thessaloniki (April 7, 2022)

Richarlison (Brazil): Brazil – Serbia (November 24, 2022)

Alessia Russo (England): England – Sweden (July 26, 2022)

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