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Cristiano Ronaldo left off FIFA award checklist headed by Messi, Mbappe

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Cristiano Ronaldo left off FIFA award list headed by Messi, Mbappe

Cristiano Ronaldo was left off the the 14-player shortlist for the annual Best FIFA Men’s Player award for the primary time, with Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappé amongst these chosen.

Ronaldo, who was launched by Manchester United and benched by Portugal throughout the World Cup, received the FIFA award the primary two instances it was handed out — in 2016 and 2017 — and was among the many three finalists the next three years. This was the primary time he was not even chosen as a contender by a FIFA-appointed professional panel.

The award was rebranded in 2016 following a six-year interval the place the previous FIFA World Player of the Year Award had merged with the annual Ballon d’Or.

Ronaldo completed seventh within the voting final yr, when Robert Lewandowski received for the second time in a row forward of Messi and Mohamed Salah. The 37-year-old Portuguese star joined Saudi Arabian membership Al Nassr final month, seemingly marking the top of his European membership profession.

Aside from Messi, the one member of Argentina’s World Cup-winning staff to make the checklist of nominees is ahead Julián Álvarez.

Lewandowski can also be on the checklist, which incorporates simply 4 gamers who didn’t play on the World Cup.

Karim Benzema, the 2022 Ballon d’Or winner, and Sadio Mané had been injured forward of the event in Qatar, whereas Erling Haaland and Salah weren’t there as a result of their international locations, Norway and Egypt, respectively, didn’t qualify.

The different gamers nominated are Jude Bellingham, Kevin De Bruyne, Achraf Hakimi, Luka Modric, Neymar and Vinícius Junior.

Ballon d’Or winner Alexia Putellas is amongst 14 nominees for the Best FIFA Women’s Player prize. The checklist additionally contains Beth Mead, Keira Walsh and Leah Williamson from European champion England. Putella, the Spain playmaker, missed the event in England due to an damage.

Alex Morgan is the one participant nominated from the United States staff which can defend its World Cup title this yr.

Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni is amongst 5 nominees for the boys’s teaching award, a listing that additionally contains Walid Regragui after Morocco turned the primary staff from Africa to achieve the World Cup semifinals.

The different coaches nominated are Real Madrid’s Carlo Ancelotti, France’s Didier Deschamps and Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola.

England coach Sarina Wiegman, who’s from the Netherlands, is amongst six nominees for the teaching award in girls’s soccer.

The 11 objectives competing for the Puskas Award embody two scored on the World Cup – Mbappé’s volleyed second purpose towards Argentina within the ultimate and Richarlison’s bicycle kick for Brazil towards Serbia.

Supporters from Argentina and Japan are amongst three nominees for the fan award.

FIFA cited Argentina followers’ fervor in Qatar and the fervour proven when welcoming the successful staff at house, and lauded Japanese followers for his or her World Cup custom of staying again after video games to scrub the stadium.

Voting is completed by nationwide staff captains and coaches worldwide together with chosen journalists, and there may be a web-based vote by followers which runs by way of Feb. 3.

The winners are introduced at a Feb. 27 ceremony in Paris.