Messi, Van Dijk, Mbappe Among FIFA's Best Nominees

Messi, Van Dijk, Mbappe Among FIFA's Best Nominees

African superstars Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah are among the ten nominees for FIFA's The Best Men's Player award for 2019.

Paul Pogba, Luis Suarez, Bernardo Silva, Son Heung-min, Sergio Aguero, Alisson Becker, Christian Eriksen and Kevin de Bruyne were also left out from the list which consists of players such as Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Eden Hazard.

Messi guided Barcelona to the La Liga title in his first season as captain at Camp Nou, but also fell short in the Champions League, as the Catalan side fell to a 4-3 aggregate defeat to Liverpool in the semifinals.


Last year's award was won by Luka Modric ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo, with Mohamed Salah coming third.

The list is completed by France coach Didier Deschamps, Spain's Pep Guardiola of Manchester City, Germany's Jürgen Klopp of Liverpool and The Netherlands' Erik ten Hag of Ajax.

United States coach Jill Ellis, who won back-to-back World Cup titles before stepping down after more than five years in charge, was nominated for the award for the best coach in women's soccer.


Others include Portugal coach Fernando Santos, Brazil manager Tite, who led his side to the Copa América title, and Africa Cup of Nations victor Djamel Belmadi of Algeria.

Federation Internationale de Football Association will host its annual awards on 23 September in Milan this year and have started to announce some of the nominees. Brazil's Marta - who took home her sixth world player of the year award last year - has also been nominated.

Fans, journalists, national team coaches and captains will decide the victor of the Federation Internationale de Football Association award.


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