Mohamed Salah nominated for FIFA’s best male player award
FIFA announced on Tuesday ‘The Best FIFA Women’s Coach’, ‘The Best FIFA Men’s Coach’, ‘The Best FIFA Women’s Player’ and ‘The Best FIFA Men’s Player’ awards.
A total of 10 candidates were nominated for the men’s player of the year award with the shortlist being based on the players’ achievements during the period from 3 July 2017 to 15 July 2018.
The shortlist included Real Madrid trio Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric, and Raphael Varane, as well as Barcelona star Lionel Messi, Kevin De Bruyne, Antoine Griezmann, Eden Hazard, Harry Kane, Kylian Mbappe, and Mohamed Salah.
Salah was nominated after his great debut season with Liverpool as he scored 44 goals across all competitions with Liverpool and became the Premier League’s best ever goalscorer in a 38-game campaign with 32 goals. He helped the Reds reach the UEFA Champions League final and secure a fourth-place finish in the Premier League.
The 26-year-old also guided the Pharaohs to the World Cup for the first time in 28 years. He scored two goals in the showpiece tournament, which saw Egypt exit from the group stage.
This is the third edition of the Best FIFA Football awards. It was introduced in 2016 after FIFA’s breakaway from France Football’s Ballon d’Or. Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo collected the award in the past two editions.
After the announcement, key members of the footballing community including journalists, fans, national team coaches, and captains. The voting period will start on July 24 and will end on August 10, with the final three nominees to be announced at a later date.
The winner will be presented the award All at The Best FIFA Football Awards show in London on 24 September.
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