The Best FIFA Men’s Player final three shortlisted is same as UEFA final three
Lionel Messi once again will not be on the podium of top individual awards ceremony. We missed him on August 30, when UEFA announced their Men’s Player of the season. UEFA Men’s Player of the season final three cut to Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric, and Mohamed Salah, before Modric goes on to win the award finally. It goes same with The Best FIFA Men’s Player award, their three final shortlist is same as UEFA final three.
The only question is will the winner be the same as UEFA Men’s Player of the season which will be announced on September 24. The world fans expected a different final three than UEFA because FIFA is more than club football. This season there was World Cup as well, but unluckily there is no player in the final three list from World Cup winner France.
I know 1) Barcelona didn’t reach Champions League final 2) Argentina were poor at the World Cup and 3) it’s always on his shoulders if those teams fall short, … but does anyone seriously think Messi wasn’t one of the top three top-performing players in the world last season? https://t.co/yANVtyvaHS
— Oliver Kay (@OliverKayTimes) September 3, 2018
Kylian Mbappe or Antoine Griezmann were expected to be in the final three, but French duo didn’t make through. Lionel Messi’s exclusion is also a big blow because after 10 years, Argentine has been axed from the podium.
He only finds his name in top 10 as like other six who missed the final three. Kevin De Bruyne, Antoine Griezmann, Eden Hazard, Harry Kane, Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi, and Raphael varane were in top 10 list, but they were excluded from final three.
When #TheBest is not the best. No way Messi should be excluded from the list. No Griezmann or Mbappé either. In a World Cup year. You’d think FIFA’s big tournament would hold more sway in a FIFA award. But it’s 25% fan vote, so Cristiano the favourite again.
— Ben Hayward (@bghayward) September 3, 2018
FiFA official website reveals, “Following voting – split evenly between fans, journalists, national team coaches and national team captians – the original shortlist of ten selected by a panel of FIFA legends has been slimmed down to just three – Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric, and Mohamed Salah. One of them will be stepping up on 24 September to receive this prestigious award. We’ll find out in London which player it is.
Along with The Best FIFA Men’s Player, The Best FIFA Women’s Player is also cut to the final three. Olympique Lyonnais striker Ada Hegerberg and her German teammate Dzsenifer Marozsan will be competing alongside Brazilian Marta for the top award on 24 September.
The Best FIFA Men’s coach final three are also announced. FIFA World Cup 2018 finalist Croatia’s national team coach Zlatko Dalic will be competing alongside World Cup winning France national team coach Didier Deschamps and UEFA Champions League winner Zinedine Zidane with Real Madrid.
The Best FIFA Women’s coach final three names include Olympique Lyonnais coach Reynold Pedros, Japanese national team coach Asako Takakura, and Dutch national team coach Sarina Wiegman.
Along with these four awards, The Best FIFA Puskas Award and The Best FIFA Fan Award will also be presented and for them votings are still open. You can still vote for your favourite goal and favourite fan moment.