FIFA, on Monday, released the three-man finalists for each of the eight categories of The Best FIFA Football Awards at the iconic San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy.
The world football governing body said The Best FIFA Women’s Player trophy will have a totally new name on the honour’s board this year, with a trio of fresh finalists named.
In a year punctuated by the extraordinary festival of women’s football – the FIFA Women’s World Cup, the top three for each of The Best Women’s Player and Coach awards are unsurprisingly stars who shone brightest in France 2019 Women’s World Cup.
World Cup winners USA have two nominees among the three finalists in the Best Women’s Player category – Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan, they are joined in the category by semi-finalists England’s Lucy Bronze who won the UEFA Women’s Player of the Year Award last Thursday.
For The Best FIFA Women’s Coach, as expected USA’s coach, Jill Ellis, is named among the finalists, while 2017 winner and France 2019 finalist – Sarina Wiegman of Netherlands, as well as England’s coach Phil Neville, also make the list.
The English Premier League dominates the Best FIFA Men’s Coach category with all the nominees – Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and
Mauricio Pochettino plying their trade in England.
WuzupNigeria reported earlier that Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Virgil van Dijk have been shortlisted as finalists for The Best FIFA Men’s Player category.
All eight of the awards, as well as the inaugural FIFA/FIFPro Women’s World11, the FIFA FIFPro Men’s World11 and the FIFA Fair Play Award, will be handed out on 23 September in front of football’s biggest names at the Teatro all Scala in Milan.
The Best FIFA Football Awards finalists in full
The Best FIFA Men’s Player
Cristiano Ronaldo (POR) – Juventus
Lionel Messi (ARG) – FC Barcelona
Virgil van Dijk (NED) – Liverpool
The Best FIFA Women’s Player
Lucy Bronze (ENG) – Olympique Lyonnais
Alex Morgan (USA) – Orlando Pride
Megan Rapinoe (USA) – Reign FC
The Best FIFA Men’s Coach
Pep Guardiola (ESP) – Manchester City
Jurgen Klopp (GER) – Liverpool
Mauricio Pochettino (ARG) – Tottenham Hotspur
The Best FIFA Women’s Coach
Jill Ellis (USA) – USA national team
Phil Neville (ENG) – England national team
Sarina Wiegman (NED) – Netherlands national team
FIFA Fan Award
Silvia Grecco (BRA)
Netherlands Fans at the Women’s World Cup (NED)
Justo Sánchez (URU)
The Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper
Alisson (BRA) – Liverpool
Ederson (BRA) – Manchester City
Marc-André ter Stegen (GER) – FC Barcelona
The Best FIFA Women’s Goalkeeper
Christiane Endler (CHI) – Paris Saint-Germain
Hedvig Lindahl (SWE) – Chelsea /Wolfsburg
Sari van Veenendaal (NED) – Arsenal / Atletico Madrid
FIFA Puskás Award
Lionel Messi (ARG) – Real Betis v FC Barcelona [La Liga] (17 March 2019)
Juan Fernando Quintero (COL) – River Plate v Racing Club [Argentinian Superliga] (10 February 2019)
Dániel Zsóri (HUN) – Debrecen FC v Ferencváros TC [Nemzeti Bajnoskag I] (16 February 2019)