FIFA announces finalists for The Best Awards

The governing body has announced the three finalists in all eight categories of The Best FIFA Awards to be given this month in Milan, Italy.

The three finalists in all eight categories for The Best FIFA Awards have been announced today.

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Virgil van Dijk have been selected in the shortlist for Men’s Player of the Year.

The Best FIFA Awards will be delivered on September 23rd in Milan, Italy.

Last year’s winner Luka Modric was not on the final shortlist.

“In a year punctuated by the extraordinary festival of women’s football that was 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,” FIFA’s official website read.

In The Best Women’s Player of 2019 two American footballers have been chosen: Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan. England’s Lucy Bronze was also chosen.

“The winner of the voting by national team captains, coaches, fans and media will be announced during The Best FIFA Football Awards ceremony at the Teatro all Scala in Milan on Monday 23 September,” FIFA explained.

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

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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)

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