Argentina’s Lionel Messi and France’s Kylian Mbappe are set to battle it out for FIFA’s best player of the year 2022 trophy, the list of candidates was announced on January 12, after facing off in the World Cup final.
Neymar, the third member of Paris Saint-Germain’s “MNM”, is among the candidates for the “Golden ball” as well as Karim Benzema, Norwegian prodigy Erling Haaland or Croatian Luka Modric. The result will be announced on February 27.
Among the women, there are especially two-time Spanish Ballon d’Or Alexia Putellas, English woman Beat Mead or Australian Sam Kerr.
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World Cup finalists Didier Deschamps (France) and Lionel Scaloni (Argentina) for the best coach trophy with Pep Guardiola (Manchester City), Champions League winner with Real Madrid, Carlo Ancelotti and Moroccan coach Walid Regraghi, fourth in the World Cup and Wydad Casablanca Winner of the African Champions League.
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The International Federation also awards the best coach, best goalkeeper and best goalkeeper, as well as planning the supporters’ cup and the Puskas award for goal of the year. English Alessia Russo in the semi-finals of the Euro.
Football fans can vote online until 11:59 p.m. Paris time on February 3. In early February 2023, FIFA will announce the three finalists in each category.
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Alphabetical list of candidates
- Players: Aitana Bonmati (Spain – FC Barcelona) Debinha (Brazil – North Carolina Courage) Jessie Fleming (Canada – Chelsea) Ada Hegerberg (Norway – Olympique Lyonnais) Sam Kerr (Australia – Chelsea) Beth Mead (England – Arsenal) Vivianne-Miedema (England – Arsenal) Bas – Arsenal) Alex Morgan (USA – Orlando Pride and San Diego Wave) Lena Oberdorf (Germany – Wolfsburg) Alexandra Popp (Germany – Wolfsburg) Alexia Putellas (Spain – FC Barcelona) Wendy Renard (France – Olympique Lyonnais ) – “Manchester City” and “Barcelona”) Lea Williamson (England – “Arsenal”).
- Players: Julian Alvarez (Argentina – “River Plate” and “Manchester City”) Jude Bellingham (England – “Borussia Dortmund”) Karim Benzema (France – “Real Madrid”) Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium – “Manchester City”) Erling Haaland (Norway) – “Borussia Dortmund” and “Manchester City”) Achraf Hakimi Morocco – PSG) Robert Lewandowski (Poland – “Bayern” and “Barcelona”) Sadio Mane (Senegal – “Liverpool” and “Bayern”) Kylian Mbappe (France – PSG) Lionel Messi (Argentina – Paris Saint-Germain) Luka Modric (Croatia – Real Madrid) Neymar (Brazil – Paris Saint-Germain) Mohamed Salah (Egypt – Liverpool) Vinícius Junior (Brazil – Real Madrid).
- Coaches: Sonia Bompastor (France – Olympique Lyonnais) Emma Hayes (England – Chelsea) Bev Priestman (England – Canada) Pia Sundhage (Sweden – Brazil) Martina Voss-Tecklenburg (Germany – Germany) Sarina Wiegman (Netherlands – England and Holland).
- Coaches: Carlo Ancelotti (Italy – Real Madrid) Didier Deschamps (France – France) Pep Guardiola (Spain – “Manchester City”) Walid Regraghi (Morocco – Vidad Casablanca and Morocco) Lionel Scaloni (Argentina – Argentina).
- Babysitters: Ann-Katrin Berger (Germany – “Chelsea”) Mary Earps (England – “Manchester United”) Christian Endler (Chile – Olympique Lyonnais) Merle Frohms (Germany – “Eintracht Frankfurt & Wolfsburg”) Alyssa Naeher (USA – Chicago Red Stars) Sandra Spain – FC Barcelona).
- Trustees: Alisson Becker (Brazil – “Liverpool”) Yassine Bounu (Morocco – “Seville”) Thibaut Courtois (Belgium – “Real Madrid”) Ederson (Brazil – “Manchester City”) Emiliano Martinez (Argentina – “Aston Villa”).
- Puskas Award for the best goal: Mario Balotelli (Italy): Adana Demirspor – Goztepe Izmir (May 22, 2022) Amandine Henry (France): FC Barcelona – Olympique Lyonnais (May 21, 2022) Théo Hernández (France): AC Milan – Atalanta Bergamo (Malani Bergamo) 12.5 ) Alou Kuol (Australia): Iraq v Australia U23 (June 4, 2022) Kylian Mbappé (France): Argentina v France (December 18, 2022) Francisco Gonzalez Metilli (Argentina): Cordoba Central v Rosario Central (August 22) Marcin Oleksy (Poland) ): Warta Poznan – Stal Rzeszów (November 6, 2022) Salma Paralluelo (Spain): FC Barcelona – Villarreal (April 2, 2022) Dimitri Payet (France): Olympique de Marseille – PAOK Thessaloniki (A22,A2) ) Richarlison (Brazil): Brazil v Serbia (24 November 2022) Alessia Russo (England): England v Sweden (26 July 2022).