Ronaldo, Messi, Modric, Mbappe in; Neymar out from FIFA Best shortlist

Brazilian forward Neymar is a surprise omission from the FIFA’s Best Men’s Player award shortlist. The rest of the list is largely familiar, with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo among the 10 names

Photo: Lucas Figueiredo/CBF
Photo: Lucas Figueiredo/CBF
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Brazilian forward Neymar is a surprise omission from the FIFA’s Best Men’s Player award shortlist. Brazil's early exit from the World Cup and a somewhat injury-hit debut season at Paris Saint-Germain, where he nevertheless racked up 28 goals and 16 assists in 30 games, are likely to have contributed to Neymar's absence.

The rest of the list is largely familiar, with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, who won the first two editions of the award in 2016 and 2017, among the 10 names.

Croatia skipper Luka Modric and French tyro Kylian Mbappe, who both picked up individual awards at the World Cup, will be hoping to break the La Liga duopoly on major global individual awards. As well as the FIFA Best Player, Messi and Ronaldo have shared the more prestigious Balon d'Or since 2008, winning five apiece.

The rest of the 10-man shortlist is made up of two more French World Cup winners (Antoine Griezmann and Raphael Varane), Belgian duo Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne, Liverpool's Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah and English striker Harry Kane.

Croatia skipper Luka Modric and French tyro Kylian Mbappe, who both picked up individual awards at the World Cup, will be hoping to break the La Liga duopoly on major global individual awards. As well as the FIFA Best Player, Messi and Ronaldo have shared the more prestigious Balon d’Or since 2008, winning five apiece

France coach Didier Deschamps and compatriot Zinedine Zidane, who led Real Madrid to a third successive Champions League title, headlined the 11 candidates in the running for men's coach of the year.

Zlatko Dalic was recognised after Croatia's shock run to the final, while Gareth Southgate and Roberto Martinez were also among the nominees, having respectively led England and Belgium to the last four. German coach Jürgen Klopp also gets the nod for his work with Liverpool.

At the ceremony in London in September, FIFA will make awards to the best goalkeeper, the best goal, and a fan award.

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