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Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Karim Benzema nominated for FIFA Best Men’s Player Award

Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Karim Benzema

FIFA World Cup 2022 finalists Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe have been nominated for the FIFA Best Men’s Player Award 2022. Two-time winner Cristiano Ronaldo has failed to feature on FIFA’s Best Men’s Player shortlist.

After headlining the FIFA World Cup 2022 final in Qatar, Paris Saint Germain (PSG) superstars Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe have been nominated for the FIFA Best Men’s Player Award 2022. The Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) has shortlisted the candidates for the upcoming edition of The Best FIFA Football Awards™ 2022 on Thursday.

Joining Argentina captain Messi in the 14-member list, Manchester City striker Julian Alvarez is the only second player from La Albiceleste, who has been shortlisted for the prestigious Best FIFA Men’s Player award.

Messi, who propelled Argentina to its third FIFA World Cup title in Qatar last year, has emerged as the leading candidate to lift the famous trophy this season. Messi last won the Best FIFA Men’s Player award in 2019.

Besides Argentina captain Messi, French forward Mbappe and Brazil’s Neymar are among the favourites in the men’s category. Ballon D’or holder Karim Benzema is also shortlisted for the Best FIFA Men’s Player award alongside Kevin De Bruyne, Robert Lewandowski, Mohamed Salah, and Luka Modric.

No place for Ronaldo

Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo failed to receive a nod on FIFA’s Best Men’s Player shortlist. Ronaldo parted ways with Manchester United ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2022. The former Real Madrid and Juventus star joined Al-Nassr after a forgetful campaign in the FIFA World Cup 2022. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner is one of the notable absentees from the star-studded list. Goal machine Ronaldo lifted the famous trophy in 2016 and 2017.

Source:- The Indian Express

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