African stars, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah are both missing in the final three-man list of the FIFA the best award despite being an integral part of Liverpool squad that won the UEFA Champions League last season.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Virgil van Dijk have been nominated for FIFA’s Best Player Award. The same trio were nominated for UEFA’s Player of the Year, with Van Dijk picking up the award at the Champions League draw ceremony last week.
Pep Guardiola is among the contenders for the Best Men’s Coach award after guiding Manchester City to the English domestic treble last season. Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp is also nominated after guiding the Merseysiders to a sixth Champions League success. Mauricio Pochettino, whose Tottenham side were beaten by Liverpool in the Champions League final, completes the nominations.
Manchester City and Liverpool were also represented in the Best Goalkeeper catergory, with Brazilian duo Ederson and Alisson Becker nominated along with Barcelona’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
Messi is also in contention for second award when his chip against Real Betis in March nominated for the Puskas Award for goal of the season. Juanfer Quintero’s free-kick for River Plate against Racing Club and Daniel Zsori’s strike for Hungarian side Debrecen and Ferencvaros are also nominated.