Van Dijk, Messi, Ronaldo among nominees for Best FIFA Men’s Player

The star-studded list of candidates for the 2019 Best FIFA Men’s Player award was revealed Wednesday. Although defending champion Luka Modric failed to make the shortlist, familiar faces such as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are among...
TURIN, ITALY - JULY 16: Juventus new signing Cristiano Ronaldo poses for a portrait shoot on July 16, 2018 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Daniele Badolato - Juventus FC/Juventus FC via Getty Images)

The star-studded list of candidates for the 2019 Best FIFA Men’s Player award was revealed Wednesday.

Although defending champion Luka Modric failed to make the shortlist, familiar faces such as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are among the top 10 candidates. Combined, the former La Liga rivals have won the award 10 times (five each).

The two superstars, however, will face tough competition with the inclusion of PFA Player of the Year Virgil van Dijk, who played a pivotal role in helping Liverpool win the Champions League in June. The Dutch defender is joined by Reds teammates Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.

Meanwhile, wunderkinds Kylian Mbappe (20), Frenkie de Jong (22), and Matthijs de Ligt(19) will each look to win the prestigious trophy for the first time, despite the overwhelming feeling that none of them have reached their tremendous potential yet.

Full list of candidates:

NAME TEAM COUNTRY
Cristiano Ronaldo Juventus Portugal
Lionel Messi Barcelona Argentina
Virgil van Dijk Liverpool Netherlands
Sadio Mane Liverpool Senegal
Mohamed Salah Liverpool Egypt
Matthijs de Ligt Juventus Netherlands
Frenkie de Jong Barcelona Netherlands
Kylian Mbappe Paris Saint-Germain France
Harry Kane Tottenham England
Eden Hazard Real Madrid Belgium

The winner will be revealed at The Best FIFA Football Awards show in Milan, Italy, on Sept. 23.

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