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By Temisan Amoye,

FIFA today released the shortlist of nominees for The Best FIFA Football Awards ™. The nominees selected by a panel of experts in seven different categories are as follows:

The best male player in FIFA: Thiago Alcântara (Spain / FC Bayern München / Liverpool FC), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal / Juventus FC), Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium / Manchester City FC), Robert Lewandowski (Poland / FC Bayern München), Sadio Mané (Senegal / Liverpool FC )), Kylian Mbappé (France / Paris Saint-Germain), Lionel Messi (Argentina / FC Barcelona), Neymar (Brazil / Paris Saint-Germain), Sergio Ramos (Spain / Real Madrid CF), Mohamed Salah (Egypt / Liverpool FC ) and Virgil van Dijk (Netherlands / Liverpool FC)

The best female player in FIFA: Lucy Bronze (England / Olympique Lyonnais / Manchester City WFC), Delphine Cascarino (France / Olympique Lyonnais), Caroline Graham Hansen (Norway / FC Barcelona), Pernille Harder (Denmark / VfL Wolfsburg / Chelsea FC Women), Jennifer Hermoso (Spain / FC Barcelona), Ji So-yun (Korea Republic / Chelsea FC Women), Sam Kerr (Australia / Chelsea FC Women), Saki Kumagai (Japan / Olympique Lyonnais), Dzsenifer Marozsán (Germany / Olympique Lyonnais), Vivianne Miedema (Netherlands / Arsenal WFC) and Wendie Renard (France / Olympique Lyonnais)

The best male goalkeeper in FIFA: Alisson Becker (Brazil / Liverpool FC), Thibaut Courtois (Belgium / Real Madrid CF), Keylor Navas (Costa Rica / Paris Saint-Germain), Manuel Neuer (Germany / FC Bayern München), Jan Oblak (Slovenia / Atlético de Madrid) , and Marc-André ter Stegen (Germany / FC Barcelona)

The best female goalkeeper in FIFA: Ann-Katrin Berger (Germany / Chelsea FC Women), Sarah Bouhaddi (France / Olympique Lyonnais), Christiane Endler (Chile / Paris Saint-Germain), Hedvig Lindahl (Sweden / VfL Wolfsburg / Atlético de Madrid Women), Alyssa Naeher (United United) / Chicago Red Stars) and Ellie Roebuck (England / Manchester City WFC)

Best FIFA Men’s Coach: Marcelo Bielsa (Argentina / Leeds United FC), Hans-Dieter Flick (Germany / FC Bayern München), Jürgen Klopp (Germany / Liverpool FC), Julen Lopetegui (Spain / Sevilla FC) and Zinedine Zidane (France / Real Madrid CF)

The best female coach in FIFA: Lluís Cortés (Spain / FC Barcelona), Rita Guarino (Italy / Juventus Women), Emma Hayes (England / Chelsea FC Women), Stephan Lerch (Germany / VfL Wolfsburg), Hege Riise (Norway / LSK Kvinner), Jean-Luc Vasseur (France / Olympique Lyonnais) and Sarina Wiegman (Netherlands / Dutch national team)

FIFA Puskás Award

Shirley Cruz (CRC) – Costa Rica v. Panama [Concacaf Women’s Olympic qualifying] (January 28, 2020)

Giorgian De Arrascaeta (URU) – Ceará SC v. CR Flamengo [Brasileirão – Brazil] (August 25, 2019)

Jordan Flores (ENG) – Shamrock Rovers FC v. Dundalk FC [League of Ireland] (February 28, 2020)

André-Pierre Gignac (FRA) – UANL Tigres v. Pumas UNAM [Liga MX – Mexico] (March 1, 2020)

Sophie Ingle (WAL) – Arsenal WFC v. Chelsea FC Women [FA Women’s Super League – England] (January 19, 2020)

Zlatko Junuzović (AUT) – SK Rapid Wien v. FC Red Bull Salzburg [Bundesliga – Austria] (June 24, 2020)

Hlompho Kekana (RSA) – Mamelodi Sundowns FC vs Cape Town City FC [South African Premier Soccer League] (August 20, 2019)

Son Heung-min (KOR) – Tottenham Hotspur FC v. Burnley FC [Premier League – England] (December 7, 2019)

Leonel Quiñónez (ECU) – Catholic University v CSD Macará [Serie A – Ecuador] (August 19, 2019)

Luis Suárez (URU) – FC Barcelona – RCD Mallorca [LaLiga[MG(1] – Spain](December 7, 2019)

Caroline Weir (SCO) – Manchester City WFC v. Manchester United WFC [FA Women’s Super League – England] (September 7, 2019)

According to FIFA, voting for the public will run until December 9, 2020, after which FIFA will announce the three shortlisted finalist candidates in each category on December 11.

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