WOMEN’S PLAYER OF THE YEARA new winner will be picked for the women’s award as last year’s winner Marta did not make the shortlist.The list includes 11 players who featured for their nations at the recent Women’s World Cup, won by the USA.Players from the World champions dominate the list accounting for four of the names with two each from France, Norway and England.Lucy Bronze (ENG) – Olympique LyonnaisJulie Ertz (USA) – Chicago Red StarsCaroline Graham Hansen (NOR) – Wolfsburg / FC BarcelonaAda Hegerberg (NOR) – Olympique LyonnaisAmandine Henry (FRA) – Olympique LyonnaisSam Kerr (AUS) – Chicago Red Stars / Perth GloryRose Lavelle (USA) – Washington SpiritVivianne Miedema (NED) – ArsenalAlex Morgan (USA) – Orlando PrideMegan Rapinoe (USA) – Reign FCWendie Renard (FRA) – Olympique LyonnaisEllen White (ENG) – Birmingham City / Manchester CityHOW WILL VOTING BE DONE?Voting is open for the award and is split between the players, the coaches, the fans and the media.The votes of the national team captains, national team coaches, selected members of the media and the fans form 25% the total votes each. Three Liverpool players have been named in the ten nominees announced for the Best FIFA Men’s Player award.Defender Virgil van Dijk and forward Sadio Mane join Mohammed Salah, who finished in the top three last year, on the shortlist.The three were the leading men in Liverpool’s successful campaign last season.van Dijk led from the back as the Reds lost only one game in the Premier League in the last campaign, while Mane and Salah scored 26 and 27 goals respectively as they won the Champions League and just missed out on a first Premier League title by one point.Two of those three also had some decent results in international competitions; van Dijk helped Holland reach the UEFA Nations League final, while Mane scored three goals as Senegal reached the final of the 2019 African Cup of Nations.Also named in the list are Juventus forward and two-time winner, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.Ronaldo, who failed to pick up a third straight award last year, had an impressive year with the Italian giants, winning the Serie A title and the Italian Cup, while being named the Player of the season.He also helped Portugal win the inaugural UEFA Nations League.Messi scored 51 goals in 50 appearances last season for Barcelona as they won the Spanish title and guided Argentina to the semifinals of the Copa America as captain.After Ajax’s stunning season, two of their players made it onto the shortlist.Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt, who have since moved on to other clubs, were also part of the Netherlands squad that reached the Nations League final.The list is rounded out by former Chelsea winger, Eden Hazard who has since earned a big-money move to Real Madrid, Tottenham Hotspurs striker, Harry Kane and PSG forward, Kylian Mbappe.The winner of last year’s award, Luka Modric, failed to make this year’s shortlist.FULL LISTCristiano Ronaldo (POR) – JuventusFrenkie de Jong (NED) – Ajax / FC BarcelonaMatthijs de Ligt (NED) – Ajax / JuventusEden Hazard (BEL) – Chelsea / Real MadridHarry Kane (ENG) – Tottenham HotspurSadio Mane (SEN) – LiverpoolKylian Mbappe (FRA) – Paris Saint-GermainLionel Messi (ARG) – FC BarcelonaMohamed Salah (EGY) – LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk (NED) – LiverpoolWHO MISSED OUT?Some fans are up in arms over the absence of some players on the list.Most notable amongst them are Man City and Portugal attacker Bernardo Silva and Liverpool goalkeeper, Alisson.Bernado was one of the Manchester club’s star performers as they won a domestic treble and reached the quarterfinal of the Champions League.He was also influential in Portugal’s run to the UEFA Nations League being named the best player of the tournament.His teammate Riyad Mahrez, while not being as key to Man City’s title wins, played his part and also helped Algeria win the 2019 AFCON.Alisson, after helping Liverpool to the Champions League crown and second place in the Premier League, capped off a stunning year with the Copa America title with Brazil.ANY SHOCKS?The biggest surprise in the shortlist is definitely the inclusion of Spurs’ Harry Kane.Despite Spurs finishing in the top 4 in the Premier League and reaching the Champions League final, Kane missed a large part of the season through a couple of injuries.He, however, played his part as England reached the Nations League semis. The award will be presented on September 23.
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