Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has been shortlisted for The Best FIFA Men’s Player of the Year award, while Chelsea’s Sam Kerr is up for the Women’s award.
The Egypt star is currently with his national team preparing for the Africa Cup of Nations but has been nominated after a blistering start to the season at club level.
Salah is the Premier League’s top goalscorer so far this season, with 16 to his name, and is arguably in the best form of his life.
Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski and Paris St Germain’s Lionel Messi are the other two names on the shortlist, which was announced by FIFA on Friday afternoon.
The award is voted for by a jury made up of current men’s national team coaches and captains, one specialist journalist from each territory represented by a national team and fans registered on FIFA.com.
Lewandowski enjoyed another spectacular year at club level for Bayern, scoring a Bundesliga record 41 goals in the 2020-21 season to eclipse the previous best total set by Gerd Muller in the 1971-72 campaign.
Messi finally ended his wait for major international silverware in 2021 as he helped Argentina to win the Copa America. It was an emotional year for Messi, who left Barcelona for PSG last summer after more than 20 years at the Spanish club.
Kerr shortlisted for Women’s award
Chelsea forward Sam Kerr made the women’s player of the year shortlist.
The Australian helped the Blues retain the Women’s Super League title in 2021 and reach the Champions League final. She also scored twice in the 3-0 win over Arsenal in the Women’s FA Cup final last month.
Barcelona and Spain team-mates Jennifer Hermoso and Alexia Putellas were the other names on the women’s shortlist.
The award winners will be announced in a virtual ceremony on January 17.
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