Kane, Salah & De Bruyne Make FIFA’s Best Player Shortlist

Posted July 26, 2018

The usual suspects of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are of course on the list, as well as World Cup winners Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappé and Raphaël Varane.

Klopp will not be a favourite for the award as one of Champions League winner Zinedine Zidane and World Cup winner Didier Deschamps are expected to be voted as the winner.

The 19-year-old Mbappe followed up a domestic treble with Paris St Germain with a string of impressive performances in France's World Cup winning campaign.

Harry Kane and Mohamed Salah are two of ten nominees for the 2018 FIFA Best Men's Player award, also known as the Ballon d'Or.

Pep Guardiola is also nominated after taking Manchester City to a record-breaking Premier League title and the EFL Cup.

Southgate has been named on the 11-man shortlist alongside the likes of Manchester City's Pep Guardiola for the "Best FIFA Men's Coach award" for 2018.

Later Tuesday, FIFA publishes candidate lists for the men's and women's best player awards.

The rest of the field is made up of club managers; Massimiliano Allegri took Juventus to yet another Serie A title, while Jurgen Klopp guided Liverpool to the Champions League final, though they were beaten by Real.

Federation Internationale de Football Association said it would name a final list of three nominees in early September, with the awards ceremony set to take place in London on 24 September.

Deschamps became only the third person to lift win the World Cup as both a player and a coach in the men's game.

Diego Simeone is also once again on the shortlist following Atletico Madrid's triumph in the Europa League, while England bossGareth Southgate has also been nominated. Selected journalists and national team coaches and captains will also have their say on who is the victor.