Messi in/Ronaldo out: Final 3 nominees for FIFA’s ‘The Best’ award revealed

Messi in/Ronaldo out: Final 3 nominees for FIFA’s ‘The Best’ award revealedMessi in/Ronaldo out: Final 3 nominees for FIFA’s ‘The Best’ award revealed


The identity of the trio of players still in the running to take home FIFA’s ‘The Best’ award this month have, on Friday, been confirmed.

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For those not aware, ‘The Best’ is the modern equivalent of the FIFA World Player of the Year.

The prize is handed out on an annual basis, to honour the finest performer from across the globe over the course of the prior twelve months.

Previous winners include the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Luka Modric, whilst Bayern Munich hitman Robert Lewandowski is the current holder, after striking gold late in 2020.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 24: Luka Modric of Real Madrid receives the trophy for The Best FIFA Men’s Player 2018 during the The Best FIFA Football Awards Show at Royal Festival Hall on September 24, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

The latest ‘The Best’ ceremony is set to take place on Monday the 17th of January, with the aforementioned Lewandowski, as things stand, the bookies’ favourite to retain his crown.

This of course comes after Lionel Messi pipped Bayern Munich’s talisman to the Ballon d’Or late in November, to add a record 7th ‘Golden Ball’ to his collection.

Salah amongst nominees

And, as widely expected, both players are set to vie it out to take home The Best prize this time around, too.

This comes after the list of eleven nominees for the accolade was, on Friday, whittled down to just three.

Missing out on a spot on the podium are the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Jorginho, the latter of whom actually finished in 3rd spot in the final Ballon d’Or rankings.

Instead, joining Messi and Lewandowski in the running to be named FIFA’s finest for 2021 is, deservedly, Liverpool standout Mohamed Salah:

So, who gets your vote?


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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 21 40 53
2 Chelsea FC 21 29 43
3 Liverpool FC 20 34 42
4 Arsenal FC 20 8 35
5 West Ham United 20 10 34
6 Tottenham Hotspur 18 3 33
7 Manchester United 19 3 31
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 19 0 28
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 19 0 27
10 Leicester City 18 -2 25
11 Crystal Palace 20 -1 23
12 Brentford FC 19 -3 23
13 Aston Villa 19 -5 22
14 Southampton FC 19 -9 21
15 Everton FC 18 -9 19
16 Leeds United 19 -16 19
17 Watford FC 18 -14 13
18 Burnley FC 17 -11 11
19 Newcastle United 19 -23 11
20 Norwich City 19 -34 10
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 16
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 8
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 8
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 8
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 8
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 8
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 7
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 6
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 6
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 6
Jorginho Chelsea FC 6
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United 6
Cornet, Maxwel Burnley FC 6

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