It’s only September, but it’s time to start thinking about FIFA’s individual awards again. Today, FIFA released the shortlist for the best men’s player.
Unsurprisingly, Ronaldo and Messi made the cut for the umpteenth time, while Neymar Jr. also received his ticket to the podium in London. The Brazilian probably won’t have a chance at winning, as not only does he have Messi standing in his way, but the current outright favorite for the award - CR7. If Cristiano was to capture the title of “world’s best player,” it would tie him with Lionel Messi for the most FIFA “Best” awards in history at five.
For best coach, Zinedine Zidane made the shortlist, along with Massimiliano Allegri and Antonio Conte; all deserving candidates.
A more questionable inclusion was Keylor Navas for best goalkeeper, as his form was inconsistent up until the last two months of the season. It’s tough to bet on him beating out Neuer and Buffon for the award, but Keylord does have the larger trophy cabinet on his side.