Salah, Rapinoe head FIFA Best nominations

Published 31.07.2019 19:19
AFP photo of Megan Rapinoe L and Reuters photo of Mohamed Salah R
AFP photo of Megan Rapinoe (L) and Reuters photo of Mohamed Salah (R)

Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp and three players Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Virgil van Dijk headed nominations released Wednesday for the FIFA Best awards. United States forward Megan Rapinoe is the favorite for the women's award.

Liverpool won the Champions League title in June.

Five-time winners Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi were also among the 10 candidates for the FIFA best player award announced Wednesday.

Also in the list were Ajax players Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt, who have since joined Barcelona and Juventus, respectively, along with former Chelsea forward Eden Hazard, who has joined Real Madrid, Tottenham striker Harry Kane and Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe.

Luka Modric, who won the award last year after leading Croatia to the World Cup final, was not on the list.

Rapinoe was in a list of 12 players that included teammates Alex Morgan, Rose Lavelle and Julie Ertz. Ada Hegerberg, a Norway forward who won the Ballon d'Or but skipped this year's World Cup, was also nominated.

Along with Klopp, Premier League rivals Pep Guardiola of Manchester City and Mauricio Pochettino of Tottenham were nominated for best coach.

United States coach Jill Ellis, who won back-to-back World Cup titles before stepping down after more than five years in charge, was nominated for the award for the best coach in women's soccer.

Three finalists in each category best male player, best female player, best coach in men's soccer and best coach in women's soccer will be announced before the ceremony in Milan on Sept. 23.

The winners will be voted by national team coaches and captains, selected media and online fan voting.

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