Who will make FIFA's 10 man shortlist for The Best 2018?

Mae Harvey
July 25, 2018

Belgian playmaker Kevin De Bruyne was also nominated along with countryman Eden Hazard, while Egypt striker Mohamed Salah was included on the back of last season's record-breaking goalscoring exploits for club team Liverpool.

For the past two years Ronaldo has been 'The Best Men's Player, ' making him the only victor of the award, as Real Madrid have won the Champions League.

Club teammate Raphael Varane enjoyed an even more stellar summer as he won both the Champions League with Real Madrid and the World Cup with France, and was integral player for both.

As France won their second World Cup, 20 years after their first triumph, Mbappe harrowed every defence he faced and grabbed the attention of the world with his speed and skills.

Messi topped the scoring charts in La Liga with 34 goals as Barcelona won their third La Liga title in the last four season.

Ronaldo is the two-time victor of the accolade, which is a revival of the FIFA World Player of the Year award.

France coach Didier Deschamps and compatriot Zinedine Zidane, who led Real Madrid to a third successive Champions League title, headlined the 11 candidates in the running for men's coach of the year. The other national team's coach was Russia's Stanislav Cherchesov after the World Cup hosts reached the quarter-finals.

World Cup stars Kylian Mbappe and Luka Modric will lead the challenge against a decade-long dominance of Fifa's best player award by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

Once the shortlist has been revealed, national team captains, coaches, fans and journalists will be issued with their voting slips which they until August 10 to return.

In the women's player award, French and European champion Lyon provided six of the 10 candidates. The nominations include Sarina Wiegman, the 2017 victor who coaches the Netherlands, and Asako Takakura, who coached Japan to theWomen's Asian Cup title.

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