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FIFA Announce Shortlist For The Best Men's Player Award, Neymar Snubbed!

FIFA Announce Shortlist For The Best Men's Player Award, Neymar Snubbed!

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By David Kappel - Jul 24, 2018 04:02 PM @kappilinho

FIFA have announced the official 10-man shortlist for The Best FIFA Men's Player 2018, and snubbed Brazil superstar Neymar, while one African is among the nominees.

Tired of reading? Click through the gallery above to see the 10 names on FIFA's shortlist.

Ronaldo was named The Best FIFA Men's Player in the past two years, with the award having been inaugurated in 2016 after FIFA and France Football decided to no longer work together to produce the FIFA Ballon d'Or prize.

The French publication and FIFA jointly handed out the prestigious Golden Ball between 2010 and 2016, but decided to go back to the old format of two separate best player awards.

Overall, Ronaldo and longstanding rival Messi have each lifted five FIFA awards for the world's best men's player, and the superstar duo are once again nominated, this time for the 2018 edition.

Last year's third-placed star Neymar was seemingly snubbed after missing three months of the 2017/18 season through injury.

Kylian Mbappe, who won the Young Player of the Tournament award at the recent 2018 FIFA World Cup, and Russia 2018 Golden Ball winner Luka Modric are also on the shortlist, and you can find the complete selection in our gallery above.

The shortlist was compiled by a panel of FIFA legends, including Brazil legend Ronaldo Nazario, former England boss Fabio Capello and former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard.

From the shortlist, four groups of the football community, namely journalists, fans, national team coaches and captains – each section having a weighting of 25% – will now be allowed to vote for their favourites. The voting period commences on 24 July and concludes at midnight (CET) on 10 August.

Read: 11 Nominees For The Best FIFA Men's Coach Announced

The final three nominees will be announced at a later date, and all award winners will be revealed at The Best FIFA Football Awards show in London on 24 September.

Who is your favourite to be named The Best FIFA Men's Player 2018? Have your say in the comments section below. 


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Makhothana Joined: 03 Mar 2018
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Makhothana Jul 28, 2018 03:10 PM
Christiano Ronaldo
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Breezy@1985 Jul 27, 2018 10:26 AM
It has Ronaldo written all over it,Real Madrid won the biggest football competition in the world with Ronaldo as the leading goal scorer,Ronaldo outclassed both Mbape and Neymar/Psg vs Madrid.Scored in all Uefa champions league games but the final..Maybe Modric can have something to say....but Messi and co nha.
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smo Jul 26, 2018 08:55 PM
It has cr7 written all over it..
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Great white shark Jul 26, 2018 04:18 PM
which criteria is being used here, varane, griezmanand modric ahead of neymar. the panel is full of nonsense mxm.
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I_AM_SMITH Jul 26, 2018 12:19 PM
CR7 is taking this one. Atleast FIFA can now see that Neymar is just an overrated cow that's forever eating grass, he must go play for Ajax in the NFD
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Boikano Jul 26, 2018 06:52 AM
Mbappe or Griezman,World cup for both and Mbappe league and Griezman ECL
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vijjox Jul 25, 2018 10:56 PM
Don't waste time this thing is going to Ronaldo simply the best he played very less games but one uefa,top scorer, standing ovation,new challenge from comfort zone hatric against Spain n he took Portugal out of group stage,he scored 15 goals in qualifying games towards world cut what else can you say? Juve sold his number 7 jersey $60 million per 24 hours,he is uefa new top scorer in the planet only iran guy ahead, haaaaaaa im tired
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Soldier4Khosi Jul 25, 2018 09:21 AM
Luka Modric is the man
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thabisoharmans Jul 25, 2018 07:34 AM
From This Category I Choose Luka Modric
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thabisoharmans Jul 25, 2018 07:30 AM
Antoine Griezmann
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nqobilemiphi@gmail.com Jul 25, 2018 06:32 AM
@Kidos welele.......lol# DEAD.
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nqobilemiphi@gmail.com Jul 25, 2018 06:31 AM
Wow what an Exciting list ... with no favourites but I will go with CR7.
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clemz7 Jul 25, 2018 04:58 AM
Modric or Mbappe will win the award
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Nick#10 Jul 24, 2018 11:30 PM
"Cr7 is X2 European champ currently with Real and Portugal"@NksieOFsoccer what are u trying to say my cow balance me
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NkosieOFsoccer@ Jul 24, 2018 11:21 PM
Cr7 will take dis 1 t make it No.6, even I his biggest fan was not gonna say the senario will b like dis some 4 years back...FUNNY how we were heard of the 5's times Ballon d'Or @ that time LoL, Cr7 is X 2 European Champ currently with Real and Portugal, I rest my case..
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Nick#10 Jul 24, 2018 11:10 PM
Obvious no one has performed Better than Messi this season Penaldo already won the best move award at da age of 33
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Kidos Jul 24, 2018 08:00 PM
Neymar already have trophy for faking injuries on the field of play. So there is no need for him be in this category
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Bhekisisa_KINGSISA_Sosibo Jul 24, 2018 07:31 PM
CR7 is going to win this n Pessi fanboys cant change that :) :)
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Bhekisisa_KINGSISA_Sosibo Jul 24, 2018 07:30 PM
CR7 our King....
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Hlasela_Khosi Jul 24, 2018 05:50 PM
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