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Official: 2021 Best FIFA Men's Player Nominees Revealed

FIFA has officially named who the 11 nominees for the Best FIFA Men's Player award are for 2021, with the winner set to be announced in January.

Click through the gallery above to see all 11 nominees for the Best FIFA Men's Player award!

On Monday evening, football's world governing body unveiled the players in contention for the prestigious individual accolade that was won in 2020 by Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski.

The Poland international is up for the award again due to his continued brilliance throughout this calendar year, and is joined by Real Madrid and France striker Karim Benzema, who has also enjoyed fine form in 2021.

Benzema, 33, has been among the most consistent performers on the globe over the past few seasons and was recalled to the Les Bleus set-up earlier this year ahead of the 2020 UEFA European Championship, during which he scored four goals.

While his return did not see Didier Deschamps' side go all the way in that tournament, the ex-Olympique Lyon forward did play a vital role in France's UEFA Nations League-winning campaign in October, in which he scored in both the semi-final and final.

Chelsea and Italy midfielder Jorginho was also named as one of the nominees for his exploits since January, with the pass-master celebrating tremendous success for both club and country in the form of the UEFA Champions League and the European Championship.

Jorginho's story is particularly inspiring due to him being only a rotational player before the arrival of Thomas Tuchel at the Blues in January. Since then, he has been at the heart of all things good for the Stamford Bridge-based side and the Azzurri.

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Lionel Messi is on the shortlist following his record-breaking form for Argentina at the Copa America in June and July, when he became the first player in international tournament history to win the prize, be awarded the best player title and finish as both the top scorer and top assist-provider.

Liverpool's in-form winger Mohamed Salah is the only African player among the candidates for the Best FIFA Men's Player prize, although Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy did make the shortlist for The Best FIFA Men's Goalkeeper trophy. 

The winners of the awards will be named on 17 January in Zurich, Switzerland.

See all of the other categories and nominees below:

The Best FIFA Women's Player

Stina Blackstenius (Sweden/BK Hacken)

Aitana Bonmati (Spain/FC Barcelona)

Lucy Bronze (England/Manchester City WFC)

Magdalena Eriksson (Sweden/Chelsea FC Women)

Caroline Graham Hansen (Norway/FC Barcelona)

Pernille Harder (Denmark/Chelsea FC Women)

Jennifer Hermoso (Spain/FC Barcelona)

Ji Soyun (Korea Republic/Chelsea FC Women)

Sam Kerr (Australia/Chelsea FC Women)

Vivianne Miedema (Netherlands/Arsenal WFC)

Alexia Putellas (Spain/FC Barcelona)

Christine Sinclair (Canada/Portland Thorns FC)

Ellen White (England/Manchester City WFC)

The Best FIFA Women's Coach

Lluis Cortes (Spain/FC Barcelona)

Peter Gerhardsson (Sweden/Swedish national team)

Emma Hayes (England/Chelsea FC Women)

Beverly Priestman (England/Canadian national team)

Sarina Wiegman (Netherlands/Dutch national team/English national team)

The Best FIFA Men's Coach

Antonio Conte (Italy/FC Internazionale Milan/Tottenham Hotspur FC)

Hansi Flick (Germany/FC Bayern Munchen/German national team)

Pep Guardiola (Spain/Manchester City FC)

Roberto Mancini (Italy/Italian national team)

Lionel Sebastian Scaloni (Argentina/Argentinian national team)

Diego Simeone (Argentina/Atletico de Madrid)

Thomas Tuchel (Germany/Chelsea FC)

The Best FIFA Women's Goalkeeper

Ann-Katrin Berger (Germany/Chelsea FC Women)

Christiane Endler (Chile/Paris Saint-Germain/Olympique Lyonnais)

Stephanie Lynn Marie Labbe (Canada/FC Rosengard/Paris Saint-Germain)

Hedvig Lindahl (Swede/Atletico de Madrid Femenino)

Alyssa Naeher (USA/Chicago Red Stars)

The Best FIFA Men's Goalkeeper

Alisson Becker (Brazil/Liverpool FC)

Gianluigi Donnarumma (Italy/AC Milan/Paris Saint-Germain)

Edouard Mendy (Senegal/Chelsea FC)

Manuel Neuer (Germany/FC Bayern München)

Kasper Schmeichel (Denmark/Leicester City FC)

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