World football governing body, FIFA, on Tuesday released a ten-man shortlist of The Best FIFA Men’s Player of the Year.
Topping the nomination list is Portuguese star, Cristiano Ronaldo and long-time rival Lionel Messi.
Ronaldo, who joined Italian giants Juventus for a club record fee this summer, was named The Best FIFA Men’s Player 2017 in London – having received the inaugural 2016 award in Zurich.
Also shortlisted is Luka Modric who led Croatia to the finals of the Russia 2018 World Cup but lost 4-2 to winners – France.
Modric has been tipped by many football pundits to win this year’s laurel after he won the World Cup Golden Ball for being the best player at the Mundial.
France intentional Kylian Mbappe, who won World Cup Young Player award also made the shortlist. The 19-year-old Paris Saint-Germain star had four goals, including one in the final and three in the knockout stage.
Others on the list are, Manchester City and Belgium midfielder, Kevin De Bruyne, Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, Tottenham striker Harry Kane and Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane.
Mohamed Salah is the only African player on the shortlist, despite his country’s poor performance at the World Cup.
The full list:
Kevin De Bruyne
FIFA will announce the final lists of the three nominees for each of the four categories in early September.
The ceremony where all winners will be crowned will take place in London on September 24.
Other winners to be announced on September 24th, include, The Best FIFA Women’s Coach, The Best FIFA Men’s Coach, The Best FIFA Women’s Player’, FIFA Fair Play Award, the FIFA Puskas Award.