There’s no Ballon d’Or this year… but here’s ‘The Best’! FIFA reveal 11 top players of 2020
Five Liverpool stars are among the candidates for the 2020 Best FIFA awards ahead of the ceremony that takes place next month.
The organisers of the Ballon d’Or – France Football – cancelled the event in July due to the coronavirus pandemic, but that has not stopped FIFA drawing up their top 11 players of the calendar year.
Forwards Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah are joined by fellow Reds team-mates Thiago Alcantara and injured defender Virgil van Dijk in the Best FIFA Men’s Player category.
FIFA have announced their Best FIFA awards in the absence of the Ballon d’Or this year
Virgil van Dijk is among four Liverpool outfield players to feature in FIFA’s Best awards
Forwards Mohamed Salah (left) and Sadio Mane (centre) also feature for Jurgen Klopp’s side
Summer signing Thiago Alcantara is the other Reds star to make the cut for outfield players
FIFA BEST PLAYERS NOMINEES
The Best FIFA Women’s Player:
Lucy Bronze (England / Olympique Lyonnais / Manchester City WFC)
Delphine Cascarino (France / Olympique Lyonnais)
Caroline Graham Hansen (Norway / FC Barcelona)
Pernille Harder (Denmark / VfL Wolfsburg / Chelsea FC Women)
Jennifer Hermoso (Spain / FC Barcelona)
Ji So-yun (Korea Republic / Chelsea FC Women)
Sam Kerr (Australia / Chelsea FC Women)
Saki Kumagai (Japan / Olympique Lyonnais)
Dzsenifer Marozsán (Germany / Olympique Lyonnais)
Vivianne Miedema (Netherlands / Arsenal WFC)
Wendie Renard (France / Olympique Lyonnais)
The Best FIFA Men’s Player:
Thiago Alcântara (Spain / FC Bayern München / Liverpool FC)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal / Juventus FC)
Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium / Manchester City FC)
Robert Lewandowski (Poland / FC Bayern München)
Sadio Mané (Senegal / Liverpool FC)
Kylian Mbappé (France / Paris Saint-Germain)
Lionel Messi (Argentina / FC Barcelona)
Neymar (Brazil / Paris Saint-Germain)
Sergio Ramos (Spain / Real Madrid CF)
Mohamed Salah (Egypt / Liverpool FC )
Virgil van Dijk (Netherlands / Liverpool FC)
The Best FIFA Women’s Goalkeeper:
Ann-Katrin Berger (Germany / Chelsea FC Women)
Sarah Bouhaddi (France / Olympique Lyonnais)
Christiane Endler (Chile / Paris Saint-Germain)
Hedvig Lindahl (Sweden / VfL Wolfsburg / Atlético de Madrid Femenino)
Alyssa Naeher (USA / Chicago Red Stars)
Ellie Roebuck (England / Manchester City WFC)
The Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper:
Alisson Becker (Brazil / Liverpool FC)
Thibaut Courtois (Belgium / Real Madrid CF)
Keylor Navas (Costa Rica / Paris Saint-Germain)
Manuel Neuer (Germany / FC Bayern München)
Jan Oblak (Slovenia / Atlético de Madrid)
Marc-André ter Stegen (Germany / FC Barcelona)
Goalkeeper Alisson has also been nominated for the Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper and joins his team-mates in being recognised for his achievements.
The Brazilian, along with Mane, Salah and Van Dijk, were all part of the squad who helped Liverpool claim their maiden Premier League title.
Spain international Thiago meanwhile joined the Anfield side from Bayern Munich in the summer after another stellar campaign in Germany.
Team-mate Alisson is the only Premier League-based goalkeeper to be named in the category
Lionel Messi has dominated awards in recent times and the Barcelona star is nominated again
Cristiano Ronaldo has also won heavily at individual awards and unsurprisingly makes the cut
Kevin De Bruyne is the only other Premier League star on the list, with the Manchester City star recognised after equalling Thierry Henry’s record for top-flight assists in 2019-20.
The Ballon d’Or has been dominated by Barcelona and Juventus stars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo and both players unsurprisingly make the cut here.
Luka Modric is the only other player to have won the Ballon d’Or between 2008 and the present day, but the Real Madrid midfielder has not made the FIFA list on this occasion.
However, Messi and Ronaldo’s recent dominance is set to be challenged this year by Bayern Munich marksman Robert Lewandowski, who netted a whopping 55 goals for the Treble winners in 47 appearances last season.
But the duo could well be challenged by Bayern Munich marksman Robert Lewandowski (right)
Sergio Ramos is the only outfield Real Madrid star to feature on the 11-strong men’s shortlist
PSG have two representatives with Kylian Mbappe (above) and Neymar making the cut
PSG stars Kylian Mbappe and Neymar also feature on the list after leading the Ligue 1 side to the Champions League final, while Real Madrid stalwart Sergio Ramos is the other household name to be nominated.
Along with Alisson, Real Madrid’s Thibaut Courtois and Keylor Navas have also been nominated in the men’s goalkeeper category.
German stoppers Manuel Neuer and Marc-Andre ter Stegen – of Bayern Munich and Barcelona respectively – have also been recognised for their excellent performances, while Atletico Madrid star Jan Oblak completes the list.
Manuel Neuer of Bayern Munich and Germany is one of six men’s goalkeepers to be nominated
Lionel Messi won last year’s The Best FIFA Men’s Player Award in Milan in September 2019
The Best FIFA Women’s Player category features notable names, including last year’s UEFA Women’s Player of the Year winner Lucy Bronze, with the Manchester City defender having played a starring role for England and Lyon in recent years.
Chelsea – who currently sit third in the Women’s Super League – are also well represented, with Pernille Harder, Ji So-yun and Australian star forward Sam Kerr all being nominated.
The only other England-based outfield player to make the list is Arsenal star Vivianne Miedema, who won last season’s Golden Boot after hitting 16 league goals before the season was cut short due to Covid-19.
There are two further representatives from Man City and Chelsea in the Best FIFA Women’s Goalkeeper category, with Ann-Katrin Berger and Ellie Roebuck making the cut.
Lucy Bronze is among the prominent women’s football stars to have been nominated
Arsenal and Chelsea forwards Vivianne Miedema (left) and Sam Kerr (right) also feature
Last season’s Premier League and Championship-winning bosses Jurgen Klopp and Marcelo Bielsa are included in the Best FIFA Men’s Coach award.
Julen Lopetegui and Hansi Flick – who won the Europa League and Champions League with Sevilla and Bayern in 2019-20 – are also listed, as is Zinedine Zidane, who helped Real Madrid to a first La Liga title since 2017.
Sarina Wiegman, who is due to take over as England Lionesses manager from Phil Neville next year, makes the women’s coach category, as does title Women’s Super League winner Emma Hayes.
Tottenham star Son Heung-min is up for the Puskas award following his incredible solo goal against Burnley, while Luis Suarez’s backheel chip for Barcelona against Mallorca is also nominated.
The winner of the FIFA Puskas Award will be selected by an international jury.
OTHER FIFA BEST NOMINEES
The Best FIFA Women’s Coach:
Lluís Cortés (Spain / FC Barcelona)
Rita Guarino (Italy / Juventus Women)
Emma Hayes (England / Chelsea FC Women)
Stephan Lerch (Germany / VfL Wolfsburg)
Hege Riise (Norway / LSK Kvinner)
Jean-Luc Vasseur (France / Olympique Lyonnais)
Sarina Wiegman (Netherlands / Dutch national team)
The Best FIFA Men’s Coach:
Marcelo Bielsa (Argentina / Leeds United FC)
Hans-Dieter Flick (Germany / FC Bayern München)
Jürgen Klopp (Germany / Liverpool FC)
Julen Lopetegui (Spain / Sevilla FC)
Zinedine Zidane (France / Real Madrid CF)
FIFA Puskas Award
Shirley Cruz (CRC) – Costa Rica v. Panama [Concacaf Women’s Olympic qualifying] (28 January 2020)
Giorgian De Arrascaeta (URU) – Ceará SC v. CR Flamengo [Brasileirão – Brazil] (25 August 2019)
Jordan Flores (ENG) – Shamrock Rovers FC v. Dundalk FC [League of Ireland] (28 February 2020)
André-Pierre Gignac (FRA) – UANL Tigres v. Pumas UNAM [Liga MX – Mexico] (1 March 2020)
Sophie Ingle (WAL) – Arsenal WFC v. Chelsea FC Women [FA Women’s Super League – England] (19 January 2020)
Zlatko Junuzović (AUT) – SK Rapid Wien v. FC Red Bull Salzburg [Bundesliga – Austria] (24 June 2020)
Hlompho Kekana (RSA) – Mamelodi Sundowns FC v. Cape Town City FC [South African Premier Soccer League] (20 August 2019)
Son Heung-min (KOR) – Tottenham Hotspur FC v. Burnley FC [Premier League – England] (7 December 2019)
Leonel Quiñónez (ECU) – Universidad Católica v. CSD Macará [Serie A – Ecuador] (19 August 2019)
Luis Suárez (URU) – FC Barcelona v. RCD Mallorca [LaLiga – Spain] (7 December 2019)
Caroline Weir (SCO) – Manchester City WFC v. Manchester United WFC [FA Women’s Super League – England] (7 September 2019)