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FIFA Announce Nominees For 2023 The Best Awards

FIFA have announced the 12 final nominees for The Best FIFA Men’s Player of 2023, as well as The Best FIFA Women’s Player and four more categories. 

The 12 contenders of the men’s award and 16 nominees women’s accolade have been chosen based on their achievements from 19 December 2022 to 20 August 2023, with each of the nominees recognised for their sustained excellence over that period.

Fans can now vote for their favourites on FIFA’s website, with their votes accounting to 25% of the overall voting, with national team coaches (25%), national captains (25%) and journalists (25%) also voting for their favourites. Voting is not open until midnight CET on Friday, 6 October.

In the men’s category, treble winner Erling Haaland and 2022 FIFA World Cup champion Lionel Messi are seen as favourites, while six of the 12 nominees for The Best FIFA’s Men Player Award are from Manchester City’s treble-winning side. 

Pep Guardiola is leading the nominees for The Best FIFA Men’s Coach alongside Simone Inzaghi, Ange Postecoglou, Luciano Spalletti and Xavi.

Meanwhile, the 2021 and 2022 winners of The FIFA Best Women’s Coach award – Emma Hayes and Sarina Wiegman – are two of the quintet nominated in this category.

Adidas Golden Ball Award winner Aitana Bonmati is one of four Spain players in contention for the The Best FIFA Women’s Player, along with four from runners-up England and three Matildas.

Below are all nominees:

The Best FIFA Men’s Player:

  • Julian Alvarez
  • Marcelo Brozovic
  • Kevin De Bruyne
  • Ilkay Gundogan
  • Erling Haaland
  • Rodri
  • Khvicha Kvaratskhelia
  • Kylian Mbappe
  • Lionel Messi
  • Victor Osimhen
  • Declan Rice
  • Bernardo Silva

The Best FIFA Women’s Player:

  • Aitana Bonmati
  • Linda Caicedo
  • Rachel Daly
  • Kadidiatou Diani
  • Caitlin Foord
  • Mary Fowler
  • Alex Greenwood
  • Jennifer Hermoso
  • Lindsey Horan
  • Amanda Ilestedt
  • Lauren James
  • Sam Kerr
  • Mapi Leon
  • Hinata Miyazawa
  • Salma Paralluelo
  • Keira Walsh

The Best FIFA Men’s Coach:

  • Pep Guardiola
  • Simone Inzaghi
  • Ange Postecoglou
  • Luciano Spalletti
  • Xavi

The Best FIFA Women’s Coach:

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  • Peter Gerhardsson
  • Jonatan Giraldez
  • Tony Gustavsson
  • Emma Hayes
  • Sarina Wiegman

The Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper:

  • Yassine Bounou
  • Thibaut Courtois
  • Ederson
  • Andre Onana
  • Marc-Andre ter Stegen

The Best FIFA Women’s Goalkeeper:

  • Mackenzie Arnold
  • Ann-Katrin Berger
  • Catalina Coll
  • Mary Earps
  • Christiane Endler
  • Zecira Musovic
  • Sandra Panos Garcia-Villamil

FIFA Fan Award Nominees

  • Colón de Santa Fe fan
  • Fran Hurndall
  • Miguel Ángel, Millonarios fan
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