FIFA, the world football governing body, has announced the Best Men’s Player award nominees for the 2017-2018 season, with France’s World Cup star Kylian Mbappe and Egypt’s Mohamed Salah being among those shortlisted.
The other players in the 10-man list are Cristiano Ronaldo, Leo Messi, Kevin De Bruyne, Antoine Griezmann, Eden Hazard, Harry Kane, Luka Modric and Raphael Varane. The 19-year-old Mbappe displayed a string of impressive performances in France’s World Cup-winning campaign, becoming only the second teenager after Brazil’s Pele to score in a World Cup.
Salah, the top scorer in European club football last year, scored 44 goals for the Premier League side Liverpool in all competitions, and picked up player of the seasons honours in England.
The awards ceremony is set to take place in London on September 24. FIFA have also announced the nominees for the Coach of the Year award, with the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Pep Guardiola and Gareth Southgate all part of the list.