January 12, (THEWILL) – FIFA has announced a 14-player shortlist for the 2022 The Best Men’s Player award. The award will be based on performances from the start of the 2021/22 season up until the conclusion of the 2022 World Cup.
Leading the way on the shortlist is Argentina’s Lionel Messi, who recently led his national team to glory in the Qatar World Cup. Messi finished second in last year’s award, behind Robert Lewandowski, who is also nominated again this year.
Joining Messi on the shortlist are Manchester City’s Julian Alvarez, Kevin De Bruyne and Erling Haaland. Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah is the only other player nominated currently playing in England, while former teammate Sadio Mane, now of Bayern Munich, is also shortlisted.
PSG stars Kylian Mbappe, Neymar, and Achraf Hakimi have also been nominated, as well as Real Madrid’s Luka Modric, Vinicius Junior, and Ballon d’Or holder Karim Benzema. Borussia Dortmund and England midfielder Jude Bellingham, at 19 years of age, is the youngest player on the shortlist.
Voting for the award will be split into four groups: media representatives, national team coaches, national team captains, and fan votes, each group will have 25% of the overall vote. The shortlisted players are Julian Alvarez, Jude Bellingham, Karim Benzema, Kevin De Bruyne, Erling Haaland, Achraf Hakimi, Robert Lewanadowski, Sadio Mane, Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi, Luka Modric, Neymar, Mohamed Salah, and Vinicius Junior.