Lionel Messi (Paris Saint-Germain), who won the Golden Ball (Best Player of the Tournament) by winning the World Cup in Qatar last year in his home country Argentina, will challenge to win the 2022 FIFA World Player of the Year award, which determines the world’s best soccer player.
On the 13th, FIFA confirmed and announced the nominations for each category of the ‘2022 The Best FIFA Football Awards’, and unveiled candidates such as Qatar World Cup scorer Kylian Mbafe (Paris Saint-Germain) along with Messi. The size of the candidate group is 14 males and females.
In the case of the men’s division, Messi’s award is a concern. Messi scored seven goals (three assists) in last year’s Qatar World Cup finals, giving Argentina its first championship in 36 years. If Messi is selected as the best player in 2022, it will be the 7th time in his career and 3 years since 2019.
In addition, France’s leading striker Kylian Mbappe, who scored 8 goals and won the Golden Boot (scorer award), is also classified as a strong candidate, although he lost to Argentina in the World Cup and reached the semifinals.
In addition, Karim Benzema (France), the top scorer in the European Champions League last season, Robert Lewandowski (Poland), who won the FIFA World Player of the Year award for the last two years in a row, and Elling Haaland (Norway), who is making a big success in the English Premier League this season with 21 goals, last season Premier League top scorer Mohamed Salah (Egypt) and others were listed as candidates. 카지노
However, Son Heung-min, who tied for the top scorer with Salah, was not listed as a candidate. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), who recently signed a contract with Al Nasr of Saudi Arabia for an astronomical salary, is also excluded from the list.
The FIFA World Player of the Year award was established in 1991. In 2010, it was merged with Ballon d’Or selected by French football magazine France Football and operated under the name of ‘FIFA Ballon d’Or’, but since 2016 it has been separated from Ballon d’Or again and is holding a separate awards ceremony.
At the awards ceremony held in Paris, France on the 27th of next month, the male and female best players, best GK, coach award, Pushka award (goal of the year), and best fan award are covered.
The award winner is determined by combining the results of FIFA member team coaches, captains, media, and fan votes in a pre-determined ratio. Voting will be held until the 3rd of next month, and based on the results, FIFA will announce the final three candidates for each category early next month.