Mohammed Salah and his Liverpool teammate, Sadio Mane, have been nominated for the 2019 FIFA ‘The Best’ award.
FIFA released the 10-man shortlist for The Best male footballer between the period of July 2018-July 2019.
Salah, who recently endured a disappointing AFCON tournament as host nation Egypt, were knocked out at the 1/8th stage of the competition.
Sadio Mane also helped Senegal reach the final of the AFCON but it wasn’t to be for the Teranga Lions as they lost to Algeria in the final.
Despite the summer’s disappointments, both had an outstanding season at club level, with both Salah and Mane winning the Champions League with Liverpool and missing out narrowly in the Premier League.
Along with Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, Salah and Mane finished with 22 goals each and thereby winning the Premier League golden boot.
2018 winner of the award, Luka Modric was nowhere to be found as he misses out on a top 10 place at this year’s awards.
The full nomination list :
1.Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus,Portugal)
2.Frenkie de Jong (Ajax, Netherlands)
3.Matthijs de Ligt (Ajax,Netherlands)
4.Eden Hazard (Chelsea,Belgium)
5.Harry Kane ( Tottenham,England)
6.Sadio Mane (Liverpool, Senegal)
7.Kylian Mbappe (PSG, France)
8.Lionel Messi (Barcelona,Argentina)
9.Mohamed Salah (Liverpool, Egypt)
10.Virgil Van Dijk (Liverpool, Netherlands)
For the women’s category, USA’s world cup winning squad featured 4 players on the list.
Alex Morgan, Julie Ertz, Rose Lavelle and Golden ball and Golden boot winner Meghan Rapinoe were nominated.
Also, Arsenal and Netherlands number 9, Vivienne Miedema also made the shortlist after her outstanding season with Arsenal and the Dutch team.
The full list of nominees are:
The FIFA The Best award ceremony will be staged in Milan on September 23.