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Hermoso, Graham Hansen, ter Stegen among players nominated for FIFA Best Awards

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FIFA announced the nomination list for seven individual awards that will be presented at The Best FIFA Football Awards ceremony on 17th of December, 2020. Apart from the nomination of Lionel Messi in the Best Men’s Player category, Barcelona also boast of four other selections, for players both past and present.

There are two Barcelona represents for The Best FIFA Women’s Player award, including the Norwegian dribbling genius Caroline Graham Hansen, and striker Jennifer ‘Jenni’ Hermoso. For all their brilliance, it is not easy to see them topping Pernille Harder of Chelsea to win the award.

The full list of nominations in the Best Women’s Player category includes:

Lucy Bronze (England; Olympique Lyonnais/Manchester City)
Delphine Cascarino (France; Olympique Lyonnais)
Caroline Graham Hansen (Norway; FC Barcelona)
Pernille Harder (Denmark; VfL Wolfsburg/Chelsea FC)
Jennifer Hermoso (Spain; FC Barcelona)
Ji So-yun (Korea Republic; Chelsea FC)
Sam Kerr (Australia; Chelsea FC)
Saki Kumagai (Japan; Olympique Lyonnais)
Dzsenifer Marozsán (Germany; Olympique Lyonnais)
Vivianne Miedema (Netherlands; Arsenal)
Wendie Renard (France; Olympique Lyonnais)

Apart from this, first-choice Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen has been nominated for The Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper award. The German shot-stopper fully deserves this nomination coming on the back of a sensational campaign, which ended in agony. That said, he is not the front-runner for the award, with compatriot Manuel Neuer leading the race.

The full list of nominations in the Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper category includes:

Marc-Andre Ter Stegen (Barcelona; Germany)
Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich; Germany)
Alisson Becker (Liverpool; Brazil)
Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid; Slovenia)
Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid; Belgium)
Keylor Navas (Paris Saint-Germain; Costa Rica)

Finally, we can also find Luis Suarez among the list of nominees for the FIFA Puskas Award, given to the best goal of the season. The former Barcelona sensation has been nominated for his magnificent back-heel goal against RCD Mallorca last season on 7th of December.

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Just in: Neymar’s entourage confirms renewal with PSG as he ‘likes the project’

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Fabrizio Romano has broken huge news as part of Neymar’s contract situation with Paris Saint-Germain, which all but officially announces that the Brazilian will be staying in France, contrary to what has been reported recently. The report suggests that that he will sign his extension soon, which is bound to include a massive UCL bonus.

Neymar’s entourage have confirmed his decision to stay with the Paris outfit in conversation with France Football, saying, “Neymar wants to stay at PSG. He sees that the club is growing. He likes the project.”

PSG have, in fact, actually enjoyed success in Europe in the recent past. They reached the Champions League final last season, crumbling only to the unstoppable Bayern Munich by a mere one goal to nil. Since then, they have fired Thomas Tuchel, and hired Mauricio Pochettino, who inspired an incredible victory against Bayern in this season’s Champions League quarters. Spearheaded by Neymar and Mbappe, the capital-side hit the defending champions for three goals, conceding two.

Despite their lead in the UCL, they do not have a stronghold on the trophy with the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea, and Real Madrid still in the running. It becomes a lot more problematic when you realise their situation in Ligue 1.

PSG look far from comfortable in the league, which is a shocker to say the least. As it stands, Pochettino’s mean are in second place with 66 points, three adrift of Lille who top the table with one of the most impressive defensive records in Europe.

A season without either of the big trophies might force Neymar to have a change of mind, with the Barcelona project looking much more comprehensive under Joan Laporta. In fact, the new President might look at the Brazilian as the key that will allow Lionel Messi to stay at the club. We do the same rumours annually, so it is only fair if any of these ‘confirmations’ are turned on their head in the coming weeks.

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