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. Lionel Messi represents Barcelona among the 11 nominees named for the FIFA Best Player award in the Men’s Category.
Messi is the defending champion of the trophy, winning it last year ahead of Virgil van Dijk and Cristiano Ronaldo. Both the runners up from last year have been nominated this year as well, among others.
The full list of nominations includes:
Lionel Messi (Barcelona; Argentina)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus; Portugal)
Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich; Poland)
Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich/Liverpool; Spain)
Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City; Belgium)
Sadio Mane (Liverpool; Senegal)
Mohamed Salah (Liverpool; Egypt)
Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool; Netherlands)
Neymar Jr. (Paris Saint-Germain; Brazil)
Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain; France)
Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid; Spain)
Despite the list of sensational players shortlisted for the award, there seems to be a clear name, who is speeding ahead of everyone else for this award.
Robert Lewandowski, who won the treble with Bayern Munich last season, en-route the 8-2 destruction of Barcelona, is inarguably the frontrunner for the award. The Pole also finished the campaign as the second-highest goalscorer across the top 5 leagues, behind only Ciro Immobile. He did, however, finish the Champions League campaign as the top scorer with 15 goals.
The likes of Messi and Ronaldo, like always are not too far behind, though, both registering 40+ direct goal contributions each last season. Other than that, Kevin de Bruyne lifted the PFA Player of the Year trophy for the 2019/20 Premier League season, while Virgil van Dijk led his Liverpool team to their first Premier League trophy in 30 years.
Watch: Osasuna vs Barcelona, Match Preview
Barcelona return to La Liga action to face Osasuna, in what is a crucial match in regard to the La Liga title race. Following Barcelona’s midweek heroics in the comeback against Sevilla, all focus will now be on securing a crucial victory in Pamplona, with the Madrid derby being played just a day after Barça’s clash. Check out our full match preview below:
Following such a high-paced fixture midweek against Sevilla, which required a huge amount of effort and determination, it will be interesting to see how Koeman sets his team up, in the full knowledge that victory is vital. Players such as Ilaix Moriba, Antoine Griezmann and Francisco Trincão will all certainly be knocking on the door for starting spots, but the Dutch coach must select the right balance with his line-up, in what is sure to be a tough test against Arrasate’s Osasuna.