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SPECIAL FEATURE OF NOMINEES FOR THE 2018 FIFA MEN’S PLAYER OF THE YEAR

The ten-man shortlist for The Best FIFA Men’s Player 2018 award – based on their respective achievements during the period from 3 July 2017 to 15 July 2018 inclusive – has been compiled by a panel of FIFA Legends.
Lionel Messi – 10 – Argentina 
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Club – FC Barcelona

Won a league and cup double with Barcelona

Finished Spain’s La Liga campaign as top goalscorer (34)

Joint-top for assists during 2017/18 La Liga season (12)

 

Kevin De Bruyne -7 – Belgium

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Club – Manchester City

Helped Belgium to bronze at Russia 2018

Key part of Manchester City side which had most wins and points in an English Premier League season

Most assists during 2017/18 Premier League campaign (18)

 

Eden Hazard- 10 – Belgium
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Club – Chelsea FC

Inspired Belgium to bronze at Russia 2018

Claimed the FIFA World Cup adidas Silver Ball

Won the English FA Cup with Chelsea

Luka Modrić- 10 – Croatia
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Club – Real Madrid

Captained Croatia to their first ever FIFA World Cup Final

Won the adidas Golden Ball at Russia 2018

Helped Real Madrid win Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup

 

Mohamed Salah -10 – Egypt
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Club – Liverpool

Helped Liverpool to UEFA Champions League final in maiden season

Netted 32 goals during English Premier League campaign, setting new scoring record

Finished joint-second in 2017/18 Champions League scoring chart

Harry Kane- 9- England
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Club – Tottenham Hotspur

Won the adidas Golden Boot at Russia 2018

Helped England to their best World Cup finish since 1990

Amassed 30 goals during 2017/18 English Premier League season

 

Antoine Griezmann – 7 France 
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Club – Atletico Madrid

Won FIFA World Cup with France, scored in the Final

Awarded adidas Silver Boot and adidas Bronze Ball

Lifted the UEFA Europa League trophy with Atletico Madrid

Kylian Mbappé -10 – France-
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Club – Paris St Germain

Won the FIFA World Cup and FIFA World Cup Best Young Player Award

Became second youngest player after Pele to score in a World Cup Final

Won domestic treble during maiden season at Paris Saint-Germain

Raphaël Varane- 4 -France
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Club – Real Madrid

Helped France to World Cup victory at Russia 2018

Helped keep four clean sheets in seven World Cup games

Lifted 2017 Club World Cup and 2018 Champions League with Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo – 7- Portugal
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Club- Real Madrid/ Juventus

Won the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid

Finished 2017/18 as the Champion League’s top scorer (15)

Won FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2017

 

Source – FIFA

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