FIFA have unveiled the nominees for The Best Awards 2021, with the winners being revealed in an online ceremony on January 17, 2022.

The candidates for each award were selected by expert panels in women’s and men’s football.

The Best FIFA Football Awards Nominees 

The Best FIFA Women’s Player 

  • Stina Blackstenius (Sweden / BK Hacken)
  • Aitana Bonmati (Spain / Barcelona)
  • Lucy Bronze (England / Manchester City WFC)
  • Magdalena Eriksson (Sweden / Chelsea FC Women)
  • Caroline Graham Hansen (Norway / Barcelona)
  • Pernille Harder (Denmark / Chelsea FC Women)
  • Jennifer Hermoso (Spain / Barcelona)
  • Ji So-yun (Korea Republic / Chelsea FC Women)
  • Sam Kerr (Australia / Chelsea FC Women)
  • Vivianne Miedema (Netherlands / Arsenal WFC)
  • Ellen White (England / Manchester City WFC)
  • Alexia Putellas (Spain / Barcelona)
  • Christine Sinclair (Canada / Portland Thorns)

The Best FIFA Men’s Player

  • Karim Benzema (France / Real Madrid)
  • Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium / Manchester City)
  • Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal / Juventus / Manchester United)
  • Robert Lewandowski (Poland / Bayern Munich)
  • Lionel Messi (Argentina / Barcelona / Paris Saint-Germain)
  • Neymar (Brazil / Paris Saint-Germain)
  • Erling Haaland (Norway / Borussia Dortmund)
  • Jorginho (Italy / Chelsea)
  • N’Golo Kante (France / Chelsea)
  • Kylian Mbappe (France / Paris Saint-Germain)
  • Mohamed Salah (Egypt / Liverpool)

The Best FIFA Women’s Coach

  • Lluis Cortes (Spain / Barcelona)
  • Peter Gerhardsson (Sweden / Swedish national team)
  • Emma Hayes (England / Chelsea FC Women)
  • Beverly Priestman (England / Canadian national team)
  • Sarina Wiegman (Netherlands / Dutch national team / English national team)

The Best FIFA Men’s Coach

  • Antonio Conte (Italy / Inter / Tottenham Hotspur)
  • Hansi Flick (Germany / Bayern Munich / German national team)
  • Pep Guardiola (Spain / Manchester City)
  • Roberto Mancini (Italy / Italian national team)
  • Lionel Sebastian Scaloni (Argentina / Argentinian national team)
  • Diego Simeone (Argentina / Atletico Madrid)
  • Thomas Tuchel (Germany / Chelsea)

The Best FIFA Women’s Goalkeeper

  • Ann-Katrin Berger (Germany / Chelsea FC Women)
  • Christiane Endler (Chile / Paris Saint-Germain / Olympique Lyonnais)
  • Stephanie Lynn Marie Labbe (Canada / Rosengard / Paris Saint-Germain)
  • Hedvig Lindahl (Sweden / Atletico Madrid Femenino)
  • Alyssa Naeher (USA / Chicago Red Stars)

The Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper

  • Alisson Becker (Brazil / Liverpool)
  • Gianluigi Donnarumma (Italy / AC Milan / Paris Saint-Germain)
  • Edouard Mendy (Senegal / Chelsea FC)
  • Manuel Neuer (Germany / Bayern Munich)
  • Kasper Schmeichel (Denmark / Leicester City)

Public voting for each category will be open until December 10, 2021, and FIFA will eventually announce three finalists for each award early in 2022.

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