FIFA Confirm Final Nominees for 2020 The Best Awards
By; Denis Kayongo. FIFA have announced their three-person shortlists for Best Coach, Best Player and Best Goalkeeper across men and women's football.
FIFA have announced their three-person shortlists for Best Coach, Best Player and Best Goalkeeper across men and women's football, as well as the three-goal shortlist for this year's Puskas Award.
Long lists were confirmed earlier this year, but FIFA have since whittled the voting down to three individuals in each section, which will go out to the leading player or coach in their category across 2020.
The Best Men's Player shortlist? Well, you could have guessed that. The ever-present Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo join Bayern Munich record-breaker Robert Lewandowski, as the three veteran forwards vie to pry the award away from Virgil van Dijk.
There was a surprise or two on the Best Men's Coach list. Bayern treble winner Hansi Flick and Jurgen Klopp join Marcelo Bielsa, whose Leeds team have established themselves back in the Premier League after their famous promotion last term.
Shortlists in full
Best Men's Player: Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Robert Lewandowski
Best Women's Player: Pernille Harder, Lucy Bronze, Wendie Renard
Best Men's Coach: Jurgen Klopp, Hansi Flick, Marcelo Bielsa
Best Women's Coach: Jean-Luc Vasseur, Emma Hayes, Sarina Wiegman
Best Men's Goalkeeper: Alisson Becker, Manuel Neuer, Jan Oblak
Best Women's Goalkeeper: Sarah Bouhaddi, Christiane Endler, Alyssa Naeher
Puskas (Best Goal): Giordgiande Arrascaeta, Son Heung-min, Luis Suarez