Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Karim Benzema shortlisted for FIFA The Best Men's Player Award
- Trio selected from 14-player shortlist
- Judged on performances including World Cup
- Decision announced on February 27
WHAT HAPPENED? The trio of world superstars were selected from an original list of 14 entries thanks to a equally shared vote between national team coaches, captains, journalists and fans. Unlike the finalists for the Best Women's Award, there were no surprises in the male category, with Messi, Mbappe and Benzema the standout performers between the dates of August 2021 and 18 December 2022.
🚨 We have our finalists for #TheBest FIFA Men's Player Award!— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) February 10, 2023
🇦🇷 Lionel Messi
THE BIGGER PICTURE: Arguably the favourite to go on and win the award, Messi of course celebrated his first ever World Cup triumph on 18 December, having a huge hand in Argentina's victory along the way. While Mbappe was on the receiving end of that defeat, his hat-trick in the final capped off an impressive individual year for club and country. His France team-mate Benzema, who was absent in Qatar through injury, celebrated a career milestone himself, winning his first Ballon d'Or in October following a stellar season with Madrid.
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DID YOU KNOW? Mbappe is joint-sixth with Pele in the World Cup’s all-time goalscoring chart, having netted 12 times in the tournament.
WHAT NEXT? Results of the final award will be published in full following the awards ceremony on 27 February.