Best FIFA Men’s Player 2019: Who are the top 3 contenders to win FIFA’s top individual prize this year? We here at SportsRush rank the three most likely winners.
FIFA’a annual awards are set to return this year and new names have made the shortlist for their most prestigious individual award; The Best FIFA Men’s Player award. FIFA have recently announced a 10-man shortlist for the award based on their performance in the last 12 months.
The usual suspects of Lionel Messi and Cristiano have made the cut. They are joined by Kylian Mbappe, Eden Hazard, Virgil Van Dijk, Sadio Mane, Frenkie De Jong, Mohammed Salah, Matthijs De Ligt and Harry Kane. Interestingly, last year’s winner, Luka Modric failed to make the cut this time.
The most shocking part in the top 10 FIFA Best Men’s nomination was excluding Alisson Becker, Raheem Sterling & Bernardo Silva. I'm surprised #FIFAFootballAwards
— Trey™ (@Trey_Official_) August 1, 2019
There has been a lot of hue and cry over Allison Becker, Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva’s absence but hardly anyone can argue over the inclusion of any names that did make it. This is proof of the outstanding football on display last season. However, only one man will come out the victor and we here at SportsRush will look to rank the 3 most likely candidates to win the Best FIFA Men’s Player 2019 award.
Cristiano Ronaldo won the award two years in a row before succumbing to Real Madric teammate Luka Modric last year. Individually, Ronaldo has had a very average season if judged by his standards. However, he did have an eventful year that saw him score 28 goals and 10 assists in all competitions.
Not the most lucrative numbers. Most of his goals though, came when his team needed it the most, such as the hattrick in the return fixture against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League. He also scored a hattrick against Switzerland in the UEFA Nation’s league semifinal. Ronaldo also won the Seria A, Supercoppa Italiana and the UEFA Nation’s league.
Luka Modric’s win last year was testament to the value of trophies and Ronaldo won that in plenty last year keeping him good stead in the competition. However, there are a couple more who’ve had a better 2018-2019 then the Portuguese ace.