It is impossible to leave out Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Zurich-Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo are not excluded from the shortlist for the FIFA Annual Awards. Robert Lewandowski won the top prize last year.
Jorginho is the European champion twice for Chelsea and Italy. N’Golo Kanter, his club teammate, is one of 11 candidates for FIFA Player of Year Award 2020-21.
Chelsea reached the Champions League, and England made it to the final of the Champions League. However, no Englishman was included in Monday’s roster.
Christine Sinclair is a veteran forward who, 19 years after she was in the top ten for only the second time, has been part of the Canadian team that won gold at the Tokyo Olympics Olympic women’s soccer gold medal.
Lucy Bronze, British defender and winner of the women’s title last year, was once again nominated.
The list of candidates for the men’s team is determined by the FIFA team and monopolized by the forwards: Mohamed Salah, Kelian Mbappé, Erlin Harland, Kevin De Bruyne, Karim Benzema and Neymar.
Goalkeepers can compete for FIFA’s highest award, even though they have their own awards.
Lionel Scaroni was nominated and Diego Simeone was nominated. Scaloni was the leader of the Argentine team in the America’s Cup. This was Albi Celeste’s first Grand Slam title since 1993. Simeone led Atletico Madrid to the Spanish League title.
Italian Gianluigi Donarumma (Gianluigi Dotrumma) was named as the best player in 2020 European Cup. She stood out among five nominees for goalkeepers. Brazilian Alisson Becker was one of the five candidates.
On December 10, the vote for the national team captain, technical staff and fans will be closed.
FIFA will announce the finalists for each category in January. The award ceremony will take place at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich on January 17th due to the pandemic.