International Federation of Association Football (FIFA), has declared the nominees for The Best FIFA Men’s Player 2018 following a massive season in terms of European club football and FIFA World Cup 2018.
The shortlisted players are selected for their performances for their respective club and countries for the period 3 July 2017-15 July 2018.
Former Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo won the 2017 edition of the award after helping the Spanish giants win the Champions League and La Liga titles.
A notable absentee from the list is Paris Saint Germain and Brazilian superstar Neymar following his underwhelming performance in the World Cup and a long-term injury during the club season for PSG.
Nominees for the 2018 edition are:
Cristiano Ronaldo – Real Madrid (Now Juventus)/Portugal
Kevin De Bruyne – Manchester City/Belgium
#TheBest FIFA Men’s Player 2018 nominee | @DeBruyneKev— FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) July 24, 2018
Lifted @PremierLeague & @Carabao_Cup trophies with @ManCity, while he helped @BelRedDevils finish in best-ever position of third place at the @FIFAWorldCup pic.twitter.com/ivfYjJLvFm
Antoine Griezmann – Atletico Madrid/France
#TheBest FIFA Men’s Player 2018 nominee | @AntoGriezmann@FIFAWorldCup champion with @FrenchTeam, adidas Bronze Ball and adidas Silver Boot award winner at #WorldCup & @EuropaLeague winner with @atletienglish pic.twitter.com/moY03cARsi— FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) July 24, 2018
Eden Hazard – Chelsea/Belgium
Harry Kane – Tottenham Hotspur/England
Kylian Mbappe – Paris Saint Germain/PSG
Lionel Messi – Barcelona/Argentina
Luka Modric – Real Madrid/Croatia
#TheBest FIFA Men’s Player 2018 nominee | Luka Modric— FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) July 24, 2018
Captained @HNS_CFF to @FIFAWorldCup Final where they finished runners-up, #WorldCup adidas Golden Ball winner, as well as @ChampionsLeague & #ClubWC winner with @realmadriden pic.twitter.com/sIbbRqOiLD
Mohamed Salah – Liverpool/Egypt
Raphael Varane – Real Madrid/France
— FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) July 24, 2018
OFFICIAL | The nominees for #TheBest FIFA Men’s Player 2018:— FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) July 24, 2018
Kevin De Bruyne
For the period 3 July 2017-15 July 2018 pic.twitter.com/bqt8tDWY8d