Emirates News Agency – The World Cup competes with the Champions League in the “FIFA” referendum.. Who decides the “Best” award

Emirates News Agency – The World Cup competes with the Champions League in the “FIFA” referendum.. Who decides the “Best” award
Emirates News Agency – The World Cup competes with the Champions League in the “FIFA” referendum.. Who decides the “Best” award
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Tuesday, January 24, 2023 – 2:39 PM

From Ahmed Zahran.

ABU DHABI, 24 January / WAM / After a few weeks of strong competition in the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the World Cup itself will turn from a goal that many teams competed for, into a means by which more than one player competes for the “best” award in a referendum. FIFA.
The countdown to the date for announcing the final lists of candidates for the “Best” awards has begun in the annual FIFA referendum, and the World Cup is expected to play an important role in determining the identity of the candidates for more than one award, foremost of which is the 2022 FIFA World Player of the Year award.
The World Cup stars currently have strong opportunities to compete for the award for the best player in the world 2022, as these stars enter into strong competition with the stars of last season for the European Champions League, after the Champions League stars acquired most of the opportunities to compete for the “Golden Ball” award presented by the “Golden Ball” magazine. France Football” for the best player in the world last season.
And just 3 months ago, Frenchman Karim Benzema, Real Madrid striker and the French national team, won the Golden Ball award, ahead of Senegalese international Sadio Mane, former Liverpool striker and current Bayern Munich player, and Belgian Kevin De Bruyne, Manchester City’s English star, came third, followed by Polish Robert Lewandowski, former Bayern Munich striker. Barcelona is currently, and the Egyptian Mohamed Salah, the star of Liverpool, is in the fourth and fifth places, respectively.
The 5 players are in fierce competition with 9 other players to reach the final list of candidates, which will include only 3 players.
And while the famous Argentine star, Lionel Messi, Paris Saint-Germain striker, was absent from the competition for the Golden Ball award, after the player appeared far from his usual level in his first season with Saint-Germain, Messi is expected to be a strong candidate for the “best” award presented by FIFA in light of what he presented. The player in the 2022 World Cup.
Messi led the Argentine national team to win the 2022 World Cup title, to complete the missing part in the achievements board of his football career, as the player won all possible titles with his former team, Barcelona, ​​​​Spain, and was crowned in 2021 with the title of the South American Nations Cup “Copa America.”
Given that the World Cup is the most important tournament in the world, Messi is expected to receive strong nominations in the face of players such as Benzema, who won the Golden Ball award after a distinguished and exceptional season with Real Madrid, during which he won the Spanish League and Champions League titles.
But Messi will not be the only star who receives strong support from the World Cup in the competition for the “best” award, as there are other players who presented distinguished levels in the world championship and also had good fingerprints with his teams last season.
At the forefront of these players is the French striker Kylian Mbappe, who was crowned the World Cup top scorer with 8 goals, Messi’s colleague in the ranks of Saint-Germain, and the veteran Croatian star Luka Modric, who led his country to third place in the World Cup and also contributed tremendously to Real Madrid winning the two Spanish league titles. Champions League last season.
FIFA will announce the final lists in each category in early February, knowing that the awards ceremony will take place on the 27th of the same month.
And “FIFA” had made it clear that the competition for its awards for the year 2022 will include the achievements and performance of the players until last December 18, which is the date of the final match of the 2022 World Cup.

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Abdel Nasser Moneim / Ahmed Zahran

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