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Ronaldo, Messi, Rapinoe nominated for FIFA awards

Published:Friday | August 2, 2019 | 12:34 AM

GENEVA (AP):

Five-time winners Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are among the 10 candidates for the FIFA Best Player award. United States forward Megan Rapinoe is the favourite for the women’s award.

Ronaldo and Messi are joined by three Liverpool players – Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk and Sadio Mane. Liverpool won the Champions League title in June.

Also in the list are Ajax players Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt, who have since joined Barcelona and Juventus, respectively, along with former Chelsea forward Eden Hazard, who has joined Real Madrid, Tottenham striker Harry Kane, and Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe.

Rapinoe is in a list of 12 players that includes teammates Alex Morgan, Rose Lavelle and Julie Ertz. Ada Hegerberg, a Norway forward who won the Ballon d’Or but skipped this year’s World Cup, is also nominated.

Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp has been nominated for Best Coach, along with Premier League rivals Pep Guardiola of Manchester City and Mauricio Pochettino of Tottenham.

United States coach Jill Ellis, who won back-to-back World Cup titles before stepping down after more than five years in charge, is nominated for the award for the Best Coach in Women’s Football.

Three finalists in each category will be announced before the ceremony in Milan on September 23. The winners will be voted by national team coaches and captains, selected media and online fan voting.