FIFA have announced their top 10 players for their achievements between July 3, 2017, and July 15, 2018. Unlike in previous years, in this edition, the format has changed and the first 25 initial candidates were reduced to 10. Voting begins on July 24 on FIFA.com and finishes on August 10.
- The captains of the teams will be able to vote for the coach of the team they represent.
- The captains of the national teams and their coaches will be able to vote for players of the national team they represent.
- It is not permissible for the nominated captains and coaches to vote for themselves.
- specialized journalists may vote for players and coaches from their own country or those who represent clubs that dispute the tournaments of their country.
- Fans registered on FIFA.com can vote for male and female soccer players, players and coaches.
Seeing him on this list is a classic. His idyll with the goal lasted one more season. He pulverized historical records in the Champions League, which he won for the third consecutive year. He could not, however, round off his tremendous season with the national team. Even so, he left the World Cup with four goals in four games, including a hat-trick against Spain. The now Juventus player is the current holder of this award. He won it last year, beating Leo Messi in the voting, who finished second.
Kevin de Bruyne
The Belgian midfielder was proclaimed champion of the Premier League and finished third with Belgium in the World Cup, the best classification of his country in all history. An impressive year, for sure.
The year of the French forward could not go unnoticed. He lifted the Europa League with Atlético de Madrid and won the World Cup with France. In both finals, he scored and during the previous road, he also scored so many fundamental points for the good progress of their respective sets. The best year of his life.
The skillful midfielder was important in a World Cup that ended with a third-place finish. It confirmed the good omens about his leadership ability. As for his role at Stamford Bridge, he was once again the decisive player which is always expected of him. For that reason, it is logical that now the great ones of the continent are putting him on this list.
Being the top scorer of a World Cup is not in everyone’s toolbox. The silent Tottenham striker did it. Another tremendous accolade that confirms him as one of the great strikers of the moment. His ability to score goals could not be left out of the roster of candidates.
He came to PSG as a revelation player of Monaco and took up the challenge again, becoming a vital player at PSG. His campaign could not have ended better: as world champion with France and chosen as the best young player in the competition. The future is in his hands. He played like a star against Argentina, defining the already confirmed potential of one of the new world footballing stars.
His campaign ended with early elimination with the ‘Albiceleste’, and he also had disappointment in the quarterfinals of the Champions League with the elimination against Roma. However, as with Cristiano, Messi always leaves a large catalog of goals and decisive actions that don’t fail to put him in the top players in the world.
Being a European champion and World Cup runner-up is not something that can be achieved every season. Moreover, pundits placed him as a firm favorite to take this award if Croatia had defeated France in the final of Russia. At least, he ended up as the best player in the tournament. Ability to lead, good vision of the game and a very good season put Modric up there.
The Premier League’s top scorer could not miss out on this list. He was, without a doubt, the great discovery of the season, making a tremendous leap in quality. The leader of Liverpool and the Egyptian National Team, he still has the bitter taste of a nasty shoulder injury in the Champions League final, but that does not tarnish his impressive numbers.
Defenders are not usually on lists like this, but who can deny the inclusion of someone who has finished the year as champion of the Champions League and the World Cup. He is still young but there are few footballing CVs like his worldwide.
There is, however, no place for Neymar, who finished third in last year’s voting, after an injury-hit season with PSG and difficult World Cup that saw Brazil knocked out at the quarter-final stage by Belgium.
The Best FIFA Women’s Player
Lucy Bronze (England/Olympique Lyonnais); Pernille Harder (Denmark/VfL Wolfsburg); Ada Hegerberg (Norway/Olympique Lyonnais); Amandine Henry (France/Olympique Lyonnais); Samantha Kerr (Australia/Sky Blue FC/Perth Glory FC/Chicago Red Stars); Saki Kumagai (Japan/Olympique Lyonnais); Dzsenifer Marozsán (Germany/ Olympique Lyonnais); Marta (Brazil/Orlando Pride); Megan Rapinoe (USA/Seattle Reign FC); Wendie Renard (France/Olympique Lyonnais).
The Best FIFA Men’s Coach
Massimiliano Allegri (Italy/Juventus FC); Stanislav Cherchesov (Russia/Russian national team); Zlatko Dalić (Croatia/Croatian national team); Didier Deschamps (France/France national team); Pep Guardiola (Spain/Manchester City FC); Jürgen Klopp (Germany/Liverpool FC); Roberto Martínez (Spain/Belgian national team); Diego Simeone (Argentina/Atlético Madrid); Gareth Southgate (England/English national team); Ernesto Valverde (Spain/FC Barcelona); Zinédine Zidane (France/Real Madrid CF).
The Best FIFA Women’s Coach
Emma Hayes (England/Chelsea Ladies FC); Stephan Lerch (Germany/VfL Wolfsburg); Mark Parsons (England/Portland Thorns FC); Reynald Pedros (France/Olympique Lyonnais); Alen Stajcic (Australia/Australian national team); Asako Takakura (Japan/Japanese national team); Vadão (Brazil/Brazilian national team); Jorge Vilda (Spain/Spanish national team); Martina Voss-Tecklenburg (Germany/Swiss national team); Sarina Wiegman (Netherlands/Dutch national team).
FIFA will announce the final lists of the three nominees for each of the four categories listed above in early September.
Returning to London for the second successive year, the awards will honor the sport’s top players and coaching talent from around the world, recognizing their extraordinary achievements over the past season.
Two panels of renowned experts, revealed earlier this month, have decided upon the shortlisted candidates based on their performances across the full 2017/18 season.