Mohamed Salah Nominated for FIFA's Best Men's Player Award for 2018
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National hero and all-round nice fella, Mohamed Salah, has been included on the 10-man shortlist for FIFA's Best Men’s Player Award for 2018, as reported by BBC Sport.
The award is voted for by a collection of journalists, national team coaches, national team captains and the general public, each with 25% weight towards the final results. The selection criteria are 'sporting performance and 'general conduct off and on the pitch'.
It’s important not to confuse the the award with French magazine France Football's prestigious Ballon d’Or; the two awards merged in 2010, but split again in 2016 as FIFA decided not to renew Ballon d’Or’s FIFA licensing.
Mohamed Salah is the only African included on the list, following a phenomenal debut season in the Premiership that saw him break several records, but he's in great company on a list that features the who's who of world football:
- Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus and Portugal)
- Lionel Messi (Barcelona and Argentina)
- Eden Hazard (Chelsea and Belgium)
- Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City and Belgium)
- Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur and England)
- Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid and Francs)
- Kylian Mbappe (Paris St. Germain and France)
- Luka Modric (Real Madrid and Croatia)
- Raphael Varane (Real Madrid and France)
A notable exclusion includes Brazilian superstar Neymar, who was heavily criticized at the World Cup this summer for a lack of fair play and generally embarrassing on-field tomfoolery.
Voting for the award closes on the 10th August, while the award ceremony will take place in London on 24 September. Let’s get voting for Salah!
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