FIFA drop Mohamed Salah from 2023 Best Award nominees

Ahram Online , Thursday 14 Sep 2023

Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah has been omitted from the list of nominees for the 2023 Best Award, organized by FIFA, which recognizes the world's top player for the year 2023.

Mohamed Salah
File Photo: Liverpool s Egyptian striker Mohamed Salah reacts after missing his penalty kick during the English Premier League. AFP


On Thursday, the global football governing body unveiled its list of nominees across various categories for the year 2023, and the Liverpool winger failed to secure a spot among the final 12 candidates.

Real Madrid and Brazil winger, Vinicius Junior is another major absence from this year's nominees.

The lone African representative on the list vying for this year's title is Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen.

Leading the race for this year's award are France's striker Kylian Mbappe, Norway's scoring sensation Erling Haaland, and the veteran and record-winner, Lionel Messi who won the title in 2022.

FIFA 2023 Best Award nominees

Men’s player:

Julian Alvarez

Marcelo Brozovic

Kevin De Bruyne

Ilkay Gundogan

Erling Haaland


Khvicha Kvaratskhelia

Kylian Mbappe

Lionel Messi

Victor Osimhen

Declan Rice

Bernardo Silva


Women’s player:

Aitana Bonmati

Linda Caicedo

Rachel Daly

Kadidiatou Diani

Caitlin Foord

Mary Fowler

Alex Greenwood

Jennifer Hermoso

Lindsey Horan

Amanda Ilestedt

Lauren James

Sam Kerr

Mapi Leon

Hinata Miyazawa

Salma Paralluelo

Keira Walsh


Men’s coach:

Pep Guardiola

Simone Inzaghi

Ange Postecoglou

Luciano Spalletti



Women’s coach:

Peter Gerhardsson

Jonatan Giraldez

Tony Gustavsson

Emma Hayes

Sarina Wiegman


Men’s goalkeeper:

Yassine Bounou

Thibaut Courtois


Andre Onana

Marc-Andre ter Stegen


Women’s goalkeeper:

Mackenzie Arnold

Ann-Katrin Berger

Catalina Coll

Mary Earps

Christiane Endler

Zecira Musovic

Sandra Panos Garcia-Villamil


Fan award:

Club Atlético Colón fan

Fran Hurndall

Miguel Ángel, Millonarios fan

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