Mo Salah nominated for FIFA World Player of the Year award

The European Football Association (UEFA) announced the nominees for the FIFA World Player of the Year award for 2021/22, including Mohamed Salah.

The award will be presented during the Champions League group stage draw ceremony in Istanbul on Thursday August 25.

Karim Benzema and Thibaut Courtois, Real Madrid players, and Kevin De Bruyne, Manchester City player, are on the shortlist.

The selection was based on the trio’s performance last season, as Benzema led Real Madrid to win the Champions League as well as the Spanish League, with the help of fellow candidate Courtois, who saved Real Madrid many times from loss, especially in his wonderful performance in the Champions League final against Liverpool.

De Bruyne led Manchester City to the Champions League semi-finals, and had a role in Manchester City achieving the Premier League title. He won the Premier League Player of the Year award last season.

The ranking of players on the UEFA list of the best player in the world is as follows:

Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich and Poland) – 54 points

Luka Modric (Real Madrid and Croatia) – 52 points

Sadio Mane (Liverpool and Senegal) – 51 points

Mohamed Salah (Liverpool and Egypt) – 46 points

Kylian Mbappe (Paris, France) – 25 points

Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid and Brazil) – 21 points

Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool, Netherlands) – 19 points

Bernardo Silva (Manchester City and Portugal) – 7 points

Filip Kostic (Eintracht Frankfurt, Serbia) – 7 points

Lorenzo Pellegrini (Rome, Italy) – 5 points

Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool and UK) – 2 points

Fabinho (Liverpool and Brazil) – 1 point

An initial shortlist of 15 players is selected by the UEFA Technical Study Group, and the top three candidates were voted on by a jury comprising: clubs that participated in the group stages of the 2021/22 UEFA Champions League and UEFA Champions League, as well as A group of journalists chosen by the European sports media.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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