Salah, Messi, Lewandoski Shortlisted for FIFA Player of the Year Award

Messi (l) and Salah (r)
•Messi (l) and Salah (r)
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Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah and Chelsea striker Sam Kerr are among the Best Fifa Football Awards’ player of the year nominees.

Salah is on the men’s shortlist with Paris St-Germain’s Lionel Messi and Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski.

Kerr has been nominated with Barcelona pair Jennifer Hermoso and Alexia Putellas in the women’s category.

The winners will be announced at the Best Fifa Football Awards in Zurich on 17 January.

Egypt international Salah is currently the Premier League’s top scorer, with 16 goals, having finished second to Harry Kane last season, while Australia forward Kerr helped Chelsea retain the Women’s Super League title in 2021 and reach the Champions League final.

The awards are voted for by international managers, captains of international teams, journalists and fans.

Lewandowski won the men’s award in 2020, while England and Manchester City’s Lucy Bronze won the women’s.

Tottenham’s Erik Lamela is on the shortlist for the Fifa Puskas Award, which recognises the best goal in world football during the year, after his ‘rabona’ finish in the north London derby against Arsenal last March.

(Text, excluding headline, courtesy BBC)

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