The players were shortlisted following their performances on the pitch for both club and country in 2022. However, the winner of this year’s award ceremony will most likely be selected from the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup.
The best player at the World Cup, Lionel Messi was part of the 14-man list for the award. Messi was fantastic for Argentina and was the first game till the last game for the South Americans leading them to their third World Cup title.
Messi’s PSG teammate, Kylian Mbappe is also part of the nominated players for the award following his exploits, especially in the final against Argentina. He won the golden boot of the competition, finding the back of the net, eight times.
Karim Benzema is one of three Real Madrid players p for the award. Vinicius Jnr and Luka Modric we key parts of the success enjoyed by their countries at the World Cup Benzema was ruled out of the competition because of injury but he has a shout at the award following his part in Real Madrid winning the UEFA Champions League.
PSG’s Neymar and Achraf Hakimi were also nominated for the award. Hakimi helped Morocco reach the semi-final of the World Cup while Neymar also played his part in taking his country to the quarter-finals.
Other players on the list are, Kevin De Bruyne, Erling Haaland, Jude Bellingham, Sadio Mane, and Mohamed Salah.