The finalists for FIFA's Best men, coach and women 2019
Virgil van Dijk, Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the three nominees in the category for best men player of the season. The finalists for eight of the 11 The Best awards to be presented on 23 September in Milan were announced this Monday. The crown jewel of the 'The Best' awards.
FIFA WOMEN NOMINEES
As for women's football, the three nominees for 'The Best' shone in the World Cup. One of them, Lucy Bronze, did so with England, and the other two with the eventual champions, the United States' Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe, with the latter as the clear favourite
FIFA WOMEN COACH NOMINEES
As for the best coaches in women's football, FIFA highlighted Jill Ellis (USA), Phil Neville (England) and Sarina Wiegman (Netherlands). The three goalkeepers who reached the podium are: Christiane Endler (PSG), Hedvig Lindahl (Kristianstads DFF) and Sari van Veenendaal (Atlético de Madrid).
FIFA MEN NOMINEES
With 21 days to go before the final winners are announced, eight of the 'The Best' awards already have their final three.
The announcement was made on Monday inside the mythical San Siro (Milan), and it left us with three big names:
Virgil van Dijk
CR7 is still one of the best, although he does not have as much advantage as in previous years. His season at club level was not as prolific in terms of goals (28 in 43 games), but he won Serie A, the Italian Super Cup and also won the UEFA Nations League with his national team.
Liverpool's Dutch defender, who won the UEFA award for best player last season, is perhaps the big favourite after an outstanding season which brought him the Champions League trophy under Jurgen Klopp's management.
Meanwhile, Leo Messi was left without European glory after a tough elimination in the Champions League semi-finals, but he did end up conquering LaLiga and scoring 51 goals in 50 games (in addition to providing 19 assists). He was also eliminated in the semifinals of the Copa America by Brazil.
FIFA COACH NOMINEES
Jurgen Klopp, Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino were included in the shortlist of nominees for the Best Coach award, Guardiola won a historic domestic treble in England and Pochettino gave the big surprise by taking Tottenham to the final of Europe's most recognised competition, with the German standing out as the big favourite after taking the Champions League back to Liverpool after 14 years.
FIFA FANS NOMINEES
Finally, in the FIFA Fan Award, the prize for fans, the nominees were a Palmeiras fan called Silvia Grecco, the Dutch women's team fan club and Justo Sanchez, a Rampla fan.
The Puskas Award did not forget Leo Messi and his great goal against Betis. In addition to the Argentine star's goal, Juan Fernando Quintero's goal (River Plate) against Racing Club and Daniel Zsori's stunning strike (Debrecen) against Ferencvarosi are also on the list of nominees.
FIFA GOALKEEPER NOMINEES
The goalkeepers also book their place in the event, with the Premier League dominating nominations. Alisson (Liverpool) and Ederson (Manchester City), both Brazilians, entered the final list with Barça's Marc-André Ter Stegen (Barcelona).