The Best FIFA Football Awards™

Monday 24 September 2018, London

The Best FIFA Football Awards™

The Best nominees in numbers

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  • How many lefties were nominated?
  • Which nominated coaches won the most caps as players?
  • Did Kane, Messi, Ronaldo or Salah score more goals in 2017/18?

There is one figure you must keep your eyes on: 23:59 CET on Friday. That is the last point at which you will be able to cast your votes for for The Best FIFA Football Awards™ before this stage of voting closes. 

In the meantime, FIFA.com delivers you ten statistics on the nominees for The Best FIFA Men’s Player, Women’s Player, Men’s Coach and Women’s Coach honours.

100 per cent of The Best FIFA Men's Player nominees scored at the recent FIFA World Cup™. Seven of the ten played in the Russia 2018 semi-finals, with Mo Salah suffering group-stage elimination and Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo going out at the Round of 16.

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VOTE: The Best FIFA Men's Player 2018

60 per cent of The Best FIFA Women’s Player nominees come from Olympique Lyonnais, who took 64 points from a possible 66 en route to the French Division 1 Féminine title and beat Wolfsburg 4-1 after extra-time in a pulsating UEFA Women's Champions League final. Another, Megan Rapinoe, used to play for Les Lyonnaises.

54 goals is what Cristiano Ronaldo scored for club and country between 3 July 2017 and 15 July 2018 – narrowly the highest total among nominees for The Best FIFA Men’s Player. The Portuguese was followed by Harry Kane (52), Lionel Messi (52), Mo Salah (50), Antoine Griezmann (37) and Kylian Mbappe (29).

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VOTE: The Best FIFA Women's Player 2018

30 years is the age difference between the oldest and youngest nominees for The Best FIFA Women’s Coach: Portland Thorns’ Mark Parsons, 31, and 61-year-old Vadao of Brazil. Just nine years and ten months exist between the most junior and senior nominees for The Best FIFA Men’s Coach: Roberto Martinez, 45, and 54-year-old Stanislav Cherchesov.

13 years and ten-and-a-half months is the whopping age difference between Kylian Mbappe, 19, and 33-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo. Mbappe was merely seven years old when Ronaldo was first shortlisted for the FIFA World Player of the Year award in October 2006.

9 nations are represented by the ten nominees for The Best FIFA Women’s Player: Australia, Brazil, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Japan, Norway and USA. France is the only country with more than one player: Amandine Henry and Wendie Renard.

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VOTE: The Best FIFA Men's Coach 2018

5 of the 21 coaches nominated for The Best FIFA Football Awards won over 100 caps during their playing career: Martina Voss-Tecklenburg (125), Zinedine Zidane (108), Diego Simeone (106), Sarina Wiegman (104) and Didier Deschamps (103). Ten of the 21 went uncapped at international level: Massimiliano Allegri. Zlatko Dalic, Emma Hayes, Jurgen Klopp, Stephan Lerch, Roberto Martinez, Mark Parsons, Alen Stajcic, Vadao and Jorge Vilda.

3 of The Best FIFA Men's Player nominees are predominantly left-footed: Antoine Griezmann, Lionel Messi and Mo Salah. Just one of The Best FIFA Women’s Player nominees is more comfortable with her left: Marta. Approximately two out ten people are left-footed.

2 nations have representatives nominated for all four of The Best FIFA Men's Player, Women’s Player, Men’s Coach and Women’s Coach awards: England and France. Harry Kane, Lucy Bronze, Gary Southgate, Emma Hayes and Mark Parsons are the shortlisted English, while Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, Raphael Varane, Amandine Henry, Wendie Renard, Didier Deschamps, Zinedine Zidane and Reynald Pedros gave France an unparalleled eight representatives.

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VOTE: The Best FIFA Women's Coach 2018

1 defensive player – centre-back Raphael Varane – is all that made the ten-man shortlist for The Best FIFA Men’s Player. Four defenders or defensive midfielders – Lucy Bronze, Amandine Henry, Saki Kumagai and Wendie Renard – made the women’s equivalent.

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