- How many lefties were nominated?
- Which nations are the best represented?
- Did Mane, Mbappe, Messi, Ronaldo or Salah score more goals in 2018/19?
The nominees have been unveiled. You have under two weeks to cast your votes for the three finalists for The Best FIFA Men’s Player, Women’s Player, Men’s Coach and Women’s Coach awards. In the meantime, FIFA.com delivers some fascinating statistics behind the 42 elite names.
goals in 58 appearances is what Lionel Messi scored for club and country between 16 July 2018 and 19 July 2019 – the highest total among nominees for The Best FIFA Men’s Player. ‘The Atomic Flea’ was followed by Kylian Mbappe (44 in 54), Mo Salah (33 in 60), Cristiano Ronaldo (31 in 47) and Sadio Mane (30 in 61).
years and six-and-a-half months makes Phil Neville the youngest of the 20 coaches nominated. He is closely followed by 43-year-olds Djamel Belmadi and Marcelo Gallardo. Fernando Santos, 64, is the oldest.
goals is what the nominees for The Best FIFA Women’s Player scored at the recent FIFA Women’s World Cup™. Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe and Ellen White led the way with six goals apiece, while Sam Kerr (5) Wendie Renard (4), Rose Lavelle, Vivianne Miedema (3), Amandine Henry (2), Lucy Bronze, Julie Ertz and Caroline Graham Hansen (1) also contributed. Ada Hegerberg was the only one of the 12 not to play at France 2019.
years and six months is the staggering age difference between Matthijs de Ligt, 19, and 34-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo. The Netherlands centre-back was only seven when the Portugal attacker won the FIFA World Player of the Year award for 2008.
nominees for The Best FIFA Men’s Coach were predominantly defensive players. Jurgen Klopp, Mauricio Pochettino and Erik ten Hag were centre-backs, Fernando Santos was a fullback, and Didier Deschamps, Pep Guardiola and Tite were holding midfielders.
of the 22 players nominated for The Best FIFA Men’s and Women’s Player awards are left-footed: Rose Lavelle, Lionel Messi, Alex Morgan and Mo Salah.
of the nominees for The Best FIFA Men’s Coach played at the FIFA World Cup™: Pep Guardiola, Didier Deschamps, Marcelo Gallardo and Mauricio Pochettino. Not one of the nominees for The Best FIFA Women’s Coach played in that competition or the Women’s World Cup, with Reynald Pedros part of the France side which infamously lost to Bulgaria in their final USA 1994 qualifier and Phil Neville, despite winning 59 caps and going to three UEFA EUROs, never making a World Cup squad.
Dutch – Frenkie de Jong, Matthijs de Ligt and Virgil van Dijk – made the shortlist for The Best FIFA Men’s Player award. No other nationality had more than one.
players have made the shortlist for The Best FIFA Women’s Player in each of the last three years: Lucy Bronze, Sam Kerr and Wendie Renard.
Argentinians – Marcelo Gallardo, Ricardo Gareca and Mauricio Pochettino – made the shortlist for The Best FIFA Men’s Coach award. No other nationality had more than one.
nations have a nominee for each of the four categories: France and the Netherlands. The former boasts Kylian Mbappe, two female players, Didier Deschamps and Reynald Pedros, while the latter has three male players, Vivianne Miedema, Erik ten Hag and Sarina Wiegman.
metres is the height that makes Wendie Renard taller than seven of the ten nominees for The Best FIFA Men’s Player: De Jong, Hazard, Mane, Mbappe, Messi, Ronaldo and Salah.