Robert Lewandowski, winner of the hat-trick with Bayern Munich, will lead the list of nominees for the FIFA World Player of the Year award after the list was announced on Wednesday by the presence of Egyptian Mohamed Salah.
Lewandowski topped the list of scorers with Bayern in the Champions League with 15 goals and the German League with 34 goals and was the first candidate to win the Golden Ball award before it was canceled this year for the first time in its 64-year history due to the emerging coronavirus “Covid-19”.
Nevertheless, the Polish striker still had a chance to win the FIFA Best Award at the awards ceremony on December 17.
The list of Egyptian candidates included Salah, who led Liverpool this year to win the Premier League title for the first time since 1990.
Among the 11 candidates, the famous duo of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have appeared on this list in recent years.
FIFA also announced Thiago Alcantara, the former Bayern midfielder who moved to Liverpool this season, along with other players from the England champions, the currently injured Virgil van Dijk and Senegalese Sadio Mane.
Paris Saint-Germain duo, European runners-up Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, joined the list, along with Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne, winner of the Premier League’s Player of the Year award last season, and Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos, who was among the most important reasons for winning the Spanish League title.