Lionel Messi, The Best

The fifth iteration of FIFA’s The Best awards takes place this winter as football’s supreme governing body pays tribute to those who have excelled over the seasonby handing out individual accolades.

Past winnersinclude Megan Rapinoe, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, and, despite the unusual circumstances of the past year, there have been plenty of stand-out individual displays, so it will be competitive.

The longlists of nominees wereconfirmed on November 25 and theywill be narrowed down closer to the event.

Here is everything you need to know about the 2020 awards, including the nominees in each category, voting and when it takes place.

This year’s FIFA’s The Best awards ceremony will be held on Thursday December 17, 2020.

It will be a virtual event only, due to the public health measures that are in place across the world to suppress the spread of Covid-19.

As well as The Best Men’s and Women’s player and coach awards, the winner of the Puskas Award for best goal will also be crowned.

The FIFPro World 11 (Men’s and Women’s) will be revealed too, as will the winners of the FIFA Fair Play Award and the FIFA Fan Award.

The nominees for the categories can be seen below.

Voting is open to the public until midnight on Wednesday December 9, with the three finalists in each category set to be confirmed on Friday December 11.

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Source : goal.com