Zurich: World Cup champions Lionel Messi of Argentina and Jenni Hermoso of Spain are standout contenders for the 2023 Best FIFA Football Awards. Messi, a previous two-time winner in 2019 and 2022, is in the running for the Best FIFA Men’s Player award alongside Julian Alvarez (Argentina), Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium), Kylian Mbappe (France), Erling Haaland (Norway), and Declan Rice (England).
Jenni Hermoso, aiming for her first Best FIFA Women’s Player Award, faces competition from Sam Kerr (Australia), Alex Greenwood (England), Lindsey Horan (USA), and three fellow Spanish teammates. In the FIFA Best Men’s Goalkeeper category, notable nominees include Yassine Bounou (Morocco), Andre Onana (Cameroon), and Ederson (Brazil). The women’s category is led by England’s Mary Earps, the 2023 FIFA World Cup Golden Glove recipient.
Among the candidates for FIFA’s Best Men’s Coach are Pep Guardiola (Manchester City), Simone Inzaghi (Inter Milan), and Xavi (Barcelona). For the FIFA Women’s Best Coach category, Sarina Wiegman, who guided the England women’s team to their first FIFA Women’s World Cup final in 2023, is a prominent nominee.
These awards, now in their eighth edition, evaluate men’s player and coach performances from December 19, 2022, to August 20, 2023, while the assessment period for women’s categories spans from August 1, 2022, to August 20, 2023.