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Messi, Mbappe nominated for FIFA Best award

Messi, Mbappe nominated for FIFA Best award

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Fresh from their brilliant performances at the World Cup, Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe are among the nominees for FIFA's The Best award for last year, world football's governing body announced on Thursday.

Messi, who has won the prize once before, captained Argentina to victory in Qatar, a career-defining triumph that has boosted his chances of winning an eighth Ballon d'Or but may also make him favourite for this prize.

As well as Mbappe, who netted a hat-trick in the World Cup final, another two Paris Saint-Germain players are nominated in Neymar and Achraf Hakimi.

Karim Benzema, who won last year's Ballon d'Or for his performances with Real Madrid, is also nominated, as is Robert Lewandowski, winner of the FIFA prize in the last two years.

Alexia Putellas is nominated for the women's award despite being out for the last six months due to injury.

There are also prizes for the best male and female coach, the best goalkeeper, and the Puskas Award for the best goal of 2022.