Neymar, Messi make 10-man Best Player Award list


[] – Lionel Messi and Neymar are among the 10 players nominated for the award given to the World Cup’s best players.

Seven of the candidates announced by FIFA yesterday play for finalists Argentina and Germany. Messi is nominated along with Argentina teammates Ángel di María and Javier Mascherano. Germany provides four candidates: Mats Hummels, Toni Kroos, Philipp Lahm and Thomas Müller.

Neymar is the only candidate from Brazil among the players selected by FIFA’s technical study group of coaching analysts.

Arjen Robben of the Netherlands and James Rodríguez of Colombia, the tournament’s top scorer with six goals, complete the list.

Both goalkeepers in the final are on a three-man shortlist to be named best of the tournament.


Manuel Neuer of Germany and Sergio Romero of Argentina are joined by Costa Rica’s Keylor Navas.

The candidates for best young player are Memphis Depay of the Netherlands, and France pair Paul Pogba and Raphaël Varane. Nominees for that award must have been born since January 1, 1993.




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