Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez have been included on the 23-man shortlist for the title of The Best FIFA Men’s Player 2016.
FIFA recently pulled out of co-organising the Ballon d’Or with France Football to create this new ‘official’ award. In our opinion, it has a really, really sh*t name.
The winner will be determined through a combined voting process, in which 50% of the decision will be based on the votes of captains and head coaches from national teams around the globe. The other 50% will be split between an online public ballot with football fans and submissions from a selected group of over 200 media representatives around the world.
Yep, Arsenal fans…we’ll get a chance to ruin this for everyone with our vote-happy tendencies. The winner will be announced on 9 January.
Having missed out on nominations for the Ballon d’Or, this news will come as a welcome relief to Ozil and Sanchez. No doubt they can both expect hearty congratulations from Arsene Wenger, even though he’s made it very clear he doesn’t give a fish’s tit about such matters.
Here’s the full list of nominees. Quite rightly, it features no Sp*rs players.
Sergio Agüero (Argentina/Manchester City)
Gareth Bale (Wales/Real Madrid)
Gianluigi Buffon (Italy/Juventus)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal/Real Madrid)
Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium/Manchester City)
Antoine Griezmann (France/Atlético Madrid)
Zlatan Ibrahimović (Sweden/Paris Saint-Germain/Manchester United)
Andrés Iniesta (Spain/FC Barcelona)
N’Golo Kanté (France/Leicester City/Chelsea)
Toni Kroos (Germany/Real Madrid)
Robert Lewandowski (Poland/FC Bayern Munich)
Riyad Mahrez (Algeria/Leicester City)
Lionel Messi (Argentina/FC Barcelona)
Luka Modrić (Croatia/Real Madrid)
Manuel Neuer (Germany/FC Bayern Munich)
Neymar (Brazil/FC Barcelona)
Mesut Özil (Germany/Arsenal)
Dimitri Payet (France/West Ham United)
Paul Pogba (France/Juventus/Manchester United)
Sergio Ramos (Spain/Real Madrid)
Alexis Sánchez (Chile/Arsenal)
Luis Suárez (Uruguay/FC Barcelona)
Jamie Vardy (England/Leicester City).