Ozil & Alexis nominated for FIFA’s Best Player 2016 award

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Wenger: My future not tied to Ozil & Alexis contracts

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).

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@1886_gunner
@1886_gunner

No place for the scum!

OneBeatOff
OneBeatOff

But, the award for the most insects eaten in single bike ride goes to … ?

Ozdrexler
Ozdrexler

Is there a supercup where the BEST winner takes on the Ballon Dor winner… or of the same person has both titles the winner of 1 vs runnerup of the 2nd or if thenrunners up are different people then they play off in a super cup qualifier.

Getting a bit rediculous really.

Sheffield Arse

That’s one hell of a squad, albeit a little attack-minded.

Petit's Handbag
Petit's Handbag

So if we’re going to fix this, we need to answer the toughest question….Mesut or Alexis??

Tidge
Tidge

Somehow, as is the curse of Arsenal’s number 7 to Sp*rs (Bobby, Tommy), Alexis will score a hat-trick on Sunday. But I’m voting Ozil. He’s been our best player the last 12 months.

Andres
Andres

Alexis involved in more goals and assists than Mezut, and Sanchez is not the n°10 of the team!. Alexis sometimes have low performances without making goals, but always producing danger or supporting the team defence. Mezut sometimes vanish from the field, no assists no goals no defence. Yes, he makes wonderful goals, but always assisted by other player, not Alexis that sometimes creates them on his own.

chuqu
chuqu

I will vote for whichever one of them that is closer to renewing his contract with us. But which one?

Joel Carter
Joel Carter

Alexis.

Paul
Paul

We vote for both and let the coaches decide the winner?

Reidar
Reidar

If you include his Chile contribution I think Alexis wins it hands down. He’s much more important for Chile than Mesut is for Germany.

If only looking at their contributions to Arsenal I’d rate Mesut slightly over Alexis.

Rumpelstiltskin
Rumpelstiltskin

For a start,football is a team sport and individual awards mean fuck all. I don’t understand the hype with awards and such. If it were possible, i’d love to have people like Robben and Neymar nominated for an Oscar instead. That makes more sense than these nauseating Ronaldo vs Messi Balon d’ Or battles.

eternalflamini
eternalflamini

In any case this year it should be Lewandowski.

shokim
shokim

Finally, a chance for fans to chip in to have their say. I’ll vote everyday just to make very sure. (even though Arsene isn’t into individual awards…)

shokim
shokim

Wait. I can only vote ONCE in each category? Damn!

Pearson
Pearson

Multiple votes? You hereby qualify to vote in the US election

Connoisseur
Connoisseur

Which set me thinking: is there a non-football award with nominees featuring Donald Trump, Jon Moss and Sp*rs wage-earners?

Bryce Hauver-Reeves
Bryce Hauver-Reeves

Was looking for the Manure vs Fenerbahce Highlights and i was confused that they wernt there when i typed in champions league highlights then i remembered that manure is in the Europa League. Ha.

shokim
shokim

Just think – Manure has the most expensive footballer in the world…who plays in the Europa league. Go figure.

Pearson
Pearson

Just think: Manure have scored ONE premier League goal in October.
And now their fans have to vote in a “Goal of the Month” competition

A Different George
A Different George

One defender (Ramos) and one, possibly two, defensive-minded midfielders (Kante and possibly Kroos). Quite a tribute to Kante.

GoonerAbroad
GoonerAbroad

And Ramos is one of the least defencey defenders defending right now

David Hillier's luggage
David Hillier's luggage

What’s the block voting theory for gooners? Sanchez 1st (purely because of he was Copa America player of the tournament), Ozil 2nd and maybe Bufon 3rd as goalies never get votes? We’ve got to be tactical, guys.

Mike
Mike

Please can they just sign the contracts now?

Andres
Andres

Which one to choose?:
Alexis involved in more goals and assists than Mezut, and Sanchez is not the n°10 of the team!. Alexis sometimes have low performances without making goals, but always producing danger or supporting the team defence. Mezut sometimes vanish from the field, no assists no goals no defence. Yes, he makes wonderful goals, but always assisted by other player, not Alexis that sometimes creates them on his own.

Aran Watson
Aran Watson

Whoever signs a new contract first gets the block vote. 😉

OneBeatOff
OneBeatOff

Congratulations to our two wizards! Fully deserved.

Ozil's left foot
Ozil's left foot

I only get one vote? – Opens 100 incognito windows to create 100 new Gmail accounts – take that FIFA. I’ll show you how to corrupt a democratic process

Arsenalfanman
Arsenalfanman

I think we can congratulate FIFA’s bae, Messi, already. I’m with Arsene, I couldn’t give two shits about individual player awards.

Ridgrrs
Ridgrrs

I will surely be voting for Sanchez

A gooner
A gooner

Pretty sure Messi will win this one as well anyway…