The shortlist for the 2018 FIFA Best Player and Coaches awards in the men and women categories were released on Tuesday.
The usual suspects that made the top ten in the men’s category like Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, Harry Kane and Luka Modric were in the mix.
Tottenham forward Kane, 24, won the Golden Boot at the World Cup in Russia with six goals as England achieved their best finish since 1990.
He went into the World Cup on the back of registering his first 30-goal haul in a Premier League season.
And Kane maintained that form at the finals, becoming the first English player to win the top scorers’ prize since Gary Lineker in 1986.
Hazard, 27, won the FA Cup with Chelsea in May and then collected the Silver Ball in Russia after inspiring Belgium to third – their best World Cup finish.
Salah, 26, also enjoyed a prolific campaign. The Egyptian scored 46 times for club and country during 2017-18, helping Liverpool to the Champions League final in his first season at Anfield.
Belgium midfielder De Bruyne, 27, played a prominent role in a record-breaking season for City, who accumulated the most points and wins in a Premier League season.
It was also a landmark year for five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese scored 54 goals in 54 games in all competitions, spearheading Real Madrid’s triumph in the Champions League and the Fifa Club World Cup.
Voting for the award closes at midnight on 10 August, while the awards ceremony takes place in London on 24 September.
- Cristiano Ronaldo – Juventus & Portugal
- Kevin De Bruyne – Manchester City & Belgium
- Antoine Griezmann – Atletico Madrid & France
- Eden Hazard – Chelsea & Belgium
- Harry Kane – Tottenham & England
- Kylian Mbappe – Paris St-Germain & France
- Lionel Messi – Barcelona & Argentina
- Luka Modric – Real Madrid & Croatia
- Mohamed Salah – Liverpool & Egypt
- Raphael Varane – Real Madrid & France