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Lionel Messi and Ernesto Valverde Nominated for “The Best” Awards

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FIFA’s awards for best male player and best male coach

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FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi and coach Ernesto Valverde have been nominated for FIFA’s “The Best” awards.

Messi has been nominated for the “The Best FIFA Men’s Player 2018” award alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, Kevin De Bruyne, Antoine Griezmann, Eden Hazard, Harry Kane, Kylian Mbappé, Luka Modrić, Mohamed Salah, and Raphaël Varane.

Meanwhile, Valverde has been nominated for the “The Best FIFA Men’s Player 2018” award, alongside Massimiliano Allegri, Stanislav Cherchesov, Zlatko Dalić, Didier Deschamps, Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp, Roberto Martínez, Diego Simeone, Gareth Southgate, and Zinedine Zidane.

The Ballon d’Or award was at one point a joint venture between FIFA and France Football magazine, but now that award is given by the magazine only. FIFA’s answer is “The Best.”

Messi has finished second place in the two times the “The Best” award has been given. He has won the FIFA Ballon d’Or version of the award four times, plus the FIFA World Player of the Year version and the non-FIFA version of the Ballon d’Or once each. This is Valverde’s first nomination.