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Aubameyang, Omagbemi only Africans on Fifa shortlists, Ronaldo leads Men’s Best shortlist

Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nigeria’s women’s coach Florence Omagbemi are the only Africans in contention for Fifa’s annual awards with Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to be named Best FIFA Men’s Player for the second year running.

Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nigeria’s women’s coach Florence Omagbemi are the only Africans in contention for Fifa’s annual awards with Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to be named Best FIFA Men’s Player for the second year running.

The Real Madrid and former Manchester United superstar will be hoping to be named Best FIFA Men’s Player for the second year running after being included among the nominations for the 2017 award.

Aubameyang is one of 24 players nominated for The Best Fifa Men’s Player award.

The 27-year-old was the top scorer in the Bundesliga last season with 31 goals for Borussia Dortmund.

Omagbemi lead Nigeria to an eighth continental title in Cameroon last year and is one of the 10 names on the list for The Best Fifa Women’s Coach.

There were no Africans at all among the nominations for the awards for men’s coach or women’s player that were announced by football’s world governing body on Thursday.

The winners from each category will be revealed at a ceremony in London on 23 October.

Two panels of experts from across the six confederations chose the shortlisted candidates for the top performers of the 2016-17 season.

Real Madrid star Ronaldo, who won the inaugural award last year, is one of 24 players to have been nominated for the accolade.

The Portugal captain’s nomination comes after a year that saw him help Madrid to a third Champions League crown in four seasons and a first La Liga title in five years, as well as the FIFA Club World Cup.

Ronaldo scored twice as Madrid beat Juventus 4-1 in the Champions League final, while also finishing top scorer in the competition with 12 goals.

Here are the candidates for #TheBest FIFA Men’s Player 2017
The Fifa Best Men’s Player shortlist:

Pierre Aubameyang (Gabon, Borussia Dortmund)
Leonardo Bonucci (Italy, AC Milan)
Gianluigi Buffon (Italy, Juventus)
Daniel Carvajal (Spain, Real Madrid)
Paulo Dybala (Argentina, Juventus)
Antoine Griezmann (France, Atletico Madrid)
Eden Hazard (Belgium, Chelsea)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden, Manchester United)
Andres Iniesta (Spain, Barcelona)
Harry Kane (England, Tottenham Hotspur)
N’Golo Kante (France, Chelsea)
Toni Kroos (Germany, Real Madrid)
Robert Lewandowski (Poland, Bayern Munich)
Marcelo (Brazil, Real Madrid)
Lionel Messi (Argentina, Barcelona)
Luka Modric (Croatia, Real Madrid)
Keylor Navas (Costa Rica, Real Madrid)
Manuel Neuer (Germany, Bayern Munich)
Neymar (Brazil, Paris St Germain)
Sergio Ramos (Spain, Real Madrid)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal, Real Madrid)
Alexis Sanchez (Chile, Arsenal)
Luis Suarez (Uruguay, Barcelona)
Arturo Vidal (Chile, Bayern Munich)
The Fifa Best Women’s Coach: shortlist:

Olivier Echouafni (France, French national team)
Emma Hayes (England, Chelsea)
Ralf Kellermann (Germany, Wolfsburg)
Xavi Llorens (Spain, Barcelona)
Nils Nielsen (Denmark, Danish national team)
Florence Omagbemi (Nigeria, Nigerian national team)
Gerard Precheur (France, Lyon)
Dominik Thalhammer (Austria, Austrian national team)
Sarina Wiegman (Netherlands, Netherlands national team)
Hwang Yong-Bong (North Korea, North Korean national and under-20 teams)

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