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Lionel Messi, Julián Álvarez, Dibu Martínez and Lionel Scaloni were nominated for The Best award

Four members of Argentina world champion were nominated for The Best award (REUTERS/Carl Recine/File Photo)
Four members of Argentina world champion were nominated for The Best award (REUTERS/Carl Recine/File Photo)

2022 had a golden closure for the Argentine national team with the consecration in Qatar World Cup. After beating France in the definition for the title, which earned the third star for the Albicelestethe FIFA announced the candidates for The Best award with four nominees from the national team.

Lionel Messiwinner of the Ballon d’Or as the most outstanding player of the last World Cup, together with Julian Alvarez, are among the 14 chosen to be the best player. For his part, Dibu Martinez is on the list to win the award for best goalkeeper and lionel scaloni He is one of the coaches on the payroll to win the trophy for the best DT of the year.

The maximum entity that governs the destinations of soccer in the world confirmed that The voting period opened on January 12 for the public to choose the winners. There will be time to select the candidates until next February 3. The awards ceremony will be on the 27th of the second month of the year.

“This time, a somewhat longer period of time has been taken into account, which not only covers the 2021/2022 season, but also the World Cup. Thus, the achievements made between August 8, 2021 and December 18, 2022 are recognized,” FIFA said in its report.

In addition to the nominations for these awards at the individual level, the organization also chose the Argentine fans in the Middle East as one of the most important during the tournament. That is why she was selected to participate for the award for the “best hobby”.

The 14 candidates for the best player of The Best award
The 14 candidates for the best player of The Best award

Messi’s great performance, both at the start of his second season at PSG, and throughout the World Cup, where he scored seven goals, including two in the final against the French team, establishes him as the great candidate to keep the award. The other player from Celeste y Blanca is the surprising Julian Alvarez, who after his great time at River Plate, was transferred to Manchester City and became a starter in Scaloni’s team thanks to his performance during the tournament. He scored four goals in his World Cup debut.

Robert Lewandowski, last winner of The Best trophy as the best player, is on the list of the 14 chosen. The others that are part of the payroll are: Bellingham, Benzema, De Bruyne, Haaland, Achraf, Mané, Mbappé, Modric, Neymar, Salah and Vinicius Jr.

For his part, another one who had a superlative performance, especially in the penalty shootout and in two key saves, one in the last minutes in the round of 16 match against the Australians, and the one that blocked Kolo Muani in the final moments of regulation time of the final, was Dibu Martinez. That is why he is also a candidate to keep the award for the most outstanding goalkeeper of the last season for FIFA.

His rivals on the payroll will be Alisson Becker (Brazil, Liverpoo), Yassine Bounou (Morocco, Seville), Thibaut Courtois (Belgium, Real Madrid) and Ederson (Brazil, Manchester City).

Dibu Martínez among those chosen to be the Best Goalkeeper
Dibu Martínez among those chosen to be the Best Goalkeeper

Finally, among the Argentine squad, the other selected as a candidate for The Best awards is lionel scaloni. The coach, who first arrived as an interim after the departure of Jorge Sampaoli after the debacle at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, knew how to handle the situation and built a group that grew stronger over time. After the consecration in the 2021 Copa América in the legendary Maracana against Brazil, added to the victory against Italy in the Finalissima and the record of 36 unbeaten games, the culminating point of the native of Pujato was leading the team to be world champion for the third time in the history of Argentine soccer.

The other applicants as the best DT are Carlo Ancelotti (Real Madrid), Didier Deschamps (France team), Pep Guardiola (Manchester City) and Walid Regragui (Morocco team).

The coaches nominated for The Best with Scaloni
The coaches nominated for The Best with Scaloni

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