Ronaldo left off FIFA award list headed by Messi, Mbappé

ZURICH (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo was left off the the 14-player shortlist for the annual Best FIFA Men’s Player award for the first time, with Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappé among those selected. Ronaldo won the FIFA award in 2016 and 2017 and was among the three finalists the following three years. This was the first time he was not even selected as a contender by a FIFA-appointed expert panel. Last year’s winner Robert Lewandowski is on the list again, along with Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema. Ballon d’Or winner Alexia Putellas is among 14 nominees for the Best FIFA Women’s Player prize. The list also includes Beth Mead, Keira Walsh and Leah Williamson from European champion England. Fans can vote for the award until Feb. 3.

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