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Men’s Player Award: Sustained excellence qualify contenders- FIFA

Victor Osimhen
Victor Osimhen (Photo: Vanguard)

Napoli and Nigerian forward, Victor Osimhen made it to the 12-man list for the best FIFA Men’s Player 2023 and the world football governing body said fans can now vote their favourite player for the first time.

“The shortlist for The Best FIFA Men’s Player 2023 has been revealed and fans can now vote for their standout candidate for the illustrious prize,” FIFA said on Thursday.

FIFA said it nominated 12 contenders based on their achievements from 19 December 2022 to 20 August 2023, with each of the nominees recognised for their sustained excellence over that period.

Player who made the list include Victor Osimhen; Lionel Messi; Julian Alvarez; Marcelo Brozovic; Kevin DeBruyne; Ikay Gundogan; Ering Haaland; Rodri; Khvicha Kvaratskhelia; Kylian Mbappe; Declan Rice and Bernado Silva.

Explaining why Osimhen made it to the list, FIFA said Osimhen was in “scintillating form throughout Napoli’s triumphant Serie A campaign.

A complete centre-forward, the Nigerian’s eye-catching variety of
goals underlines his extraordinary talent.

His 26 league strikes in 2022/23 included towering headers, impudent finishes and predatory close-range efforts.

Techrectory with AFP

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