The governing body of world football has made official their long list of candidates for their annual series of awards for the year. FC Barcelona have six nominees for FIFA’s The Best award. In the men’s category, Leo Messi, Andrés Iniesta and Luis Suárez are in the running for the prize as is Lieke Martens in the women’s category. Amongst the FIFA Legends category, former FC Barcelona captain Carles Puyol is amongst the 24 nominees.
In the best coach category for 2017, former Barça first team coach Luis Enrique and former Barça Women coach Xavi Llorens are amongst the candidates in the men’s and women’s category respectively.
The award will be presented on 23 October in London and fans can vote until 7 September for who they wish to receive the award. The public vote will count for 25% of the vote, 25% will come from national team coaches, 25% from captain of national side and 25% from football journalists.