Soccer’s world governing body, Fifa, has announced a shortlist of 10 candidates for The Best Fifa Men’s Player for 2018 – just weeks after France won the Fifa World Cup 2018 in Russia.
The winner of the award, which attempts to recognise the “extraordinary achievements” of soccer players over the past season, will be announced on September 24 at a ceremony held in London.
The winner will be decided by votes taken from the following four groups, with equal weighting (25 per cent) given to each:
The captains of all national soccer teams
The head coaches of all national teams
A fan ballot that the public can participate in
A group of about 200 members of the international media
In no particular order, here are the 10 soccer internationals in with a chance of winning this year’s award.
Antoine Griezmann , forward – Atletico Madrid and France
Antoine Griezmann has been instrumental in the cup-winning successes of both his club and his country in 2018.
The forward scored twice in Atletico Madrid’s 3-0 win against Marseille in final of the Europa League in May and scored other goal in France’s 4-2 victory over Croatia in the World Cup final in July.
Achievements in 2018: Uefa Europa League winner with Atletico Madrid, Fifa World Cup winner with France, World Cup Bronze Ball winner (voted third-best player at tournament) and World Cup Silver Boot winner (as second-highest scorer with four goals).
Cristiano Ronaldo , forward – Juventus and Portugal
Cristiano Ronaldo scored one of the best goals of the decade when he stunned Juventus with an acrobatic overhead kick – dubbed a “PlayStation goal” – in the Champions League quarter-final last season.
He scored goal after goal in Real Madrid’s march to the Champions League title and then sealed a shock US$130 million transfer to Juventus during the World Cup.
Achievements in 2018: Uefa Champions League winner with Real Madrid and Champions League top scorer with 15 goals during the 2017-18 season.
Eden Hazard , attacking midfielder – Chelsea and Belgium
Eden Hazard continued to grind away at Chelsea in the 2017-18 season – scoring the winning goal in their English FA Cup final triumph over Manchester United – but it was at the World Cup where he really came alive.
He was a nuisance for opponents from the first game to the last, and certainly deserved the Silver Ball award.
Achievements in 2018: FA Cup winner with Chelsea, third-place with Belgium at World Cup, winner of World Cup Silver Ball (as tournament’s second-best player) and also joint-top for assists in Russia.
Harry Kane , forward – Tottenham Hotspur and England
Harry Kane finished the 2017-18 club season with 41 goals for Tottenham Hotspur – the most goals he has ever scored in a single campaign – from 48 appearances in all competitions.
As England captain, he helped lead his country to the World Cup semi-finals, where they lost to Croatia, while exhibiting great calmness under pressure and expert hold-up play. He also finished as the tournament’s top scorer.
Achievements in 2018: Fourth place at the World Cup with England, and winner of the World Cup Golden Boot (as top goal scorer at the tournament with six goals).
Kevin de Bruyne , midfielder – Manchester City and Belgium
Kevin de Bruyne was one of English club Manchester City's most consistent players in their 2017-18 season and is likely to be among the first names on manager Pep Guardiola’s team sheet in the new campaign.
He was also a stand-out performer during Belgium’s run to the World Cup semi-finals.
Achievements in 2018: English Premier League and League Cup winner with Manchester City, Premier League playmaker of the season and third-place with Belgium at World Cup.
Kylian Mbappé , forward – Paris Saint-Germain and France
Kylian Mbappé impressed with his pace and goalscoring instincts throughout the 2017-18 Ligue 1 season with French champions Paris Saint-Germain.
But he added defensive contributions to his box of tricks with an all-round display with France at the World Cup as he finished the tournament as a World Cup winner with four goals to his name.
Achievements in 2018: Ligue 1, Coupe de France, and Coupe de la Ligue winner with PSG, World Cup winner with France and Best Young Player award at the tournament.
Lionel Messi , forward – Barcelona and Argentina
Messi scored the 600th goal of his senior career when he converted a free kick in a 1-0 win against Atletico Madrid in a Spanish La Liga match in March.
Later that month he scored his 99th and 100th Champions League goals in a 3-0 triumph over Chelsea.
Achievements in 2018: La Liga and Copa del Rey winner with Barcelona, top goal scorer and top assist provider award in La Liga, European Golden Shoe winner (as Europe’s top goal scorer) and joint-top assist provider at the World Cup.
Luka Modric, midfielder – Real Madrid and Croatia
Luka Modric, a technically gifted playmaker, was an ever-present star in Spanish club Real Madrid’s run to the Champions League title in May.
He then applied all his big-game experience as Croatia’s key player during their run to the World Cup final.
Achievements in 2018: Champions League winner with Real Madrid, runner-up at the World Cup with Croatia and winner of the World Cup Golden Ball as the tournament’s best player.
Mohamed Salah, forward – Liverpool and Egypt
Egypt forward Mohamed Salah could not stop scoring for Liverpool in the 2017-18 season.
He played a key part in the team’s fourth-place finish in the English Premier League and their run to the final of the Champions League, where they were beaten by Real Madrid.
Achievements in 2018: Premier League Player of the Season and Golden Boot winner (as top goalscorer with 32 league goals during the season that saw him score 44 goals in all competitions) and runner-up in the Champions League with Liverpool.
Raphaël Varane , defender – Real Madrid and France
Raphaël Varane is the only player on this list to have won the two biggest trophies in soccer within weeks of each other.
There were more crucial players in Real Madrid’s Champions League success in Europe, but France’s ability to conquer the world could perhaps not have been done without the assured nature of Varane’s performances in defence.
Achievements in 2018: Champions League winner with Real Madrid and World Cup winner with France.
This article originally appeared on Business Insider.