FIFA's The Best Awards 2020: Nominees, when it is & your guide to player of the year ceremony

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Leading players such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski are in the race for the prize

The fifth iteration of FIFA's The Best awards takes place this winter as football's supreme governing body pays tribute to those who have excelled over the season by handing out individual accolades.

Past players, journalists and fans are all consulted in the process of identifying the best players, with panels convened and online polls established to canvass for opinions.

Past winners include Megan Rapinoe, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, and, despite the unusual circumstances of the past year, there have been plenty of stand-out individual displays, so it will be competitive.

The longlists of nominees were confirmed on November 25 and they were narrowed down to shortlists on December 11 ahead of the event.

Here is everything you need to know about the 2020 awards, including the nominees in each category, voting and when it takes place.

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  1. When does The Best awards ceremony take place?
  2. How can I watch The Best 2020 awards?
  3. The Best Men's Player of the Year 2020 nominees
  4. The Best Men's Goalkeeper of the Year 2020 nominees
  5. The Best Men's Coach of the Year 2020 nominees
  6. The Best Women's Player of the Year 2020 nominees
  7. The Best Women's Goalkeeper of the Year 2020 nominees
  8. The Best Women's Coach of the Year 2020 nominees
  9. Puskas Award 2020 nominees

When does The Best 2020 awards ceremony take place?

This year's FIFA's The Best awards ceremony will be held on Thursday December 17, 2020.

The event begins at 6pm GMT (1pm ET). It will be a virtual event only, due to the public health measures that are in place across the world to suppress the spread of Covid-19.

As well as The Best Men's and Women's player and coach awards, the winner of the Puskas Award for best goal will also be crowned.

The FIFPro World 11 (Men's and Women's) will be revealed too, as will the winners of the FIFA Fair Play Award and the FIFA Fan Award.

How can I watch The Best 2020 awards?

The Best 2020 awards ceremony can be watched live online through FIFA's various broadcast channels - its website, YouTube channel and Facebook page.

Journalist Reshmin Chowdhury will host the awards event along with former AC Milan and Netherlands star Ruud Gullit.

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The nominees for The Best 2020 categories can be seen below.

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The Best Men's Player of the Year 2020 nominees

Player Club(s) National team
Cristiano Ronaldo Juventus Portugal
Robert Lewandowski Bayern Munich Poland
Lionel Messi Barcelona Argentina

Robert Lewandowski joins Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in the final three nominees for this year's Best Men's Player of the Year award.

You can see the players who made the initial longlist below.

Longlist for The Best Men's Player of the Year:

Player Club(s) National team
Thiago Alcantara Bayern Munich / Liverpool Spain
Kevin De Bruyne Manchester City Belgium
Robert Lewandowski Bayern Munich Poland
Sadio Mane Liverpool Senegal
Kylian Mbappe PSG France
Lionel Messi Barcelona Argentina
Neymar PSG Brazil
Sergio Ramos Real Madrid Spain
Cristiano Ronaldo Juventus Portugal
Mohamed Salah Liverpool Egypt
Virgil van Dijk Liverpool Netherlands

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The Best Men's Goalkeeper of the Year 2020 nominees

Player Club(s) National team
Alisson Liverpool Brazil
Manuel Neuer Bayern Munich Germany
Jan Oblak Atletico Madrid Slovenia

Bayern Munich stalwart Manuel Neuer, Liverpool shotstopper Alisson and Atletico Madrid's Jan Oblak are the final nominees for the Goalkeeper of the Year award.

You can see the players who made the initial longlist below.

Longlist for The Best Men's Goalkeeper of the Year:

Player Club(s) National team
Alisson Liverpool Brazil
Thibaut Courtois Real Madrid Belgium
Keylor Navas PSG Costa Rica
Manuel Neuer Bayern Munich Germany
Jan Oblak Atletico Madrid Slovenia
Marc-Andre ter Stegen Barcelona Germany

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The Best Men's Coach of the Year 2020 nominees

Coach Club(s) Nationality
Marcelo Bielsa Leeds United Argentina
Hans-Dieter Flick Bayern Munich Germany
Jurgen Klopp Liverpool Germany

Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa has made the final three shortlist for the Men's Coach of the Year award, along with Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp and Bayern Munich head coach Hans-Dieter Flick.

You can see the coaches who made the initial longlist below.

Longlist for The Best Men's Coach of the Year:

Coach Team(s) Nationality
Marcelo Bielsa Leeds United Argentina
Hans-Dieter Flick Bayern Munich Germany
Jurgen Klopp Liverpool Germany
Julen Lopetegui Sevilla Spain
Zinedine Zidane Real Madrid France

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Megan Rapinoe Lionel Messi The Best 2019

The Best Women's Player of the Year 2020 nominees

Player Club(s) National team
Lucy Bronze Lyon / Manchester City England
Pernille Harder Wolfsburg / Chelsea Denmark
Wendie Renard Lyon France

England international Lucy Bronze is one of the final three in this year's Women's Player of the Year award, along with Pernille Harder and Wendie Renard.

You can see the players who made the initial longlist below.

Longlist for The Best Women's Player of the Year:

Player Club(s) National team
Lucy Bronze Lyon / Manchester City England
Delphine Cascarino Lyon France
Caroline Graham Hansen Barcelona Norway
Pernille Harder Wolfsburg / Chelsea Denmark
Jennifer Hermoso Barcelona Spain
So-yun Ji Chelsea South Korea
Sam Kerr Chelsea Australia
Saki Kumagai Lyon Japan
Dszenifer Maroszan Lyon Germany
Vivianne Miedema Arsenal Netherlands
Wendie Renard Lyon France

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The Best Women's Goalkeeper of the Year 2020 nominees

Player Club(s) National team
Sarah Bouhaddi Lyon France
Christiane Endler PSG Chile
Alyssa Naeher Chicago Red Stars USA

The three-player shortlist for the Women's Goalkeeper of the Year award is made up of Lyon's Sarah Bouhaddi, Paris Saint-Germain's Christiane Endler and Chicago Red Stars' Alyssa Naeher.

You can see the players who made the initial longlist below.

Longlist for The Best Women's Goalkeeper of the Year:

Player Club(s) National team
Ann-Katrin Berger Chelsea Germany
Sarah Bouhaddi Lyon France
Christiane Endler PSG Chile
Hedvig Lindahl Wolfsburg / Atletico Madrid Sweden
Alyssa Naeher Chicago Red Stars USA
Ellie Roebuck Manchester City England

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The Best Women's Coach of the Year 2020 nominees

Coach Club(s) Nationality
Emma Hayes Chelsea England
Jean-Luc Vasseur Lyon France
Sarina Wiegman Netherlands Netherlands

The final Best Women's Coach of the Year nominees are Chelsea boss Emma Hayes, Lyon manager Jean-Luc Vasseur and Netherlands head coach Sarina Wiegman.

You can see the players who made the initial longlist below.

Longlist for The Best Women's Coach of the Year:

Coach Team(s) Nationality
Lluis Cortes Barcelona Spain
Rita Guarino Juventus Italy
Emma Hayes Chelsea England
Stephan Lerch Wolfsburg Germany
Hege Riise Kvinner Norway
Jean-Luc Vasseur Lyon France
Sarina Wiegman Netherlands Netherlands

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Puskas Award 2020 nominees

Nominee Goal Video link
Giorgian De Arrascaeta for Flamengo vs Ceara (Aug 25, 2019 Click here to watch
Heung-min Son for Tottenham vs Burnley (Dec 7, 2019) Click here to watch
Luis Suarez for Barcelona vs Mallorca (Dec 7, 2019) Click here to watch

The mazy solo run and goal of Heung-min Son for Tottenham against Burnley last December is up against Luis Suarez's cheeky back-heel and Giorgian De Arrascaeta's wonderstrike.

The three goals were whittled down from a longlist of 11 goals. You can see the goals that made the initial longlist below.

Longlist for Puskas Award:

Nominee Goal Video link
Shirley Cruz for Costa Rica vs Panama (Jan 28, 2020) Click here to watch
Giorgian De Arrascaeta for Flamengo vs Ceara (Aug 25, 2019 Click here to watch
Jordan Flores for Dundalk vs Shamrock Rovers (Feb 28, 2020) Click here to watch
Andre-Pierre Gignac for Tigres vs Pumas (Mar 1, 2020) Click here to watch
Sophie Ingle for Chelsea vs Arsenal (Jan 19, 2020) Click here to watch
Zlatko Junuzovic for Red Bull Salzburg vs Rapid Wien (Jun 24, 2020) Click here to watch
Hlompho Kekana for Mamelodi Sundowns vs Cape Town City (Aug 20, 2019) Click here to watch
Leonel Quinonez for Macara vs Universidad Catolica (Aug 19, 2019) Click here to watch
Heung-min Son for Tottenham vs Burnley (Dec 7, 2019) Click here to watch
Luis Suarez for Barcelona vs Mallorca (Dec 7, 2019) Click here to watch
Caroline Weir for Man City vs Man Utd (Sep 7, 2019 Click here to watch

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