Aussie duo Sam Kerr and Alou Kuol have been nominated for the Ballon d’Or Feminin and Puskas Award respectively.
Kerr’s nomination comes on the again of a surprising yr during which she smashed house 32 targets throughout 2022 for membership and nation.
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The 29-year-old has completed third within the Ballon d’Or Feminin rankings for 2 years straight however will hope she will be able to lastly declare the gong this yr.
Kuol earned a Puskas Award nomination for his gorgeous scorpion aim for the Olyroos towards Iraq U23 on the AFC U23 Asian Cup in June final yr.
The Puskas Award is set by a public vote, so Aussies and soccer followers internationally can assist the previous Central Coast Mariners star by voting right here, with the voting window to shut on February 3.
Elsewhere, Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe are among the many nominees for FIFA’s The Best award for final yr on the again of their good performances on the World Cup.
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Messi, who has gained the prize as soon as earlier than, captained Argentina to victory in Qatar, a career-defining triumph that has boosted his probabilities of successful an eighth Ballon d’Or however might also make him favorite for this prize.
As properly as Mbappe, who netted a hat-trick within the World Cup closing, one other two Paris Saint-Germain gamers are nominated in Neymar and Achraf Hakimi.
Karim Benzema, who gained final yr’s Ballon d’Or for his performances with Real Madrid, can be nominated, as is Robert Lewandowski, winner of the FIFA prize within the final two years.
The record of nominees is accomplished by Manchester City’s Julian Alvarez, Kevin De Bruyne and Erling Haaland; the Real Madrid pair of Luka Modric and Vinicius Junior; Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Jude Bellingham.
Jude Bellingham’s meteoric rise now features a Ballon d’Or nomination. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
Alexia Putellas is nominated for the ladies’s award regardless of being out for the final six months because of damage.
The Barcelona and Spain midfielder gained the award final yr and retained the Ballon d’Or in October.
Arsenal striker Beth Mead, runner-up to Putellas for the Ballon d’Or, can be nominated, as are two different members of the England staff that gained the European Championship on house soil in Leah Williamson and Keira Walsh.
There are additionally prizes for one of the best female and male coach, one of the best goalkeeper and the Puskas Award for one of the best aim of 2022.
A public vote, open till February 3, will determine the three finalists in every class.
The winner is then voted for by a jury made up of nationwide staff coaches and captains in addition to journalists and followers.
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