The coaches Lionel Scaloni and Diego Simeone and the crack Lionel Messi were the three Argentines nominated in their respective categories to compete for the FIFA The Best awards, whose gala will be held virtually from the headquarters of the entity itself, in Zurich, on January 17 of next year. And social networks were very attentive to the issue and dedicate the mention of the coach of the selection to … Sebastián Vignolo.
But let’s go by part. Messi, winner of the statuette for the best footballer in the world in 2019, was on the list along with eleven other footballers, including his teammates at Paris Saint Germain, the Brazilian Neymar and the French Kylian Mbappé, and the Polish Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), holder of the award.
Also featured is the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United), who won it in its first two editions (2016 and 2017) since FIFA separated the Ballon d’Or award, traditionally awarded by France Football magazine.
In the field of coaches, Scaloni – Copa América champion with the Argentine national team – and Diego Simeone – LaLiga winner with Atlético de Madrid – were left in the race with five other European colleagues.
Simeone, 51, had been nominated in 2017 but then was left out of the shortlist, which did come from Rosario Mauricio Pochettino (2019) and Marcelo Bielsa (2020) but without accessing the award.
The preselection of the candidates in each category was carried out with the collaboration of a panel of experts in men’s soccer and another in women’s soccer. In the following instance, from today until December 10, the captains and coaches of each selected member of the Member Associations, plus a group of specialized journalists and another of fans registered on FIFA.com will cast their vote to define the winners.
The three most backed by the electronic certification will make up the shortlists that will be announced by FIFA in the first days of next year.
The list of candidates for the FIFA Puskás Award (awarded to the best goal of the year) will be announced later, the highest governing body of football reported.
The dedication to Vignolo
Once the mentions were made public, many tweeters dedicated Scaloni’s achievement to Pollo Vignolo, who during the Copa América leaned more for a change of coach than anything else. And now they take their toll …