Pep Guardiola Criticises Shortlist for 2019 FIFA World Best Player Award

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Pep Guardiola Criticises Shortlist for 2019 FIFA World Best Player Award

Pep Guardiola Criticises Shortlist for 2019 FIFA World Best Player Award

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola Criticises Shortlist for 2019 FIFA World Best Player Award because of the absence of his players.

Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah are among the 10 nominated men.

City won the Premier League, the FA Cup and the Carabao Cup last season.

Pep Guardiola Criticises Shortlist for 2019 FIFA World Best Player Award

“Maybe we have to win five or six or get 250 points to be considered next season,” said Guardiola.

“I don’t think there is one player who had a better season than Bernardo Silva last season, even winning [the Nations League] with Portugal.

“These awards are normally when you win the Champions League. We were in the last stages and the other competitions do not count, are not important.”

Guardiola’s side also won the 2018 Community Shield but were eliminated by Spurs in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

No Manchester City player has ever won the PFA Player of the Year award, even though the team have won the Premier League in four of the past eight seasons.

In 2011-12, Arsenal’s Robin van Persie was the player of the season, two years later Liverpool’s Luis Suarez picked up the prize, with Salah and Van Dijk winning in 2017-18 and 2018-19 respectively.

“In eight years, winning four times the Premier League is quite good,” added Guardiola. “And never one player – not David [Silva], not Vincent [Kompany], not Yaya [Toure] – won, not even suggested.

“Huge respect for Mohamed Salah, but Kevin de Bryune that season when we made 100 points [in 2017-18] was above and beyond the normal situations.

“I cannot imagine Real Madrid and Barcelona winning four titles and not one single player being there.”

Six City players were included in the 2018-19 PFA Team of the Year – goalkeeper Ederson, defender Aymeric Laporte, midfielders Fernandinho and Bernardo Silva and forwards Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling.

The shortlist for the Best Fifa Men’s Player was selected by a panel of former players and managers, and the result will be announced at an event in Milan on 23 September, following a public vote.

See Shortlist for 2019 FIFA World Best Player Award below:

  1. Virgil van Dijk, Netherlands
  2. Sadio Mane, Senegal
  3. Mohamed Salah, Egypt
  4. Harry Kane, England
  5. Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal
  6. Lionel Messi, Argentina
  7. Matthijs de Ligt, Netherlands
  8. Frenkie de Jong, Netherlands
  9. Kylian Mbappe, France
  10. Eden Hazard, Belgium

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Pep Guardiola Criticises Shortlist for 2019 FIFA World Best Player Award