Wonders and strangeness in the nominations "FIFA" .. And why was Mohamed Salah excluded

Many British media expressed their great surprise at the recent list of nominations for the International Football Association “FIFA” for the award for the best team in the 2021 season, as the biggest surprise was the exclusion of one of the most prominent stars in the world, the Egyptian international and Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah from the list of 23 players, which will be It was shortened to 11 winning players in the squad for the season, during the announcement of the winners at the "FIFA" ceremony, January 17, next.

And the newspaper "Mirror" stated that while Salah performed exceptionally, even by the standards of last season, and his seventh in the Golden Ball ranking, this did not satisfy him to be among the 23 players in the shortlist, which includes Man United star Cristiano Ronaldo, as well as Argentine Lionel Messi, Brazilian Neymar and French Kylian Mbappe, all of whom are Paris Saint-Germain stars.

The nominations were marred by oddities and wonders, as Salah was present in the first 55 list, before it was shortened to 23 and then to 11 players next January.

And the "FIFA - Pro" award confirmed that it asked the professional players responsible for the vote, to choose the 3 best goalkeepers, defense, midfield and attack, and Salah got the least votes to get out of the list of 23.

Despite Barcelona's bad last season, but 4 of its players are in the squad, along with its former star Lionel Messi, and the strangest addition was the Brazilian veteran Dani Alves, who will return to play with Barcelona next January, and he has not played since last September. It was also strange that Chelsea goalkeeper Edward Mendy and his star Kante, as well as Jorginho, who were excluded from the list of 30 players in the Ballon d'Or, were included in the list of 23 for the best team in "FIFA".

List of 23 players:


Goalkeepers: Alisson Becker (Liverpool), Donnarumma (Saint Germain), Mendy (Chelsea).


Defenders: David Alba (Bayern), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Trent Alexander (Liverpool), Dani Alves (Barcelona), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Ruben Diaz (City).


Midfield: Busquets (Barcelona), De Bruyne (City), Bruno Fernandes (Man United), De Jong (Barcelona), Jorginho and Kante (Chelsea).


Forwards: Benzema (Real Madrid), Ronaldo (Man United), Haaland (Dortmund), Lewandowski (Bayern), Lukaku (Chelsea), Mbappe, Messi and Neymar (Saint Germain).

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