FIFA confirm three finalists for 2023 Best Men's Player award

  • FIFA confirm final three-player shortlist for Best Men's Player award
  • Kylian Mbappe, Erling Haaland and Lionel Messi all in contention
  • Messi came first and Mbappe second in 2022 ceremony
The finalists
The finalists / Boris Streubel/Contributor, Visionhaus / Contributor, Megan Briggs / Stringer

FIFA has announced the three-player shortlist for its Best Men's Player award, with Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland up for the prize.

Football's governing body announced a previous list of stars put forward for consideration back in September, but the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Rodri and Declan Rice have now dropped out of contention.

Those 12 nominees were chosen by a panel of experts, but the final three was determined by an international jury made up of men's national team coaches and captains, journalists and fans who voted on FIFA's website.

Messi is defending his Best Men's Player award, having scooped the gong in 2022 after leading Argentina to World Cup glory. He then won Ligue 1 with Paris Saint-Germain before joining Major League Soccer outfit Inter Miami.

Mbappe was a beaten finalist in Qatar despite dragging France to a penalty shootout with a hat-trick and was PSG's leading goalscorer as they went on to scoop the top-flight title.

Haaland was a key cog in Manchester City's dominant 2022/23 campaign when they won the treble, netting 52 goals in all competitions. 36 of those came in the Premier League as the Norwegian set a new record for most strikes in a single season among numerous other feats.

Messi claimed the award for the second time in 2022 after Robert Lewandowski was awarded it in back-to-back years in 2020 and 2021.