GENEVA (AP) — Five-time winners Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi were among the 10 candidates for the FIFA best player award announced Wednesday. United States forward Megan Rapinoe is the favorite for the women’s award.Ronaldo and Messi were joined by three Liverpool players Cheap Uruguay Soccer Jerseys
, Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk and Sadio Mane. Liverpool won the Champions League title in June.Also in the list were Ajax players Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt, who have since joined Barcelona and Juventus, respectively, along with former Chelsea forward Eden Hazard, who has joined Real Madrid Cheap USA Soccer Jerseys
, Tottenham striker Harry Kane and Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe.Luka Modric, who won the award last year after leading Croatia to the World Cup final, was not on the list.Rapinoe was in a list of 12 players that included teammates Alex Morgan, Rose Lavelle and Julie Ertz. Ada Hegerberg, a Norway forward who won the Ballon d’Or but skipped this year’s World Cup, was also nominated.Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp was nominated for best coach along with Premier League rivals Pep Guardiola of Manchester City and Mauricio Pochettino of Tottenham.United States coach Jill Ellis Cheap AC Milan Soccer Team Uniform
, who won back-to-back World Cup titles before stepping down after more than five years in charge, was nominated for the award for the best coach in women’s soccer.Three finalists in each category – best male player, best female player, best coach in men’s soccer and best coach in women’s soccer – will be announced before the ceremony in Milan on Sept. 23.The winners will be voted by national team coaches and captains, selected media and online fan voting. LONDON (AP) — An armed mugger was jailed for 10 years on Friday after attempting to rob Arsenal soccer players Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac of luxury watches worth 200,000 pounds ($255 www.thetopsoccer.com/club-team-kit/ajax
,000).Harrow Crown Court in London heard that Ashley Smith and his accomplice did not count on Bosnia defender Kolasinac fighting back.Ozil then drove the two players from the ambush as the would-be robbers pursued them on a stolen moped and threw stones, the court heard.Both players were unharmed.The 30-year-old Smith was described by the judge, Ian Bourne, as a prolific “career criminal” who was well known to police.Smith had previously pleaded guilty to the attempted robbery just feet from Kolasinac’s home in Hampstead, north west London, on July 25.Smith and Jordan Northover Cheap AS Roma Soccer Team Uniform
, 26, had been circling the area when they targeted the players.The judge said that Kolasinac “must have been terrified by the events which took place immediately outside his house.”Smith and Northover were “armed and dangerous” and were using a knitting needle and a pointed screwdriver as weapons, according to the judge.He said: “Between them they produced these weapons which they threatened Mr. Kolasinac with, a long pointed blade which was thrust in the victim’s direction and made contact with him.“The two of them had not counted on Mr. Kolasinac fighting back and he behaved incredibly bravely.”The court heard that footage showed Kolasinac attempting to engage with the culprits, but he was able to get in the car which was then driven away by Ozil.Northover is to be sentenced at a later date which has yet to be set.