The Chelsea duo of N’Golo Kante and Jorginho are nominated for the 2017 Fifa Women’s World Player of the Year award for the first time.
The 32-year-old Frenchman Kante, who has been nominated for the men’s gong this year alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, has been one of the standout players for the Blues this season, while Jorginho has earned rave reviews for his performances in an attacking midfield role for Chelsea. The playmaker Jorginho will also be up for the award, alongside fellow nominees Ada Hegerberg, who plays for Norway, and Norway’s Karine Polwart.
The winners of the men’s award will be announced in London on 4 January, with the women’s award given out the next day in Milan.
The award, now in its 16th year, is voted for by national team coaches, captains and media representatives, alongside fans via a special FIFA website. The deadline for voting on the awards passed on 22 December.
The 2017 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year will be presented during the ongoing FIFA Awards ceremony in London.