FIFA has named former Super Eagles left winger, Emmanuel Amuneke, among 12 others in a panel that will decide the Best FIFA Men’s Player of The Year 2018.

According to FIFA, the panel, which also has its women version, will shortlist candidates for the 2018 men's and women's player and coach awards.

Among those in the men’s panel are Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast), Sami Al-Jaber (Saudi Arabia), Cha Bum-kun (South Korea), Fabio Capello (Italy), Kaka (Brazil), and Frank Lampard (England).

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Others are Lothar Matthäus (Germany), Alessandro Nesta (Italy), Carlos Alberto Parreira (Brazil), Ronaldo (Brazil), Andy Roxburgh (Scotland), and Wynton Rufer (New Zealand).

A ten-man shortlist for The Best FIFA Men’s Player 2018 award will be revealed on July 23.

Cristiano Ronaldo was named The Best FIFA Men’s Player 2017 in London - having received the inaugural 2016 award in Zurich - and he joins Lionel Messi, Zinedine Zidane, Kaka, Ronaldo and Ronaldinho in being voted the world’s best footballer in recent history.

From this final shortlist, key members of the footballing community - namely journalists, fans, national team coaches and captains - will vote for the winner, with the final three nominees to be announced at a later date.

All award winners will be revealed at The Best FIFA Football Awards show in London on 24 September.

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