Ibrahimovic saw his volley with the outside of the foot against Toronto nominated. The Swede watched a long ball come down over his shoulder, before he turned and hooked the ball past the goalkeeper in one swift motion.
Meanwhile, Messi’s delicate chip against Betis earned him another nomination. Ibrahimovic won the award in 2013 while Messi has yet to finish first despite this being the seventh time he has had a goal in the top 10 in the award’s 11-year history.
List of nominees:
Matheus Cunha: Bayer Leverkusen vs. RB LEIPZIG
Juan Fernando Quintero: RIVER PLATE vs. Racing Club
Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Toronto vs. LA GALAXY
Lionel Messi: Real Betis vs. BARCELONA
Ajara Nchout: CAMEROON WOMEN vs. New Zealand Women
Fabio Quagliarella: SAMPDORIA vs. Napoli
Amy Rodriguez: UTAH ROYALS vs. Sky Blue FC
Billie Simpson: Sion Swifts Ladies vs. CLIFTONVILLE LADIES FC
Andros Townsend: Manchester City vs. CRYSTAL PALACE
Daniel Zsori: DEBRECEN FC vs. Ferencvaros TC