After winning Ballon d’Or earlier, Cristiano Ronaldo got another personal accolade to demonstrate how great has his 2016 been. He beat Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann to the prestigious FIFA “The Best” Football Award.
FIFA, the world governing body of football, has got a new set of colossally important gongs to hand out on a yearly basis to the great and good of the sport – ‘The Best Fifa Awards’ after surrendering custody of the illustrious Ballon d’Or. Having merged their ‘World Player of the Year’ award with France Football’s golden ball in 2010, FIFA went back to having their own set of accolades. The two bodies each count the ‘Fifa Ballon d’Or’ awards handed out between 2010 and 2015 as part of their own history.
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The Award was awarded on a following criteria – it was 25 per cent a public vote, another 25 per cent of voting rights went to members of the world’s media, while another quarter each went to national team coaches and national team captains. Cristiano Ronaldo received the most votes in total.
Along with the award for the best player that went to Real Madrid and Portugal forward, other awards have been also handed out – as follows:
The Best FIFA Women’s Player
Carli Lloyd (USA)
The Best FIFA Men’s Coach
Claudio Ranieri (Leicester City)
The Best FIFA Women’s Coach
Silvia Neid (Germany)
The FIFA Fair Play Award
The FIFA Puskas Award
Mohd Faiz Subri (Penang FA, Malaysia)
The FIFA Fan Award:
Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool supporters for their “You’ll never walk alone” rendition:
FIFA FIFPRO World XI:
Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer
Defenders: Dani Alves, Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo
Midfielders: Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Andres Iniesta
Forwards: Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Cristiano Ronaldo