Another good night for Cristiano Ronaldo. Best FIFA awards Roundup!
The annual FIFA awards took place in Zurich, Switzerland this evening. The results are as follows:
Best Fifa men’s player – Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo: 34.54% of total votes
Lionel Messi: 26.42%
Antoine Griezmann: 7.53%
As well as scoring the winning penalty in the shootout to win the Champions League, rescuing Real with a hat-trick in the final of the Club World Cup, captaining Portugal to Euro 2016 glory and being recognised with a fourth Ballon d’Or, he now has something Messi does not – the honour of being named best FIFA men’s player.
- 44 games, 42 goals, 14 assists.
- The third best minutes-per-goal rate (83.68) of anyone scoring a minimum of 10 goals across Europe’s top five leagues during 2016, behind Luis Suarez (82.57) and Radamel Falcao (59.6).
- Finishing top scorer in the Champions League in 2015-16 with 16 goals, seven more than second-placed Robert Lewandowski.
Ronaldo had this to say after his award win: “It was my best year so far,” said Ronaldo. “The trophy for Portugal was amazing. I was so happy and of course I cannot forget the Champions League and the Club World Cup. We ended the year in the best way. I’m so glad to win a lot of trophies, collective and individual. I’m so, so proud.”
Fifpro World XI
This is the FIFA team of the year.
Team of the year Winners and Losers
Real Madrid– 5 players
Marcelo, Ramos, Kroos, Modric and Ronaldo
Barcelona- 4 players
Pique, Iniesta, Messi, Suarez
Juventus– 1 player
Bayern Munich- 1 player
Antoine Griezmann– finishes in third position for the individual best player award but is not in the best eleven.
Premier League– No Premier League player features in the team
Best Men’s Coach of the year- Claudio Ranieri
Claudio Ranieri: 22.6% of total votes
Zinédine Zidane: 16.56%
Fernando Santos: 16.24%
Claudio Ranieri took 5,000-1 outsiders Leicester City to the Premier League title. He has also led his side to the last 16 of the Champions League this season, won the award ahead of Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane, who lifted the Champions League in his first season in charge, and Portugal’s Fernando Santos, who led his team to an unexpected success at Euro 2016.
Puskas award (best goal)- Mohd Faiz Subri
Mohd Faiz Subri: 59.46% of total votes
Daniuska Rodriguez: 10.01%
The best goal of 2016 was, officially, scored by Penang’s Mohd Faiz Subri.
It came in the Malaysia Super League, the forward converting a superb, swirling free-kick from 35 yards which started out heading towards the top left corner but ended up in the top right.
Fan award- Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool supporters
Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool supporters: 45.92% of total votes
Iceland supporters: 31.37%
ADO Den Haag supporters: 22.71%
The fan award went to supporters of Liverpool and German club Borussia Dortmund, who together sang a moving rendition of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ – an anthem adopted by both teams – before their Europa League quarter-final in April. The match came the day before the 27th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster, in which 96 Liverpool fans died.
Liverpool went on to produce a stirring display, coming from behind to win the match 4-3 and advance to the semi-finals 5-4 on aggregate.
Fair play award- Atletico Nacional
Colombian side Atletico Nacional were given the fair play award for their part in the aftermath of the plane crash which killed 19 players and staff of Brazilian side Chapecoense.
Chapecoense were en route to play the first leg of their Copa Sudamericana final when the plane crashed, killing 71 people.
Atletico Nacional said the title should be awarded to Chapecoense. Fifa recognised their “spirit of peace, understanding and fair play”.
Best Fifa women’s player- Carli Lloyd
Carli Lloyd: 20.68% of total votes
Melanie Behringer: 12.34%
Despite the United States failing to finish on an Olympic podium for the first time, co-captain Carli Lloyd has continued her exceptional form both for her club, Houston Dash, and country.
The 34-year-old saw off competition from Germany’s Olympic gold medallist Melanie Behringer and five-time winner Marta of Brazil.
Carli Lloyd stated: “I honestly was not expecting this,” said Lloyd. “I know Melanie did fantastic in the 2016 Olympics.”
Best women’s coach-Silvia Neid
Silvia Neid: 29.99% of total votes
Jill Ellis: 16.68%
Pia Sundhage: 16.47%
Germany’s Silvia Neid retired in 2016 after capping an 11-year spell in charge of the national team by guiding them to Olympic gold for the first time.
Success in Rio added to her extensive trophy collection, which includes the World Cup and two European Championships.