FIFA held their inaugural edition of The Best FIFA Football Awards™ yesterday evening in Zurich. A total of seven awards recognising achievement, fair play and the fans were given out along with the naming of a “Best XI of 2016”.
Voting for the player and coach awards was split between various groups. 50% of the voting went to the captains and head coaches of the national teams around the world, while the other 50% was split between an online public ballot of football fans and votes by a select group of media representatives from around the world.
The awards for best goal and best fans were decided by a public vote while the Fair Play Award was decided by a panel of football experts.
The Best FIFA Men’s Player 2016 Award
As has been the case for the last eight years, the voting for the best male player within football was only really ever about two players – Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid and Lionel Messi of Barcelona – who have shared the accolade of best player between them since 2008.
This year’s winner was Ronaldo, who picked up his fourth award with 34.54% of the total votes, while Messi picked up 26.42%. Third place went to Antoine Griezmann of Atletico Madrid and France with 7.53%.
The Best FIFA Women’s Player 2016 Award
Carli Lloyd of Houston Dash and USA won her second successive award, picking up 20.68% of the votes. Lloyd was part of the USA’s Women’s World Cup winning side of 2015, picking up the Golden Ball as best player and Silver Boot as second best scorer in the tournament.
She beat Brazil and FC Rosengard’s Marta into second place – the eleventh time in twelve years she has appeared in the top three – with 16.60% while FC Bayern Munich and Germany’s Melanie Behringer came third with 12.34%.
The Best FIFA Men’s Coach 2016 Award
After Leicester’s fairy-tale success of winning the Premier League, manager Claudio Ranieri had been installed as favourite for this award. Leicester’s success was made all the more remarkable by the fact they were bottom of the Premier League at December 2014, only to have an incredibly successful 18 months culminating in their first ever title.
Unsurprisingly, Ranieri was the winner, picking up 22.6% of the vote from Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane (16.56%) and Fernando Santos (16.24%) who coached Portugal to winning the European Championship in 2016.
The Best FIFA Women’s Coach 2016 Award
German coach Silvia Neid was the winner of this category, having led her nation to glory in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. It was her third award, having won the Coach of the Year accolade for Women’s football in 2010 and 2013.
Neid collected 29.99% of the total votes, ahead of last year’s winner Jill Ellis (USA, 16.68%) and Pia Sundhage (Sweden, 16.47%)
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Over 45,000 players around the world voted to decide the best team of 2016. The winning line up was:
Goalkeeper: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich and Germany)
Defenders: Dani Alves (Juventus and Brazil), Gerard Pique (Barcelona and Spain), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid and Spain), Marcelo (Real Madrid and Brazil)
Midfielders: Luka Modric (Real Madrid and Croatia), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid and Germany), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona and Spain)
Forwards: Lionel Messi (Barcelona and Argentina), Luis Suarez (Barcelona and Colombia), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid and Portugal).
FIFA Puskas Award 2016
The Puskas award is given to the best goal of the year, as voted for by the fans. This year the award went to Mohd Faiz Subri of Penang FC.
Faiz won the award for a superb free kick scored for Penang away to Pahang FA, with the ball swerving first to the left and then the right, completely fooling the keeper. Faiz received 59.46% of the votes, with Marlone’s effort for Corinthians coming second with 22.86% and Daniuska Rodriguez of Venezuela coming third with 10.01% for her effort against Colombia.
FIFA Fan Award 2016
The inaugural FIFA Fan Award was in recognition of fans of the sport and their achievements. Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool supporters were the first winners, for their unified singing of “You’ll Never Walk Alone” during their Europa League fixture at Signal Iduna Park to commemorate the Hillsborough disaster. They received 45.92% of the public vote.
FIFA Fair Play Award 2016
The FIFA Fair Play Award was awarded to Atletico Nacional for their display of humanity and compassion following the tragic plane crash that killed the majority of the FC Chapecoense team prior to their Copa Sudamericana fixture. Following the tragedy, Atletico Nacional insisted that the trophy be given to Chapecoense, with the Colombian side holding a moving memorial service at their ground when the fixture should have been played.