Last night the Real Madrid and Portuguese captain, Cristiano Ronaldo, was officially named the world’s best footballer at the Inaugural Best Fifa Football Awards, ahead of Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann.
In an unbelieve 12 months, the 31-year-old ex-Manchester United player has already been awarded his fourth Ballon d’Or, captained his country to Euro glory, led his club, Real Madrid, to Champions League and La Liga glory, scored a hat trick in the World Club Final, finished top goal scorer in the Champions League with 16, which was 7 more than the next best, and scored 42 goals in 44 games, with 14 assists.
Although the Ballon d’Or has been regarded as the pinnacle of every footballer’s dreams, and recognised as going to the world’s best, the introduction of the Best Fifa Awards allows the world’s best male and female footballers and coaches to be recognised together on the world stage. Voting for this award is split between International Captains and Coaches, selected journalist and a fans online poll.
Amongst the other award winners on the night, was 34-year-old USA co-captain Carli Lloyd, who took home the Best Female award ahead of Brazil’s Marta and Germany’s Olympic champion Melanie Behringer.
The Best Men’s Coach Award went to Leicester Cities Claudio Ranieri, who, despite starting the season as 5000-1 outsiders, led his team to Premier League glory and who are currently in the last 16 of the Champions League. In winning the award, he beat Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane, who has won Champions League and World club honours at the first attempt, and Portuguese Manager Fernando Santos who led his team to Euro Glory over the summer.
The Women’s best Coach was collected by Germany’s Siliva Neid who, in her final year in charge, led the Germans to their first taste of Olympic Glory in Brazil.