Cristiano Ronaldo won the men’s award for the second time in in a roll while Lieke Martens was named best female player and Oliver Giroud won best goal.
This is not The FIFA Ballon d’Or ( “Golden Ball”) Quick summary from 2010 to 2015. The Fifa Ballon d’Or was an Award jointly created by FIFA and France Football, the prize was a merger of the FIFA World Player of the Year award and the Ballon d’Or, the two most prestigious individual honours in world football.
But The final FIFA Ballon d’Or was presented to Messi in 2015. Its awarding bodies subsequently ended their partnership; for 2016, France Football reintroduced the previous format of the Ballon d’Or, while FIFA created The Best FIFA Men’s Player award.
So Ronaldo wins the Fifa player of the year award for the fourth time in five years. That’s five awards apiece for him and Messi, the Argentinian’s golden period coming when he won four in a row between 2009 and 2012. Next year will sure be interesting.
Olivier Giroud wins Ferenc Puskas award for goal of the year
Zinedine Zidane wins coach of the year
Gianlugi Buffon wins goalkeeper of the year
Celtic win best fans award
Glory for Celtic, primarily for honouring the ‘Lisbon Lions’ with stunning 360-degree card display on 50th anniversary of historic European Cup win.
Sarina Wiegman wins women’s coach of the year
Holland won Euro 2017 in fine style so naturally Wiegman takes the Fifa award. She’s not here though, but she tells us she’s happy in a video recorded yesterday. What! I thought no one knew the results.
Francis Koné wins Fifa fair play award
“This award shows more than any other the power of football and its ability to touch peoples’ lives the world over,” we are told. “And there can only be one winner”. That man is Francis Koné
The Fifa world team of year is announced
The Fifa Dream Team has been named, and here it is (4-4-3); Buffon, Alves, Marcelo, Ramos, Bonucci; Modric, Kroos, Iniesta; Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar. Difficult to argue with much of that team. But Iniesta? Was he that good last year? At least the announcement might cheer up Bonucci though …
Lieke Martens wins Fifa women’s player of the year – Martens wins it. She was sensational in Holland’s stunning run to Euro 2017 glory. He skills were breathtaking and she’s still only 24.