FIFA Best Award: Ronaldo, Giroud, Buffon all Feature
The FIFA Best Award featured a couple of awards:
- The Best FIFA Men’s Player of 2016-2017,
- The FIFPro World XI,
- The Best FIFA Goalkeeper 2016-2017,
- Men’s Coach of the Year,
- The Puskas Award,
- FIFA Fair Play Award and
- The FIFA Fan Award.
FIFA Best Award: The Best FIFA Men’s Player- Cristiano Ronaldo
Real Madrid Forward Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Best FIFA Men’s Player Award ahead of Lionel Messi and Neymar.
The 32 year old led Real Madrid to both La Liga and Champions League victory. He scored 25 goals in La Liga and was the highest goalscorer in the UEFA Champions League, with 12 goals.
The award was presented by two greats- Diego Maradona and the Brazillian Ronaldo.
“Thank you, a lot, to the guys who voted for me. I must also mention Leo and Neymar, for being here,” Ronaldo said after recieving the prize.
“Real Madrid – the coach, the supporters and the president – they support all of the year so I say thank you to them.
“I’m really glad to win consecutive awards. This is a great moment for me. Thank you to all the fans around the world for the support. I appreciate that, thank you very much.
“It’s great to be here with these great players and I am so happy guys, thanks you so much.”
FIFA Best Award: FIFPro World XI
The FIFPro World XI had usual suspects: Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, and Neymar.
The list is justifiable except for the strange decision to include Andres Iniesta.
The list comprises of just Real Madrid, Juventus and Barcelona Players.
Here is the FIFA FIFPro World XI for 2017:
GK: Gianluigi Buffon
DEF: Dani Alves, Leonardo Bonucci, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo
MID: Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Andres Iniesta
FWD: Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Neymar
FIFA Best Award: Puskas Award- Olivier Giroud
Olivier Giroud has won the Ferenc Puskas award for goal of the year with his sensational Scorpion Kick against Crystal Palace.
He won the award ahead of the likes of Deyna Castellanos’ goal for Venezuela U17 Women and Goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke of Baroka FC.
Speaking on the award, Giroud said: “It’s an honour for me and I’m delighted to receive this trophy today,” he said.
“I would like to thank the people who voted for me. I would like to congratulate the three [finalists], who scored amazing goals too.
“Obviously, I would like to thank my team-mates – without them I could not score this goal – and my family.
“I also would like to dedicate this trophy to my Dad.”
FIFA Best Award: The Best FIFA Goalkeeper- Gianluigi Buffon
Juventus’ Gianluigi Buffon has been awarded the Best FIFA Goalkeeper 2016-2017 award.
He led Juventus to another Seria A trophy and the finals of the UEFA Champions League where they lost to Real Madrid.
The 39 year old won the award ahead of Madrid’s Keylor Navas and Bayern’s Manuel Neuer.
“It’s a great honour to receive this award at my age. I’m proud of it, but I want to say thanks to my club, my coach and my team-mates,” Buffon said at the ceremony.
“They helped me to make it possible. I want to say thanks to all the people who voted for me.
“I think the last year was a fantastic year for Juventus. But it wasn’t enough to win in Europe.”
FIFA Best Award: The Coach of the Year- Zinedine Zidane
Zinedine Zidane has won the Coach of the year award ahead of Antonio Conte and Massimiliano Allegri.
He guided Real Madrid to La Liga victory, as well as the Champions League. The Champions League victory made Madrid the first team to win it twice in a row.
“I’d like to thank all of the players for making this possible,” Zidane said. “This is a very special prize.”
FIFA Best Award: Fair Play Award- Francis Kone
Francis Kone performed a lifesaving first aid on a goalkeeper he collided with in a Czech domestic game. He realised his breathing pipe was blocked and has been given the FIFA Fair Play Award.
FIFA Best Award: FIFA Fan Award – Celtic FC
Celtic FC fans have been awarded the FIFA Fan award for a stunning 360-degree display around the stadium in honour of the first Celtic team to have conquered Europe 50 years ago.
Borussia Dortmund and FC Copenhagen fans were also in contention.