‘The Best’ FIFA Awards ceremony took place in London on Monday night, and it’s fair to say that the Premier League didn’t fare particularly well.
Barcelona and Real Madrid dominated the FIFPro World XI, with Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Andres Iniesta, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi being named in the XI.
They were joined by Gianluigi Buffon, Leonardo Bonucci, Dani Alves and Neymar to break up the monopoly on the XI that the two Spanish giants seems to enjoy, but nevertheless it remains a star-studded line-up full of world-class quality with no Premier League representation at all.
As for the individual awards, Buffon took home the Best Goalkeeper accolade after another exceptional year with Juventus. The Italian legend is likely to call time on his playing career at the end of this season, as he once again hinted in his acceptance speech that he would like to bow out with major trophies to show for his efforts.
Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud claimed the Puskas Award for his brilliant scorpion-kick goal, while Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane secured the Best Coach Award.
The main event came down to the usual suspects though of course, with Ronaldo and Messi vying for the Best Player Award, and it was the former who walked away with it to defend the crown that he won last year.
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It’s been another wonderful year for the Portuguese international as he won the La Liga title and Champions League last season with Madrid, while scoring 42 goals and providing 12 assists in 46 appearances in all competitions.
As per the rules of the voting period though, he bagged 39 goals in 40 games while winning three trophies to earn the award.
The debate will continue to rage over who is the world’s best between him and Messi, and perhaps this award gives us a genuine indication of who takes it for now. However, football fans around the world are certainly fortunate to see both these great players in action in our lifetime.
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