The Best FIFA Men's Player

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The Best FIFA Men's Player is an association football award presented annually by the sport's governing body, FIFA, to the world's best men's player.[1] The award is aimed at reviving the FIFA World Player of the Year, which was merged with France Football 's Ballon d'Or in 2010 to become the FIFA Ballon d'Or in a six-year partnership.[2][3]

History

In 2010, the FIFA World Player of the Year award combined with the Ballon d'Or to create the FIFA Ballon d'Or in a six-year partnership.[4] FIFA presided over the FIFA Ballon d'Or after agreeing to pay £13million for merge of the two major player awards with France Football. The six editions of the FIFA Ballon d'Or were dominated by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, as part of their ongoing rivalry. In 2016, the Ballon d’Or again lost its ‘FIFA’ tag and would be voted for exclusively by journalists, while the FIFA World Player of the Year award — which ran from 1991 to 2009 — was resurrected, this time as The Best FIFA Men's Player.[5]

According to reports, FIFA’s decision not to renew the deal was made in order to improve the organisation’s strained relationship with England’s FA. This was based on the fact the annual ceremony was held in Zurich – and new FIFA president Gianni Infantino wanted to move the next one to London.[6]

Criteria and voting

The selection criteria for the players of the year are sporting performance, as well as general conduct on and off the pitch.

The votes are decided by media representatives, national team coaches, and national team captains. In October 2016, it was announced that the general public would also be allowed to vote. Each group has 25% of the overall vote.[7]

Winners

Year Rank Player Team
2016 1st Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Spain Real Madrid
2nd Argentina Lionel Messi Spain Barcelona
3rd France Antoine Griezmann Spain Atlético Madrid
2017 Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Spain Real Madrid
Argentina Lionel Messi Spain Barcelona
Brazil Neymar

References

  1. ^ "The birth of The Best FIFA Football Awards". FIFA.com. Retrieved 24 October 2016. 
  2. ^ "Ballon d'Or vs Best FIFA Men's Player Award". Dailymail. 12 December 2016. Retrieved 2 January 2016. 
  3. ^ "Ballon d'Or and Best FIFA Men's Player awards explained". Sky Sports. 12 December 2016. Retrieved 2 January 2016. 
  4. ^ "When are The Best FIFA Football Awards 2016?". Mirror. 8 January 2017. Retrieved 9 June 2017. 
  5. ^ "Fifa’s acrimonious rupture from Ballon d’Or award driven by objective to improve FA relations". The Sun. 17 September 2016. Retrieved 9 June 2017. 
  6. ^ "What is the difference between the Fifa Men’s Player Award and Ballon d’Or?". The Sun. 6 January 2017. Retrieved 9 June 2017. 
  7. ^ "The fans take centre stage". FIFA.com. 31 October 2016. Retrieved 31 October 2016. 

See also

External links

  • Official Facebook website
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