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
FIFA World Player of the Year (1991–2009)
1991 1st Germany Lothar Matthäus Italy Internazionale
2nd France Jean-Pierre Papin France Marseille
3rd England Gary Lineker England Tottenham Hotspur
1992 1st Netherlands Marco van Basten Italy Milan
2nd Bulgaria Hristo Stoichkov Spain Barcelona
3rd Germany Thomas Häßler Italy Roma
1993 1st Italy Roberto Baggio Italy Juventus
2nd Brazil Romário Spain Barcelona
3rd Netherlands Dennis Bergkamp Italy Internazionale
1994 1st Brazil Romário Spain Barcelona
2nd Bulgaria Hristo Stoichkov Spain Barcelona
3rd Italy Roberto Baggio Italy Juventus
1995 1st Liberia George Weah[note 1] Italy Milan
2nd Italy Paolo Maldini Italy Milan
3rd Germany Jürgen Klinsmann[note 2] Germany Bayern Munich
1996 1st Brazil Ronaldo[note 3] Spain Barcelona
2nd Liberia George Weah Italy Milan
3rd England Alan Shearer[note 4] England Newcastle United
1997 1st Brazil Ronaldo Italy Internazionale
2nd Brazil Roberto Carlos Spain Real Madrid
3rd Netherlands Dennis Bergkamp England Arsenal
France Zinedine Zidane Italy Juventus
1998 1st France Zinedine Zidane Italy Juventus
2nd Brazil Ronaldo Italy Internazionale
3rd Croatia Davor Šuker Spain Real Madrid
1999 1st Brazil Rivaldo Spain Barcelona
2nd England David Beckham England Manchester United
3rd Argentina Gabriel Batistuta Italy Fiorentina
2000 1st France Zinedine Zidane Italy Juventus
2nd Portugal Luís Figo[note 5] Spain Real Madrid
3rd Brazil Rivaldo Spain Barcelona
2001 1st Portugal Luís Figo Spain Real Madrid
2nd England David Beckham England Manchester United
3rd Spain Raúl Spain Real Madrid
2002 1st Brazil Ronaldo[note 6] Spain Real Madrid
2nd Germany Oliver Kahn Germany Bayern Munich
3rd France Zinedine Zidane Spain Real Madrid
2003 1st France Zinedine Zidane Spain Real Madrid
2nd France Thierry Henry England Arsenal
3rd Brazil Ronaldo Spain Real Madrid
2004 1st Ukraine Andriy Shevchenko Italy Milan
2nd Portugal Deco Spain Barcelona
3rd Brazil Ronaldinho Spain Barcelona
2005 1st Brazil Ronaldinho Spain Barcelona
2nd England Frank Lampard England Chelsea
3rd Cameroon Samuel Eto'o Spain Barcelona
2006 1st Italy Fabio Cannavaro[note 7] Spain Real Madrid
2nd France Zinedine Zidane Spain Real Madrid
3rd Brazil Ronaldinho Spain Barcelona
2007 1st Brazil Kaká Italy Milan
2nd Argentina Lionel Messi Spain Barcelona
3rd Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo England Manchester United
2008 1st Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo England Manchester United
2nd Argentina Lionel Messi Spain Barcelona
3rd Spain Fernando Torres England Liverpool
2009 1st Argentina Lionel Messi Spain Barcelona
2nd Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo[note 8] Spain Real Madrid
3rd Spain Xavi Spain Barcelona
FIFA Ballon d'Or (2010–2015)
2010 1st Argentina Lionel Messi Spain Barcelona
2nd Spain Andrés Iniesta Spain Barcelona
3rd Spain Xavi Spain Barcelona
2011 1st Argentina Lionel Messi Spain Barcelona
2nd Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Spain Real Madrid
3rd Spain Xavi Spain Barcelona
2012 1st Argentina Lionel Messi Spain Barcelona
2nd Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Spain Real Madrid
3rd Spain Andrés Iniesta Spain Barcelona
2013 1st Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Spain Real Madrid
2nd Argentina Lionel Messi Spain Barcelona
3rd France Franck Ribéry Germany Bayern Munich
2014 1st Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Spain Real Madrid
2nd Argentina Lionel Messi Spain Barcelona
3rd Germany Manuel Neuer Germany Bayern Munich
2015 1st Argentina Lionel Messi Spain Barcelona
2nd Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Spain Real Madrid
3rd Brazil Neymar Spain Barcelona
The Best FIFA Men's Player (2016–present)
2016 1st Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Spain Real Madrid
2nd Argentina Lionel Messi Spain Barcelona
3rd France Antoine Griezmann Spain Atlético Madrid
2017 1st Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Spain Real Madrid
2nd Argentina Lionel Messi Spain Barcelona
3rd Brazil Neymar France Paris Saint-Germain

Wins by player

Player 1st 2nd 3rd
Argentina Lionel Messi 5 (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015) 6 (2007, 2008, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017)
Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo 5 (2008, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017) 4 (2009, 2011, 2012, 2015) 1 (2007)
France Zinedine Zidane 3 (1998, 2000, 2003) 1 (2006) 2 (1997, 2002)
Brazil Ronaldo 3 (1996, 1997, 2002) 1 (1998) 1 (2003)
Brazil Ronaldinho 2 (2004, 2005) 1 (2006)
Portugal Luís Figo 1 (2001) 1 (2000)
Brazil Romário 1 (1994) 1 (1993)
Liberia George Weah 1 (1995) 1 (1996)
Italy Roberto Baggio 1 (1993) 1 (1994)
Brazil Rivaldo 1 (1999) 1 (2000)
Germany Lothar Matthäus 1 (1991)
Netherlands Marco van Basten 1 (1992)
Italy Fabio Cannavaro 1 (2006)
Brazil Kaká 1 (2007)

Wins by country

Country Players Total
 Brazil 5 8
 Portugal 2 6
 Italy 2 2
 Argentina 1 5
 France 1 3
 Germany 1 1
 Netherlands 1 1
 Liberia 1 1

Wins by club

Club Players Total
Spain Barcelona 5 10
Spain Real Madrid 5 8
Italy Milan 3 3
Italy Juventus 2 3
Italy Internazionale 2 2
England Manchester United 1 1

Notes

  1. ^ Weah was signed by Milan from Paris Saint-Germain midway through 1995.
  2. ^ Klinsmann was signed by Bayern Munich from Tottenham Hotspur midway through 1995.
  3. ^ Ronaldo was signed by Barcelona from PSV Eindhoven midway through 1996.
  4. ^ Shearer was signed by Newcastle United from Blackburn Rovers midway through 1996.
  5. ^ Figo was signed by Real Madrid from Barcelona midway through 2000.
  6. ^ Ronaldo was signed by Real Madrid from Internazionale midway through 2002.
  7. ^ Cannavaro was signed by Real Madrid from Juventus midway through 2006.
  8. ^ Cristiano Ronaldo was signed by Real Madrid from Manchester United midway through 2009.

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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