Ronaldo, Ranieri scoop FIFA awards

FIFA hosted its football awards ceremony on Monday night, with Leicester City's Claudio Ranieri honoured as the best men's coach.

11 January 2017 | Sports

Cristiano Ronaldo claimed FIFA's inaugural best player of the year award on Monday, the latest prize for the Real Madrid and Portugal star after a glittering 2016 for club and country.

Leicester City's Claudio Ranieri received the best men's coach award following his side's fairytale Premier League triumph.

But the night again belonged to the 31-year-old Ronaldo, who edged out long-time nemesis Lionel Messi for the trophy as well as France's Antoine Griezmann, the top player at this summer's European championship.

Ronaldo had already won the Ballon d'Or after his third Champions League title, thanks largely to his 16 goals in 12 games, as well as triumphing with Portugal at Euro 2016 the country's first major prize.

“2016 was the best year of my career,” Ronaldo said after being handed the prize from FIFA President Gianni Infantino.

Ranieri, 65, who saw off Real boss Zinedine Zidane and Portugal manager Fernando Santos, said the best coach honour was “incredible” after receiving the prize from Argentine football legend Diego Maradona.

Under Ranieri's leadership, Leicester pulled off one of the greatest shocks in English football history by defying title odds of 5 000-1 to lift the Premier League trophy last season. Having miraculously avoided relegation the previous season, the Foxes rode that wave of momentum all the way to the title.

The prizes were based on a combined voting process involving national team coaches and captains, a select group of journalists and fans.

Ronaldo took 34.5 per cent of the vote over 26.4 per cent to Messi, who skipped the awards show co-hosted by US actress and former “Desperate Housewives” star Eva Longoria.

Barcelona said Messi was focused on preparing for an upcoming match against Athletic Bilbao.

US midfielder Carli Lloyd scooped the best women's player of 2016, the two-time Olympic gold medallist adding to her 2015 FIFA Women's World Player of the Year accolade.

The American finished ahead of Brazilian star Marta and Germany's Melanie Behringer.

She described 2016 as “bittersweet”, with the US failing to win a medal for the first time in women's Olympic football.

Spain's La Liga accounted for nine of the 11 players in the FIFPro team of the year with Ronaldo and Messi headlining a star-studded line-up.

Ronaldo was joined by Real team-mates Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric while the side comprised four Barcelona players with Gerard Pique, Andres Iniesta and Luis Suarez joining Messi.

Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer named to the FIFPro World 11 for the fourth year running was the only player selected without links to Spain's top two clubs.

Juventus defender Dani Alves was included for a sixth time having helped Barca to a league and cup double before leaving the Camp Nou for Italy last June.

FIFA also gave a fair play prize to the Colombian side Atletico Nacional. The team had asked South America's football governing body to award a regional club title to Chapecoense after most of the Brazilian side perished in a plane crash on the way to the first leg of the final.

World football's governing body launched the new award series after ending its six-year collaboration with France Football magazine for the Ballon d'Or.

The change is one of many implemented under Infantino, who took over FIFA last year pledging to lead it away from the scandals that dominated the end of Sepp Blatter's tenure. Speaking on the so-called “green carpet” outside the Zurich awards venue, Maradona said the prizes helped define a new FIFA identity.

“After everything that was taken away from football, everything that was tainted by corruption, to see new people, new faces, that provides me with hope,” Maradona said.

But the first 11 months of Infantino's administration have had their troubles, including massive and often contentious FIFA staff overhauls and an ethics probe that ultimately cleared Infantino of abusing his office.

Infantino's biggest test to date is set for Tuesday, when FIFA's powerful governing council will decide whether to back his controversial push to expand the World Cup to 48 teams from its current 32-nation format.

NAMPA/AFP

Similar News

 

Welwitchias go down fighting

7 hours ago | Sports

The Windhoek Draught Welwitchias gave a good account of themselves but went down 50 - 25 to the visiting Blue Bulls in the SuperSport Rugby...

Bayern to secure last title

2 days ago - 28 April 2017 | Sports

After a season that promised so much, Bayern Munich have been sent packing from two Cup competitions in the space of eight days and Carlo...

Hamilton determined to avoid 'screw-up'

2 days ago - 28 April 2017 | Sports

Lewis Hamilton will arrive in Sochi ahead of this weekend's Russian Grand Prix determined not to lose any more ground in his tightly-contested battle with...

Seven-a-side to entice crowd

2 days ago - 28 April 2017 | Sports

Seven-a-side football tournaments have become popular social events, attracting young and old footballers to the field of play.On Saturday, the first Champions League seven-a-side tournament...

Chess Federation gets a boost

2 days ago - 28 April 2017 | Sports

The Namibia Chess Federation received 100 chess sets from Bank Windhoek recently to support the growth of the sport throughout the country.Riaan van Rooyen, head...

Welwitschias out to tackle Bulls

2 days ago - 28 April 2017 | Sports

JESSE JACKSON KAURAISA The Windhoek Draught Welwitschias are up against the odds when they face possibly one...

Ten Cate turns down job

3 days ago - 27 April 2017 | Sports

The search for a new Netherlands coach after the sacking of Danny Blind appeared in further disarray Wednesday as Henk ten Cate revealed he had...

F1 to ditch 'halo' protection device

3 days ago - 27 April 2017 | Sports

Formula One is set to abandon plans for a 'halo' head protection system in favour of a transparent screen that could be introduced for 2018.The...

Fleck wants increased intensity

3 days ago - 27 April 2017 | Sports

Stormers coach Robbie Fleck wants his team to lift their tempo and intensity when they face the Highlanders in their Super Rugby clash in Dunedin,...

United drumbeat echoes

3 days ago - 27 April 2017 | Sports

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has an opportunity to score a seismic victory over his old foe Pep Guardiola when his side visit misfiring Manchester...

Latest News

NAMAs kick off

1 day - 29 April 2017 | Art and Entertainment

The first evening of the Namibia Music Awards (NAMAs) took place at the coastal town of Walvis Bay last night, with Elemotho winning the Lifetime...

Huang gets green light for...

2 days ago - 28 April 2017 | Government

Businessman and money-laundering suspect Jack Huang's company has landed yet another huge deal, which will include the servicing of over 500 plots and construction of...

Suspended sentence for teen who...

2 days ago - 28 April 2017 | Justice

ILENI NANDJATOAn emotional scene played out at the Oshakati Magistrate’s Court as a father and son reunited in front of a magistrate following a court...

Be responsible, mining industry urged

2 days ago - 28 April 2017 | Business

B2Gold Namibia's managing director, Mike Dawe, has advised that the government should not become involved in mining.He made the comment at the just-concluded mining expo...

Shaningua claims self-defence

2 days ago - 28 April 2017 | Justice

The man accused of the murder of a Finnish national in Windhoek last year maintains that after a revving car raced towards him he shot...

Changes at TransNamib

2 days ago - 28 April 2017 | Transport

Hippy Tjivikua's reign as acting TransNamib CEO effectively ended on Wednesday, a day before he claimed that he was not responsible for the mess the...

Concern over Lotteries Bill

2 days ago - 28 April 2017 | Government

A lack of detail on what would be done with the proceeds of a state lottery, and concerns about whether it would fan the growing...

Disability Council urges compliance

2 days ago - 28 April 2017 | Government

The National Disability Council of Namibia (NDCN) has reminded all public and private entities to complete the annual disability monitoring questionnaires before the end of...

We need a valuable workforce

2 days ago - 28 April 2017 | Opinion

Muammar Gaddafi said in his Green Book “exploitation is caused by need. Need is an intrinsic problem and conflict is initiated by the control of...

Load More