The Best FIFA Men’s Player 2016: Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Best FIFA Women’s Player 2016: Carli Lloyd.
The Best FIFA Men’s Coach 2016: Claudio Ranieri.
The Best FIFA Women’s Coach 2016: Silvia Neid.
Focus on the fans
Football fans are at the heart of FIFA’s new award show. Not only did they take part in choosing the winners of the individual awards for the first time ever, they also had a recognition of their own. Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool supporters were chosen by other football fans from around the world and received the inaugural FIFA Fan Award for their unified singing of You’ll Never Walk Alone in memory of those involved in the Hillsborough disaster.
Public voting on FIFA.com also decided the most beautiful goal of the season, with Mohd Faiz Subri taking the FIFA Puskás Award 2016 trophy back home to Malaysia.
The team of the year
The votes from over 45,000 players around the world decided the FIFA FIFPro World11, the football players’ own selection of the dream team of 2016. Here is the line-up:
Goalkeeper: Manuel Neuer.
Defenders: Dani Alves, Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo.
Midfielders: Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Andres Iniesta.
Forwards: Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Atlético Nacional were chosen by a panel of football experts as the deserving recipients of the FIFA Fair Play Award 2016.
The Colombian club displayed humanity and compassion in face of the tragic plane crash that befell Chapecoense – the Brazilian club they were to face in the final of the Copa Sudamericana, and to whom, they insisted that the cup be given.
The evening also featured a homage to Alessandro Rosa Vieira, known more popularly as the “king of futsal”, Falcão. Following his retirement from the national team after the FIFA Futsal World Cup Colombia 2016, the Brazilian legend was lauded with the FIFA Award for an Outstanding Career.
The awards show was held at Zurich’s TPC studios and presented by Eva Longoria and Marco Schreyl. It featured performances by “vocal play’’ pioneers Naturally 7 and English singer-songwriter Julian Perretta.
The individual winners of The Best FIFA Football Awards 2016 were determined through a combined voting process, in which 50 per cent of the decision was based on the votes of captains and head coaches from national teams all around the globe. The other half was split between an online public ballot of football fans and votes by a select group of media representatives from all around the world.
The Best FIFA Men’s Player 2016: Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo: 34.54 per cent of votes
Lionel Messi: 26.42 per cent of votes
Antoine Griezmann: 7.53 per cent of votes
The Best FIFA Women’s Player 2016: Carli Lloyd
Carli Lloyd: 20.68 per cent of votes
Marta: 16.60 per cent of votes
Melanie Behringer: 12.34 per cent of votes
The Best FIFA Men’s Coach 2016: Claudio Ranieri
Claudio Ranieri: 22.6 per cent of votes
Zinédine Zidane: 16.56 per cent of votes
Fernando Santos: 16.24 per cent of votes
The Best FIFA Women’s Coach 2016: Silvia Neid
Silvia Neid: 29.99 per cent of votes
Jill Ellis: 16.68 per cent of votes
Pia Sundhage: 16.47 per cent of votes
The voting procedure for each of the awards was supervised and monitored by the independent observer PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Switzerland.
And the details from the awards decided by public voting:
The FIFA Puskás Award 2016: Mohd Faiz Subri
Mohd Faiz Subri: 59.46 per cent of votes
Marlone: 22.86 per cent of votes
Daniuska Rodriguez: 10.01 per cent of votes
Others: 7.68 per cent of votes.
FIFA Fan Award 2016: Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool supporters
Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool supporters: 45.92 per cent of votes Iceland supporters: 31.37 per cent of votes.
ADO Den Haag supporters: 22.71 per cent of votes.
Note – CI News’ Rashneel Kumar was part of the selected group of more than 200 media representatives who voted for The Best FIFA Football Awards. Our votes went to the winners Ronaldo and Ranieri in the main categories.