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The Best FIFA Men's Player

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]

The Best FIFA Men's Player
The Best FIFA Football Awards 2018
Presented by FIFA
Formerly called FIFA World Player of the Year (1991–2009)
FIFA Ballon d'Or (2010–2015)
First awarded 9 January 2017 (2017-01-09)
Current holder Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo
Most awards Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo (2 times)
Website fifa.com

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HistoryEdit

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 votingEdit

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]

WinnersEdit

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

Wins by playerEdit

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

Wins by countryEdit

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

Wins by clubEdit

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

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  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.

ReferencesEdit

  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. 

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