The Best FIFA Men's Player

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The Best FIFA Men's Player
The Best FIFA Football Awards 2019
Presented byFIFA
Formerly calledFIFA World Player of the Year (1991–2009)
FIFA Ballon d'Or (2010–2015)
First awarded2016 (2016)
Current holderArgentina Lionel Messi
(1st award)
Most awardsPortugal Cristiano Ronaldo
(2 awards)
Websitefifa.com

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 was formerly named as 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[edit]

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 the 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 organization’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[edit]

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[edit]

Year Rank Player Team Points
2016 1st Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Spain Real Madrid 34.54%
2nd Argentina Lionel Messi Spain Barcelona 26.42%
3rd France Antoine Griezmann Spain Atlético Madrid 7.53%
2017 1st Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Spain Real Madrid 43.16%
2nd Argentina Lionel Messi Spain Barcelona 19.25%
3rd Brazil Neymar[note 1] France Paris Saint-Germain 6.97%
2018 1st Croatia Luka Modrić Spain Real Madrid 29.05%
2nd Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo[note 2] Italy Juventus 19.08%
3rd Egypt Mohamed Salah England Liverpool 11.23%
2019 1st Argentina Lionel Messi Spain Barcelona 46
2nd Netherlands Virgil van Dijk England Liverpool 38
3rd Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Italy Juventus 36

Wins by player[edit]

Player Winner Second place Third place
Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo 2 (2016, 2017) 1 (2018) 1 (2019)
Argentina Lionel Messi 1 (2019) 2 (2016,2017) -
Croatia Luka Modrić 1 (2018)

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Neymar was signed by Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona midway through 2017.
  2. ^ Cristiano Ronaldo was signed by Juventus from Real Madrid midway through 2018.

References[edit]

  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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