Portuguese and Real Madrid striker, Cristiano Ronaldo, won the FIFA Best Player award. The trophy, given out yearly for the player judged to have had the best performance in the world that year, was Ronaldo’s fifth and ties him with Lionel Messi as the only two players to have won that many. Messi came in second with 19.25% of the vote, Neymar third with 6.97% to Ronaldo’s 43.16%.
Voting for the player and coach categories were national team captains, national team coaches, selected journalists, and an online poll of fans. Each group accounted for 25% of the total vote.
At the gala in London, Real Madrid coach, Zinedine Zidane, was named best coach, Oliver Giroud received the Puskas award for the best goal of the year, for his scorpion kick score against Crystal Palace, and the FIFPRO World XI elected football’s dream team of the year beginning Messi, Ronaldo, and Neymar on offense, Andres Iniesta, Toni Kroos, and Luka Modric in midfield, Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Leonardo Bonucci, and Dani Alves in defense, and Gianluigi Buffon as goalkeeper. Real Madrid counted five among the world’s top eleven as chosen by FIFA.
Attesting to the global nature of our sport the following countries were represented in the World XI: Argentina (1), Brazil (3), Portugal (1), Italy (2), Germany (1), Spain (2), and Croatia (1).