The Best FIFA Men's Player

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The Best FIFA Men's Player
The Best FIFA Football Awards 2018
Presented byFIFA
Formerly calledFIFA World Player of the Year (1991–2009)
FIFA Ballon d'Or (2010–2015)
First awarded2017 (2017)
Current holderCroatia Luka Modrić
(1st award)
Most awardsPortugal Cristiano Ronaldo
(2 awards)[note 1]
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 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]

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 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 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 (1991–present)[edit]

Year Rank Player Team Points
FIFA World Player of the Year (1991–2009)
1991 1st Germany Lothar Matthäus Italy Internazionale 128
2nd France Jean-Pierre Papin France Marseille 113
3rd England Gary Lineker England Tottenham Hotspur 40
1992 1st Netherlands Marco van Basten Italy Milan 161
2nd Bulgaria Hristo Stoichkov Spain Barcelona 88
3rd Germany Thomas Häßler Italy Roma 61
1993 1st Italy Roberto Baggio Italy Juventus 152
2nd Brazil Romário Spain Barcelona 84
3rd Netherlands Dennis Bergkamp Netherlands Ajax 58
1994 1st Brazil Romário Spain Barcelona 346
2nd Bulgaria Hristo Stoichkov Spain Barcelona 100
3rd Italy Roberto Baggio Italy Juventus 80
1995 1st Liberia George Weah[note 2] Italy Milan 170
2nd Italy Paolo Maldini Italy Milan 80
3rd Germany Jürgen Klinsmann[note 3] Germany Bayern Munich 58
1996 1st Brazil Ronaldo[note 4] Spain Barcelona 329
2nd Liberia George Weah Italy Milan 140
3rd England Alan Shearer[note 5] England Newcastle United 123
1997 1st Brazil Ronaldo Italy Internazionale 480
2nd Brazil Roberto Carlos Spain Real Madrid 85
3rd Netherlands Dennis Bergkamp England Arsenal 62
France Zinedine Zidane Italy Juventus
1998 1st France Zinedine Zidane Italy Juventus 518
2nd Brazil Ronaldo Italy Internazionale 164
3rd Croatia Davor Šuker Spain Real Madrid 108
1999 1st Brazil Rivaldo Spain Barcelona 543
2nd England David Beckham England Manchester United 194
3rd Argentina Gabriel Batistuta Italy Fiorentina 79
2000 1st France Zinedine Zidane Italy Juventus 370
2nd Portugal Luís Figo[note 6] Spain Real Madrid 329
3rd Brazil Rivaldo Spain Barcelona 263
2001 1st Portugal Luís Figo Spain Real Madrid 250
2nd England David Beckham England Manchester United 238
3rd Spain Raúl Spain Real Madrid 96
2002 1st Brazil Ronaldo[note 7] Spain Real Madrid 387
2nd Germany Oliver Kahn Germany Bayern Munich 171
3rd France Zinedine Zidane Spain Real Madrid 148
2003 1st France Zinedine Zidane Spain Real Madrid 264
2nd France Thierry Henry England Arsenal 200
3rd Brazil Ronaldo Spain Real Madrid 176
2004 1st Brazil Ronaldinho Spain Barcelona 620
2nd Portugal Deco[note 8] Spain Barcelona 552
3rd Ukraine Andriy Shevchenko Italy Milan 253
2005 1st Brazil Ronaldinho Spain Barcelona 956
2nd England Frank Lampard England Chelsea 306
3rd Cameroon Samuel Eto'o Spain Barcelona 190
2006 1st Italy Fabio Cannavaro[note 9] Spain Real Madrid 498
2nd France Zinedine Zidane Spain Real Madrid 454
3rd Brazil Ronaldinho Spain Barcelona 380
2007 1st Brazil Kaká Italy Milan 1047
2nd Argentina Lionel Messi Spain Barcelona 504
3rd Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo England Manchester United 426
2008 1st Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo England Manchester United 935
2nd Argentina Lionel Messi Spain Barcelona 678
3rd Spain Fernando Torres England Liverpool 203
2009 1st Argentina Lionel Messi Spain Barcelona 1073
2nd Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo[note 10] Spain Real Madrid 352
3rd Spain Xavi Spain Barcelona 196
FIFA Ballon d'Or (2010–2015) Votes
2010 1st Argentina Lionel Messi Spain Barcelona 22.65%
2nd Spain Andrés Iniesta Spain Barcelona 17.36%
3rd Spain Xavi Spain Barcelona 16.48%
2011 1st Argentina Lionel Messi Spain Barcelona 47.88%
2nd Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Spain Real Madrid 21.60%
3rd Spain Xavi Spain Barcelona 9.23%
2012 1st Argentina Lionel Messi Spain Barcelona 41.60%
2nd Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Spain Real Madrid 23.68%
3rd Spain Andrés Iniesta Spain Barcelona 10.91%
2013 1st Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Spain Real Madrid 27.99%
2nd Argentina Lionel Messi Spain Barcelona 24.72%
3rd France Franck Ribéry Germany Bayern Munich 23.36%
2014 1st Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Spain Real Madrid 37.66%
2nd Argentina Lionel Messi Spain Barcelona 15.76%
3rd Germany Manuel Neuer Germany Bayern Munich 15.72%
2015 1st Argentina Lionel Messi Spain Barcelona 41.33%
2nd Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Spain Real Madrid 27.76%
3rd Brazil Neymar Spain Barcelona 7.86%
The Best FIFA Men's Player (2016–present) Votes
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 11] France Paris Saint-Germain 6.97%
2018 1st Croatia Luka Modrić Spain Real Madrid 29.05%
2nd Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo[note 12] Italy Juventus 19.08%
3rd Egypt Mohamed Salah England Liverpool 11.23%

Wins by player[edit]

Player Winner Second place Third place
Argentina Lionel Messi 5 (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015) 6 (2007, 2008, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017)
Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo 5 (2008, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017) 5 (2009, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2018) 1 (2007)
France Zinedine Zidane 3 (1998, 2000, 2003) 1 (2006) 2 (1997, 2002)
Brazil Ronaldo 3 (1996, 1997, 2002) 1 (1998) 1 (2003)
Brazil Ronaldinho 2 (2004, 2005) 1 (2006)
Brazil Romário 1 (1994) 1 (1993)
Liberia George Weah 1 (1995) 1 (1996)
Portugal Luís Figo 1 (2001) 1 (2000)
Italy Roberto Baggio 1 (1993) 1 (1994)
Brazil Rivaldo 1 (1999) 1 (2000)
Germany Lothar Matthäus 1 (1991)
Netherlands Marco van Basten 1 (1992)
Italy Fabio Cannavaro 1 (2006)
Brazil Kaká 1 (2007)
Croatia Luka Modrić 1 (2018)

Wins by country[edit]

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

Wins by club[edit]

Club Players Total
Spain Barcelona 5 10
Spain Real Madrid 6 9
Italy Milan 3 3
Italy Juventus 2 3
Italy Internazionale 2 2
England Manchester United 1 1

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ For overall winners of Men's Player of the Year award by FIFA, see most wins overall.
  2. ^ Weah was signed by Milan from Paris Saint-Germain midway through 1995.
  3. ^ Klinsmann was signed by Bayern Munich from Tottenham Hotspur midway through 1995.
  4. ^ Ronaldo was signed by Barcelona from PSV Eindhoven midway through 1996.
  5. ^ Shearer was signed by Newcastle United from Blackburn Rovers midway through 1996.
  6. ^ Figo was signed by Real Madrid from Barcelona midway through 2000.
  7. ^ Ronaldo was signed by Real Madrid from Internazionale midway through 2002.
  8. ^ Deco was signed by Barcelona from Porto midway through 2004.
  9. ^ Cannavaro was signed by Real Madrid from Juventus midway through 2006.
  10. ^ Cristiano Ronaldo was signed by Real Madrid from Manchester United midway through 2009.
  11. ^ Neymar was signed by Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona midway through 2017.
  12. ^ 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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