The contenders for The Best FIFA Men’s was revealed on the 17th August 2017. In the mid of September, the final shortlists for all the awards were announced, in which Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Neymar were the hot favourites. The Best FIFA Football Awards was then hosted for the second time on 23rd October 2017. The awards were chosen by international judges consisting of football fans, members of the media, national coaches, and national team captains.
Cristiano Ronaldo was crowned the best player by a panel of football experts, among the three superstars that were selected in the final stage of the competition. The Real Madrid ace retained the title in which he won in 2016, ahead of Lionel Messi and Neymar. The latter took 43.16% of the overall vote, revealing a year in which he won the Liga BBV and Champions League with Real Madrid. Cristiano’s top class performance against Juventus in the Champions League final, brought him closer to winning this prestigious award.
Former Real Madrid iconic player and current coach Zinedine Zidane, couldn’t control his emotions on the same night itself. The latter went on to praise his fundamental player’s achievement. Zidane stated that Cristiano is always hungry for more and always looking forward to win titles. The Frenchman also added that it is important to have such a gem at his disposal, so that the team can continue perform at the highest level.
On the other hand, Lionel Messi and Neymar were not far from beating Cristiano Ronaldo from claiming the award. Lionel Messi came into the second positon, and if he had won it, the latter could have extended his status as the World’s best footballer ever. As for Neymar, many suggested that he is still young and has a bright future ahead of him. To win any prestigious awards, he needs to face competition with the world’s two finest players namely Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Best FIFA Football Awards is an important honour, that every football player dreams of winning. This competition takes place every year, to crown the best player of the season. If you want to share your opinions on who deserves it the most, you may do so on the Facebook page of Spin and Win Casino.