Real Madrid forward Ronaldo beat rival Lionel Messi to win the Ballon d’Or award for a fourth time last month. Cristiano Ronaldo is favourite to be named the world’s best player at the inaugural Best Fifa Football Awards ceremony in Zurich on Monday.
Fifa ended its six-year collaboration with magazine France Football for the Ballon d’Or award last year. Barcelona’s Messi and Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann have also been nominated for the men’s prize. Claudio Ranieri, who steered Leicester City to the Premier League title, is up for best coach.
His rivals for the award are Portugal’s Euro 2016 winning boss Fernando Santos and Zinedine Zidane, who masterminded Real Madrid’s Champions League triumph. Fifa will also name the best women’s player, and the best coaches in men’s and women’s football at the ceremony in Zurich.
Each category counts for 25% of the points. Voting is by national team captains and coaches, selected journalists and, for the first time, an online poll of fans. In addition, the Puskas award for best goal will be handed out, as well as a prize for best fans.
Also up for the award is Dutch club ADO Den Haag, whose supporters brought soft toys for children supporting rival team Feyenoord, and the Iceland fans at Euro 2016 for their inspirational clapping salute to players after games.
Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund, whose fans sang You’ll Never Walk Alone together before last season’s Europa League match at Anfield, have been nominated.
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