Putting aside the cringeworthy nomenclature and the less than harmonious split with the prestigious Ballon d’Or that has resulted in two world player of the year ‘gala’ awards, FIFA announced its inaugural annual ‘The Best’ awards on 9 January.

The winners of the men’s and women’s awards were Cristiano Ronaldo, who won every competition available to him in 2016, and Carli Lloyd. The men’s and women’s coaches of the year were Claudio Ranieri and Silvia Neid


Runners-up were:

  • Men: Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann
  • Women: Marta, Melanie Behringer
  • Men’s Coach: Zinédine Zidane, Fernando Santos
  • Women’s Coach: Jill Ellis, Pia Sundhage

These four awards are decided by votes of national team captains, coaches and one media representative – so who did Australia vote for?

In terms of the men’s player, only Ange Postecoglou voted for the winner although both Mile Jedinak and media representative, Steve Larkin from AAP, included him in their top three.

Not one of the voters for the women’s player included the eventual winner, Carli Lloyd. 

In the coach award, the Australian contingent showed diversity again, with no-one selecting Claudio Ranieri as first choice for the men.

Postecoglou instead went for Portugal’s Euro 2016 winning national team coach, Fernando Santos, while Jedinak went for Real Madrid’s Zidane who won every team trophy available in the year. Larkin voted for Klopp – which suggests he must be a Liverpool fan. 

In the women’s coach award, De Vanna opted for the coach of Olympic Lyonnais, Stajcic voted for the national team coach of Canada, while McLaughlin was in line with popular opinion voting for the overall winner.

In a fan-voted award, Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool fans were jointly voted #TheBest for their quarter-final clash in the Europa League, ahead of Iceland fans in Euro 2016 and ADO Den Haag supporters for an Eredivisie match against Feyenoord last September. 

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