The FIFA awards were conducted on Monday as it was a gala of the footballing world that were present in London as the prestigious award function was held. The team of the year was also announced on that day and it was quite a surprising one with some huge inclusions.
The FIFPRO World XI Players posing for a groupfie
The line-up was decided by players from all around the world, with over 24,000 professionals selecting their best XI in a 4-3-3 formation according to matches during the 2016-17 season to form the FIFA World XI.
Team Of The Year:
Goalkeeper: Gianluigi Buffon (ITA/Juventus)
Defenders: Dani Alves (BRA/Juventus/Paris Saint Germain), Leonardo Bonucci (ITA/Juventus/AC Milan), Sergio Ramos (ESP/Real Madrid), Marcelo (BRA/Real Madrid)
Midfielders: Andres Iniesta (ESP/Barcelona), Toni Kroos (GER/Real Madrid), Luka Modric (CRO/Real Madrid)
Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo (POR/Real Madrid), Lionel Messi (ARG/Barcelona), Neymar (BRA/FC Barcelona/Paris Saint Germain)
Team Formation: 4-3-3
There were Five Real Madrid players along with three Barcelona players and three Juventus players. No Premier League players could make in the World XI as it was dominated by La Liga giants.
Zinedine Zidane won the men’s coach of the year while Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud was Premier League’s only representative, as he won the Puskas Award.
Los Blancos pair
Cristiano Ronaldo was adjudged the best men’s player of the year and eclipsed Lionel Messi and Neymar for that.
As respective captains of their national teams Portugal and Argentina, Ronaldo and Messi had to vote for their favorites for the 2017 award, but once again snubbed each other.
The Portuguese nominated his teammates Luka Modric, Sergio Ramos and Marcelo, while Messi picked Luis Suarez, Andres Iniesta and Neymar.
But Ronaldo’s former rival Neymar, who joined PSG this season admired Ronaldo and said that he was the justified winner.
“Congratulations to Cristiano. He deserves it and he has merit to win it,” he said on Monday night, according to FourFourTwo.
“He is making history and that has to be respected. Both he and Messi are two figures in world football.
“I am happy to be in the same group as them, fighting for the trophy.”