The world soccer governing body FIFA has opened voting in its four main annual award categories for fans, early this week. For fans to vote, they have to be registered at fifa.com.
The total supporter vote will be worth 25%, as will the total media vote and the vote of all national team coaches and captains respectively.
The said top four categories are best men’s player, best men’s coach, best women’s player and best women’s coach.
Each voter in any of those categories picks the top three, in said rubric.
Men’s Best Player: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Leonardo Bonucci, Gianluigi Buffon, Daniel Carvajal, Cristiano Ronaldo , Paulo Dybala, Antoine Griezmann, Eden Hazard, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Andres Iniesta ,Harry Kane, N Golo Kante , Toni Kroos, Robert Lewandowski, Marcelo, Lionel Messi, Luka Modric, Keylor Navas, Manuel Neuer ,Neymar, Sergio Ramos, Alexis Sanchez ,Luis Suarez, Arturo Vidal.
Best Men’s Coach: Massimiliano Allegri, Carlo Ancelotti, Antonio Conte, Luis Enrique, Pep Guardiola, Leonardo Jardim, Joachim Loew , Jose Mourinho, Mauricio Pochettino, Diego Simeone ,Tite, Zinedine Zidan .
Women’s Best Player: Lucy Bronze, Deyna Castellanos, Pernille Harder, Samantha Kerr, Carli Lloyd, Dzsenifer Marozsan, Lieke Martens, Vivianne Miedema, Wendie Renard, Jodie Taylor.
Best Women’s Coach: Olivier Echouafni, Emma Hays, Ralf Kellermann, Xavi Llorens, Nils Nielsen, Florence Omagmemi, Gerard Precheur, Dominik Thalhammer, Sarina Wiegman, Hwang Jongbong.
Men’s Player: 1) Cristiano Ronaldo -It is irrelevant that Ronaldo will never win a likeability contest (at least as judged by heterosexual males). The perception that he is not the humblest of players also does not matter here.
He is in fact a better player than any other on the planet by a very large margin and even his “haters”, including myself must grant him that.
2) Gianluigi Buffon has been an institution at Juventus and the Italian national team for what seems to be an eternity, he has won most of what there is to win and he may have played the best season of his career this year.
3)Lionel Messi-Honestly his ranking is mostly a reward for his past.
Men’s Coach: 1) Joachim Loew has rejuvenated Germany’s World Champions, he has had them playing attractive and successful soccer during the World Cup qualifying campaign. Furthermore, they won the Confederations Cup with a depleted B or C team.
2) Zinedine Zidane is the first coach to lead his team to two consecutive Champions League triumphs and he brought them an elusive Spanish league title last season too.
3) Leonardo Jardim surprised everyone by winning the French league with AS Monaco last season and by taking them to the Champions League semifinals.
Women’s Player: 1) Lieke Martens was the best player of EURO, leading the Dutch to triumph on home soil.
2) Dzsenifer Marozsan achieved the difficult task of becoming Women’s Player of the Year in both France and Germany while playing for Lyon. Despite of her very disappointing EURO with the Germans, she deserves high praise.
3)Carli Lloyd is still world-class.
Women’s Coach: 1) Sarina Wiegman was the tactical mastermind behind her country’s EURO triumph.
2) Gerard Precheur won the treble with Lyon.
3) Nils Nielsen is the tactical and emotional force behind the Danish team that reached the EURO final. He is also a strong defender of the women’s game against its culture-warrior critics.