The Champions League winner is the club with more players among the nominees to win The Best Award. This is the trophy given by the FIFA to the best footballers in 2016. We’ll know the result the next 9th of January in Zurich.
FIFA announced the 23 nominees today in their website and we can find 5 Real Madrid players, more than any other team. These are Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Sergio Ramos, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale. All five are also nominated to win the Ballon D’Or given by France Football.
This year, FIFA and France Football will give away different awards. The international organization trophy is called The Best whereas the French newspaper award is the Ballon D’Or. There are several difference between them.
In The Best trophy, the 50% of the votes come from the captains and the coaches of the different national teams. The other 50% come from the supporters, who can vote in the website of the FIFA.
Besides, in the list given by the FIFA there are 23 nominees whereas in the one made public by France Football we found 30. Müller, Pepe, Dybala, Higuaín, Godín, Aubameyang, Lloris, Arturo Vidal, Koke or Rui Patricio could win the Ballon D’Or but they are not in the list to win The Best. Alexis Sánchez, Özil and Kanté could win the FIFA award but not the Ballon D’Or.
Cristiano Ronaldo is the great favourite to win both trophies. The Real Madrid Portuguese star won the Champions League and the Euro the very same year, with good performances in both. However, he missed the final in France due to an injury and he didn’t play a great game in Milan, although he scored the last penalty.
All the nominees to win the FIFA Best Player Award are: Agüero, Bale, Buffon, Ronaldo, De Bruyne, Griezmann, Ibrahimovic, Iniesta, Kante, Kroos, Lewandowski, Mahrez, Messi, Modric, Neuer, Neymar, Ozil, Payet, Pogba, Ramos, Sanchez, Suarez and Vardy.