- Cristiano Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane take home top men’s honours
- Lieke Martens and Sarina Wiegman win top women’s gongs
- Gianluigi Buffon named inaugural The Best FIFA Goalkeeper
In a glittering ceremony that saw a galaxy of footballing stars descend on a venue renowned for mixing British royalty with the bright lights of the entertainment industry, the new kings and queens of football were crowned at The Best FIFA Football Awards™ in London.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane were awarded the leading honours for The Best FIFA Men’s Player and Men’s Coach respectively, with the Portuguese being named The Best for the second successive year. Dutch duo Lieke Martens and Sarina Wiegmanwere rewarded as The Best FIFA Women’s Player and Women’s coach.
Despite approaching his 40th birthday, Gianluigi Buffon proved that age is just a number by being named The Best FIFA Goalkeeper, with the Italian custodian on hand to pick up the inaugural award to celebrate the men between the sticks.
After picking up The Best FIFA Goalkeeper, it was no surprise that the Juve and Azzurri stopper was also named the top goalkeeper by his peers, in a FIFA FIFPro World11 dominated by Real Madrid players. Cristiano Ronaldo was joined in the star-studded XI by club team-mates Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric, with Dani Alves, Leonardo Bonucci, Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi and Neymar completing the dream team.