So, it’s the big one. On Monday, we will find out who the best player of 2016 was at the The Best FIFA Football Awards in Zurich. One of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi or Antoine Griezmann will be crowned The Best FIFA Football Player of the Year. But, the awards do not just stop there, and there will also be the FIFA Team of the Year. The players selected will be able to be found in packs in FIFA 17’s Ultimate Team at around 8pm UK time on Monday 9th, January 2017. RealSport predicts the 11 names that could be selected.
David de Gea (OVR 90)
It looks fairly 50/50 whether David de Gea or Manuel Neuer will be named goalkeeper of the year, with German Neuer getting the nod in our 2016 XI of the Year. But with de Gea winning so many points for Manchester United over the past 12 months, he may be the slight favourite. The 26-year-old Spaniard lifted the FA Cup with United last season, and made the PFA Team of the Year at the end of last season. On Ultimate Team, the 90-rated de Gea costs 126,000 coins on PlayStation 4 and 115,000 on Xbox One,
Other contenders: Manuel Neuer (OVR 92), Gianluigi Buffon (OVR 88)
Sergio Ramos (OVR 89)
Probably the best defender in the world this year, Sergio Ramos is on course to make his sixth FIFPro Team of the Year on the bounce, and seventh overall. The Real Madrid centre back lifted the Champions League, Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup trophies this year, and has led his unbeaten side to top of La Liga this season. The Spanish international has also scored some important goals, most notably in the Champions League final (again), in the UEFA Super Cup and a late equaliser against rivals Barcelona in La Liga. Ramos is rated at 89 on Ultimate Team, and will cost 142,000 coins on PS4 and 106,000 on XB1.
Other contenders: Jerome Boateng (OVR 90)
Leonardo Bonucci (OVR 87)
It’s rare to see a defender have such an impact at an international tournament, but Italy’s Leonardo Bonucci stole the show in the Azzurri’s march to the quarter-finals. It was the first many English fans saw Antonio Conte’s three at the back in all its glory, with Italy seeing off Belgium and Spain. Centre back Bonucci didn’t have a bad domestic campaign with Juventus either, with The Old Lady winning a domestic treble in Italy, and keeping 30 clean sheets all season. The 29-year-old Bonucci is rated at 29 on FIFA 17, and will set you back 30,000 coins on PS4 and 22,500 on XB1.
Other contenders: Diego Godin (OVR 88), Javier Mascherano (OVR 85)
Pepe (OVR 88)
If you had said a year ago that Pepe would be in line to making an appearance in the Team of the Year, many would have laughed you out the door. The sometimes reckless Pepe enjoyed the most successful year of his career in 2016, lifting the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, Club World Cup and Euro 2016. The Portuguese was particularly impressive during the Euros, and he really stepped up in the final when star man Cristiano Ronaldo went off injured. The 33-year-old is in the final year of his contract at Real Madrid, but based on his performances over the past 12 months, it would be crazy not to renew it. Pepe has a 88 rating on FIFA 17, and he will cost you 33,000 coins on PS4 in Ultimate Team, and just over 25,000 coins on XB1.
Alternatives: Giorgio Chiellini (OVR 88)
David Alaba (OVR 87)
The best left back in the world by a country mile. There has never been a full back as complete as Bayern Munich’s David Alaba, who is fast, can tackle, dribble, cross and score, and play in a range of positions. It’s incredible that the Austrian is just 24, and he added another Bundesliga title German cup and German Super Cup to his trophy cabinet, consisting of 15 honours. Alaba made the Bundesliga team of the season for the first time last season, after playing a huge part in a defence that conceded just 17 league goals all season. The six-time Austrian Footballer of the Year, is rated at 87 on FUT, and will cost around 128,000 coins on PS4 and 95,000 on XB1.
Alternatives: Marcelo (OVR 86)
Luka Modric (OVR 89)
It’s remarkable to think that when he was at Tottenham, Luka Modric was a goal scoring attacking midfielder, and he is now the workhorse in the Real Madrid machine. The Croatian starts so many counter attacks for Los Blancos by winning the ball and setting the likes of Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo free. The central midfielder played 44 times for the Real last season as they lifted the Champions League title for the second time in three years, and Modric has kept up his good form by adding the UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup to his trophy haul. The 31-year-old has an 89 rating on FIFA 17, and will set you back 81,000 coins on PS4 and just over 50,000 on XB1.
Alternatives: Paul Pogba (OVR 88)
Arturo Vidal (OVR 87)
Arturo Vidal is the man that runs the Chilean international side, and the central midfielder was on top form as Chile lifted the Copa America Centenario in the United States. The 29-year-old scored three times in six games, as La Roja won the tournmanet for the second year in a row. The powerhouse also enjoyed a great first season at Bayern Munich under Pep Guardiola, completing a domestic treble with the Bundesliga, German Cup and German Supercup. Vidal has an 87 rating on the current FIFA, and will cost 168,000 coins on PS4 and 116,000 on XB1 on Ultimate Team.
Alternatives: N’Golo Kante (OVR 81)
Toni Kroos (OVR 88)
Another man apart of an incredible 2016 for Real Madrid, Toni Kroos is the architect for the Galacticos front three. The former Bayern Munich man chalked up 11 assists last season, and has seven in just 12 matches already this campaign. Kroos started all six of Germany’s Euro 2016 matches, but he will be recognised for his Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup successes with Real Madird last year. The 27-year-old is rated at 88 on FIFA 17, and if you want him he will cost you 32,000 Ultimate Team coins on PS4 and 24,000 on XB1.
Alternatives: Dimitri Payet (OVR 86)
Lionel Messi (OVR 93)
There’s just no leaving out Lionel Messi. The Argentinean has made the final three for the FIFA Player of the Year after notching 54 goals over the past 18 months. Messi lifted his eighth La Liga title in 11 years in 2016, and added a Copa del Rey and Spanish Supercup to boot. The magician was disappointed with Argentina’s coming up short once again in an international final, with La Albiceleste beaten by Chile on penalties at the Copa America, and subsequently retired from the international scene, only to reverse his decision three weeks later. The 29-year-old right winger has a 93 rating on FIFA Ultimate Team, and will cost a whopping 865,000 coins on PS4 and 742,000 on XB1.
Alternatives: Gareth Bale (OVR 90), Alexis Sanchez (OVR 87)
Antoine Griezmann (OVR 88)
A sensational year of Antoine Griezmann that is as equally heart-breaking. The striker lost in both the Champions League and Euro 2016 finals to a certain someone, but that should take nothing away from his scintillating performances, which have earned him a place in the Player of the Year final three. The 25-year-old has netted 38 goals for Atletico Madrid since the start of last season, and was top scorer at the Euros after scoring six goals in seven games for hosts France. With Atletico struggling in La Liga this season, could this be Griezmann’s last campaign with Los Colchoneros? The former Real Sociedad man has an 88 rating on FIFA 17, and will set you back 230,000 coins on PS4 and 180,000 on XB1 in Ultimate Team.
Alternatives: Luis Suarez (OVR 92), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (OVR 90)
Cristiano Ronaldo (OVR 94)
The overwhelming favourite for the FIFA Player of the Year. Cristiano Ronaldo had a year to remember, lifting the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, Club World Cup and Euro 2016. The 31-year-old has banged in 66 goals for Real Madrid since the start of last season, and he netted three times in 7 games during Euro 2016. He would have hurt him going off injured just 15 minutes into the European Championship final, but the support he gave his side from the touchline indicated how much an international honour meant to him. Former Manchester United man Ronaldo won France Football’s Ballon d’Or last month, and after making the final three for the Player of the Year, his name may as well already be engraved on it. The left winger has a 94 rating in Ultimate Team, and will cost a gargantuan 1.6 million coins on both consoles.
Alternatives: Neymar (OVR 92), Jamie Vardy (OVR 82)
Agree with our team? Who are you backing to make the Team of the Year, and who will win the Player of the Year? Let us know in the comments section below.
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