Cristiano Ronaldo picked up another player award at ‘The Best’ FIFA Football Awards on Monday night, with the FIFA FIFPro World XI also announced. The Portuguese was named The Best FIFA Men’s Player ahead of Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezzman, and the players from the World XI have been rewarded in EA Sports tile FIFA 17 with new rare cards on FIFA Ultimate Team. Let RealSport take you through the side.
Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer enjoyed another strong year in 2016, winning the Bundesliga and German cup with Bayern Munich. It was a slightly disappointing Euro 2016 for the World Champion however, with Germany falling to hosts France in the semi-finals. The 30-year-old has kept 28 clean sheets in the Bundesliga over the last 18 months, making him finish above Gianluigi Buffon and David de Gea in the pecking order.
It’s been a very strong 12 months for Brazil’s Dani Alves. The right back first lifted the La Liga and Copa del Rey titles with Barcelona, and currently lies in first place in Serie A with new club Juventus. Despite being 33 years old, Aves is showing no signs of letting up as he looks to add to the 28 domestic titles he has attained over his career. Alves was the only out and out right back that finished in the top 10 defenders, with seventh placed Jerome Boateng the only possible replacement.
Dani Alves’ former Barcelona teammate Gerard Pique joins him in defence after another strong season. Pique added more La Liga and Copa del Rey titles to his expanding trophy cabinet, but his side have struggled so far this season, currently lying in third place in the league. Pepe will have felt aggrieved in an eighth placed finish, after claiming all of the Champions League, Euro 2016 and Club World Cup trophies in 2016, the biggest three tournaments on offer last year.
No questions in who the best defender in the world was in 2016. Sergio Ramos was a rock at the back and captained Real Madrid to Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup glory in 2016, seeing him voted as number one in the defenders category. The Spaniard also chipped in with some crucial goals for Los Blancos, most notably in the Champions League final, UEFA Super Cup and against rivals Barcelona in La Liga. Thiago Silva is another name who could have ousted Ramos or Spain teammate Pique, after a dominating season with Paris Saint-Germain.
Marcelo Is unquestionably at the peak of his career after a second Champions League title of his career. There is a superb battle between the Real Madrid man and Bayern Munich’s David Alaba as to see who the best left back in the world is, but the Brazilian finished second out of the defenders, with Alaba down in sixth place. Marcelo however didn’t enjoy a successful Copa America with Brazil, finishing third in the group stage behind Peru and Ecuador.
Luka Modric (OVR 96)
Luka Modric is perhaps Real Madrid’s best midfielder, with the Croatian developing into a box-to-box role ever since moving to the club. Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup titles make the central midfielder’s honours list something to be taken seriously. The only thing missing? A domestic title. With Los Galacticos currently top of La Liga with a game in hand, that could soon change. £89 million man Paul Pogba finished fourth in the midfielders, but there is a sense he couldn’t back up his price tag since his move back to Manchester United or at the European Championships.
Toni Kroos (OVR 95)
Modric’s midfield partner at Real Madrid is German Toni Kroos. The 27-year-old has also developed from an attacking midfielder to a more disciplined role as he looks to sit back whilst the likes of Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo cause havoc for opposition defences. Kroos picked up his second Champions League title of his career in 2016, now lifting the trophy with both Bayern Munich and Real Madrid. Barcelona’s Sergio Ramos may have come fifth in the midfield rankings, but seventh placed N’Golo Kante may have been a finer choice after winning an astonishing Premier League title with Leicester and now topping the table with new side Chelsea.
Andres Iniesta (OVR 95)
Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta still has all the passing talent he did ten years ago. The 32-year-old now has 32 club and country titles to his name, and the fact he now has all of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar in his attack at the Camp Nou and prolonged his career with Barca now playing a more counter-attacking style of play. After a disappointing Euro 2016 with Spain, being knocked out in the last 16, perhaps eighth placed Arturo Vidal who lifted the Copa America trophy with Chile would have been a finer choice than Iniesta or the 6th placed Mesut Ozil.
Lionel Messi (OVR 98)
There’s simply no leaving out Lionel Messi. Despite some niggling injuries the Argentine has still chalked up 54 goals and 22 assists over the past 18 months, and is still the most dangerous man in the Barcelona MSN strike force. The five-time player of the year is still chasing a first full-international honour, with his only success to date with the Argentinean Olympic team back in 2008. Teammate Neymar was the man to finish fourth in the forward rankings, and perhaps in a few years’ time the Brazilian will replace him. Messi receives a 98 rating for his TOTY appearance, which will cost over 4 million Ultimate Team coins on either console.
Luis Suarez (OVR 98)
Luis Suarez made the Team of the Year strike force strangely ahead of the Player of the Year shortlisted Antoine Griezmann. Take nothing away from the Uruguayan, who has replaced Lionel Messi has Barcelona’s main goalscored. 40 league goals last season says it all for the striker who has hit new heights since leaving Liverpool for Spain in a £65 million move. It’s also a 98 rating for Suarez, who will also set you back around 4 million coins on Ultimate Team.
Cristiano Ronaldo (OVR 99)
Real Madrid and Portugal man Cristiano Ronaldo was always favourite to win the World Player of the Year award after performing a clean sweep of international trophies in 2016. The left winger lifted the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, Club World Cup and his most cherished European Championship trophy over the past 12 months, but in another strange move, he still finished behind Lionel Messi in the Team of the Year nominations. Ronaldo received a perfect 99 rating on Ultimate Team, costing as much as 6 million coins and beyond.
We will update this article with new OVR’s when Fifa release them. Stay tuned.
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