GTB 737 banner Yudala banner

Ronaldo tipped for 2016 FIFA award

By News Express on 09/01/2017

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon

Views: 582

•Cristiano Ronaldo.
•Cristiano Ronaldo.

Following his success in Ballon d’Or, the Portugal and Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is set to add another garland – the Best FIFA Men’s Player – on Monday in Zurich.

After Champions League and Euro 2016 success for club and country last year, Ronaldo is the overwhelming favourite for yet another accolade for his bulging trophy cabinet.

It could well be a double celebration for Real, with their manager Zinedine Zidane hoping to land the coaches title having led the Merengues to European Cup glory – 14 years after doing so as a player.

Last year, FIFA ended its six-year collaboration with magazine France Football for the Ballon d’Or award and is now to unveil its own brand new ‘Best’ distinction.

In accordance with the pizzazz such a star-studded occasion demands, US actress Eva Longoria will host the ceremony aided by German broadcast host Marco Schreyl.

With his Ballon d’Or safely tucked away after his third Champions League title, thanks in major part to his 16 goals in 12 games, as well as Portugal’s Euro 2016 success – the country’s first major crown – CR7 is seen as a shoe-in for the men’s new FIFA title.

About the only downside for the former Manchester United and Sporting Lisbon star was the fact he was off the pitch when Portugal sealed their win over France, having been stretchered off with injury in the first half in tears.

He watched Eder’s extra-time winner from the bench.

Ronaldo himself acknowledged to sports daily Marca late last year that it was a “fantastic season,” indeed “perhaps my best on an individual and team level.”

His achievements will almost certainly see him once again shut out longtime rival Lionel Messi and Atletico Madrid’s French striker Antoine Griezmann for the FIFA award.

His Euro 2016 final injury aside, the only other blip of sorts for Ronaldo, 31, was the fact he was named in the Football Leaks financial scandal.

He and his entourage have strenuously denied claims that he has illegally stashed some 150 million euros in offshore tax havens and Swiss bank accounts.

But it unlikely that issue will trouble the national coaches and skippers and journalists called upon to seal their FIFA choice.

Zidane, meanwhile, will face challenges from Claudio Ranieri, surprise English Premier League winner with Leicester, and Portugal boss Fernando Santos for the top coach award.

“Zizou” acknowledges he is still a novice as coach — having landed the top job at the Bernabeu on replacing the sacked Rafa Benitez mid-season.

But he promptly secured glory in Europe and added the European Super Cup and World Club Cup for good measure — not bad going for a debutant.

Ranieri, meanwhile, secured Leicester’s first league crown against all the odds in a success that stunned the sporting world Zidane, 44, modestly says he does not expect to win.

“It would be normal to give it to someone else — I’ve just started” as coach, he notes.

“It’s all new for me. I have to keep working.” (AFP)

 

 

Source News Express

Posted 09/01/2017 01:23:17 AM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon


 

CLASSIFIED ADS

Loss Off Your Belly Fats, Upper Arm Fat and Body Fats In 2weeks Time.. Click HERE To Start Now!

Let us build the most comprehensive online database of worthy and credible Nigerians from all walks of life. It is worth doing!

 

You may also like...
Missions, private individuals critical in the education chain:...

CBN floods forex market with $457.3m

Magu assumes office as EFCC boss, vows to...

Nigeria, an Islamic state: Christian elders •Challenge Sultan...

Activist recommends amputation, crucifixion for corrupt Nigerians

Easter holiday: Osun again offers free train ride...

Senators urge participation of rural dwellers, diaspora in...

Prophet sprays miracle seekers with insecticide •Defends action...

Chibok schoolgirl cries out

Group declares Rule of Law dead in Nigeria,...

Lest Buhari becomes a ‘Captive King’, By Segun...

FMBN enlists EFCC’s assistance to recover debts

 

Latest News 5,907 Police Inspectors promoted to new rank •New AIG, 2 CPs, 47 CSPs and 498 Supols also emerge Mikel, Ighalo lead Super Eagles squad for Cameroon •Gernot Rohr’s full 23-man list Biafra: Buhari lied on Ojukwu; we challenge him on evidence — Zionists Recruitment: Navy releases list of successful candidates Leadership crisis claims life in Anambra Adeosun emerges Chairperson of ECOWAS Investment Bank FG plans audience measurement conference to catalyse broadcast industry growth Elumelu in Jaji, tasks leaders on lasting legacies for coming generation Ortom asks herdsmen to ignore quit notice threats Osinbajo, service chiefs, Shettima hold meeting on the rebuilding of Borno Sani Bello distributes 47 vehicles to Niger local governments Flooding: Saraki warns states, stakeholders to take proactive measures

 

Most Read Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (272,564 views) NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (254,452 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (206,775 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (174,577 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (173,385 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (154,898 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (134,107 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (125,216 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (118,145 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (109,520 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (108,817 views) APC cries foul as PDP’s Fayose takes early lead in Ekiti governorship election (101,362 views)

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (27) Business (2,664) Business Verdict (20) Columnists (728) Complaints & Requests (92) Enterprise & Opportunities (174) Entertainment (352) Features (479) Global Business Monitor (170) International (1,498) Interviews (128) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (68) News (27,674) Opinion (785) Pidgin (8) Politics (3,866) Religion (599) Sports (1,309) Stock Watch (23) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

UBA mobile app

CBN words on marble advert

 

 

President Muhammadu Buhari's National Broadcast

 

APO Newsbreak logo

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

Loss Off Your Belly Fats, Upper Arm Fat and Body Fats In 2weeks Time.. Click HERE To Start Now!

Let us build the most comprehensive online database of worthy and credible Nigerians from all walks of life. It is worth doing!

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera

Advertisement



 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

Let us build the most comprehensive online database of worthy and credible Nigerians from all walks of life. It is worth doing!

Loss Off Your Belly Fats, Upper Arm Fat and Body Fats In 2weeks Time.. Click HERE To Start Now!