Voting for the World Best Player awards close soon, do you know the criteria for World Best Player? what do you think the national team coaches will be looking out for in selecting World best Player awards also known as FIFA Men’s Player 2019 award give their views?
I know this is a difficult question for you to just answer even for the coaches and national team representative because everyone will want to answer from his own perspective which will be totally different because according to Psychology, Human perception differs in all ramifications.
- Selecting World Best Player of the year
- What is FIFA?
- What you need to know about FIFA World Best Player
- Criteria for selecting World best player of the year
- How are the votes collated and awarded?
- Are there problems with this system?
- Past World Best players
- Best FIFA Men’s Player 2019 award
Selecting World Best Player of the year
According to Kaspars Gorkss, Latvia captain“somebody plays on the piano, but somebody needs to carry the piano,” The FIFA World Player of the Year is an association football award presented annually by the sport’s governing body, FIFA, between 1991 and 2015.
Coaches and captains of international teams and media representatives selected the player they deem to have performed the best in the previous calendar year. In this article, we have put down relevance and detailed information on the criteria FIFA national team implore in selecting world Best player every year.
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I think I should talk a little about FIFA, its History and what FIFA world Best player award entitles especially for those who are new to the beautiful game and may not be familiar with the many layers of the international soccer structure including the basics of what’s going on.
What is FIFA?
The Football International Federation of Association is a non-profit organization which describes itself as an international governing body of association football, beach soccer, and football. It is the highest governing body of football.
FIFA was founded in 1904 to oversee international competition among the national associations of Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.
Headquartered in Zürich, its membership now comprises 211 national associations. Member countries must each also be members of one of the six regional confederations into which the world is divided: Africa, Asia, Europe, North & Central America and the Caribbean, Oceania, and South America.
Today, FIFA outlines a number of objectives in the organizational Statues, including growing football internationally, providing efforts to ensure football is accessible to everyone, and advocating for integrity and fair play
However, FIFA Council — formerly called the FIFA Executive Committee and chaired by the president — is the main decision-making body of the organisation in the intervals of congress.
The council is composed of 37 people: the president; 8 vice presidents; and 28 members from the confederations, with at least one of them being a woman. The Executive Committee is the body that decides which country will host the World Cup. and the also appoint the national team for selecting world Best player every year.
What you need to know about FIFA World Best Player
The Ballon d’Or was started by French publication France Football back in 1956, with Sir Stanley Matthews the inaugural recipient. It was often referred to as the European Football of the Year award, and it was the only honour of its kind until 1991.
That year, FIFA introduced the World best Player award of the Year, and from 1995 they allowed players from outside Europe to come into contention for the prize. The two awards existed side-by-side until 2010 when the European and world honours were merged by FIFA to become the most prestigious individual honour in world football.
That ran for six years, with Messi taking the prize four times and Ronaldo winning it twice, but this year new FIFA president Gianni Infantino decided to revert to the old system.
FIFA got into the best player of the year award business in 1991. Between 2010 and 2015 the FIFA world Best player award and Ballon d’ Or merged into one award but they were later separated in 2016.
Originally a single award for the world’s best player awards for men and women were awarded from 2001–2009. The men’s award was subsumed into the FIFA Ballon d’Or in 2010 while the women’s award remained until 2015. After 2015 both men’s and women’s awards became part of The Best FIFA Football Awards.
Note, FIFA is different from Ballon d Or which was first instituted in 1956 to recognize Europe best player.
Criteria for selecting World best player of the year
In selecting World Best Player of the year, it involves the active participation of the coaches and captains of the national teams and international representatives invited by the FIFA. A Positional Voting system which is a ranked voting electoral system in which the options receive points based on their rank position on each ballot and the option with the most points overall wins is implored whereby voters are entitled to 3 votes worth five points each.
Note the last three candidates are ordered based on a total number of points. Following criticism from some sections of the media over nominations in previous years, FIFA has since 2004 provided shortlists from which its voters can select their choices.
Now coming to the criteria for choosing Best Player, I don’t really look at performance in the pitch alone because there are so many great players who play well and are zealous and passionate about what they do, but don’t have any extra skill, they don’t sound positive in time of difficulties and they are lack self-discipline. So, I lookout for the following criteria for Best Player:
Player’s Influence and Relevance
Influence they say is as a result of commitment, dedication, and consistency.
I try getting answers to questions like
- How much will he be missed by the team if you are not there?
- How has the player impacted the team in the present year not concentrating on his final performance in their final matches or match?
- What is his level when it comes to Self-discipline?
According to Martina Voss-Tecklenburg, Switzerland coach, I quote
In selecting World Best Player, I look at what player has done over a season before choosing him as my best player. Although that’s quite difficult with some players, who are sometimes overseas because in women’s football you see too little.Martina Voss-Tecklenburg
This is easier in Europe. You have the Champions League, the higher profile domestic leagues; you see a lot and can get information. I not only look at a final tournament though – which is of course always a big focus – but try to incorporate what the players have done in the year for their respective club sides.
Player’s Team Achievement
Although, the award should be awarded to the best player based on their personal form in the appropriate time frame (calendar year) and their team’s achievements should not be taken into account.
The ‘Rules of Allocation’ state that the award is presented “according to on-field performance and overall behaviour on and off the pitch.”
In reality, team achievements are taken into account by those who cast the votes.
In the past, Barcelona’s success has worked in favour of Lionel Messi and likewise with Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Despite the fact the Messi’s is comfortably ahead of his long-time rival in terms of personal numbers for 2017, Ronaldo is the overwhelming favourite for the next award (one bookmaker has him at 1/100) because of the fact Real Madrid won La Liga and yet another Champions League.
Another Criteria in selecting World Best Player is the player’s passion. How passionate is him in doing what he doing. Is he playing well because he is been Paid for it, To impress his fans or because the enjoys what he is doing? Although football is a business of result that requires teamwork and team spirit.
Most Players believe that there best is not fully required in the sense that all hand must be on deck to achieve success. So look out for players that are passionate and that thrives to make the team success their utmost priority.
Who is allowed to vote?
The “international jury” of voters is comprised of journalists, coaches and national captains from a selection of 2019 FIFA national federations. There are some surprisingly loose provisions for voters:
Only one journalist can vote by country. You can select players who play or are affiliated with their own country. National team captains cannot vote for themselves, but for national colleagues or clubs. Moreso, the voters are allowed to vote for only the selected players who were chosen based on the criteria for World Best Player awards selection.
Last year, the jury consisted of 509 voters, consisting of 170 national team captains, 170 national coaches and 169 journalists.
How are the votes collated and awarded?
As previously inferred, each voter must pick three players in order of preference. FIFA then awards five points to the top pick, three points for the second and one point for the third. The player with the most points wins.
In 2012, Leo Messi won his fourth World Player of the Year award with just 41.6 percent of the vote. This doesn’t sound like a convincing win, but it is in fact a landslide majority. If all 509 voters had put Messi at No. 1, he would have secured 2,545 points out of a possible 4,581, which is 55.6 percent.
Are there problems with this system?
Yes! Numerous problems have been cited with the current system, many of which revolve around the fact that results are openly disclosed. FIFA publishes each voter’s choices for everyone to see in the interest of transparency.
However, this system tends to cause players and managers to vote for their friends and colleagues rather than the players they truly feel deserve the award.
Last year, Messi voted for fellow countryman Sergio Aguero and Barcelona teammates Xavi and Andres Iniesta. When asked why he didn’t pick Cristiano Ronaldo, he told Marca: “It would be stupid not to consider Cristiano as one of the best. I just thought those were the players I should vote for.”
Due to the public nature of the system, Germany coach Jogi Loew to refused to vote this year, correctly pointing out it would be a conflict of interest to pick three German players (or none at all) when five were on the 23-man shortlist.
Another issue surrounds the individuals in the jury. Due to its global nature, a large number of the 509 voters are unlikely to have ever met the players or even seen them play live, which effectively makes them no better judges than the armchair fan.
Additionally, the fact that the award considers behaviour off the field is problematic for some. If Leo Messi visits more hospitals or has a higher tolerance for being pleasant in interviews, why should that make him more worthy of a football award than someone like Cristiano Ronaldo (who might be just as nice a person in private)?
Past World Best players
Before we further, let me give you a rundown of the Names of the past World Best players that emerge as winners since its inception. This list includes their names, country, club and the year.
|1991||Lothar Mattaus||Germany||Inter Milan|
|1992||Marco Van Basten||Holland||AC Milan|
|1995||George Weah||Liberia||AC Milan|
|2001||Luis Figo||Portugal||Real Madrid|
|2003||Zinedine Zindane||France||Real Madrid|
|2006||Fabio Cannavaro||Italy||Real Madrid|
|2008||Cristiano Ronaldo||Portugal||Manchester United|
|2013-2014||Cristiano Ronaldo||Portugal||Real Madrid|
|2016-2017||Cristiano Ronaldo||Portugal||Real Madrid|
|2018||Luka Modric||Croatia||Real Madrid|
Note, these players were selected based on the criteria for World Best Player Awards selection.
Best FIFA Men’s Player 2019 award
This year’s FIFA Best Awards will take place this September following a star-studded affair last year when Luka Modric took home the top award.
The Juventus striker will be looking to make it three awards in a row in the Best Men’s Award category after beating perennial rival Lionel Messi to the top prize in previous years.
The ten-man shortlist for The Best FIFA Men’s Player 2019 award – based on their respective achievements during the period from 16 July 2018 to 19 July 2019 inclusive. However, the will be chosen based on the criteria for World Best Player awards selection.
- Frenkie de Jong
Won domestic league and cup double Reached semi-finals of UEFA Champions League. He was named Eredivisie Player of the Season
- Cristiano Ronaldo
He helped the side win Series A as top goal scorer for the club in all competitions and named Serie A’s Most Valuable Player. And also he helped Portugal win UEFA Nations League. He has won the World Best Player awards several times.
- Matthijs de Ligt
He has won the domestic league and cup double and reached semi-finals of UEFA Champions League. He was named in Eredivisie and UEFA Champions League squads of the season
- Harry Kane
He assisted Tottenham Hotspur to reach their first UEFA Champions League final, scoring Scored 17 Premier League goals in 28 appearances for Spurs and also reached UEFA Nations League semi-finalist with England
- Eden Hazard
He won UEFA Europa League with Chelsea Club’s top goalscorer in all competitions and was named PFA Fans’ Player of the Year.
- Sadio Mane
He won UEFA Champions League, Joint top-scorer in Premier League and Helped Senegal to CAF Africa Cup of Nations final.
- Kylian Mbappe
He helped the side win Ligue 1 and Trophee des Champions. Club’s top goalscorer in all competitions in 2018/19. Ligue 1 top goalscorer, named league’s Player of the Year
- Lionel Messi
Messi won La Liga and helped the side to UEFA Champions League semi-final and Copa del Rey final. He claimed European Golden Shoe as continent’s top goalscorer and was La Liga’s top assist-maker. He also helped Argentina to bronze at 2019 Copa America
- Mohamed Salah
Mohamed won UEFA Champions League and is the Club’s top goalscorer in all competitions in 2018/19. He also Joint top-scorer in Premier League.
- Virgil van Dijk
He won UEFA Champions League and was named PFA Players’ Player and Premier League Player of the Year. And also, he helped Netherlands to UEFA Nations League final.
Note, The three finalists for each award will be revealed at a later date, with all award winners revealed at The Best FIFA Football Awards show in Milan on 23 September.