By Concise News Correspondents
Fifa will recognise the world’s best football players and coaches in today’s inaugural edition of The Best Fifa Football Awards 2016.
Zurich’s TPC studios will host the awards, with the winners of each category decided by the world football community.
Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo will contest for The Best Fifa Men’s Player Award with Antoine Griezmann of France and Argentina’s Lionel Messi.
In the women’s category, Melanie Behringer, Carli Lloyd and Marta will contest the Best Women’s Player Award.
The Best Fifa Men’s Coach Award has three nominees: Claudio Ranieri, Fernando Santos and Zinedine Zidane, while Fifa Women’s Coach Award has Jill Ellis, Silvia Neid and Pia Sundhage as nominees.
Other awards according to Fifa are: The Fifa Puskás Award 2016 (Nominees: Marlone, Daniuska Rodriguez and Mohd Faiz Subri), The Fifa Fair Play Award and The Fifa Fan Award (Nominees: ADO Den Haag supporters, Borussia Dortmund-Liverpool supporters and Iceland supporters)
The award ceremony will begin at 18.30 CET.
How winners are determined
The winners of The Best Fifa Men’s and Women’s Player, and The Best Fifa Men’s and Women’s Coach awards, are determined through a combined voting process, in which 50 per cent of the decision is based on the votes of captains (25 per cent) and head coaches (25 per cent) from national teams all around the globe.
The remaining 50 per cent is split equally between an online public ballot of football fans (25 per cent) and submissions from a selected group of media representatives (25 per cent) from all around the world. The vote took place between Friday 4 November and Tuesday 22 November 2016.
A quick look at the final shortlist for The Best Fifa Men’s Player Award.
Ronaldo had a remarkable 2016. First he triumphed in the Uefa Champions League with Real Madrid, winning the title by scoring the last penalty in the shoot-out. His feat in the competition’s grand finale followed a top-place finish in the goal chart with 16. Thereafter, Cristiano led Portugal to a title-winning feat, his country’s first major title, at the Euros.
Griezmann can look back at 2016 as a year he made his mark. He was named the best player in the Spanish league, and at the Euros, after spearheading his club and country to the finals of the Uefa Champions League and Euro 2016. A formidable player he was for club and country, scoring 40 goals over the course of the 2015/16 campaign.