Best Fifa Football Awards 2019: Things you might have missed

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From Steve Sutcliffe
BBC Sport
The Fifa Football Awards were filled with sophistication, elegance and swankiness in Milan’s Teatro alla Scala.
Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp and also barcelona’s Lionel Messi came up trumps in the best men’s player and men’s trainer categories.
United States ahead Megan Rapinoe won the women’s player, together with her boss Jill Ellis asserting the women’s coach award.
However there was lots going away from the handing from these prizes, by the tactics of voting beforehand to a and one or two outfits.
With over 400 managers, gamers and media agents voting for the top men’s player (each selecting a first, second and third choice), Cristiano Ronaldo unusually found common ground with Mauritania captain Abdoul Ba and his Eswatini counterpart Dlamini Banele.
How, you may ask? Well, they were the only three individuals to pick Netherlands defender Matthijs de Ligt as their first pick.
Can it be a case of tactical voting from Ronaldo, who was able to exclude winner Lionel Messi? Or only a show of solidarity for his Juventus team-mate that is present?
At the 2018 voting Ronaldo omitted his rival Messi.
Messi did include Ronaldo as his choice behind Sadio Mane. The other main candidate for the men’s player award, Virgil van Dijk, went before Mane and the Liverpool team-mates Mohamed Salah with Messi.
Talking of Ronaldo…
A moment was when the Fifa Fifpro Men’s Team of the Year was announced.
Ten titles were read , in creation. Ten players – all current on the point – lined up. And the hosts proceeded on into the prize.
The absentee? Ronaldo, whose name wasn’t called out but the official site of Fifa supported whose inclusion.
So was that the Portugal captain not there? Juventus travel to Brescia on Tuesday, only 24 hours after manager Maurzio Sarri and the glitzy service has implied Ronaldo may not comprise due to muscle fatigue.
The journey was made by juve team-mate De Ligt to Milan, which is a fantastic stopping-off point awarded its place between Brescia and Turin.
Messi is also expected to be in action on Tuesdaya home game for Barcelona from Villarreal. His 90-minute flight home to Spain would have taken more Ronaldo’s driveway back to Turin.
Regardless of the reason for his absence, Ronaldo was happy evening, submitting this Instagram message as the service was reaching its conclusion.
„Patience and persistence are two attributes that distinguish the professional from the amateur,“ he said.
„Everything that is big now has started small. You can not do everything, but do whatever you can to make your dreams come true. And keep in mind that after night always comes dawn.“
In a year after a part of manager Marcelo Bielsa’s staff was caught spying outside the practice ground of Derby County, a reasonable play award for Leeds seemed unlikely.
However, their manager along with the Championship club – who also called a news conference to explain his own hacking – were rewarded after the Circuit’s intervention during their game against Aston Villa in the conclusion of last season.
Mateusz Klich had scored for Leeds while Villa’s Jonathan Kodjia was seeking care, together with Villa’s players stopping in the anticipation.
Bielsa ordered his players to permit Villa to equalise immediately.
Former England defender Micah Richards was definitely amazed by the turn of events. „That’s got to be a joke!“ He stated on BBC Radio 5 Live.
England manager Gareth Southgate and his captain Harry Kane were almost at one. Though the Tottenham forward Kane picked Van Dijk moment both plumped for Ronaldo, Messi and Virgil Van Dijk.
Scotland head coach Steve Clarke proceeded with Van Dijk, Kylian Mbappe along with Sadio Mane, together with his captain Andy Robertson choosing Liverpool team-mate Van Dijk before Frenkie de Jong and Mane.
Wales boss Ryan Giggs went to Messi, Ronaldo and Van Dijk, although captain Ashley Williams opted for Eden Hazard Van Dijk and De Jong.
Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill picked on Mohamed Salah, Van Dijk and Messi, and ruler Steven Davis went for Messi, Van Dijk and Mane.
They registered a mention Even though Manchester City became the first English club to acquire a domestic treble in 2018-19.
They had eight players but Sergio Aguero Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva were overlooked.
So too was director Pep Guardiola, that lost out in the men’s trainer category to Klopp.
Documenting that the points tally at Premier League history – 98 – and – winning three key trophies is not really enough.
Apart from light displays, there were some notable outfits on display. Perfect time given the ceremony happened on the final day of Milan Fashion Week…
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