Top footballers Cristiano Ronaldo and Lucy Bronze were among the award-winners at the 11th annual Dubai Globe Soccer Awards, which were held at Madinat Jumeirah on Sunday December 29.
The biggest names from both the men’s and women’s games were present at a star-studded ceremony at Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai on Sunday (December 29), which saw the best of the sport picking up awards.
Cristiano Ronaldo was named Best Men’s Player of the Year category and Lucy Bronze picked up the women’s award.
Portuguese player Ronaldo, who won the Serie A title with Juventus and claimed the UEFA Nations League with Portugal in 2019, was picking up the award for the sixth time. He triumphed over rivals Lionel Messi, Virgil van Dijk and Mohammed Salah in the category.
English right back Bronze was collecting the award for the first time, for her role in the Olympique Lyonnais side, which won the French Championship, French Cup, Trophée des Championnes (France) and UEFA Women’s Champions League (Europe).
Club of the year went to Liverpool FC, winners of UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup in 2019, while Coach of the Year went to Liverpool’s team coach Jurgen Klopp.
Best Goalkeeper went to Alisson Becker for the second year running, while Best Referee went to Stephanie Frappart, who refereed at the Liverpool and Chelsea match in August, becoming the first woman referee in history to officiate over a European men’s football Super Cup final. Jorge Mendes picked up Best Agent for the ninth time. His star pupil also appeared, the promising young Portuguese player Joao Felix, class of ’99, won this evening as theBest Revelation Player. Player Career Award went to Miralem Pjanic and Ryan Giggs.
Meanwhile Saudi club Al-Hilal SFC was named Best Arab Club of the Year and Moroccan striker Abderazak Hamdallah, a leading figure at Saudi club Al-Nassr, won Best Arab Player.
Supported by ITP Live, the 11th edition of the awards were decided by some of the biggest names ever to have graced the game – including Barcelona, Real Madrid and Portugal legend Luis Figo, current Inter Milan coach Antonio Conte, former France international defender Eric Abidal and decorated former Real Madrid and England coach Fabio Capello.
“The global success of the Dubai Globe Soccer Awards over the years is tangible proof of how the football industry has grown exponentially in every aspect in the Middle East. Through these awards, we aim to motivate and inspire athletes, both young and young at heart, men and women, as well as all those who work tirelessly behind the scenes, always giving the best of themselves for the continuous expansion of this wonderful sport that is football”, said Tommaso Bendoni, CEO of Dubai Globe Soccer Awards.
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All the award winners from the 11th annual Dubai Global Soccer Awards
1. Best Academy of the Year: AFC Ajax and S.L. Benfica
2. Best Agent of the Year: Jorge Mendes
3. Best Club of the Year: Liverpool FC
4. Best Coach of the Year: Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool FC)
5. Best Goalkeeper of the Year: Alisson Becker
6. Best Men’s Player of the Year: Cristiano Ronaldo
7. Best Partnership of the Year Award by SportBusiness: Manchester City FC and SAP
8. Best Referee of the Year: Stephanie Frappart
9. Best Revelation Player: Joao Felix (Atlético Madrid, Portugal’s national team)
10. Best Sporting Director: Andrea Berta (Atlético Madrid)
11. Best Women's Player of the Year: Lucy Bronze
12. Best Young Arab Player of the Year: Achraf Hakimi
13. Kooora – Best Arab Club Award: Al Hilal SFC (Saudi Arabia)
14. Kooora – Best Arab Player Award: Abderazak Hamdallah (Al-Nassr FC, Saudi Arabia)
15. Player Career Award: Miralem Pjanic and Ryan Giggs