FIFA FOOTBALL AWARD- The winners and Inspiring Ones
It was an amazing night in London which hosted the Gala night of the Federation of Football FIFA. It was the night to celebrate men and women that had distinguished themselves in 2017 and the event did not disappoint.
The Host for the event was the handsome, charismatic and successful Idris Elba (though regrettably he is an Arsenal fan) who did justice to the event and made it very much interesting.
The Award for the best goalkeeper went to Gianluigi Buffon, who did an amazing job speaking English for the occasion, for a man who had to left the shores of his country to ply his trade that was an outstanding feat.
Oliver Giroud won the Puskas Award for the best goal of the year with the scorpion kick which was an electric goal to be honest.
FIFA Fair play award went to an African, Francis Kone who quickly was alert to the opposing keeper who was knocked unconscious and swallowed his tongue, ran to the aid of the keeper to free the air ways before the medic arrived, an amazing act of kindness and heroism.
The Fans Award went to Celtic football Club, they are a loud and wonderful lot.
Zinedine Zidane won the Manager of the year for 2017.
The FIFPRO 11 went to Buffon (GK); Marcelo (LB) Ramos (CB) Bonucci (CB) Dani Alves (RB); Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Iniesta (Midfield); Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo (F)
The one everyone was waiting for The Best Male footballer of the Year went to Cristiano Ronaldo
That is the summary of the awards but something’s caught my attention I would like to mention here. Football is a unifying factor that helps to heal, inspire and educate world over, it also helps to show love and brings out the good in people. From Francis Kone who in his lifetime had saved four footballers from fatal fates to the fans of Dortmund and germans in general who housed the Monaco fans who were stranded after the bomb attack on the bus of Borrusia Dortmund had to postpone the match. To the little boy who wore a polythene bag with Messi’s name at the back and his dream of meeting Messi came true when his video went viral. Not to forget the amazing act of kindness by Ronaldo who sold one of his Ballon D’or to raise money for a sick person. It is amazing what love beyond the sport can do, those little act of kindness can go a long way to help nations rebuild, unite and show love all around.
To the man of the hour Ronaldo who won it for the 3rd time in his career, his first being in England with Manchester United and now coming back home to England to win his 3rd was amazing. When asked the one thing that has made him last this long and this good. In his words “Talent is nothing without hardwork” I can bet NIKE are warming up for an advert with him and those exact same words. If they have not thought of it, I am giving you the idea for free lol.
But really let us give it to him, he has worked pretty hard to get to where he is today and some may say that it all boiled down to the time his friend allowed him get the opportunity to join Sporting Lisbon but “You can only call one lucky when Opportunity meets Preparedness” . His loyalty also is second to none, his tenacity, determination and selflessness cannot be over emphasised. His kind-heartedness are all recorded in the sands of time. Big ups to all the winners and all those who have inspired us one way or the other to be better, to do better and be the best in whatever we find our hands doing. The most important message if you forget anything is “To show love to all regardless of gender, race, culture, religion, opinion, class”. T21