Cristiano, Messi, Griezmann. The Best, is the new FIFA award ceremony which harks back to the day of the FIFA World Player award and featured an identical podium to that of the recent Ballon d'Or award. Nothing major has changed with the format which is an alternative to their FIFA World Player prize and is a reaction to the severing of the relationship with French magazine France Football and the celebrated Ballon d'Or prize. The new award is a cast-off of what was the FIFA Balón d'Or award held some weeks after the Ballon d'Or winner was announced via France Football.
I'm no great admirer of two prizes and really liked the union and voting formula that united the firepower of the global media corps with FIFA coaches and captains in electing the winners. The award held much credibility and was well supported in the footballing world. With FIFA's backing the ceremony was a star studded gala event with a range of prizes available which included the likes of best female coach, best goal, best supporters...A series of prizes covering important aspects of the game.
Luis Enrique and his Barça squad were a "no-show" in Zurich last night, a move which reminds one of the dark days of the ‘Mourinhato’, when the Portuguese coach tried to undermine the club president by depriving his Real Madrid players of attending the Principe de Asturias award ceremony. With the absence of Barcelona players at the event it took a message from Iniesta to try and excuse the players for their nonappearance in Zurich last night. At the same time Real Madrid come out of the FIFA event reinforced and the whole episode shows a changing tendency of the culture at each football club.