The Best FIFA Football Awards™
- FIFA legends name their favorites at The Best
- Aimar has a clear preference for world footballers
- Rampone is happy about defensive specialists
Last Friday afternoon Hope Powell, Christie Pearce Rampone, Gilberto Silva and Pablo Aimar announced for FIFA the three finalists for The Best FIFA Football Awards ™ 2020, which will be presented on December 17th at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich. An interesting conversation about this year’s finalists developed afterwards.
The Best – FIFA-Weltfussballerin:
- Lucy Bronze (England / Olympique Lyonnais / Manchester City WFC)
- Pernille Harder (Denmark / VfL Wolfsburg / Chelsea FC Women)
- Wendie Renard (Frankreich / Olympique Lyonnais)
“It’s great that there are so many defenders in the three finalists. It’s great that the defenders’ qualities are recognized,” said former US defender and two-time world champion Pearce Rampone. “All three players have had a great influence. They decide games, are absolutely at the peak of their skills, that will be really difficult.”
“Two of them are currently playing in England. They are really high-class players. It will be very close and it shows what qualities there are in women’s football,” added Hope Powell, former England international and coach and current coach of Brighton & Hove Albion FC , add.
Nevertheless, Pearce Rampone has identified a favorite with Wendie Renard: “She is a world-class player. She is not only constant, but also hardy and very strong at headers. It is very difficult to play against her. She can with and without the ball shine and has a good chance of winning the award. “
The Best – FIFA-Weltfussballer:
- Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal / Juventus FC)
- Robert Lewandowski (Poland / FC Bayern Munich)
- Lionel Messi (Argentina / FC Barcelona)
In addition to the proven duo Messi / Ronaldo, Lewandowski has made it into the final selection of the last three. “Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have been dueling for this award for years. Lewandowski is doing great at Bayern, we know how strong he has been in recent years. I don’t have a favorite this year,” admitted Gilberto Silva, who played with Brazil in 2002 Became world champion and was part of Arsenal’s “Invincibles”.
Pablo Aimar, ex-Argentina international and currently assistant coach of the Argentine national team, of course has a favorite: “Lewandowski has great chances this time, they have won everything. Ronaldo and Messi have dominated The Best in the past. But for me it remains the best ever Messi. He’s my all-time favorite player ever. “
“As a Brazilian I would like to see Neymar here one day, he is on the right track. Mbappé is another young player who is capable of being here,” said Gilberto Silva, looking ahead.
The Best – FIFA World Coach – Men:
- Marcelo Bielsa (Argentinien / Leeds United FC)
- Hans-Dieter Flick (Germany / FC Bayern Munich)
- Jürgen Klopp (Germany / Liverpool FC)
In addition to the two German coaches from Liverpool and Bayern, for whom Gilberto Silva found words of praise and who “both have achieved something historical with their teams”, Aimar dedicated the following words to his compatriot Bielsa: “I have great admiration for Marcelo Bielsa, so I would be He’s my choice. He’s had a huge impact on all of the players he’s coached, including the countries he played in. He’s now leaving his footsteps in England too, influencing everyone around him. “
The Best – FIFA World Coach – Women:
- Emma Hayes (England / Chelsea FC Women)
- Jean-Luc Vasseur (Frankreich / Olympique Lyonnais)
- Sarina Wiegman (Netherlands / Dutch national team)
Both Powell and Pearce Rampone struggled to name their favorite among the coaches. “They’ve all done a phenomenal job in taking women’s football forward,” said Pearce Rampone.
The Best – FIFA World Goalkeeper:
- Sarah Bouhaddi (Frankreich / Olympique Lyonnais)
- Christiane Endler (Chile / Paris Saint-Germain)
- Alyssa Naeher (USA / Chicago Red Stars)
“They all shone in the world class and kept their teams in games,” said Pearce Rampone, while Powell suspects a “photo finish” in this category: “It’s going to be very tight. I don’t want to have to type that.”
The Best – FIFA World Goalkeeper:
- Alisson Becker (Brazil / Liverpool FC)
- Manuel Neuer (Germany / FC Bayern Munich)
- Jan Oblak (Slovenia / Atlético de Madrid)
“All three are fantastic goalkeepers. No matter who wins it, he can really celebrate because the competition is at such a high level,” said Gilberto Silva, judging the finalists among the goalkeepers.
Of course, all of the goals in the Puskás Prize are well worth seeing, as is the preselection – but Aimar is happy to commit himself: “Those are three incredible goals. But I like De Arrascaeta’s overhead kick best.”
The winners in all categories, including the FIFA Fan Award and the FIFA Fair Play Award, will be announced in a TV show on December 17, 2020 from 7:00 p.m. CET.
Who do you think should win this year? Discuss with us using the hashtag #TheBest.