Jamie Vardy cleaned up in the FIFA player of the year nominations
‘Gianni, we’ve got this new award show. What do you reckon we call it?’
‘We need something glamorous. Something which says new era! How about The Best FIFA Football Awards?’
‘You’re a genius Gianni!’
In case you missed last night’s events Cristiano Ronaldo was named the Best FIFA Men’s Player 2016 at the inaugural award show in Zurich.
Ronaldo picked up 34.54% of the votes cast by captains, head coaches, media representatives and fans, ahead of Lionel Messi (26.42%) and Antoine Griezmann (7.53%).
But when it came to Englishmen picking up votes one player stood head and shoulders above the rest- Jamie Vardy.
Vardy amassed 33 votes from 17 different countries, more than Sergio Aguero, Paul Pogba, Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Ramos.
Sure, one of these votes came courtesy of his international captain Wayne Rooney, but he wasn’t the only one impressed by Vardy’s form in 2016.
The Leicester striker got first place nominations from footballing hotbeds Turks & Caicos Islands, Chinese Taipei and Vanuata, who all reckon he had a better season than Ronaldo and Messi.
Countries ranging from Puerto Rico to Botswana via Montserrat and Oman voted the 29-year-old as the 3rd best player of 2016.
But unfortunately it counted for little as Vardy failed to be named in the FIFA FIFPro World XI. He wasn’t the only one though- no Premier League players made the side.
Our only representative was Claudio Ranieri who was given the coach of the year award after guiding Leicester to a league title.
Dilly ding dilly gong!
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