João Félix of Atlético Madrid Will be joined by football legends Ryan Giggs and Miralem Pjanić on stage at the 11th edition of the annual Dubai Globe Soccer Awards, organised in partnership with Dubai Sports Council at Madinat Jumeirah on Sunday, December 29.
This year’s programme will include an award celebrating excellence in the business of football for the first time. The inaugural Best Partnership of the Year by SportBusiness Award will be contested by Manchester City and SAP, FC Barcelona and Beko and Liverpool and Standard Chartered.
The hotly-anticipated Best Men’s Player of the Year award has been shortlisted to four players – Juventus FC’s Cristiano Ronaldo, FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, Liverpool FC’s Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah – four out of this year’s finalists in the 2019 Ballon d’Or and The Best Fifa Football Awards, with both being awarded to Messi.
Joining guests during the evening will be English star Lucy Bronze, who led French club Olympique Lyonnais to victory in the Women’s Champions League earlier this year and is nominated as the Best Women’s Player of the Year.
Former Manchester United player Mikaël Silvestre, Sara Gama from Juventus FC, Amandine Henry from Olympique Lyonnaise, French referee Stéphanie Frappart, Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan, Didier Deschamps, the French national team manager, Simone Inzaghi, SS Lazio coach, Fabio Capello and Pierluigi Collina are also confirmed to attend.
Locally-based Abderrazak Hamdallah, a striker for Saudi Arabia’s Al-Nassr FC and a host of other international football players, coaches and managers will also be part of the star-studded guest list later this month.
Finalists for eight of the 15 awards that will be presented are:
Best Men’s Player of the Year: Juventus FC’s Cristiano Ronaldo, FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Liverpool FC’s Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah
Best Women’s Player of the Year: US national soccer team’s Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe, alongside Olympique Lyonnais’ Lucy Bronze and Amandine Henry
Best Coach of the Year: AFC Ajax’s Erik Ten Hag, Portugal’s Fernando Santos and Liverpool FC’s Jürgen Klopp
Best Revelation Player: Erling Braut Håland, a striker for Austrian football club Red Bull Salzburg and the Norway national team; Jadon Sancho, who plays for Germany’s Borussia Dortmund and the England national team; João Félix from Spanish club Atlético Madrid, who also plays for Portugal’s national team; and Anssumane “Ansu” Fati Vieira who plays as a left winger for Spanish club FC Barcelona
Best Sporting Director: Andrea Berta (Atlético Madrid), Eric Abidal (FC Barcelona), Igli Tare (SS Lazio) and Marc Overmars (AFC Ajax)
Best Partnership of the Year by SportBusiness Award: FC Barcelona and Beko; Liverpool FC and Standard Chartered; and Manchester City FC and SAP
Kooora – Best Arab Player Award Finalists: Abderrazak Hamdallah (Al-Nassr FC, Saudi Arabia), Akram Afif (Al Sadd SC, Qatar), Salem Al-Dawsari (Al Hilal SFC, Saudi Arabia), Tarek Hamed (Zamalek SC, Egypt) and Youcef Belaïli (Al-Ahli Saudi FC, Saudi Arabia)
Kooora – Best Arab Club Award Finalists: Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal SFC and Al-Nassr FC; Tunisia’s Espérance ST, Morocco’s Wydad AC and Egypt’s Zamalek SC
The winners will be chosen by the Dubai Globe Soccer Jury, a panel of leading industry experts including Fabio Capello, Antonio Conte, Eric Abidal and Luis Figo.