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The Best Explained

On its 25th anniversary of honouring world football’s top performers, FIFA has decided to take the game’s most prestigious individual award to a new, modern direction. One that reflects the organisation’s mission of bringing football centre stage.

The Awards Show

The Best FIFA Football Awards™ were held for the very first time on 9 January 2017, the latest incarnation of the annual awards events that FIFA has been staged since 1991, when the FIFA World Player Gala was founded. 


FIFA commissioned the design of a new platinum-coated trophy to honour The Best at the inaugural The Best FIFA Football Awards™. The trophy, with identical versions for both men’s and women’s players and coaches, has a shape which resembles the iconic FIFA World Cup™ Trophy