The domestic campaign may only have just started but we’re getting closer to football’s award season.
While the Ballon d’Or is still football’s most prestigious individual award, FIFA’s ‘The Best’ award looks set to rival it in the years to come.
Cristiano Ronaldo picked up the accolade at the inaugural ceremony, being crowned The Best FIFA Men’s Player.
Meanwhile, Claudio Ranieri picked up The Best FIFA Men's Coach after guiding Leicester to Premier League glory during the 2015/16 season.
This time around, it looks as though Real Madrid will complete a clean sweep after their incredible 2016/17 season.
Madrid won the Champions League for the second year in a row and also pipped Barcelona to La Liga title. They also claimed the Club World Cup.
Not bad at all.
So, it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that Madrid lead the way with Cristiano Ronaldo favourite to land The Best FIFA Men’s Player once again and Zinedine Zidane tipped to claim The Best FIFA Men's Coach.
Ronaldo will be rivalled by Neymar and Lionel Messi for the player award, while Zidane will have to fend off Antonio Conte and Massimiliano Allegri for the best manager.
While football fans may have differing opinions on who should win, FIFA.com decided to get the opinion of a true footballing great.
Francesco Totti retired from the game in the summer after 25 seasons playing at the top level with Roma. And the football legend revealed who he thinks will pick up the big awards at next week’s ceremony.
Totti on 'The Best' player
“First of all, we are talking about three footballing aliens,” he explained to FIFA.com.
“I must say that we always respected each other on and off the field. But I think that, in the end, Ronaldo is ahead of the others. He had an amazing season and also accomplished all of his goals with the most prestigious of teams.”
Totti on 'The Best' manager
As for the best manager, Totti ignored his two countrymen by giving Zidane his vote.
“Despite the extraordinary job of Conte and Allegri, I think Zidane is the favourite for the same reasons as Cristiano Ronaldo: he won everything the last season,” Totti added.
We’ll have to wait until Monday 23 October to find if Totti’s predictions come true at the ceremony in London.
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