Each edition of FIFA’s Best awards gives rise to curiosity and controversy due to the voting that is made public once the winner is known. Lionel Messi, after a season far from his vintage but which included the World Cup triumph, has once again been crowned the best male outfield player — and this is how The Best ceremony 2022 all panned out — but the intricacies of the voting offer some interesting details that warrant some attention.
The surprising votes from certain national team selectors and team captains have become a topic of discussion, filling several pages across social media. FIFA published the final results and below are some of the picks that caught our attention.
What a night! 😍
Congratulations to all the winners at this year’s #TheBest FIFA Football Awards 🏆
Find out who won in each category at the awards ceremony in Paris:
Links to the full lists of how the captains and coaches of national teams from around the world voted can be found below:
The operation of voting for The Best
First, a group of experts representing FIFA and external football interest groups make a shortlist of candidates. Specifically, each member chooses who they consider to be the three best players, coaches and goalkeepers. And, with these decisions, two lists (of eleven candidates each) are drawn up for the best male and female player, another of five coaches and another of five goalkeepers.
After these candidates are confirmed, a second phase of the voting takes place, in which the jury is made up of different groups from the world of football. There are four groups:
Each group represents 25%, so they all have the same power and value, and the criteria of some over others no longer count. They choose their top three from the above lists of candidates, giving five, three or one point.