The iconic duo have been nominated for Globe Soccer’s Player of the Century and Player of the Year awards.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have made a 28-man shortlist for a special award to honor the best footballer of the 21st century by the Globe Soccer Awards.
The event organizers traditionally award the best players, coaches, and agents of a calendar year in an annual ceremony in Dubai, with the latest one to take place on December 27. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be fewer attendances than normal.
But everything will go ahead as planned, including a new special award in the best player of the 21st century.
Fans from around the world can also vote for their favorite candidate out of the 28-man shortlist below. To cast your vote, all you have to do is visit the Globe Soccer website and select your pick.
Voters can also decide on the best coach, club, and agent of the century.
Player of the Century 2001-2020
In alphabetical order by the player’s first name, here is the 28-man shortlist.
|Andrea Pirlo||Iker Casillas||Ronaldinho|
|Andres Iniesta||Kaka||Ronaldo Nazario|
|Andriy Shevchenko||Kylian Mbappe||Sergio Ramos|
|Arjen Robben||Lionel Messi||Steven Gerrard|
|Cristiano Ronaldo||Luis Figo||Xavi Hernandez|
|David Beckham||Manuel Neuer||Zinedine Zidane|
|Fabio Cannavaro||Mohamed Salah||Zlatan Ibrahimovic|
|Frank Lampard||Philipp Lahm|
|Gianluigi Buffon||Robert Lewandowski|
Player of the Year 2020
Ronaldo, meanwhile, has been nominated again for Globe Soccer’s Player of the Year prize in 2020. He won it last year for a record sixth time and will rival Messi for it once more.
Radamel Falcao, Franck Ribery, and Messi have won the award once since it’s founding in 2011.
In alphabetical order by the player’s first name, here is the eight-man shortlist.
|Karim Benzema||Real Madrid||France|
|Robert Lewandowski||Bayern Munich||Poland|
|Serge Gnabry||Bayern Munich||Germany|