Ronaldo to tackle Mbappe and Griezmann at Globe Soccer Awards in Dubai

Cristiano Ronaldo and French pair Kylian Mbappé and Antoine Griezmann will fight it out for the Best Player Award when the 10th edition of the Globe Soccer Awards is staged at Dubai’s Madinat Jumeirah on January 3, 2019.

The Juventus icon and the two FIFA World Cup-winning French stars lead the nominations for the now traditional gala awards ceremony to be held in association with the 13th Dubai International Sports Conference, organised by the Dubai Sports Council.

Sponsored by Dubai Holding, Meraas, Audi and Emirates, the Globe Soccer Awards is considered part of the ‘Grand Slam’ of football award ceremonies alongside the Ballon D’or and The Best FIFA Football Awards.

And it’s Juve’s CR7 who remains the only player to win all three ‘Grand Slam’ award titles in one year – a feat he accomplished in both 2016 and 2017.

The Portuguese legend, a record four-time winner and eight-time nominee, will be looking to make it a third Globe Soccer Best Player Award in as many years but he faces a battle for the crown from French pair Griezmann and Mbappé who lit up the world stage in Russia this summer.

“The 10th anniversary of the Globe Soccer Awards is a special milestone so we are delighted to announce Cristiano Ronaldo, Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe as the finalists in the Best Player category,” said Globe Soccer CEO Tommaso Bendoni.

“Our thanks go to our new title sponsor Dubai Holding for their support and to the Dubai Sports Council who have been Globe Soccer Awards partners since our first event in 2010.”

Like his two star players, French coach Didier Deschamps is also among the nominees.

Deschamps, only the third man to win the FIFA World Cup as both player and manager, is in contention for the Best Coach Award alongside former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane, Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone, Jürgen Klopp of Liverpool and Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri. 

“I’m very proud of this nomination and of what I have achieved so far,” said Deschamps, who led France to World Cup success over Croatia. “There is no greater achievement for a football professional than to have won the World cup first as a player and then as a coach. But my life does not change and my values remain unchanged in terms of family and friends.”

“Of course, there are other professional goals such as the qualification for the next European Championship and I look forward to discussing these topics and much more with football friends and colleagues at the Dubai International Sports Conference held in association with the Globe Soccer Awards.”

Among the other early nominees announced by Globe Soccer, super-agent Jorge Mendes will battle it out with Jonathan Barnett and Stefano Castagna in the Best Agent category, while 2018 UEFA Champions League finalists Real Madrid and Liverpool will once again go head-to-head this time for the Best Team Award alongside Atletico Madrid.

The ceremony will also honour many other distinguished names from the world of football with the other nominees to be announced shortly.

The Globe Soccer Awards will be staged in Dubai shortly after the UAE hosts the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup and just before the country stages the AFC Asian Cup, while the associated Dubai Sports Council’s International Sports Conference will see a wide range of speakers from club owners to coaches, players and sponsors discussing the future development of football.


About the Globe Soccer Awards

Established in 2010, the Globe Soccer Awards are staged in Dubai, UAE and are the annual awards given for excellence in the world of professional football. Organised also with the support of the ECA (European Club Association), the Awards are held in association with the annual Dubai International Sports Conference, organised by the Dubai Sports Council. While other awards concentrate on the players, the Globe Soccer Awards recognise the achievements and excellence throughout the game with coaches, referees, agents and directors also among the recipients.



Dubai Globe Soccer Awards Official Nominations

Best Club (ECA List)

Real Madrid (European Champion)

Atletico Madrid (Europa League Winner)

Liverpool (Champions League Finalist)


Best Coach

Didier Deschamps (World Champion)

Zinedine Zidane (European Champion)

Diego Simeone (Europa League Champion)

Jürgen Klopp (Champions League Finalist)

Massimiliano Allegri (Italian Record-Holder)


Best Player

Cristiano Ronaldo (European Champion)

Antoine Griezmann (World Champion)

Kylian Mbappé (World Champion)


Best Agent

Jorge Mendes (Gestifute)

Jonathan Barnett (Stellar Group)

Stefano Castagna (Football Capital)



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