Dubai Globe Soccer Awards 2023: Ronaldo, Messi dominate voting for Best Player accolade

The prestigious awards, which is set to take place at the Atlantis, The Palm next month, sets new voting record

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Published: Tue 12 Dec 2023, 8:29 PM

Last updated: Tue 12 Dec 2023, 9:44 PM

Football fans around the world have cast a record 27 million votes to decide the final shortlists for next month's Dubai Globe Soccer Awards 2023, to be held in the Atlantis, The Palm on January 19, 2024, and organised in collaboration with Dubai Sports Council and presented by Nakheel.

The first round of public voting closed last Thursday with organisers confirming old rivalries will be reignited in the Middle East. Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi dominated the voting for Best Men's Player, alongside the likes of Manchester City's Erling Haaland and Real Madrid sensation Jude Bellingham, who is up for a record four awards, including Best Midfielder and Power Horse Emerging Player.

Al Nassr's 38-year-old Ronaldo led the votes across all three categories in which he was nominated, including Fans' Favourite Player where he faces competition on a five-man shortlist consisting of Messi, Bellingham, Al Hilal star Neymar, and Liverpool's talismanic Mohamed Salah.

In the all-new Best Middle East Player, the Portuguese forward led a shortlist that includes Al Ittihad's Karim Benzema, Al Ahli's Riyad Mahrez, Al Hilal's Salem Al Dawsari, and Mohamed El Shenawy of Al Ahly.

Another new award, Best Middle East Club, sees El Shenawy's 43-time Egyptian Premier League champions joined by Saudi trio Al Nassr, Al Ittihad, and Al Hilal, as well as UAE side Shabab Al Ahli. Ahly's Swiss manager Marcel Koller led the club to a five-trophy clean sweep in just 10 months, including a record-extending 11th African Champions League.

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Koller has been shortlisted as Best Coach alongside the likes of Real Madrid's Carlo Ancelotti, Manchester City's Pep Guardiola, and Napoli's Serie A winning coach Luciano Spalletti. The respective clubs of all three coaches, as well as Copa Libertadores champions Fluminense of Brazil, are each among the 10 nominations for Best Men's Club.

Aitana Bonmatí leads women's category

Best Women's Player meanwhile will pit Spain's World Cup winner Aitana Bonmatí up against, among others, Nigeria's Asisat Oshoala and Colombia's Linda Caicedo, as well as a trio of Women's Super League stars in Mary Earps (Manchester United), Amanda Ilestedt (Arsenal), and Sam Kerr (Chelsea). Bonmatí's Barcelona are also up for Best Women's Club alongside Arsenal, Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Roma. Morocco's Yassine Bounou, who represents Saudi Pro League club Al Hilal, features on a six-man shortlist that also includes Man City's Ederson and Real Madrid's Thibaut Courtois for Best Goalkeeper.

Two new Italian-focused categories, Serie A Best Digital Content by a Player and Serie A Best Digital Content by a Club, have also been introduced as part of an exciting new partnership between Globe Soccer and the Italian top tier.

The Best Agent accolade also makes a return, with Ali Barat, Jorge Mendes, and Frank Trimboli on this year's three-man shortlist. Globe Soccer's Official Jury will decide the victor, together with Best Sporting Director and Best President.

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