World Soccer Awards: Messi leads the way as Barcelona sweep the board

The results of our 33rd annual awards – and the people who helped shape the game over the year

Barcelona swept the board in the 33rd annual World Soccer Awards, winning all three categories. Lionel Messi is Player of the Year for a record fourth time, while Luis Enrique is Manager of the Year.

Barcelona, not surprisingly after their trophy-laden year, claimed the Team of the Year title.

The awards are recognition for the starring role played by Messi in Barcelona’s treble triumph of Champions League,

La Liga and Spanish Cup. They capped  a memorable year by beating River Plate to win the Club World Cup in Japan.

Barcelona had three of the top four players, with Messi’s team-mates Neymar and Luis Suarez finishing third and fourth respectively, with Andres Iniesta making it four players in the top seven.

The treble win for Barcelona was a repeat of their clean sweep in 2009, when Messi won his first World Player title, and Pep Guardiola was Manager of the Year.

Last year’s winner, Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid, finished second, while there were also three Bayern Munich players in the top 10: Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Muller and Manuel Neuer.

Luis Enrique was the clear winner of the Manager award, ahead of Chile’s Jorge Sampaoli and Pep Guardiola of Bayern.

And Barcelona were emphatic victors of the Team award, ahead of Copa America winners Chile.

The awards were decided by votes from a panel of 100 journalists and pundits who chose their top 10 players of the year, with points awarded to each selection.

RESULTS

WORLD PLAYER OF THE YEAR
1    Lionel Messi
Barcelona & Argentina    927
2    Cristiano Ronaldo
Real Madrid & Portugal    702
3    Neymar
Barcelona & Brazil    675
4    Luis Suarez
Barcelona & Uruguay    582
5    Robert Lewandowski
Bayern Munich & Poland    450
6    Thomas Muller
Bayern Munich & Germany    240
7    Andres Iniesta
Barcelona & Spain    222
8    Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Paris Saint-Germain
& Sweden    196
9    Paul Pogba
Juventus & France     137
10    Manuel Neuer
Bayern Munich & Germany    131
11    Alexis Sanchez
Arsenal & Chile    123
12    Eden Hazard
Chelsea & Belgium    102
13    Sergio Aguero
Manchester City & Argentina    98
14    Kevin De Bruyne
Wolfsburg/Manchester City & Belgium    78
15    Arturo Vidal
Juventus/Bayern Munich
& Chile    73
16    Gianluigi Buffon
Juventus & Italy    72
17    Carlos Tevez
Juventus/Boca Juniors
& Argentina    43
18    Yaya Toure
Manchester City & Ivory Coast    39
19=    Gareth Bale
Real Madrid & Wales    36
19=    Ivan Rakitic
Barcelona & Croatia    36
21    Javier Mascherano
Barcelona & Argentina    27
22    Jerome Boateng
Bayern Munich & Germany    26
23=    Andrea Pirlo
Juventus/New York City FC
& Italy    24
23=    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyeng
Borussia Dortmund & Gabon    22
25    Wayne Rooney
Manchester Utd & England    19
26=    Sergio Busquets
Barcelona & Spain    18
26=    Giorgio Chiellini
Juventus & Italy    18
28    Arjen Robben
Bayern Munich & Holland    16
29=    David Alaba
Bayern Munich & Austria    14
29=    Diego Costa
Chelsea & Spain    14
31=    Douglas Costa
Shakhtar Donetsk/
Bayern Munich & Brazil    11
31=    Diego Godin
Atletico Madrid & Uruguay    11
33=    Dani Alves
Barcelona & Brazil    10
33=    Philippe Coutinho
Liverpool & Brazil    10
33=    Sergio Ramos
Real Madrid & Spain    10
33=    James Rodriguez
Real Madrid & Colombia    10
37=    Marco Reus
Borussia Dortmund & Germany    9
37=    David Silva
Manchester City & Spain    9
39    David De Gea
Manchester Utd & Spain    7
39=    Oscar
Chelsea & Brazil    7
39=    Raphael Varane
Real Madrid & France    7
42=    Karim Benzema
Real Madrid & France    6
42=    Leonardo Bonucci
Juventus & Italy    6
42=    Harry Kane
Tottenham Hotspur & England     6
42=    Gerard Pique
Barcelona & Spain    6
42=    Xavi
Barcelona/Al Sadd & Spain    6
42=    Andriy Yarmolenko
Dynamo Kiev & Ukraine    6
48=    Luka Modric
Real Madrid & Croatia    5
48=    Thiago Silva
Paris Saint-Germain & Brazil    5
48=    Fernando Torres
Atletico Madrid & Spain    5
48=    Robin Van Persie
Manchester Utd/Fenerbahce & Holland    5
52=    Gonzalo Higuain
Napoli & Argentina    4
52=    Toni Kroos
Real Madrid & Germany    4
52=    Philipp Lahm
Bayern Munich & Germany    4
52=    Claudio Marchisio
Juventus & Italy    4
52=    Keylor Navas
Real Madrid & Costa Rica    4
52=    Raheem Sterling
Liverpool/Manchester City & England    4
52=    Jon Walters
Stoke City & Rep Ireland    4
59=    Omar Abdulrahman
Al-Ain & UAE    3
59=    Jesus Corona
Twente/Porto & Mexico    3
59=    Cesc Fabregas
Chelsea & Spain    3
59=    Mauro Icardi
Internazionale & Argentina    3
59=    Alvaro Morata
Juventus & Spain    3
59=    Dimitri Payet
Marseille/West Ham & France    3
59=    Jamie Vardy
Leicester City & England    3
59=    Eduardo Vargas
QPR/Hoffenheim & Chile    3
67=    Moussa Dembele
Tottenham Hotspur & Belgium    2
67=    Ricardo Goulart
Guangzhou Evergrande & Brazil    2
67=    Joe Hart
Manchester City & England    2
67=    Thibaut Courtois
Chelsea & Belgium     2
67=    Jorge Valdivia
Palmeiras/Al Wahda & Chile    2
72    Andre Ayew
Marseille/Swansea & Ghana    1
72=    Carlos Bacca
Sevilla/Milan & Colombia    1
72=    Claudio Bravo
Barcelona & Chile    1
72=    Marcelo Diaz
Hamburg & Chile    1
72=    Luciano Figueroa
Johor Darul Takzim & Argentina    1
72=    Hulk
Zenit & Brazil    1
72=    Mats Hummels
Borussia Dortmund & Germany    1
72=    Marcelo
Real Madrid & Brazil    1
72=    Riyad Mahrez
Leicester City & Algeria    1
72=    Mesut Ozil
Arsenal & Germany    1
72=    Richie Towell
Dundalk & Rep Ireland    1
72=    Willian
Chelsea & Brazil    1

WORLD MANAGER OF THE YEAR
1    Luis Enrique
Barcelona    49 votes
2    Jorge Sampaoli
Chile    15
3    Pep Guardiola
Bayern Munich    10
4    Michael O’Neill
Northern Ireland     4
5    Lars Lagerbeck/Heimir Hallgrimsson
Iceland    3
6    Max Allegri
Juventus    2
X    Diego Simeone
Atletico Madrid    2
7=    Carlo Ancelotti
Real Madrid    1
7=    Pal Dardai
Hungary    1
7=    Gianni Di Biaisi
Albania    1
7=    Eusebio Di Francesco
Sassuolo    1
7=    Eddie Howe
Bournemouth    1
7=    Jorge Jesus
Benfica/Sporting Lisbon    1
7=    Joachim Low
Germany     1
7=    Jose Mourinho
Chelsea    1
7=    Luis Felipe Scolari
Guangzhou Evergrande    1
7=    Uli Stielike
South Korea    1
7=    Unai Emery
Sevilla    1
7=    Hein Vanhaezebrouck
Gent    1

WORLD TEAM OF THE YEAR
1 Barcelona    82
2 Chile    9
3 Bayern Munich     3
4 Iceland     2
5= Germany     1
5= Turkey     1