By Philips Sunday
Zurich, (AN24) – Leicester City manager, Claudio Ranieri has won the FIFA 2016 best men’s player award.
The Italian beat off competition from Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane and Portugal boss Fernando Santos to win the award.
Speaking after winning the award, Ranieri said: “It’s a fantastic evening for me, to be here with a lot of legends and now to win this award, I’m crazy now, very crazy, thank you so much for voting for me,” said Ranieri upon being presented with the award.
“I want to thank my family, my wife, my agent, my players – without them it is difficult for the manager to win something – and also our fans.
“I think what happened in England last season was amazing, something strange. The God of football said, ‘Leicester must win’.” He added.
Ranieri led Leicester City to a historic Premier League triumph in 2015-16 season, leading a team that had narrowly escaped relegation a season prior to the first top-flight title in their history.
In a related development, Silvia Neid was named The Best FIFA Women’s Coach 2016.
Neid led Germany to Olympic gold at Rio 2016 before stepping down from the position to work within the German Football Association (DFB).
She has received the accolade in its previous guise twice before, in 2010 and 2013.