November 23, 2017, 12:11

Here’s who Martin O’Neill and Seamus Coleman voted for as the world’s best player and manager

Here’s who Martin O’Neill and Seamus Coleman voted for as the world’s best player and manager

The Best FIFA Football Awards went as expected last night, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Zinédine Zidane scooping the top awards, writes Stephen Barry.

When it came to the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland votes, captains and managers were unanimous in agreement with those selections.

Martin O’Neill and Seamus Coleman both opted for Lionel Messi as their runner-up for world player of the year, with O’Neill choosing Eden Hazard and Coleman picking Juventus’s Paulo Dybala as their third choices.

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill had no room for Messi, choosing Chelsea pair Hazard and N’Golo Kanté ahead of the Barcelona man.

None of the four chose Neymar, who finished third in the overall vote, narrowly ahead of Gianluigi Buffon.

Behind Zidane for world manager of the year, Atlético Madrid’s Diego Simeone (who finished 9th overall) and Chelsea’s Antonio Conte (2nd) were Martin O’Neill’s next choices.

Michael O’Neill opted for Juventus’s Massimiliano Allegri (3rd overall) and Monaco’s Leonardo Jardim (6th) after Zidane.

Coleman went for Zidane, Conte and Allegri as his top-three.

Here’s their selections:

Republic of Ireland Coach Martin O’Neill

Best Player: Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Eden Hazard

Best Manager: Zinédine Zidane, Diego Simeone, Antonio Conte

Republic of Ireland Captain Seamus Coleman

Best Player: Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Paulo Dybala

Best Manager: Zinédine Zidane, Antonio Conte, Massimiliano Allegri

Northern Ireland Coach Michael O’Neill

Best Player: Cristiano Ronaldo, Eden Hazard, N’Golo Kanté

Best Manager: Zinédine Zidane, Massimiliano Allegri, Leonardo Jardim

Northern Ireland Captain Steven Davis

Best Player: Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Luka Modric

Best Manager: Zinédine Zidane, Leonardo Jardim, Antonio Conte

Lieke Martens won the Women’s Player award after inspiring Holland to victory on home soil at Euro 2017.

The Barcelona forward came out in front of fellow nominees Carli Lloyd, who collected the award last year, and Deyna Castellanos.

Dutch manager Sarina Wiegman won the top management award.

Here’s how the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland representatives voted:

Republic of Ireland Coach Colin Bell

Best Player: Lieke Martens, Dzsenifer Marozsán, Pernille Harder

Best Manager: Sarina Wiegman, Dominik Thalhammer, Gérard Prêcheur

Republic of Ireland Captain Kate McCabe

Best Player: Jodie Taylor, Lieke Martens, Pernille Harder

Best Manager: Sarina Wiegman, Nils Nielsen, Dominik Thalhammer

Northern Ireland Coach Alfie Wylie

Best Player: Lieke Martens, Vivianne Miedema, Sam Kerr

Best Manager: Sarina Wiegman, Dominik Thalhammer, Nils Nielsen

Northern Ireland Captain Marissa Callaghan

Best Player: Lieke Martens, Vivianne Miedema, Sam Kerr

Best Manager: Sarina Wiegman, Dominik Thalhammer, Nils Nielsen

Sourse: breakingnews.ie

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