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Megastars headline shortlist for Dubai Globe Soccer Awards

SportBusiness Staff October 20 2022

he shortlist of top international football players and professionals has been announced by the Dubai Sports Council and Dubai Globe Soccer Awards, and football fans across the world can now vote for their favourites in the first round of public voting to decide the winners of the 13th edition of the Dubai Globe Soccer Awards.

The gala ceremony will take place on Thursday 17 November, three days before the start of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

Ahead of the awards, icons of the sport and decision makers who contribute to the success of international football, will gather for the star-studded 17th edition of the Dubai International Sports Conference, hosted once again by the Dubai Sports Council.

This year’s list of award categories includes the TikTok Fans’ Player of the Year award, with Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah in the running. For Best Men’s Player of the Year and Best Women’s Player of the Year nominees include Karim Benzema, Thibaut Courtois, Erling Haaland, Beth Mead, Lucy Bronze and Spanish midfielder Alexia Putellas.

Twenty candidates are competing for the Best Men’s Club of the Year and ten for the Best Women’s Club of the Year, with almost the entire European football aristocracy represented, alongside renowned clubs from South America and the Middle East.

Legendary giants such as José Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti and Pep Guardiola are nominated alongside Stefano Pioli in the Best Coach of the Year category.

Back for another edition is the Best President of the Year category with nominees including five of the most illustrious leaders in global football today – Pinto da Costa, Herbert Hainer, Khaldoon Al Mubarak, Florentino Pérez and Paolo Scaroni.

Two new awards, Power Horse Emerging Player of the Year will be closely watched with contenders such as Rafael Leão, Gavi, Victor Osimhen and Federico Valverde in the running, while the finalists for the CNN Off The Pitch Award will be announced in the coming weeks.

Best Sporting Director of the Year and Best Agent of the Year will award those who excel in recognising important aspects of the game, and they are joined by two new awards; Best Scout of the Year and Best Transfer Deal of the Year.

As in previous editions, a number of football legends will be presented with Career Awards in recognition of their outstanding contribution to football.

The newly launched Globe Soccer Digital Awards presented by 433, will honour the finest digital media influencers and creators in football’s virtual arena across five categories: Best Football Esports Player, Best Football Journalist, Best Football TikTok Creator, Best Football Social Media Influencer and Best Football YouTube Creator.

For the first time, Fans Club of the Year and Fan Engagement Activation of the Year will be featured at the Globe Soccer Awards, to be elected by the platforms’ users.

Fan engagement with the Globe Soccer Awards has increased exponentially year on year, with the 2021 awards receiving votes from over 15 million football enthusiasts in over 210 countries and territories around the world.

Globe Soccer has partnered with the platform mySPORT by Emerce for the 2022 awards, where fans can vote on selected categories while taking part in live video talk shows with hosts, influencers, legends and other fans.

The first round of public voting to choose the finalists in the main categories is now open at and will close on 1 November 2022. The second round of voting to choose this year’s award winners will be open from 3 to 10 November 2022. This year’s winners will once again be chosen by the fans and an international jury of sports coaches, directors and club presidents. Full information is available here. Voting for the TikTok Fans’ Player of the Year award will take place on TikTok.

Supporting the Dubai Globe Soccer Awards for the third year in a row as Title Sponsor is social media giant TikTok. In keeping with the growing success of the event, three new sponsors have been welcomed to the list: Power Horse, El Mathe and CoinW. The organisers are proud to welcome back sponsors including Emirates, Perrelet,, Audi Al Nabooda, Ora Developers, Abu Dhabi Media, Waldorf DIFC and Waldorf Palm Jumeirah. An increased media presence for this year’s awards is reflected by the support of media partners: CNN, 433, Marca, Sky, LaPresse, Eurosport, SportBusiness and 90+ Kora.

The Dubai Globe Soccer Awards will be broadcast live via satellite and live streaming all over the world. Announcements and updates ahead of the 2022 edition of the Dubai Globe Soccer Awards will be shared through Globe Soccer’s social media channels: @globesoccer on Instagram, @Globe¬_Soccer on Twitter, @globesoccer on Facebook, @globesoccer on TikTok and Globe Soccer Awards on YouTube.

Note to Editors

The full list of nominees for the 2022 Dubai Globe Soccer Awards are as follows:

TikTok Fans’ Player of the Year

Karim Benzema Thibaut Courtois Kevin De Bruyne Erling Haaland Robert Lewandowski Lionel Messi Cristiano Ronaldo Mohamed Salah

Best Men’s Player of the Year

Trent Alexander-Arnold Karim Benzema João Cancelo Casemiro Thibaut Courtois Kevin De Bruyne Luis Díaz Phil Foden Erling Haaland Sébastien Haller Ciro Immobile Vinícius Júnior Harry Kane Joshua Kimmich Robert Lewandowski Riyad Mahrez Sadio Mané Kylian Mbappé Lionel Messi Luka Modrić Neymar Christopher Nkunku Cristiano Ronaldo Mohamed Salah Heung-Min Son

Best Women’s Player of the Year

Aitana Bonmatí Millie Bright Lucy Bronze Linda Caicedo Debinha Christiane Endler Caroline Graham Hansen Pernille Harder Ada Hegerberg Jennifer Hermoso Marie-Antoinette Katoto Sam Kerr Catarina Macario Beth Mead Vivianne Miedema Lena Oberdorf Alexandra Popp Alexia Putellas Wendie Renard Yamila Rodríguez

Best Men’s Club of the Year

Ajax Al-Hilal Athletico Paranaense Bayern München Boca Juniors Eintracht Frankfurt Feyenoord Flamengo Liverpool Manchester City AC Milan Palmeiras Paris Saint-Germain FC Porto Rangers Real Madrid River Plate AS Roma Villarreal Wydad

Best Women’s Club of the Year

Arsenal Barcelona Bayern München Chelsea Juventus Lyon Paris Saint-Germain Real Madrid AS Roma Wolfsburg

Best Coach of the Year

Carlo Ancelotti Sonia Bompastor Sérgio Conceição Unai Emery Abel Ferreira Renato Gaúcho Jonatan Giráldez Oliver Glasner Josep Guardiola Simone Inzaghi Jürgen Klopp José Mourinho Julian Nagelsmann Stefano Pioli Mauricio Pochettino Arne Slot Luciano Spalletti Martina Voss-Tecklenburg Sarina Wiegman Xavi

Power Horse Emerging Player of the Year

Hareb Abdullah Julián Álvarez Jude Bellingham Eduardo Camavinga Francisco Conceição Gavi Ryan Gravenberch Joško Gvardiol Rafael Leão Nuno Mendes Ilaix Moriba Jamal Musiala Victor Osimhen Pedri Bukayo Saka Gabriel Veron Federico Valverde Vitinha Dušan Vlahović Florian Wirtz

Best President of the Year

Khaldoon Al Mubarak Pinto da Costa Herbert Hainer Florentino Pérez Paolo Scaroni

Best Sporting Director of the Year

Michael Edwards / Julian Ward Cristiano Giuntoli Ricky Massara / Paolo Maldini Hasan Salihamidžić Michael Zorc

Best Agent of the Year

Leon Angel / Frank Trimboli Jonathan Barnett Jorge Mendes Rafaela Pimenta Pini Zahavi

Best Scout of the Year

Juni Calafat Fermín Galeote Martín Barry Hunter Geoffrey Moncada Markus Pilawa

CNN Off The Pitch Award To be announced at a later date

Best Transfer Deal of the Year

To be announced at the event

Maradona Award for Best Goal Scorer of the Year

To be announced at the event

Best Executive of the Year

To be announced at the event

Career Awards To be announced at the event

Globe Soccer Digital Awards:

Best Football Esports Player

AndoniiPM Conkai Crepaldi DullenMIKE Klinger LevideWeerd ManuelBachoore MatiasBonanno Nicolas99fc Ollelito PHzin Stingrayjnr Tekkz Tuga810 Umut

Best Football Journalist

Andrea Di Caro Didier Roustan Fabrizio Romano Football Ramble Gerard Romero Gianluca Di Marzio Guillem Balagué Henry Winter Sam Wallace Sid Lowe The Football Fanalytics The Greatest Game with Jamie Carragher The Tifo Football The Totally Football Show with James Richardson These Football Times

Best Football Social Media Influencer

AguskaFree Appie Aurag Elischa Indi Cowie Joris Sebregts Khaby Lame Lia Lewis Lisa Zimouche Luva de Pedreiro Raquel Freestyle Séan Garnier Shannon Ghee SkillTwins Tobias Becs Yoanna

Best Football TikTok Creator

AhmedFreestylee Alnoufali_7 BnFreestyle CataVegap CejasFreestyle D9Freestyle D10Football DiegoFreestyle Iamandrewhenderson Johnfarnworth Mrcomp0sure OussiFooty Patrickbfree PolaFreestyle RyuTricks

Best Football YouTube Creator

7mlc AllAttack Become Elite Daniel Cutting F2Freestylers Foothacker Gomez Nawer Kieran Brown McEw SimplySoccer Street Panna Tomzo Will John ZABALIVE ZaynQF

About the Dubai Globe Soccer Awards

The Globe Soccer Awards is an event that has taken place every year in Dubai since 2010 to recognise not only the best players and coaches but also all the professionals who work behind the scenes in the world of international football. The great success of the event over the years has meant that new categories are regularly added to the list of prizes to be awarded, and the event today can boast of being able to truly reward all the best in global football.

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