Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho and Xavi.
Just a few of the guests that have graced the Globe Soccer awards over the last decade.
Not to mention the little matter of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo dropping in to Dubai pick up they prizes.
This year, for the first time in the award’s history, Globe Soccer have included three categories in recognition of the world’s best female football talent: Best Women’s Player of the Year, Best Club of the Year and Best Referee of the Year.
On the men’s side, Juventus and Portugal superstar Ronaldo will be in the running for his sixth Best Men’s Player of the Year award, alongside, inevitably, Barcelona’s Argentine genius Messi and a roster of internationally-recognised stars at the 11th edition of the annual Globe Soccer Awards, organised in partnership with Dubai Sports Council.
The 2019 awards ceremony will take place at Dubai’s Madinat Jumeirah on Sunday, December 29.
The candidates and eventual winners will be chosen by the Globe Soccer Jury, a panel of leading industry experts including Fabio Capello, Antonio Conte and Eric Abidal.
Liverpool’s six Champions League triumph means club and players are in the running in several categories including including Best Club, Best Men’s Player (Virgil van Dijk, Mohamed Salah, Alisson Becker and Sadio Mane) and Best Coach (Jurgen Klopp).
Similarly, Portugal’s success in UEFA Nations League, to add to their Euro 2016 crown, sees Bernardi Silva up against Ronaldo in the best player award while João Félix is nominated for Best Revelation Player and Fernando Santos for Best Coach.
Following the successful FIFA Women’s World Cup in France in the summer, the outstanding skills and contribution stars players such as Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe – who co-captained the US national soccer team to victory in the FIFA Women’s World Cup earlier this year – are also acknowledged. Joining them in the Best Women’s Player category, is English football star Lucy Bronze, who led French club Olympique Lyonnais to victory in the Women’s Champions League.
“The sport is going from strength to strength and with the popularity of FIFA Women's World Cup this year, watched by over 1.5 billion people across the globe and an impressive fan base, we wanted to recognise the immense talent that is evident across the board,” said Tommaso Bendoni, CEO of Globe Soccer. “We’ll be welcoming the biggest names in the sport to Dubai for another all-star event including international players, coaches and the people who work behind the scenes to make competitions possible.
“We also extend our thanks to Dubai Sports Council for their ongoing support in helping recognise the talents in soccer, both regionally and internationally.”
The day before the awards, on Saturday 28 December, the associated Dubai Sports Council’s 14th edition of the Dubai International Sports Conference will host a wide range of speakers, from club owners to coaches, players and sponsors who will be discussing the future development of football.