Benfica and Jorge Mendes were also distinguished at the Globe Soccer Awards gala.
The 2019 Globe Soccer Awards ceremony was held this Sunday at the Madinat Jumeirah Resort in Dubai.
CR7 brings to a close the first twenty years of the 21st century, becoming the Best Men’s Player of the Year for the sixth time, following a season in which we saw him triumph in Italy with Juventus, with whom he won the Scudetto and the Super Cup. Elsewhere in Europe he succeeded in winning the UEFA Nations League as part of the Portuguese national team.
Cristiano has distinguished himself everywhere, in Portugal, England, Spain, Italy and in every country that has hosted him as a competitor. He has countless records to his credit: the start of this year’s season saw him score 23 times in 27 games. Not to mention the entire calendar year of 2019, with 50 games played in only one year at the age of 34, 3 titles won and 39 goals scored.
After the triumph of the Portuguese Championship in the 2018-2019 season with Benfica, and the victory with Portugal never achieved in the last 20 years in the UEFA Nations League, the 120 million transfer to Atletico Madrid was the talk of the summer transfer market session, and now the promising young Portuguese player born in 1999 is also being honored by Globe Soccer.
And so his trophy shelf is already getting a little crowded, after winning the Golden Boy: but it is hardly surprising! The lad has already beaten two records: one of these was a real standout last year in the Europa League, when he broke Marko Pjaca’s 2014 record as the youngest striker to score three goals in a game in this competition, and becoming last October the youngest Atletico Madrid player to score a goal, also in the Champions League.
Winner for six consecutive years of the Globe Soccer award for Best Agent in the 2010-2015 editions, after a break for only one year – in 2016 – in which Mino Raiola took the prize, today Jorge Mendes wins again, for the third time in a row, making it nine Award in total in Globe Soccer history.
The award is the crowning achievement of the transfers value he did in 2019 in which he participated in some of the most important market operations, most impressive of all the record transfer of the youngster Joao Felix, born in 1999, who left Benfica on July to join Atletico Madrid at a value of 126 million.
Other big transfers by the Portuguese agent were that of Joao Cancelo, transferred from Juventus to Manchester City in August, and that of Keylor Navas, transferred from Real to PSG.
Benfica & AFC Ajax
There are two prizes awarded by Globe Soccer in 2019 for Best Academy of the Year: the first goes to Benfica, which had already achieved this recognition at Globe Soccer in 2015, but which today again puts the spotlight on the incredible work that operates unseen in the background of the talents who take their first steps there.
It is from the Portuguese youth club that the promising Joao Felix sprang during the 2018-2019 season, his career taking off as star of Atletico Madrid, winner of this year’s Golden Boy award and in the Best Revelation Player category of the Globe Soccer Awards.
The second Academy of the Year Award is awarded to the Dutch club AFC Ajax, another youth club that, among others, highlighted the talent of Barcelona midfielder Frenkie De Jong, and the Juventus defender Matthijs De Ligt.