GLOBE SOCCER AWARDS 2010
Jorge Mendes was the great favourite in the run-up to the awards and had no rivals in the final choice.
There was wonderful evidence of the affection in which he is held by the stars who accompanied his rise.
Unbeknown to Mendes, Josè Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo sprang a surprise by sending a double video message which was shown in the rooms of the Armani Pavilion inside the highest tower in the world.
Mendes appreciated both the delicacy and sensitivity of Cristiano Ronaldo and the liveliness of Mourinho (“dear Jorge, if Globe Soccer is serious, you are the only possible winner”) and received the award with great emotion.
Adriano Galliani enjoyed a level of appreciation which went beyond all imagining. In the running as a candidate for best director of the year, he was deliberately withdrawn from this category since his merits went beyond performance in a single lucky season. The jury wanted to recognise the work of a manager who has made AC Milan the most successful team in the world. The AC Milan family celebrated, with Capello, Van Basten and Rijkaard as witnesses to an era, and Allegri, Tassotti, Gandini and Laura Masi as protagonists of the past and the present: Galliani’s Globe Soccer Award is also a sign of the great esteem in which Italian football is held, also here in Dubai where it stood out for the quality and professionalism of its representatives.
The award received by Galliani, who was the first to win it as AC Milan was the first to win the new club world cup, will be given in the future to other key players on the international scene.
Globe Soccer 2010 for director of the year ended with the award going to the Spaniard Miguel Angel Gil, of Atletico Madrid, for having led his team, after so many difficulties, to victory in two cups and playing in three finals in 2010.