GLOBE SOCCER AWARDS 2011
The changes in football swirl around the two days in Dubai, with transfers and meetings at its heart. The night of the stars acknowledged for 2011 the great Barcelona, which was present with the most cherished trophy, the Champions League, for once alongside the World Cup, which also came from Spain, and the Europa League trophy.
Pinto Da Costa, with over 30 successful years as Chairman of Porto, is the director of 2011 for his career. He comes after Galliani, who won in 2010, for the Globe Soccer Award which is a way of saying thanks for everything he has given to football.
Dubai has gone crazy for Del Piero thanks to his kindness and style as an Italian “export’, a footballer cum diplomat. Alex put everyone straight only when the award for his extraordinary career was misunderstood as his farewell: he said morning, noon and night, “I’m still playing” and he will play to win.
From Spain to Portugal and we find that 4 of the 6 awards ended up in this Brazilian-style corner of Europe that in football terms is a revelation. Two to Ronaldo, one to the Chairman of Porto, the last to the agent of the year Jorge Mendes, proof of his quality which can be seen by recalling the deals he has completed and the stars he has represented.
A comment on Mino Raiola and the other agents who were candidates. Raiola was close to winning the Award and is a hot favourite for next year, but the quality of the work of these men depends on the performances of the teams where their clients play. As for Mendes (the Real Madrid of Mourhino and Cristiano Ronaldo), so also the AC Milan of Ibra and the Manchester City of Balotelli (Raiola’s men) lead their respective championships, and the PSG of Pastore (Simonian) is doing the same in France. In this regard Dubai made the right choices.