Henrikh Mkhitaryan left out his boss, Jose Mourinho, from his vote for the manager of the year award.
The Best FIFA Football Awards 2017 that were held on 23rd October at the London Palladium in London saw the world’s top footballing professionals receive their much deserved accolades.
With Real Madrid winning the Domestic and European competitions last season, it was no surprise that Cristiano Ronaldo was awarded the FIFA Player Of The Year award, which now becomes his fourth in five years.
Along with that, the Portuguese’s club manager, Zinedine Zidane was named the Best FIFA Men’s Coach, as he got the better of Juventus’ Max Allegri and Chelsea’s Antonio Conte, who were the other two managers shortlisted for the prize.
And even though both the Italian tacticians guided their respective teams to domestic glory, none was able to achieve similar results in Europe. But the manager who did win European silverware last year was omitted from the top contenders list, and it was none other than Jose Mourinho.
Last season’s Europa League winner, who also won the Carabao Cup and Community Shield, was left out of the Top 3 shortlisted managers for the honor.
Though the Portuguese did receive some votes, including a first place nomination from journalist Duncan Castles, one vote which the Special One would have definitely thought to go in his favour was instead cast for another manager.
United’s star midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, being the captain of his national team, was a part of the casting group at the awards function. It was reported that the Armenian international cast his vote for Zinedine Zidane (first), Massimiliano Allegri (second) and Leonardo Jardim (third) instead of nominating his boss for the prize.
Written by Sidharth Jindal
Sports fanatic with a passion for writing (predominantly football) and “Wants to live life to its fullest.” Writes about the Premier League on his personal blog.