• Thirteen Premier League stars on 30-man list for Best Men’s Player at glittering gala event to be held alongside Dubai International Sports Conference at Atlantis, the Palm on January 19

Dubai, UAE: Ten of Manchester City’s UEFA Champions League-winning squad, Bayern Munich’s Harry Kane, Real Madrid’s Jude Bellingham, and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah are among the 30 contenders for Best Men’s Player at the annual Dubai Globe Soccer Awards, which will take place alongside the 18th Dubai International Sports Conference in partnership with Dubai Sports Council on January 19 at the five-star Atlantis, The Palm.

One of the world’s leading celebrations of international football excellence, the 14th edition of the star-studded awards and the popular Dubai International Sports Conference will host an array of football stars from past and present. While the 30-player longlist for the best male player is dominated by the biggest names plying their trades in Europe, Cristiano Ronaldo of Al Nassr and Lionel Messi of Inter Miami are also among the nominations.

In the Best Women’s Player category, Spain’s World Cup winner Aitana Bonmati, Chelsea’s Sam Kerr, and German great Alexandra Popp are among 20 nominees, while Best Women’s Club includes Champions League holders Barcelona and six-time Women’s Super League champions Chelsea. Manchester City are joined by the likes of Napoli, Al Ahly, Al Ittihad, and Fluminense in the Best Men’s Club nominations.

City’s treble-winning manager Pep Guardiola leads the nominations for Best Coach, alongside the likes of Marcel Koller, the Swiss who led Al Ahly to a five-trophy clean sweep in just 10 months, and Real Madrid’s Carlo Ancelotti, the most decorated coach in UEFA Champions League history having won the trophy a record four times. The Maradona Award for the calendar year’s top goal-scorer meanwhile is being hotly contested by Haaland, Kane, Ronaldo, and Kylian Mbappe, who are all separated by only a handful of goals with less than six weeks left of 2023.

With Ronaldo’s stunning transfer to Saudi Arabia hurling regional football narratives into the global spotlight, this year will see the introduction of two Middle East award categories. The Portuguese forward headlines a 12-player list for the inaugural Best Middle East Player after a remarkable start to life in the Saudi Pro League, while Best Middle East Club includes eight nominations, including Al Hilal, Al Ahly, and Ronaldo’s Al Nassr.

With online voting opening today to recognise performances throughout the 2023 calendar year, football fans worldwide can have their say on who should be shortlisted for 11 of the 16 main categories, as well as four digital awards, by voting at vote.globesoccer.com until December 7. Shortlists are then voted on between December 12 and 28 both by fans and Globe Soccer’s Official Jury, made up of more than 30 key football industry figures, including Francesco Totti, Iker Casillas, Luis Figo, and Marcello Lippi.

Saeed Hareb, Secretary-General of Dubai Sports Council, said: “Since their launch, the Dubai International Sports Conference and the Dubai Globe Soccer Awards – introduced in 2006 and 2010 respectively – have evolved into a global platform loyally followed around the world, growing every year. They each play a pivotal role in fostering the development of the sport globally while highlighting the achievements of distinguished players, coaches, and decision-makers. To welcome so many of football’s most prominent names to Dubai underlines the enduring attraction of the emirate, while also celebrating the progress of football in the region and the world – something that is further strengthened by the launch of the two new region-specific awards this year.”

Tommaso Bendoni, Founder and CEO of Globe Soccer, added: “Our partnership with Dubai Sports Council remains invaluable to the ongoing expansion of the Dubai Globe Soccer Awards, and this year’s ceremony has an unforgettable home at the world-famous Atlantis, The Palm. As every year, I am most excited to see how fans vote. The voice of the fans has always been very important to us, and we have heeded their requests with the launch of our new app, where fans around the world can vote for 11 main awards and in a further four digital categories, selecting from more than 220 nominees across Africa, Australia, Asia, the Americas, and Europe. We are eternally proud that the Dubai Globe Soccer Awards reflects a true representation of the global game – from the world’s capital of Dubai.”

Bendoni also spoke of Globe Soccer’s pride to announce a pair of new sponsors in the form of Shiba Saga, an interconnected community-based crypto gaming system, which has signed on as Official Presenting Partner, and Tatatu, which joins as a Gold sponsor. Platinum sponsors Al Nabooda Automobiles, Audi, and Emirates all return once again, joining Gold sponsors Montegrappa, Power Horse, Silversands, and SushiSamba.

As in previous years, the Dubai Globe Soccer Awards will be broadcast live and accessible online worldwide on January 19. Further announcements and updates ahead of the gala ceremony and the co-located Dubai International Sports Conference will be shared on Globe Soccer’s social media channels. The new Globe Soccer app is available for download from the iOS App Store and Google Play by searching for “Globe Soccer”.

* For a full list of nominees for the 16 main awards and four digital awards please see below.

* For the official voting page: vote.globesoccer.com


About Dubai Sports Council

Founded on November 30, 2005, following a decree by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Dubai Sports Council is the official body responsible for the development of the sports sector in the Emirate. Today, under the guidance of its Chairman, His Highness Sheikh Mansoor Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the DSC organises and supports more than 400 events annually - not just top-notch sporting extravaganzas, but also awards and conferences that promote excellence, creativity and innovation in the world of sports. The Council supervises the work of Dubai’s seven local sports clubs and also takes active interest in encouraging the practice of physical activity in society, especially among women and children, through programs and activities designed to create awareness about the importance of sport and physical activity, and to make it a way of life for the community.

The DSC’s mandate, though, is not just to promote sport, create awareness and nurture talent, but to also support creativity and reward excellence, among both individuals and organisations and help Dubai become a land of health, happiness and vitality. It has organised many international conferences and symposiums since 2006, including the annual Dubai International Sports Conference, to enhance the knowledge and culture of professionalism, and has brought some of the biggest names from the world of sports here to share their vision and thoughts. The Council also seeks to develop the sports industry in the UAE and the world through initiatives like the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award, and it organises many major international sports championships as well in cooperation with multiple sports bodies.

About Globe Soccer

Founded by Tommaso Bendoni and co-owned by Riccardo Silva, Globe Soccer is a Dubai-based football organisation that since 2010 has coordinated one of the most eagerly awaited and coveted awards ceremonies on the footballing calendar: The Dubai Globe Soccer Awards. Attracting high-profile attendees each year, the international event is unique in that it recognises and rewards all stakeholders in the game, from players to chairmen, fans to agents, directors to referees. Global reach has grown year-on-year, with the 2022 event proving no exception, surpassing all previous records with the number of awards increasing to 21, fan votes exceeding 47 million, and social media followers passing 6.5 million.

  • Instagram: @globesoccer
  • Twitter: @Globe_Soccer
  • Facebook: @globesoccer
  • TikTok: @globesoccer
  • YouTube: Globe Soccer Awards

For further information, please contact:

Globe Soccer

Sean Gallagher

Email: DubaiGlobeSoccerAwards@ActionPRGroup.com or sean.g@actionprgroup.com

Mobile: +971 58 516 7041


Nominees 2023

Best Men's Player

Julián Álvarez

Nicolò Barella

Jude Bellingham

Karim Benzema

Yassine Bounou

Kevin De Bruyne

Rúben Dias


Phil Foden

Jack Grealish

Antoine Griezmann

Ilkay Gundogan

Erling Haaland

Harry Kane

Khvicha Kvaratskhelia

Robert Lewandowski

Lautaro Martínez

Kylian Mbappé

Lionel Messi

Kim Min-Jae

Luka Modric

Martin Odegaard

André Onana

Victor Osimhen


Cristiano Ronaldo

Bukayo Saka

Mohamed Salah

Bernardo Silva

Vinícius Jr.

Best Women's Player


Aitana Bonmatí

Millie Bright

Linda Caicedo

Olga Carmona

Rachel Daly ​​


Kadidiatou Diani

Mary Earps

Esther González

Patricia Guijarro

Yui Hasegawa

Amanda Ilestedt

Sam Kerr

Mapi Leon

Asisat Oshoala

Salma Paralluelo

Alexandra Popp

Wendie Renard

Fridolina Rolfo

Georgia Stanway

Fans’ Favourite Player

Jude Bellingham

Erling Haaland

Harry Kane

Robert Lewandowski

Kylian Mbappé

Lionel Messi

Neymar Jr.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Mohamed Salah

Vinícius Jr.

Best Men's Club

Al Ahly





Bayern Munich


Boca Juniors



Inter Milan

Manchester City



AS Roma


Union Berlin

Urawa Red Diamonds

West Ham

Wydad AC

Best Women's Club





Bayern Munich 



Olympique Lyonnais

Portland Thorns

AS Roma

VfL Wolfsburg

Best Coach


Carlo Ancelotti

Mikel Arteta

Roberto De Zerbi

Luis de la Fuente

Jonatan Giráldez

Josep Guardiola

Simone Inzaghi

Marcel Koller

Stefano Pioli

Lionel Scaloni

Luciano Spalletti

Alessandro Spugna

Thomas Tuchel

Sarina Wiegmann


Best Midfielder


Nicolò Barella

Jude Bellingham

Kevin De Bruyne

Ilkay Gundogan

Luka Modric

Martin Odegaard


Declan Rice


Bernardo Silva

Best Goalkeeper

Yassine Bounou

Diogo Costa

Thibaut Courtois

Gianluigi Donnarumma


Mike Maignan

André Onana

Aaron Ramsdale

Yann Sommer

Marc-André ter Stegen


Power Horse Emerging Player

Saud Abdulhamid

Firas Al-Buraikan

Thiago Almada

Tommaso Baldanzi

Alejandro Balde

Jude Bellingham

Victor Boniface

Moisés Caicedo

Eduardo Camavinga

Cesare Casadei

Ousmane Diomande

Jérémy Doku

Omar Fayed

Evan Ferguson

Enzo Fernández


Arda Guler

Josko Gvardiol

Rasmus Hojlund

Jamal Musiala


António Silva

Xavi Simons

Mathys Tel

Florian Wirtz

Lamine Yamal

Warren Zaire-Emery

Best President

Khaldoon Al Mubarak

José Castro

Rui Costa

Aurelio De Laurentiis

Herbert Hainer

Joan Laporta

Joseph Oughourlian

Florentino Pérez

Best Sporting Director

Mateu Alemany

Txiki Begiristain

Eduardo César Daud Gaspar

Cristiano Giuntoli


Thiago Scuro

Best Middle East Player

Salem Al-Dawsari

Mourad Batna

Karim Benzema

Mohamed El Shenawy

Abderrazak Hamdallah

Odion Ighalo

Ali Mabkhout

Riyad Mahrez 

Michael Olunga

Alejandro Romero

Cristiano Ronaldo

Anderson Talisca



Best Middle East Club

Al Ahly


Al Hilal





Shabab Al Ahli

Best Agent

To be announced

Maradona Award


To be announced

Career Award and Other Special Recognitions

To be announced



Nominees 2023


Best Esports Player
















Best Digital Journalist

Guillem Balagué

Andy Brassell

George Caulkin

Andrea Di Caro

Gianluca Di Marzio

Robby Hunke

Julio Maldonado 'Maldini'

Gabriele Marcotti

Mark Ogden

David Ornstein

Fabrizio Romano

Gerard Romero

Didier Roustan

Nicolò Schira

Jonathan Wilson

Best Social Media Influencer








Miguel do fut



Mercedes Roa




Lisa Zimouche

Best Video Creator





Daniel Got Hits


Bruno Ferrante


Daniel Johnson Films

Gomez Nawer

John Nellis



The Manchester Derby