It’s been a long time coming and now the wait is finally over. You voted for the winners of eleven different award categories and now it is time to reveal who received the most votes in every category. These are your 2017 Mastermind Award winners. Enjoy!
FOOTBALL PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR
Nominees: Jurgen Klopp, Jamie Vardy, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann
WINNER: ANTOINE GRIEZMANN
Receiving 32% of the votes, Antoine Griezmann is this year’s Football Personality of the Year. It would be very hard to dislike the Atletico Madrid forward. He’s always joking around, always has a smile on his face and plays with so much heart and passion on the pitch. A fan of the NBA, the Atletico Madrid striker is always joking on social media about he’s going to be the next big thing in basketball. In fact, Griezmann seems to post to social media as much about the NBA (and horses?) as he does about his own life as one of the world’s top footballers. The French superstar is also a great dancer and even has a signature move that has featured in commercials and music videos. Griezmann just always seems to have a smile on his face and his unique hairstyle and positive energy on the pitch help to make him one of the most admired footballers around.
Runners Up: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (21%), Jamie Vardy (17%)
Nominees: Mario Mandzukic, Olivier Giroud, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Kevin-Prince Boateng
WINNER: HENRIKH MKHITARYAN
Another surprise winner, Henrikh Mkhitaryan overtook Olivier Giroud to win the award for Best Goal, receiving one single vote more. Although Mkhitaryan’s scorpion kick hasn’t garnered as much attention as Olivier Giroud’s, it was arguably equally superb, and Mkhitaryan was the man who did it first. Just like Sanchez’s cross for Giroud, Ibrahimovic’s ball into the box arrived behind Mkhitaryan. But that didn’t stop the Armenian, who came up with an inventive finish and smashed the ball into the back of the net. Giroud’s goal might have been from further out, but Mkhitaryan’s took a lot more skill as Ibrahimovic’s cross was whipped in with so much pace and the Armenian had to wait until the exact moment to flick his foot. With 27% of the vote, Henrikh Mkhitaryan is this year’s winner for Best Goal.
Runners Up: Olivier Giroud (26%), Mario Mandzukic (25%), K-P Boateng (23%)
Nominees: Nemanja Matic, Mohamed Salah, Romelu Lukaku, Richarlison, Neymar
WINNER: MOHAMED SALAH (LIVERPOOL)
Mohamed Salah has been incredible form since joining Liverpool FC and has stunned Premier League fans around the world with just how good he’s been. The Egyptian’s form for Roma last year was stunning but for the wing wizard to be this clinical in front of goal in the biggest league in the world has been absolutely outstanding. The 25-year old sits second from top of the scoring charts right now with 17 goals and 5 assists in 21 Premier League matches, a massive feat for someone who scored only 15 times in Serie A last year. He’s already scored more goals than any other Liverpool player managed in each of the last five seasons and has been superb in the UEFA Champions League as well with 4 goals in 5 matches. Mohamed Salah has been amazing for Liverpool so far, could be on his way to a Golden Boot and is certainly one of the signings of the summer. With 32% of the vote, Mohamed Salah claims the award for Best Signing of 2017.
Runners Up: Neymar -> PSG (27%), Nemanja Matic -> Manchester United (18%)
THANKS FOR VOTING!
It has been another successful year on The Mastermind and as always, the camaraderie of this loyal fan-base is what keeps The Mastermind going. Thanks again and see you very soon for more in the world of football.