Goal 50 Award

Held annually, the Goal 50 award is one that recognises and ranks the world’s 50 best footballers of the past year. Players are judged on their consistency levels over the season, their performance highlights and memorable moments, footballing legacy and the success of their team at both club and international level. The judges include a variety of chief editors and correspondents from Goals’s 37 editions around the world, who cast their votes to decide the winner. Here at Thomas Lyte, we have had the honour of producing this award this year, which was given to the incredibly talented Lionel Messi.