Italy and Juventus legend Gianluigi Buffon has been named the 2016 Golden Foot winner ahead of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, reports the Daily Mirror.
The award is organized by the World Champions Club with patronage from Monaco’s Prince Albert II, and is designed to recognize the outstanding achievements of players who are at least 28 years of age and is voted for by football fans around the world – through its website and social media
Buffon is the latest winner of the award, with the winner given the opportunity to add their footprints to the ‘Champions Promenade’ in Monaco each year – or in the case of the Juventus goalkeeper, his handprints.
Francesco Totti (2010), Ryan Giggs (2011), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (2012), Didier Drogba (2013), Andres Iniesta (2014) and Samuel Eto’o (2015) are the previous winners of the award.
Aside from the annual winner, footballing legends to be recognised with a golden foot award included Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri former-Barcelona defender Carles Puyol, Portuguese midfielder Deco and Inter manager Frank de Boer.
Buffon also saw out competition from Spanish keeper Iker Casillas who now plays at Porto, PSG’s Edinson Cavani, and Orlando City’s Kaka.
Other 2016 nominees included Frank Lampard and Buffon’s compatriot Andrea Pirlo of New York City FC, as well as Thiago Silva of PSG.