Claudio Ranieri wins FIFA Best Coach award

Claudio Ranieri has been named the FIFA Best Men’s Coach after guiding Leicester City to the Premier League title in 2015-16.

The Italian’s heroic achievement saw him beat Portugal’s Fernando Santos and Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane to the prize.

“The god of football said ‘Leicester must win’,” Ranieri joked after accepting his trophy, which was presented by Argentina legend Diego Maradona.

Leicester shrugged off their status as 5000-1 underdogs to topple the English elite – only a season after swerving relegation in dramatic fashion under former boss Nigel Pearson.

Ranieri arrived at the King Power Stadium following an ill-fated spell as Greece national boss that ended after a humiliating home defeat to the Faroe Islands.

Santos masterminded Portugal’s path to Euro 2016 glory, while Zidane led Real Madrid to the Champions League trophy in his first season in charge.

The Best Woman’s Coach Award went to Silvia Neid, who led Germany to gold at the Rio Olympics.

The FIFA Best Awards were formed following the divorce from France Football, with the magazine taking back the Ballon d’Or award after a six-year partnership.


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