LFP AWARDS | AS.COM SURVEY
AS readers would have voted for Atlético players in awards
AS.com runs survey with same candidates as controversial LFP awards: Ronaldo and Simeone still come out on top.
The Professional Football League awards ceremony took place on Monday and it still the source of debate over the voting system and the system of organization. The controversy over Atlético's title-winning side being overlooked for any awards – Diego Simeone won the best manager gong – has led AS to run a survey among its readers with the three same candidates for the four most debated prizes: best goalkeeper, best defender, best midfielder and best attacking midfielder; also voted upon were the best forward and the best coach. The results are very different to those that came out of the envelopes at the Hotel Auditorium in Madrid.
For best goalkeeper, the three finalists were Thibaut Courtois (Atlético), Willy Caballero (Málaga) and Keylor Navas (Levante). The Costa Rica stopper, now at Real Madrid, won the award. However, for internet voters the winner was Courtois, who moved to Chelsea in the summer after three seasons on loan at Atlético. The Belgium international gained 18,912 of the 24,500 votes cast for the three candidates; 77.2 percent. Navas was second with 5,268, or 12.5 percent, while Caballero obtained just 320 votes.
Sergio Ramos, Filipe Luis and João Miranda were in the hat for the title of best defender. Ramos won the award at the LFP gala, but narrowly missed out to Miranda in the internet poll. The Real Madrid defender won 10,929 votes (44.6 percent) to Miranda's 11,263 (45.9 percent). Luis, now also at Chelsea, gained 2,312 votes.
The best midfielder award went to Luka Modric on Monday, but in the AS poll the Croatia international was second to Atlético captain Gabi, who received 13,743 (56.1 percent) of the votes to Modric's 10,145 (41.4 percent). Barcelona's Sergio Busquets received 613 votes.
Andrés Iniesta, who did not attend the ceremony to collect his best attacking midfielder award, beat off competition from Koke and Ivan Rakitic in the official voting. However, As.com's poll reaped just 3,225 votes for the Spain international, who was beaten into third place by his teammate Rakitic, who was at Sevilla last season. The Croat pulled in 3,358 votes. Atlético's Koke was the clear winner, with 73.1 percent of the votes; 17,919.
The internet users who voted in the AS poll agreed with the LFP official vote in that Cristiano Ronaldo was by far the stand-out forward in the league last season: the Portuguese gained 14.714 votes, ahead of Diego Costa (9,531) and Carlos Vela (256). Simeone's best manager award was also concurred with; the Argentinean received 21,781 votes to Paco Jémez's 1,688 and Ernesto Valverde's 1,031.