Popular side usually present the opinion of football fans in Nigeria concerning any major issue of interest through public opinion polls/ voting conducted online by GreenHunters Sports International.
We believe that fans (who are major consumers of the sport) are in better position to choose the award winners rather than coaches and National team Captains or otherwise. As it is said, he who eats the pudding can tell the taste better.
Arguably, it may fall short of technical expectations, but we believe the reason for such awards is to encourage players to put in their best, and the end goal is to inspire fans patronage...so they should have the right to decide winners through public voting regime or what do you think?
It is on this premise that we set up an opinion poll on CheerOnNigeria blog after the list of nominees for both Ballon d'Or and CAF Awards were published in most media outlets across the world and Africa. Of course it becomes easier to know the major nominees for Nff award; which should be majorly the same players nominated at the CAF level.
The result we got were phenomenal. Apart from the voting poll on our blog which 10, 251 responded, we had to start a hashtag on twitter where over 20 Nigerian and international journalists following Inspire Football also gave their opinion with Stats.
DISCLAIMER: This is just a prediction that represents the opinion of a minor sub set of visitors to our blog. So it doesn't count for much but to let you have fun and show you an indication of how fans are thinking... However, we are planning in future to establish Popular Side Awards where your opinion will really count. Meanwhile lets see what the fans choose without boring you with figures:
Ballon d'Or World Footballer of the Year 2016 - Winners
- 1st Cristano Ronaldo (Real Madrid and Portugal National)
- 2nd Lionel Messi (Barcelona and Argentine National)
- 3rd Neymar Jr. (Barcelona and Brazilian National)
- 4th Griezmann (Athletico Madrid and France National)
Glo-Caf African Footballer of the Year 2016 - Winners
- 1st - Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City and Algeria National)
- 2nd - Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borrusia Dortmund and Gabon National)
- 3rd - Islam Slimani (Leicester City and Algeria National)
- 4th - Eric Bailly (Tottenham and Cote d'Ivoire National)
NFF Nigeria Footballer of the Award 2016 - Wnners
- 1st - Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City and Super Eagles)
- 2nd - Etebo Ogenekaro
- 3rd - Odion Ighalo (Watford and Super Eagles)
- 4th Ahmed Musa (Leicester City and Super Eagles)
Lets make the post richer, in case you do not agree with the predictions, .drop a note on the commentary box. Let us have your own choice of winners in any of categories.