Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri was named Men’s Coach of the Year for 2016 at FIFA’s inaugural Best Football Awards in Zurich, but some fans were not impressed.
— FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) January 9, 2017
The Italian was given the accolade after defying the 5000/1 odds by guiding Leicester to their first ever Premier League title last season.
Jamie Vardy and co lifted the coveted trophy with a 10-point margin over second-placed Arsenal after winning 23 of their 38 games, drawing 12 and losing just three.
The Foxes are currently a far cry from their 2015-16 form as they currently sit 15th in the top-flight table, six points above the relegation zone after losing nine and winning just five out of 20 matches.
That, however, does not take away from what Ranieri and his players achieved last season.
The 65-year-old beat Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane, who won the Champions League with the Spanish team in 2016, and Portugal head coach Fernando Santos, who guided his nation to the European Championship trophy.
Plenty of football fans took to social media to praise Ranieri for scooping the award…
Well done, Claudio Ranieri – FIFA's coach of the year.
— Trevor D (@_trevordonaghy) January 9, 2017
Bravo Ranieri! https://t.co/oAhrOY8BIp
— Gian Delso (@giandelso) January 9, 2017
Congratulations to coach #Ranieri. Unbelieveble and unforgettable!!!
— Lorenzo Avian (@LorenzoAvian) January 9, 2017
— CroatianSensation (@CroSensation666) January 9, 2017
— Tom (@TomAVilla96) January 9, 2017
… while others completely disagreed with the vote.
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— Johnno (@1evolution4u) January 9, 2017
— Basriy shiekh shuaib (@busurish11) January 9, 2017
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— David Milis (@DavidMilis) January 9, 2017