The year 2016 has produced a favourable harvest of football-related Twitter excellence, so we’ve decided to honour the best of the last 12 months.
This year’s awards honour a great variety of entrants – we’re delighted to announce that the winners are as follows.
Meanwhile Victor Anichebe has just won tweet of the year pic.twitter.com/SFxY3IqQyh— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) October 23, 2016
Difficult to go with anyone else for this one – a classic case of copy and paste carelessness.
Thank you Stoke Loud & Proud. pic.twitter.com/wwtUncqsNC— Giannelli Imbula (@GianneImbula) March 13, 2016
We can’t even work out what this tweet is marking, given that Stoke lost 2-1 the day before to Southampton, and Imbula didn’t score.
One for the Chelsea fans here. Former forward Gudjohnsen tweeted something of a classic when Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United lost 4-0 at Stamford Bridge against his old side. Very retweetable.
EVENTS NEWS: Due to unforeseen circumstances, clairvoyant Trisha will not be appearing in the Kevin Bird Suite tomorrow night.— Mansfield Town FC (@mansfieldtownfc) September 14, 2016
It was unfortunate that the clairvoyant Mansfield had booked had not foreseen such circumstances.
At least I'm getting a game somewhere 👍🏻 https://t.co/QabJ6HW3Ia— Peter Crouch (@petercrouch) October 22, 2016
Crouch replied to a tweet saying, “You ruin my life on Fifa” with some world class self-deprecation.
A strong field this year, and thus the award is shared.
Batshuayi gets his hands on one half of the trophy after this passing grumble…
While Hummels owns the other half for this response to a question asking what he’d like for his birthday.
Speed >70 in the next FIFA Game 😡😂 https://t.co/ew9uPsmi57— Mats Hummels (@matshummels) December 14, 2016
EA Sports replied with this special birthday gift for Hummels.
A gift for the man who has everything… except pace.
This tweet from former Aston Villa defender Lescott after the club’s 6-0 loss AT HOME to Liverpool is the clear winner of this award.
On to more confrontational matters now, and Carragher clearly didn’t think much of Balotelli’s performance at Liverpool, making this comment after the Italian made the move to French side Nice.
Balotelli on a free is still paying over the odds by Nice.— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) August 31, 2016
Balotelli is active on Twitter however, and was not to be beaten.
When Carra was asked the next day for his thoughts on the former Manchester City forward however, he had something sassy to say.
I wish him well in getting the Ballon D'Or at Nice. https://t.co/qnlwCDInTi— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) September 4, 2016
Footballers who dare to talk about controversial matters in news other than football do so knowing full well that Twitter can be a cruel place, but Lineker was not to be deterred.
The treatment by some towards these young refugees is hideously racist and utterly heartless. What's happening to our country?— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) October 18, 2016
Lineker was criticised by some, but overwhelmed by the support he received by people in their thousands on the social media website.
Thank you for a massive amount of support on here. Proof that the vast majority of people in this country are decent, caring human beings.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) October 19, 2016
The sort of tweet that makes you look twice. Charlton and Coventry fans came together to protest against both clubs’ owners during their game by throwing toy pigs onto the pitch.
When pigs fly…
Upon their trip to Scotland to play Celtic in this year’s Champions League group stage, Borussia Monchengladbach came across this wonderful sign.
Their reply a few weeks later sealed the award.
This is the quality of tweet we’ve come to expect from a Champions League side.
And last but not least, we’d like to recognise the contribution of Borussia Dortmund’s social media team, whose brilliant tweeting is demonstrated best by their efforts during a record-breaking 8-4 win against Legia Warsaw.
😐😐😐😐 #bvbleg 7-4 (83’)— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) November 22, 2016
Congratulations to all our winners!