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LIVE: FIFA The Best awards

Tom Devlin by Tom Devlin @rfutbol - 22 +50k

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The one they want to win. FIFA

LIVE: FIFA The Best awards

Tom Devlin by Tom Devlin @rfutbol - 22 +50k

Join us for live updates of the FIFA The Best awards ceremony in London.


Modric wins!

Fifa president Gianni Infantino is here to present the award, and it goes to the Croatian midfielder! Modric won the Champions League for a third consecutive time with Real Madrid, before taking Croatia to the final of the World Cup. He gives a long speech, in English, Croatian and Spanish, and we'll have the full quotes to follow soon. 



Now for the big one, who will be 'The Best'?

Marta is on stage, in tears, talking of her pride at winning this award. Once she is done, we will find out who is the best footballer in the world. Mo Salah, Cristiano Ronaldo or Luka Modric?

Marta wins!

Brazilian Marta has won the award! She plays for Orlando Pride in the US, and is the record goalscorer at the women's World Cup!



Who will be 'The Best' Woman?

First up, let's see who will win 'The Best' award for women. Ada Hegerberg, Dszenifer Maroszan and Marta are up for the award.

There are two awards to go!

Just the two more to go on this award's ceremony. The Best awards for both female and male players. 

No Salah in the World XI!

There is your team! That means that there is no room for Mo Salah this time. He's won goal of the year, but it does not bode well for his chances of picking up the big prize. Idris Elba poses for a photo with all the team, excluding Ronaldo and Messi because they have not attended the ceremony, and we are onto the next award.



Here comes the team of the year!

Michael Ballack and Ronaldinho are here to announce who has made it into the FIFPro World XI!

The world XI is as follows:

David de Gea

Dani Alves
Raphael Varane
Sergio Ramos

Luka Modric
N'Golo Kante

Eden Hazard
Cristiano Ronaldo
Lionel Messi
Kylian Mbappe

Maldini and Collina join the party

We have two more legends on the stage now. The best referee in history, Pierluigi Collina, joins Paolo Maldini to present the Fair Play award. It goes to VVV Venlo striker Lennart Thy - who declared himself unavailabe for a match in the dutch league last season, after he was found to be a match for someone suffering from a rare form of Leukemia. Thy missed the match so he could donate blood and stem cells. 

It's the Peru fans!

Peru's fans made the most of their first World Cup appearance in almost 40 years. They travelled in their thousands and made a huge impression on Russian locals and the other travelling fans. Now they have been recognised!



Who were the best fans?

Now comes the award for the best fans in the world. Nominations include the Japan and Senegal fans who cleaned up after themselves at the World Cup in Russia.

Don't Look Back in Anger...

Now is the time for Noel Gallagher apparently, and he starts with a classic as the crowd of world class footballers are treated to a rendition of Don't Look Back in Anger.



The best young player of the World Cup...

We have a quick word with Kylian Mbappe, who won the award for best young player at the World Cup. He speaks of how proud he was to be congratulated by Pele.

It is more than just a game

Now we take a long look at some of the stories that remind us of the power football has to touch lives, and to change the world for a better place. Sometimes, it is more than just a game. We look at some of the people we lost, including Davide Astori and Cyrille Regis, as well as the incredible story of the young group of Thai boys who were rescued from a flooded cave. 

Gareth Southgate takes the stage

Southgate you're the one - to present this next award. This is the award for the best  of the year in Women's football. It goes to Reynald Pedros! He has had another hugely successful year with the Lyon women's team, winning the Champions League yet again. 



Thibaut Courtois wins!

He has already won the award for best goalkeeper at the World Cup, and he can now add 'The Best' goalkeeper award to that.



Next up: Goalkeeper of the Year

Edwin van der Saar is the pick of the bunch out next, accompanied by the Chapocoense goalkeeper who survived their tragic plane crash a year ago. Thibaut Courtois, Hugo Lloris and Kasper Schmeichel are up for this one.

Didier Deschamps wins coach of the year!

For his exploits at the World Cup, taking France all the way, Didier Deschamps has won coach of the year! Zinedine Zidane and Zlatko Dalic miss out, despite the former Real Madrid coach winning the Champions League for the third consecutive time. 



Arsene Wenger is here!

To present the next award, for coach of the year, we have former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger in the room. Idris Elba goes on to talk about his relationship with Wenger - as a boyhood Arsenal fan he has some mixed feelings!

Mo Salah wins the Puskas award!

The Egyptian will be going home with at least one award tonight. His goal against Everton garnered over 38% of the public vote and he takes home the trophy!



The Puskas award goes to...

First up on the night, it is the best goal of the year! There are 10 nominees from any level of the game. Previous winners include Olivier Giroud and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Both Thibaut Courtois and Marcelo are asked which goal they would chose, with the Brazilian saying that he has already scored his best goal! Didier Drogba and Noel Gallager are out to present the award.

We take a look back at the World Cup!

Idris starts by pocking fun at VAR, before taking us on a nostalgic trip through the summer's World Cup in Russia. From Russia taking flight in the opening game, to Spain's untimely exit, to France's incredible triumph.

The ceremony begins!

We're inside the hall now, and off the green carpet where we have seen all the stars arriving. Patrick Stewart, wearing a Huddersfield scarf, welcomes Big Shaq onto the stage where he performs a football themed rap based on his hit, 'Man's not Hot'. Idris Elba is then welcomed onto the stage as our host for the evening.

Here we go!

The ceremony is getting underway now, almost all the stars are gathered inside and soon we will know who is 'The Best'! Of course, this is a FIFA ceremony, so soon could not be that soon at all. We will also be treated to a musical performance from Noel Gallagher. 

Not long to go!

We are getting close to the ceremony now and England manager Gareth Southgate has been speaking about the award for the best coach. He is struggling to choose between Zinedine Zidane, Zlatko Dalic and Didier Deschamps.

The players are arriving!

There are a few star names beginning to arrive at the venue. Ronaldinho confirmed his attendance earlier in the day, and Dani Alves has been spotted walking in amongst others. However, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi will not be attending this evening. Chelsea are also feeling well represented. 




Who will be 'The Best'?

Currently, Luka Modric is the favourite to win the main award. The Croatian midfielder won the Champions League with Real Madrid before going all the way to the World Cup Final. However, you can never count out Cristiano Ronaldo while Mo Salah is getting the recognition he deserves for a stunning first season at Liverpool.

The trophy has made it to London!

And here is footage earlier of the trophy arriving at the Royal Festival Hall in London. Last season it was won by Cristiano Ronaldo.



Three women going for glory

Both men and women compete for their own 'The Best' prize, and the three ladies up for it this season are:



There is more than one prize up for grabs

Although the eyes of the world will be on three men, we will also find out the best female player over the past season, the best coach, the best coach in women's fo0tball, best goalkeeper and the famous Puskas award winner. In addition, there are awards for the best fans, for fair play and the FIFPro World XI will be revealed.

The three nominees for the main award, as you probably already know, are Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Mo Salah.

The ceremony is nearing!

In little over an hour the ceremony for the FIFA 'The Best' awards will get underway in London. There, we will find out who has won the prestigious award, along with a few others including the Puskas Award for the best goal scored in the last year.

Join us for live updates of the FIFA The Best awards ceremony in London.

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