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FIFA THE BEST 2017

The Best FIFA Football Awards 2017: As it happened


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The Best FIFA Football Awards 2017: As it happened
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The Best FIFA Football Awards 2017 will be awarded by the world governing body at the London Palladium on Monday evening across a number of categories covering coaches and players in the men’s and women’s games, the Puskás Award for the best goal of the year, the best keeper, the best set of club fans and the FIFA Fair Play Award. The FIFA World XI 2017 will also be selected.

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Idris Elba says thanks, congratulates the winner. 

And that's a wrap! 

"I am so happy guys, thank you very much and have a great night," Ronaldo signs off on after thanking his fans all around the world.

RONALDO! The winner. The Best.

Although Real Madrid ended up winning the league so it wasn't all bad.

A dagger through the heart for Real Madrid players and Zidane. during Messi's montage, they end on the goal against Real Madrid when they lost 3-2. 

Maradona and Ronaldo present the award for best player! 

She can't be at the award ceremony as they have a big World Cup qualifier tomorrow night but is presented it with Marco Van Basten and she thanks everyone including her family and teammates. Lovely!

Lieke Martens wins the award for Best Women's Player.

Time for some Kasabian for all the geezers out there!

Neymar says it took him "20 minutes" to get ready. Dani Alves says it took him 14 minutes and 59 seconds".

Ronaldo says, "talent without hard work is nothing" as the presenter asks the players questions.

Chiellini says he's nervous because he's sitting beside Dani Alves. They notoriously had a bit of a fight at half-time in the Champions League final against Real Madrid.

Here we go. A team photo. This is what it looks like when you know all the cheat codes in Football Manager.

And they're your best XI in the world.

Messi is not happy. 

FIFPro XI: Buffon, Dani Alves, Marcelo, Ramos, Bonucci, Luka Modric, Kroos, Iniesta, Messi, Neymar and Ronaldo.

It was against  Bohemians 1905 and Francis Kone can't be at the event but his friend accepts the award on his behalf.

Here was the scene. 

Francis Kone pulling Berkovec's tongue from his throat after getting knocked out. Incredible.

Marcel Desailly and Patrick Stewart to award the FIFA Fair Play prize.

The winner is Sarina Wiegman. She can't make it as Netherlands have a crucial World Cup quailifer tomorrow night.

This quite something. 

Glasgow Celtic wins the fans award! 

Now it's time for the fans award. Dortmund first up. Dortmund fans allowed Monaco fans to stay with them after the bus explosion that postponed their game against the Ligue 1 side. 

the young lad who wore the plastic bag around himself with Messi on the back of it. Beautiful stuff.

another one for Cheick Tioté too. Heartbreaking stuff.

A nice homage to some of the people who touched us this year. Bradley Lowry being one of them. Anthony Knockaert and his dad and Marc Barta after being involved in the bus explosion incident. 

"I think I have to speak in English," he says. He is offered a translator but says no need. Says he is proud to receive the award "at my age". Thanks his teammates and club and manager for making it possible and thanks everyone who voted for him. 

The winner of the goalkeeper award is Gigi Buffon. The Juventus keeper, who is still playing at 39 years of age and winning Scudettos and getting his side to Champions League finals.

The next award presenter will be Peter Schmeichel for the players "who dive intentionally in the box".... the keepers!

Zinedine Zidane wins the award for best coach. He thanks Real Madrid and points out his players in the crowd. Ronaldo, Marcelo, Kroos, Modric and Ramos. A few "Hala Madrid" shouts from the crowd too!

Dilly-ding, dilly-dong, Claudio Ranieri is presenting the best coach's award!

"I would also like to dedicate this trophy to my Dad," ah that was nice from Giroud after he dedicated it to his family and his kids.

Giroud wins the Puskas  

Diego Forlan and Catherine Zeta Jones presenting the Puskas award. "Que golazo," is how forlan puts it and Zeta-Jones says, "as we says in Wales, that was lovely."

Ronaldo says the keeper "never gets forward and scored an incredible goal" but says he likes Giround's too.

Messi picks the goalkeeper's effort! 

Neymar picks Giround's goal too. Do we have an upset on the box!

Conte, "Giroud scored a fantastic goal".

"It pains me to mention and Arsenal player," says Frank Lampard about the Puskas and he picks Olivier Giroud's scoprion kick! As foes Peter Schmeichel, who says keepers scoring "has been known to happen".

Kane and Pochettino sitting beside each other and Kane is asked what goal he would pick to win the Puskas award. He says it's the keeper's overhead kick. How could it not be?

Some of the best pictures from tonight's The Best ceremony. 
Here you go... 

    Just waiting now for things to kick off. The green carpet has wrapped up as everyone was rushed inside. We are about to get underway!

Neymar is the hero of FIFA TV as he stopped and answered a few questions for them. Messi and Ronaldo were whisked away as soon as they got to the top of the green carpet.

Conte: "It's very important to be here and fight for the award but last year, Zizou was amazing"

"Two cracks and two idols in football," says Neymar about the two players he is up against for the award tonight.

Dani Alves shows up in a jacket that is held together with seashells.

Sergio Ramos just showed up with a red velvet suit... Marcelo is already in the house as is Zidane. 

"It makes me feel very proud, that's where I want to be, I want to be among the best," Kane says. "Messi and Ronaldo have set the standard for the rest of us"

Lionel Messi in the house!

  "He is an amazing player, an amazing person," Modric says of Ronaldo. "He is the best in the world without doubt."

Modric all smiles to be back in London. "We couldn't ask for more. We won two major trophies. It was an amazing journey. It's a perfect year and hopefully we can repeat it."

Catherine Zeta Jones, who will present the Puskas award. Wales and Swansea fan says she was down in Swansea when they first got in the Premier League but they have a full package to watch the Swansea games from New York! Once a Swan, always a Swan!

Full of praise for Manchester City and he loan spell in England.

"We want to continue to have it improve and I want to do as much as I can to help it grow," she says on women's football.

Carli lloyd being interviewed now. "It's an honour. It's always an honour to be recognised by fans and players around the world," she says.

Ozzie Ardiles in the house signing Spurs jerseys.

I should probably mention why I'm saying that. Idris Elba, a huge Arsenal fan, is hosting the award tonight! All nine awards tonight.

Stringer Bell (The Wire reference) or as he is known on a more daily basis, Idris Elba says "You have any idea what I had to do to get where I am today? When I say I’m ready, you best believe it.”

The original Ronaldo putting his money on el nuevo Ronaldo. 

And says he's disappointed Netherlands aren't at the World Cup next summer. Says Belgium, their neighbours, are who he will be shouting for.

Gullit says it's too hard to look past Ronaldo. He also throws his support behind Lieke Martens from Netherlands, "I hope she wins it".

Ronaldo in London....he's signing with Spurs! 

An awkward moment there as Peter Schmeichel is asked who the best keeper in the world is. He says he can't say because he was just at rehearsal and he knows! He just says it's hard to say after that and explains jokingly he is upset that his son wasn't on the list.

To be fair, it's only been going for six years and the winners are Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola, Vicente Del Bosque, Jupp Heynckes, Joachim Loew and Luis Enrique.

FIFA's coach of the year award could and in Zinedine Zidane's hands tonight. He will become the first manager to have also won the FIFA player of the year award. He won the FIFA player of the year award in 1998, 2000 and 2003.

We will be going live in about 3 minutes! There's a countdown clock and everything.

She is the favourite to win the woman's award with competition from Deyna Castellanos from Venezuela and Lieke Martens from Netherlands, who was excellent during Euro 2017 and helped her country win it out along with being voted player of the tournament.

Carli Lloyd was inducted into the New Jersey Hallf Of Fame this year. Here's the blurb on the page that accompanied her induction: Lloyd is an American professional soccer midfielder who currently plays for the Houston Dash in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) and the United States women’s national soccer team. She is a FIFA Women’s World Cup winner and two-time Olympic gold medalist. Lloyd scored the gold medal-winning goals in the finals of the 2008 Summer Olympics, the 2012 Summer Olympics, and the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. She represented the United States at three FIFA Women’s World Cup tournaments: the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup, in which she helped the U.S. win bronze; the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, in which the U.S. won silver; and the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, where Lloyd scored a hat trick in the final, captaining the U.S. to its third title. Ms. Lloyd is a native of Delran Township and now lives in Mount Laurel, NJ.

Ronaldo and Messi and the eternal debate and battle between the two lingers on. Just a cursory look at their stats before the award tonight. Ronaldo scored 42 goals in 46 games with a Champions League and a LaLiga title last year. Messi scored 54 in 52 but only nabbed a Copa del Rey title. Those stats just shows you that while those goals matter, the titles with a dip in form in front of goal is still manageable.

The three managers nominated for the top award are Massimiliano Allegri, Antonio Conte and Zinedine Zidane. The first two are currently struggling through difficult seasons with their clubs. There is a storm brewing at Juventus with Paulo Dybala being caught on video reportedly insulting the manager. Conte is at war with the board at Chelsea after a difficult to start to the season and their lack of investment in the summer. Zidane, the favourite to win, is not going so bad but is second in LaLiga behind Barcelona and Valencia. 

Usain Bolt has been speaking about The Best and he says he would give it to Cristiano Ronaldo. The Manchester United fans said, "All three are amazing players but in the last year Cristiano won La Liga, the Champions League again and finished top scorer for the fifth season. His ability to stay at the top year after year is very impressive."

Are FIFA trying to flog tickets for the event just a couple of hours before the event? 
Ronaldo never gets tired of this! 
Among the Puskas award nominations this year is
Stephanie Roche from Dublin nearly  James Rodriguez, however,  for Colombia.

It seems Zidane gave away who will be winning the award and it would be a massive, massive shock if Ronaldo didn't win but there is still plenty to look forward to tonight with the Puskas award one of the very interesting competitions.

  Fresh from earning himself one of the most telegraphed sendings-off in recent memory, Paris Saint-Germain forward and The Best Men's Player Award contender Neymar has arrived in the UK capital:

Thumbs up from Sergio Ramos and brother Rene on their way to London. They should be arriving around about now.
Tonight's gala host Idris Elba is looking forward to the proceedings in the London Palladium.
Dani Alves has rolled up to the Palladium rocking a rather fetching leather number.

The venue for tonight's 'The Best' event, the Grade II listed London Palladium in the heart of the West End.

Zinedine Zidane was in doubt when asked where he places Cristiano Ronaldo in the moden game's pecking order: "Cristiano is the best of his generation, by a long way" said the coach. Read Zidane's comments in full here:

Lieke Martens is the front-runner for the women's player of the year award after helping the Netherlands to the European Championship during the summer.

There'll be plenty of glamour and glitz on the green carpet this evening (it is definitely green) as the hosts, players and guests arrive. Here's a look back at the build-up to the ceremony last year, which was hosted by Eva Longoria.

Cristiano Ronaldo is widely expected to win the best player award this evening after a stellar 2017 that delivered the Champions League and Liga titles. Here's a little look at the complete set of individual awards the prolific Portuguese has picked up during his career.

As in previous years, the Puskás Award is a little more eclectic, with Venezuela under-17 star Deyna Castellanos, Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud and Baroka goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke up for the prize.

No major surprises on the three-man shortlist for the final, the details of which you can avail yourself of here.

FIFA are to award their annual "Best" gongs this evening in the London Palladium and we'll be bringing you all the latest news, the red (or is it green?) carpet glamour and of course the ceremony live on AS English.

Voting for the awards is tallied from the totals submitted by four groups of people: national team coaches of FIFA member nations, the captains of those teams, football journalists and fans. Each group has an equal weighting of 25 percent on the overall vote.

The Best FIFA Men’s Player

Cristiano Ronaldo and Leo Messi are on the three-man shortlist for the best player of the year for a second consecutive time, having held a monopoly on the Ballon d’Or and the recently created FIFA Best awards for the past nine years. They will be accompanied by Neymar, who moved from Barcelona to PSG during the summer for a world record fee.

Ronaldo is the favourite to retain the award he won last year on the back of four major titles in 2017: the Champions League, LaLiga, the Spanish Super Cup and the European Super Cup. In the Champions League, the Portuguese was instrumental in the knock-out stages as Real claimed a 12th European crown, scoring 10 goals across the quarterfinals, semifinals and final.

Messi, who was second behind Ronaldo last season, led Barcelona to a third consecutive Copa del Rey title, scoring in the final, and was key to Argentina’s World Cup qualification with a hat-trick in the decisive match against Peru.

Neymar’s performance against PSG in the Champions League was overshadowed by that photo of Messi celebrating with fans but it was enough to convince the Parisian club to smash the world transfer record to take the Brazilian star to Paris, where he has been in good form for his new side. He was also part of the side that won the 2017 Copa del Rey and led Brazil to World Cup qualification as winners of the Conmebol qualification group.

The Best FIFA Men’s coach

Zinedine Zidane, Massimiliano Allegri and Antonio Conte make up the shortlist for coach of the year, with the Real Madrid boss the overwhelming favourite to pick up the gong after leading his side to Champions League and Liga glory, then adding the two Super Cups at the start of the 2017-18 season. Allegri coached Juventus to the Champions League final and secured a domestic double of Scudetto and Coppa Italia while Conte, his predecessor at the Old Lady, took Chelsea to the Premier League title.


The rest of The Best candidates

The Best FIFA Women’s Player: Denya Castellanos (Venezuela), Carli Lloyd (USA), Lieke Martens (Netherlands).

The Best FIFA Women’s coach: Nils Nielsen (Denmark), Gérard Prêcheur (Lyon), Sarina Wiegman (Netherlands).

The Best FIFA Goalkeeper: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Keylor Navas (Real Madrid), Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich).

The FIFA Puskás Award: Deyna Castellanos (Venezuela), Oliver Giroud (Arsenal), Oskarine Masuluke (Baroka).

The FIFA Fan Award: Borussia Dortmund, Celtic, Copenhagen.