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FIFA's The Best awards LIVE: Ronaldo vs Modric vs Salah & all the results

The award ceremony will take place this evening at the Royal Festival Hall in London, with Ronaldo, Modric and Salah shortlisted

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Thanks for joining us for the FIFA Best awards!


We hope you had a good time following along with the blog and enjoyed what may be a new dawning in a post-Messi and Ronaldo era.

Congratulations to well-deserved wins for Luka Modric, Didier Deschamps, Marta, Thibaut Courtois, Mohamed Salah and Reynald Pedros, and Gareth, if you're listening – WAISTCOAT.


Was Salah snubbed?


The Eygptian was named in the top three of the Best Men's Player award but somehow failed to make it into the FIFA FIFPro XI – in favour of Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi (who didn't make the shortlist) and Cristiano Ronaldo.


Mohamed Salah

Pele has his say!


Modric: "My dreams have come true"


Modric responds to being the first winner since Kaka in 2007 who isn't Messi or Ronaldo.

"I'm not thinking about that right now. There are so many great players in the world, like the two you mentioned. It makes you feel proud, that your work is paying off. With this, all my dreams have come true!"

Luka Modric FIFA's The Best

Ronaldo and Messi show lack of grace with award no-show


Chief correspondent Pete Staunton writes on how the pair let their game down by their absences at the FIFA Best Award ceremony this evening, despite being nominated for the top honours.

Football legends take swipes at Messi & Ronaldo for snubbing ceremony 😳


Fabio Capello, Diego Forlan and Davor Suker criticised the striking pair for missing the awards ceremony in London.

"The absence of Ronaldo and Messi? It is a lack of respect, for the players, for FIFA and for the world of football," Capello told TVE ahead of the ceremony.

"It's a pity. Messi attended the gala last year and he didn't win," added Forlan. "It's a pity if it happens the same with Ronaldo than in the UEFA gala."

Ronaldo famously chooses to opt out of attending award ceremonies in which he doesn't claim the top prize – failing to appear at the UEFA Player of the Year ceremony in Monaco after Modric won the award and only turning up at Ballon d'Or ceremonies that involve him as the winner.

Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi FIFA's The Best awards

FIFA Best Award winners in full


Modric, Deschamps, Courtois take home top prizes

Best FIFA Men's Player: Luka Modric

Best FIFA Men's Coach: Didier Deschamps

Best FIFA Women's Player: Marta

Best FIFA Women's Coach: Reynald Pedros

Best FIFA Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois

Puskas Award: Mohamed Salah v Everton

What a night! 🔥

🏆Best FIFA Men's Player winner – Luka Modric


Croatia captain beats out Salah and Ronaldo

The Real Madrid winner has won the Best FIFA Men's Player award for guiding Croatia to the World Cup final and winning a third consecutive Champions League trophy with Real Madrid!

"First of all I would like to give congratulations to Mohamed [Salah] and Cristiano [Ronaldo] for the seasons they have had, and I'm sure that in the future you will have another opportunity to win this trophy," said Modric.

"This isn't just my trophy – this is for my Real Madrid teammates, my Croatia teammates and my coaches. Without them, this would have not have been possible. 

"This trophy is also for my family without whom I would not be the player that I am."

Take a bow, Luka! 👏

🏆FIFA Best Women's Player winner – Marta


Orlando Pride forward takes top honour

Congrats to the Brazilian striker! 🇧🇷

🏅Ronaldinho & Michael Ballack present FIFA FIFPro World11


Three World Cup winners, three CL winners

Here's the FIFA FIFPro World XI in full and there has been a colossal, majorly obvious snub:

GK: David de Gea

DF: Dani Alves, Raphael Varane, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo

MF: Luka Modric, N'Golo Kante, Eden Hazard

FW: Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, Cristiano Ronaldo


🏆FIFA The Best Fan Award winner


Peru fans win the honour

As well as recognising the prodigious skills and achievements of players, FIFA pays tribute to the supporters of the game with The Best Fan award.

Peru fans took home the award after they turned up in force to back their country at their first World Cup in 36 years! 🇵🇪

Japan and Senegal fans were also nominated together for their efforts to clean up after themselves following matches at the tournament.

Noel Gallagher performs classic Oasis hit


Come on, we all know it. "I SAID MAYBE, YOU'RE GONNA BE THE ONE WHO SAVES–"

Nope, sorry, wrong again.

Here we go: "AND SOOOOOO, SALLY CAN WAIT, SHE KNOWS IT'S TOO LATE......................" 

Noel Gallagher FIFA Best Awards 2018

Kylian Mbappe takes the mic!


The French superstar reminding us all that we have achieved approximately nothing in our lives considering that he is only 19 years of age.


🏆Best FIFA Women's Coach – Reynald Pedros


French manager takes home prize!

The Lyon boss won against Japan national team coach Asako Takakura and Netherlands coach Sarina Wiegman!

"When coming into this job, I wanted to promote women's football. Football is a game and it's also a way to entertain people – our goal at Lyon is to bring as many people as we can into the stadiums."

Idris Elba has invited Gareth Southgate to start line of waistcoats


Do it for Idris, Gareth. Do it for England. Do it for the world.
Gareth Southgate England 2018 World Cup

🏆Best FIFA Goalkeeper winner – Thibaut Courtois!


Real Madrid shot-stopper takes home top honour

After an excellent summer with Belgium at the World Cup, Courtois made the move to Real Madrid to cement his status as one of the best goalkeepers in the world.

The ex-Chelsea shot-stopper beat out the likes of Hugo Lloris and Kasper Schmeichel! 👏

🏆Best FIFA Men's Coach winner – Didier Deschamps!


French coach takes home the prize!

The former France captain and current manager of the victorious World Cup-winning Les Bleus takes home the FIFA Best Award for Men's Coach, beating out the likes of old teammate Zinedine Zidane, Zlatko Dalic and Diego Simeone!

"I would like to share this trophy with my wife and son, who are always by my side. Thank you everyone."

🏆Salah's goal vs Everton clinches Puskas Award!


Liverpool fans will be happy!

Chosen by 38% of fans who voted for the goal, Salah's brilliant effort off the edge of the box – scored during the Merseyside Derby against Everton – wins the Puskas Award ahead of Bale and Messi. 

Take a bow, Mo! Watch the goal below!


FIFA Puskas Award nominees


Messi or Bale for the Puskas Award?

Gareth Bale's overhead kick against Liverpool in the Champions League final, Benjamin Pavard against Argentina in the World Cup, Mohamed Salah against Everton...

Here's a quick reminder of the nominees before the announcement of the winner! Which goal was your favourite?

Bale's is a popular one – and is Thibault Courtois' favourite (or the goal that he wished he had saved).

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Best FIFA Women's Player nominees


Hegerberg and Marozsan up for the award

Lyon boast two players in the shortlist for The Best FIFA Women's Player award, with Ada Hegerberg and Dzsenifer Marozsan included after helping the club to a Ligue 1 and Champions League double.

Also joining Hegerberg and Marozsan in the running is Brazil forward Marta, who has made the cut after helping Orlando Pride to the NWSL Play-offs and captaining her country to Copa America Femenina glory.



The esteemed actor and host for this year's ceremony has paid tribute to France star Kylian Mbappe and is now guiding us through a show reel of the highlight from this summer's World Cup – heartbreak for Germany and Spain but highs for Sweden and Croatia. These were better times.

Patrick Stewart is getting the ceremony started!


"In my heart and in my head, I am the best man to have ever played for Huddersfield Town."
Patrick Stewart FIFA Best Awards

Here's eight-year-old Enzo with a fan.


Future Ballon d'Or winner.
Enzo Marcelo BEST Awards 2018

Best FIFA Men's Coach nominees


Zidane, Deschamps, Dalic shortlisted

In case you needed a refresher!

The final nominees in The Best Men's Coach category are former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane, who clinched a third successive Champions League trophy with Los Blancos last season, France's World Cup-winning manager Didier Deschamps and Croatia manager Zlatko Dalic, whose team were beaten finalists at Russia 2018.

Among the coaches to miss out on the final three slots were Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp, Gareth Southgate and Diego Simeone.

Jose Mourinho was not nominated for the award.


Has Modric been messaging Ronaldo about the awards?


"No!" Modric laughs. The interviewers are not convinced.

"He takes these awards seriously, doesn't he?" they ask him. He remains silent, but does laugh.

Salah: "This won't be my last award!"


Here's a confident Mo ahead of tonight's awards – pitted against Modric and Ronaldo!
Salah BEST Awards 2018

Croatia captain Luka Modric is here!


The Real Madrid midfielder is a frontrunner to win tonight's Best Men's Player following the glaring absence of a certain CR7 (👀). 

If Modric wins this evening, it will be the first time since Kaka lifted the honour in 2007 that someone other than Messi or Ronaldo has won the award.



Salah is in the top three for the Best Men's Player award after setting the Premier League alight in his first season at Liverpool. 🔥

It's the one and only Patrick Stewart!


Huddersfield Town are a lucky, lucky team.
Patrick Stewart FIFA Best Awards

Noel Gallagher arrives! 🎵


Gallagher is an avid Man City fan and will be performing at the ceremony later this evening.

He remained coy about which hits he'd be performing with his High Flying Birds, though, quipping: "One of my timeless classics."

So 'Parklife!' and 'Tender', then? 

(Sorry, wrong band.)

Hazard has emerged straight out of Austin Powers


"I wanted to be a bit different..." says the Chelsea superstar. "There's always black or blue. So I went red."

Hit or a miss? 🤔

Eden Hazard BEST Awards 2018

Marcelo's son nutmegs Seedorf!


Who needs the ceremony when everything great has already happened on the Green Carpet?!

Marcelo's son Enzo has just nutmegged Clarence Seedorf, which clearly means that he is going to win the Ballon d'Or in the future.

Enzo FIFA Best 2018

Thibault Courtois has arrived!


... on winning the Golden Glove at the World Cup this summer:

"Yeah, that would obviously be nice. I think football... is about team trophies, but when I won the Golden Glove it was great."

Can Real Madrid win an unprecedented fourth Champions League trophy in a row?!

"Well I'd love to have a Champions League, so maybe we can make it! I think we have a great team who can win it."

It's Ivory Coast legend Didier Drogba!


"It's amazing to be here to see all these guys who you used to play with!" said the former Chelsea forward on the Green Carpet. "Where is better to celebrate football than London?

"Gareth Bale's goal is the kind of goal that you dream of, when you sleep at night before a game. You remember it forever.

"What Lukaku is doing now has nothing to do with me! He's going to destroy the Premier League. If he stays there, he'll catch up with Aguero who's doing so well. He's got time and talent."

Where's your waistcoat, Gareth?


No visible sign of Idris Elba just yet but here are some familiar faces – England boss Gareth Southgate and Germany head coach Joachim Low!

No waistcoast though.

Southgate Low FIFA Best Awards
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🍿Video: Ronaldo, Modric & Salah in quest to be The Best


While we wait for Idris Elba to grace us with his presence on the Green Carpet, why not pass the time by watching Omar Momani's brilliant GOALTOONS cartoon ahead of the ceremony – starring Ronaldo as the Evil Queen, Mohamed Salah as Snow White and Sergio Ramos as the hunstman!  

A quick run-down of the Men's Award nominees tonight


Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Best Men's Award for the last three years, but looks like he – and former La Liga rival Messi – are absent for tonight's festivities.

Messi was snubbed for the top-three of the Men's Award which consists of Ronaldo, Mohamed Salah and Luka Modric. 

Antoine Griezmann, Harry Kane and Kylian Mbappe make up the rest of the longlist, though Modric is a clear frontrunner to pick up the award after captaining Croatia to the final of the World Cup as well as having a pivotal role in winning the Champions League with Real Madrid.

Also, Ronaldo missing out on the ceremony is a major hint that he won't be picking up the award – he never usually shows up to award shows that he loses out on! 

Cristiano Ronaldo Best FIFA Awards 2017

Key details for the FIFA Best Awards


All you need to know for tonight

The ceremony will be held at the Royal Festival Hall in London and events are scheduled to get started at roughly 7:30pm BST (2:30pm ET).

The very great and extremely talented Idris Elba returns to host the ceremony after taking charge of last year's ceremony, and he will be joined by French journalist Anne-Laure Bonnet.

Stay tuned for the first of the Green Carpet arrivals...

Welcome to Goal's live blog of the FIFA Best Awards!


Kicking off imminently!

The ceremony takes place this evening and Goal has all the coverage of the event, starting from the red carpet through to the award presentation – sorry, green carpet!

In case you needed a refresher about the FIFA Best Awards, have a quick read of our full comprehensive guide including the full list of nominees, award categories and past winners!