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World Cup Power Rankings: How the 2018 Field of 32 Nations Stacks Up

With the field of the 32 nations who will compete at the World Cup in Russia next summer completed by Peru's success in Lima Wednesday night, there's little time to waste in ranking the sides headed to the showcase event by making an initial assessment of their form.

Sure, there is plenty left to be decided. Which nations have managerial issues to resolve? Who knows what their starting lineup is likely to be? Who is praying for their key center forward to stay fit? Everything, of course, could change with the answers to those questions and the fallout from the group draw on Dec. 1, but, with all else being equal, who are the likely winners and who's just glad to going to Russia? Here's how we see the World Cup field stacking up:

1. BRAZIL

Six games into qualifying, Brazil had won only twice and looked in serious danger of failing to qualify. Going out of the Copa America Centenario in the group stage confirmed the moribund state of the Brazilian game. But then Tite replaced Dunga as manager, and the whole set-up changed. This Brazil plays modern, aggressive football, is far less reliant on Neymar and won 10 and drew two of its final 12 games to qualify, a full 10 points clear at the top of the CONMEBOL table.

Best Finish: Champions (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002)

2. SPAIN

Eliminated in the group stage in the last World Cup and then beaten by Italy in the last 16 of Euro 2016, the curtain seemed to have come down on the golden age of Spanish football. But after replacing Vicente Del Bosque, Julen Lopetegui has rejuvenated the side. Its 3-0 win over Italy in qualifying offered a clear warning that Spain is back.

Best Finish: Champions (2010)

3. GERMANY

Germany disappointed at Euro 2016, never really hitting top form and being well-beaten by France in the semifinal. Since then, though, it has qualified for the World Cup with a perfect 10-0-0 record and won the Confederations Cup with what was, in effect, a reserve side. Manager Jogi Low has used 36 players over the past two years, which for another manager might be a sign of chaos; for him it’s an indicator of strength.

Best Finish: Champions (1954, 1974, 1990, 2014)

4. FRANCE

This is a ridiculously gifted generation of French players who really should have won the Euros on home soil last summer. The sense, though, is that Didier Deschamps is not necessarily the man to get the best out if them, and the 4-4-2 he has adopted of late seems a weirdly blockish solution that leads to predictability.

Best Finish: Champions (1998)

5. BELGIUM

Now that it has been relieved of the handicap of Marc Wilmots, can Belgium’s golden generation make good on its promise? Under Roberto Martinez, Belgium qualified with ease, dropping only two points. Kevin De Bruyne has thrived in a slightly deeper role, but the question, as ever with Martinez, is whether the side will be able to cope defensively against better opposition. De Bruyne has already questioned Martinez's tactics.

Best Finish: Fourth Place (1986)

6. ARGENTINA

Qualification was traumatic, but with the dust settled, Argentina remains in a strong position. For all the doubts about players coming through, this remains a strong squad, overloaded with gifted forwards and, by appointing Jorge Sampaoli, it did, at the third attempt, get the right manager. Lionel Messi’s (probable) final chance at a World Cup may be the one he takes.

Best Finish: Champions (1978, 1986)

7. PORTUGAL

Portugal is the European champion and breezed through qualification by winning nine games in a row after losing the opener in Switzerland. Cristiano Ronaldo gives the goal-scoring edge, but its real strength is in the solidity of the midfield.

Best Finish: Third Place (1966)

8. URUGUAY

The stereotype of Uruguay is of defensive resolve, stifling tactics and a pragmatism that can tip into cynicism. This side, though, had the second-best scoring record in South American World Cup qualifying and looks to take full advantage of the abilities of Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani.

Best Finish: Champions (1930, 1950)

9. ENGLAND

A mood of persistent frustration hangs over England, so much so that the general reaction to its unbeaten qualification was a collective yawn about the way the Three Lions had trudged through a less-than-testing group. Harry Kane and a highly gifted emerging generation, though, offer some hope.

Best Finish: Champions (1966)

10. CROATIA

If football were just about players, Croatia would never have needed a playoff to qualify. It may lack a defensive midfielder but has a great wealth of creators. But with hardcore fans at war with the federation, which belatedly replaced their manager Ante Cacic, Croatia was underachieving desperately until Zlatko Dalic took over. He secured the win Croatia needed against Ukraine in the final qualifier, and the side then cruised through its playoff against Greece, winning 4-1.

Best Finish: Third Place (1998)

11. COLOMBIA

James Rodriguez was the breakout star of the last World Cup, and there is a sense that he has perhaps stagnated thanks to the glut of talent at Real Madrid. If he can rediscover his form at Bayern Munich, though, and with Radamel Falcao enjoying a late-career renaissance, Jose Pekerman’s side could be a threat.

Best Finish: Quarterfinals (2014)

12. SWITZERLAND

The Swiss qualified thanks to a very dodgy penalty in the playoff against Northern Ireland, and struggled to impose themselves in that series, but Vladimir Petkovic’s well-balanced side won all of its first nine qualifiers and has, in Ricardo Rodriguez and Stephan Lichtsteiner, a pair of excellent attacking fullbacks.

Best Finish: Quarterfinals (1934, 1938, 1954)

13. POLAND

Poland is ranked sixth in the world, which is evidence of just how much impact the trick of not playing friendlies can be. This, after all, is a side that in September lost 4-0 to Denmark. But it is generally solid and has, in Robert Lewandowski, one of the best strikers in the world.

Best Finish: Third Place (1974, 1982)

14. RUSSIA

Only one host nation has ever failed to make it through the group stage of a World Cup, but Russia could be the second. The gifted generation that reached the semifinal of Euro 2008 grew old together and Stanislav Cherchesov? has struggled to rejuvenate a squad that is heavily reliant on Alan Dzagoev for creativity.

Best Finish: Fourth Place (1966)

15. MEXICO

Juan Carlos Osorio is a controversial figure, with many feeling he rotates too often and question his hard-pressing. His players, though, seem generally enthused, and Mexico finished top of CONCACAF qualifying as well as getting out of their group at the Confederations Cup. After eliminations at the round of 16 in the last six World Cups, Osorio's first target must be set on reaching the quarterfinals.

Best Finish: Quarterfinals (1970, 1986)

16. ICELAND

After eliminating England to reach the quarterfinal of the Euros last summer, Iceland kicked on to become, by some distance, the smallest nation ever to qualify for a World Cup, finishing top of an awkward group that also included Croatia, Ukraine and Turkey. Gylfi Sigurdsson is the highest-profile player, but no side will have such a ferocious team spirit.

Best Finish: N/A

17. DENMARK

Denmark may have required a playoff to qualify, but that was because of results early in qualifying. More recently, the Danes put four past Poland and Montenegro and five past Ireland. Their Norwegian coach, Age Hareide, favors a direct approach and has made them defensively solid, but they also have the technical quality to unpick sides.

Best Finish: Quarterfinals (1998)

18. IRAN

Carlos Queiroz has been in charge of Iran for six years now. His side qualified unbeaten, letting in just two goals in 10 games in the final group, and can be relied upon to play in the characteristic Quieroz way, full of neat, technical, risk-averse football.

Best Finish: Group Stage (1978, 1998, 2006, 2014)

19. NIGERIA

Inconsistency and underachievement have characterized Nigerian football over the past decade. The Super Eagles have failed to qualify for three of the last four Africa Cup of Nations tournaments but won the one they did get to. Under Gernot Rohr, though, there is a sense of renewal, and they ended up topping a brutally tough qualifying group with relative comfort. A 4-2 friendly victory over a (Messi-less) Argentina this week was hugely impressive.

Best Finish: Round of 16 (1994, 1998, 2014)

20. SWEDEN

The Swedes dug deep and held firm to beat Italy over two legs and seem to have improved as a team since the retirement of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Memories of their dismal Euro 2016 lurk in the background, and there is a lack of obvious creativity, but this is a side that also beat France in qualifying.

Best Finish: Runner-up (1958)

21. MOROCCO

Herve Renard’s record as an international coach is remarkable. He’s the only man to win the Cup of Nations with two different sides (Zambia, Ivory Coast) and he’s now taken Morocco to its first World Cup since 1998, coming out on top of a group that included Ivory Coast–without conceding a goal.

Best Finish: Round of 16 (1986)

22. JAPAN

There is an awkward sense about Japanese football that it has plateaued. The Samurai Blue finished top of their qualifying group and have an experienced coach in Vahid Halilhodzic, but, having been knocked out of the 2015 Asian Cup in the quarterfinals, there’s no reason to believe they’ll improve on their habit of alternating between group stage and last 16 exits.

Best Finish: Round of 16 (2002, 2010)

23. SERBIA

No side that finished top of its group in European qualifying collected fewer points than Serbia. This is a talented group, particularly in midfield, but the specter of past disintegrations at tournaments haunts them, and the chances of another potential collapse were only increased when Slavoljub Muslin was removed as coach after qualifying essentially because his football had been insufficiently exciting.

Best Finish: Group Stage (2010)

24. EGYPT

This is Egypt’s first World Cup since 1990, but it won a hat trick of Cups of Nations between 2006 and 2010. Having failed to make the following three Cups of Nations, the Pharaohs returned to the tournament this year and showed all the familiar defensive qualities, augmented by the pace of Mohamed Salah on the break, to reach the final.

Best Finish: Group Stage (1934, 1990)

25. SENEGAL

Senegal qualified unbeaten at the top of an awkward group that included Burkina Faso, Cape Verde and South Africa. The Lions of Teranga have pace and attacking flair on the flanks with Sadio Mane and Keita Balde and solidity in midfield with Idrissa Gueye. They disappointed at the Cup of Nations, though, eliminated in the quarterfinal by Cameroon.

Best Finish: Quarterfinals (2002)

26. SOUTH KOREA

South Korea struggled to second in its qualifying group, behind Iran, losing three of its 10 games. The squad should be better than that, though, as it features the likes of Son Heung-min (Tottenham), Lee Chung-yong (Crystal Palace) and Ji Dong-won (Augsburg).

Best Finish: Fourth Place (2002)

27. PERU

Peru is ranked 10th in the world, which is another lesson about the benefit of not playing friendlies. Ricardo Gareca’s side is well-organized and has impressed in recent tournaments, reaching the semifinal of the Copa America in 2015 and losing on penalties in the quarterfinal of the Copa America Centenario a year later. If Paolo Guerrero’s doping ban is confirmed and extended through the summer, though, it will be desperately short of firepower.

Best Finish: Quarterfinals (1970)

28. COSTA RICA

Reaching the last eight four years ago looks like being the summit for a generation. Costa Rica has regressed since then, as a number of key players have aged. The Ticos finished second behind Mexico but managed just two wins away from home in the hexagonal.

Best Finish: Quarterfinals (2014)

29. TUNISIA

A 2-1 win over DR Congo in September effectively sealed Tunisia’s place in Russia, but it will go there with limited ambition after a hugely disappointing Cup of Nations in which it was eliminated by Burkina Faso in the quarterfinal. That led–eventually–to the departure of manager Henryk Kasperczak and his replacement, Nabil Maaloul.

Best Finish: Group Stage (1978, 1998, 2002, 2006)

30. AUSTRALIA

Ange Postecoglu’s side eventually qualified via a playoff, beating Honduras 3-1 over two legs, but the big concern must be that the Socceroos haven’t won any of their last nine games outside of Australia.

Best Finish: Round of 16 (2006)

31. SAUDI ARABIA

Saudi Arabia scraped to an automatic World Cup berth on goal difference ahead of Australia, but lost three of their five away games, beating only Thailand and Iraq on the road. The manager who guided the side through qualifying, Bert van Marwijk, failed to agree to a new contract and was replaced by former Argentina manager Edgardo Bauza.

Best Finish: Round of 16 (1994)

32. PANAMA

Hernan Dario Gomez’s side qualified in third place in CONCACAF, but averaged less than a goal a game and won only one game away from home in the hexagonal. It's a just reward for a veteran core, but there'll be a hill to climb in Russia.

Best Finish: N/A

Scotland stepping up in its effort to make Michael O'Neill their manager

Fearful that they could be beaten to the punch, the Scottish Football Association has asked the Irish Football Association for permission to approach Michael O’Neill to become the next Scotland manager. O’Neill has been contemplating his future at his Edinburgh home since Monday, when he returned from Northern Ireland’s World Cup play-off second leg against Switzerland in Basle. Telegraph Sport understands that the 48-year-old is weighing up the attractions of life as an international manager against a switch to the frenetic world of day-to-day involvement at club level. Sunderland, who have been without a manager since they sacked Simon Grayson last month have identified O’Neill – a former Newcastle United player – as the man they want and Rangers are also in the market for a new manager. It has not escaped O’Neill’s notice, however, that the Sunderland appointment will be the Black Cats’ 10th in six years, while Rangers seek their third manager in the space of nine months. First to depart Ibrox in 2017 was Mark Warburton, who moved to Nottingham Forest in March. Warburton’s successor, the Portuguese coach, Pedro Caixinha, lasted for only 26 games – never winning three in succession – before his chaotic regime came to its inevitable end last month. Were Rangers to approach O’Neill, it is certain that the man from Portadown would want to take his fellow-countryman, Jimmy Nicholl, a former favourite with the Ibrox crowd, who has been his assistant with Northern Ireland. Meanwhile, USA are also said to be interested in O’Neill. The experienced Bruce Arena, who was in charge from 1998 to 2006, quit after a second spell lasting a year, when the USA failed to qualify for the World Cup finals, saying that there was ‘no excuse’ for the disappointment of failing to make the later stage of the tournament for the first time since 1986. Dave Sarachan, Arena’s assistant, supervised the team for Tuesday’s 1-1 draw in a friendly with Portugal in Leiria but will not be considered for the post on a longer-term basis. Arena succeeded Jurgen Klinsmann midway through the qualifying campaign and the fact that neither was effective has put pressure on the president of US Soccer, Sunil Gulati, who intends to defend his position against a growing roster of challengers intent on ending his 12 years in office when he comes up for re-election in February. That internal political turmoil is another factor that will have to be considered by O’Neill as he approaches one of the most crucial decisions of his career. The IFA are also understood to be willing to offer a new package to the manager who galvanised their players and fans with qualification for Euro 2016 but he is ready for change after six years at the helm and the SFA’s urgent quest is to persuade him to try to end Scotland’s 20-year-long exile from the later stages of major tournaments after Gordon Strachan’s recent close call.

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Chris Brunt relishing chance to achieve Northern Ireland dream after Euro 2016 pain

It promises to be one of the biggest nights of football Belfast has witnessed and, shortly before Northern Ireland step on to the field at Windsor Park on Thursday night for the first leg of their World Cup play-off against Switzerland, Michael O’Neill will remind them of how far they have come since the dark days early in his reign. “The one thing I would say to them is, don’t fear the situation, embrace it and make sure whatever happens, when you look back, there are no regrets,” the manager said. “The good thing is that when you’ve been through the experiences that the likes of Steven Davis and Jonny Evans have been through, you don’t want to go back. “That’s the only motivation you need to maintain the level we’ve got to – qualifying for the Euros, reaching the last 16 of that tournament and now being in a World Cup play-off with the aim of getting to Russia. The players don’t want to let it go.” Northern Ireland qualified for the 1958 and 1982 World Cups by beating Italy and Israel respectively in Belfast, but while there will still be another 90 minutes to play against the Swiss after this first leg, a favourable result will dramatically boost the country’s prospects going into the second leg in Basel on Sunday. For Chris Brunt, the motivation is two-fold. He knows all about those dark days to which O’Neill was referring, when Northern Ireland won just two of 31 games leading up to the first match of qualifying for Euro 2016, and, Brunt admits, it was a battle just to summon the energy to keep turning up. But the experience of missing out on the Euros in France, the first time since the 1986 World Cup that Northern Ireland had reached a major tournament, after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, has only strengthened his desire to get to Russia. Brunt ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament playing for West Brom in February Credit: Getty images It was late February last year when the West Bromwich Albion defender fell awkwardly as he challenged Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha and the next day his worst fears were confirmed. Twice he had to hang up the phone to his wife and parents after choking up with emotion as he tried to deliver the news. “I shed a few tears over it, I’ll be honest, because I realised what had been taken away,” Brunt, 32, said. “I went to France, did some media stuff and got to stay around the squad but that was as close as I would get to playing. “The hardest one to watch was the win over Ukraine in Lyon. I wasn’t doing any media stuff and I’m sat there on the bench next to the physio and doctor watching the lads warm up. That’s the only time I really felt like I was missing out. Brunt remembers much darker times Credit: Reuters “But I feel lucky to now be in a position where I can get to a World Cup. I have been involved with Northern Ireland since 2004 and there have been a lot of grim times. We lost 4-1 in Estonia one night in 2011 and that was as dark a place I have been as any. I was only 27 as well and you’re just thinking, ‘Where is this going?’ “A lot of us are over 30 now and they will tell you the same thing – there were spells before when players didn’t want to come. When you see there’s no light at the end of the tunnel, it’s a difficult one.” Even if Northern Ireland do qualify for Russia, though, Brunt will be treading carefully. “I fell down the stairs one night wearing a pair of socks about six weeks after doing my cruciate,” he said. “The wife and kids were in the house and thought I had done the ligament again because I squealed that loud.” O'Neill is pleased with the draw Northern Ireland were given Credit: Getty images O’Neill had hoped to be drawn against the Swiss. They won nine of 10 games in qualifying and finished with more points than five of the nine European group winners but, beyond Portugal, Hungary, the Faroe Islands, Latvia and Andorra did not prove much competition. Indeed, if O’Neill’s side can contain Stoke playmaker Xherdan Shaqiri, and perhaps antagonise the combustible Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka, while keeping their own discipline, they will have a chance. Seven of Northern Ireland’s likely starters, including their entire midfield, are a booking away from suspension for the second leg. “Northern Ireland is the most difficult opponent any of the four seeded nations could have been drawn against,” Shaqiri said. “Everybody is full of respect for them. It’s no secret that their most important qualities are their physical power, the structure of their game and their dangerous corners and free-kicks.”

Chris Brunt relishing chance to achieve Northern Ireland dream after Euro 2016 pain

It promises to be one of the biggest nights of football Belfast has witnessed and, shortly before Northern Ireland step on to the field at Windsor Park on Thursday night for the first leg of their World Cup play-off against Switzerland, Michael O’Neill will remind them of how far they have come since the dark days early in his reign. “The one thing I would say to them is, don’t fear the situation, embrace it and make sure whatever happens, when you look back, there are no regrets,” the manager said. “The good thing is that when you’ve been through the experiences that the likes of Steven Davis and Jonny Evans have been through, you don’t want to go back. “That’s the only motivation you need to maintain the level we’ve got to – qualifying for the Euros, reaching the last 16 of that tournament and now being in a World Cup play-off with the aim of getting to Russia. The players don’t want to let it go.” Northern Ireland qualified for the 1958 and 1982 World Cups by beating Italy and Israel respectively in Belfast, but while there will still be another 90 minutes to play against the Swiss after this first leg, a favourable result will dramatically boost the country’s prospects going into the second leg in Basel on Sunday. For Chris Brunt, the motivation is two-fold. He knows all about those dark days to which O’Neill was referring, when Northern Ireland won just two of 31 games leading up to the first match of qualifying for Euro 2016, and, Brunt admits, it was a battle just to summon the energy to keep turning up. But the experience of missing out on the Euros in France, the first time since the 1986 World Cup that Northern Ireland had reached a major tournament, after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, has only strengthened his desire to get to Russia. Brunt ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament playing for West Brom in February Credit: Getty images It was late February last year when the West Bromwich Albion defender fell awkwardly as he challenged Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha and the next day his worst fears were confirmed. Twice he had to hang up the phone to his wife and parents after choking up with emotion as he tried to deliver the news. “I shed a few tears over it, I’ll be honest, because I realised what had been taken away,” Brunt, 32, said. “I went to France, did some media stuff and got to stay around the squad but that was as close as I would get to playing. “The hardest one to watch was the win over Ukraine in Lyon. I wasn’t doing any media stuff and I’m sat there on the bench next to the physio and doctor watching the lads warm up. That’s the only time I really felt like I was missing out. Brunt remembers much darker times Credit: Reuters “But I feel lucky to now be in a position where I can get to a World Cup. I have been involved with Northern Ireland since 2004 and there have been a lot of grim times. We lost 4-1 in Estonia one night in 2011 and that was as dark a place I have been as any. I was only 27 as well and you’re just thinking, ‘Where is this going?’ “A lot of us are over 30 now and they will tell you the same thing – there were spells before when players didn’t want to come. When you see there’s no light at the end of the tunnel, it’s a difficult one.” Even if Northern Ireland do qualify for Russia, though, Brunt will be treading carefully. “I fell down the stairs one night wearing a pair of socks about six weeks after doing my cruciate,” he said. “The wife and kids were in the house and thought I had done the ligament again because I squealed that loud.” O'Neill is pleased with the draw Northern Ireland were given Credit: Getty images O’Neill had hoped to be drawn against the Swiss. They won nine of 10 games in qualifying and finished with more points than five of the nine European group winners but, beyond Portugal, Hungary, the Faroe Islands, Latvia and Andorra did not prove much competition. Indeed, if O’Neill’s side can contain Stoke playmaker Xherdan Shaqiri, and perhaps antagonise the combustible Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka, while keeping their own discipline, they will have a chance. Seven of Northern Ireland’s likely starters, including their entire midfield, are a booking away from suspension for the second leg. “Northern Ireland is the most difficult opponent any of the four seeded nations could have been drawn against,” Shaqiri said. “Everybody is full of respect for them. It’s no secret that their most important qualities are their physical power, the structure of their game and their dangerous corners and free-kicks.”

Chris Brunt relishing chance to achieve Northern Ireland dream after Euro 2016 pain

It promises to be one of the biggest nights of football Belfast has witnessed and, shortly before Northern Ireland step on to the field at Windsor Park on Thursday night for the first leg of their World Cup play-off against Switzerland, Michael O’Neill will remind them of how far they have come since the dark days early in his reign. “The one thing I would say to them is, don’t fear the situation, embrace it and make sure whatever happens, when you look back, there are no regrets,” the manager said. “The good thing is that when you’ve been through the experiences that the likes of Steven Davis and Jonny Evans have been through, you don’t want to go back. “That’s the only motivation you need to maintain the level we’ve got to – qualifying for the Euros, reaching the last 16 of that tournament and now being in a World Cup play-off with the aim of getting to Russia. The players don’t want to let it go.” Northern Ireland qualified for the 1958 and 1982 World Cups by beating Italy and Israel respectively in Belfast, but while there will still be another 90 minutes to play against the Swiss after this first leg, a favourable result will dramatically boost the country’s prospects going into the second leg in Basel on Sunday. For Chris Brunt, the motivation is two-fold. He knows all about those dark days to which O’Neill was referring, when Northern Ireland won just two of 31 games leading up to the first match of qualifying for Euro 2016, and, Brunt admits, it was a battle just to summon the energy to keep turning up. But the experience of missing out on the Euros in France, the first time since the 1986 World Cup that Northern Ireland had reached a major tournament, after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, has only strengthened his desire to get to Russia. Brunt ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament playing for West Brom in February Credit: Getty images It was late February last year when the West Bromwich Albion defender fell awkwardly as he challenged Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha and the next day his worst fears were confirmed. Twice he had to hang up the phone to his wife and parents after choking up with emotion as he tried to deliver the news. “I shed a few tears over it, I’ll be honest, because I realised what had been taken away,” Brunt, 32, said. “I went to France, did some media stuff and got to stay around the squad but that was as close as I would get to playing. “The hardest one to watch was the win over Ukraine in Lyon. I wasn’t doing any media stuff and I’m sat there on the bench next to the physio and doctor watching the lads warm up. That’s the only time I really felt like I was missing out. Brunt remembers much darker times Credit: Reuters “But I feel lucky to now be in a position where I can get to a World Cup. I have been involved with Northern Ireland since 2004 and there have been a lot of grim times. We lost 4-1 in Estonia one night in 2011 and that was as dark a place I have been as any. I was only 27 as well and you’re just thinking, ‘Where is this going?’ “A lot of us are over 30 now and they will tell you the same thing – there were spells before when players didn’t want to come. When you see there’s no light at the end of the tunnel, it’s a difficult one.” Even if Northern Ireland do qualify for Russia, though, Brunt will be treading carefully. “I fell down the stairs one night wearing a pair of socks about six weeks after doing my cruciate,” he said. “The wife and kids were in the house and thought I had done the ligament again because I squealed that loud.” O'Neill is pleased with the draw Northern Ireland were given Credit: Getty images O’Neill had hoped to be drawn against the Swiss. They won nine of 10 games in qualifying and finished with more points than five of the nine European group winners but, beyond Portugal, Hungary, the Faroe Islands, Latvia and Andorra did not prove much competition. Indeed, if O’Neill’s side can contain Stoke playmaker Xherdan Shaqiri, and perhaps antagonise the combustible Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka, while keeping their own discipline, they will have a chance. Seven of Northern Ireland’s likely starters, including their entire midfield, are a booking away from suspension for the second leg. “Northern Ireland is the most difficult opponent any of the four seeded nations could have been drawn against,” Shaqiri said. “Everybody is full of respect for them. It’s no secret that their most important qualities are their physical power, the structure of their game and their dangerous corners and free-kicks.”

World Cup Qualifying Finales: A Guide to the Playoffs, Last Steps on Road to Russia

Congratulations, everyone! We're almost there.

The end of the multi-year quest that is World Cup qualifying is upon us, with the final nine berths set to be claimed over the next nine days. UEFA's playoff round, a pair of intercontinental playoffs and the outcome of three African groups will determine the remainder of the field, give us draw permutation fodder for the two weeks leading into the Dec. 1 event in Moscow and set us on course for a 32-team showcase in Russia this coming summer.

Here is a day-by-day guide at what to expect and watch for as the road to Russia finally reaches its conclusion (all times Eastern).

Thursday, November 9

UEFA playoff (first leg)

Croatia vs. Greece, 2:45 p.m.

Northern Ireland vs. Switzerland, 2:45 p.m.

Greece has qualified for the last two World Cups via the playoff round, but with all due respect to Romania and Ukraine, neither posed a challenge like star-laden Croatia will, with Mario Mandzukic leading the line and Luka Modric, Ivan Perisic and Ivan Rakitic manning the midfield. They surprisingly haven't played one another in six years and have only met six times in their footballing history, with Greece holding a slight edge in their all-time meetings (2-1-3).

Northern Ireland was stingy at Euro 2016 in reaching the knockout stage and was stingy again in qualifying, conceding just six times in the 10 group games. Will Grigg may no longer be on fire, but Michael O'Neill's side is disciplined and organized enough to make life difficult for the opposition. It meets a Switzerland team cruelly dumped into the playoff round despite winning its first nine qualifiers, only to stumble at the last hurdle vs. Portugal and miss out on goal differential.

Friday, November 10

Intercontinental playoff (first leg)

CONCACAF 4th place (Honduras) vs. AFC 5th place (Australia), 5 p.m.

OFC 1st place (New Zealand) vs. CONMEBOL 5th place (Peru), 10:15 p.m.

Neither of these series are logistically ideal, but all four nations will have to deal with the absurd level of travel involved. Given the adjustment required after the first leg, that could favor the opening hosts. That's good news for Honduras, which is hoping to carve out a lead at home against a Socceroos side that is expected to be missing Tim Cahill, and New Zealand, which faces a Peru opponent that will be without captain and star forward Paolo Guerrero, who is banned for failing a doping test.

UEFA playoff (first leg)

Sweden vs. Italy, 2:45 p.m.

Italy stumbled toward the finish line in World Cup qualifying. You would expect the Azzurri to figure it out, not miss a World Cup for the first time since 1958 (when the competition was ironically held in Sweden) and extend its string of taking part in 14 straight World Cups to 15. The first leg in Sweden, against a side itching to return to the World Cup stage for the first time since 2006, will dictate plenty. Italy holds a 10-6-6 advantage all-time, including a 1-0 win over Sweden at Euro 2016. Sweden hasn't beaten Italy since 1998.

CAF

South Africa vs. Senegal, 12 p.m.

Algeria vs. Nigeria, 2:30 p.m.

South Africa-Senegal is the one to watch, as the two must replay their qualifier from November 2016 after the referee at the center of it was found to be guilty for match-fixing and awarded a dubious–and game-changing–penalty South Africa's way. Senegal clinches first place in the group and a World Cup berth with a win but would leave the door open for three other sides with a loss.

Saturday, November 11

UEFA playoff (first leg)

Denmark vs. Ireland, 2:45 p.m.

Ireland stormed its way into the playoff round thanks to a win over Gareth Bale-less Wales on the last day of group play, and it'll look to make good on that new life vs. the Danes, who are led by Tottenham standout Christian Eriksen. These two hardly play one another, with Ireland holding a 5-3-5 advantage in the all-time meetings. It won the last two by a combined 7-0 scoreline, but the games came in 2002 and 2007–hardly an indicator of present fortunes. Ireland's last appearance in the World Cup qualifying playoff round resulted in Thierry Henry's "non-handball" and heartbreaking elimination at the hands of France in 2009.

CAF

Zambia vs. Cameroon, 8 a.m.

Gabon vs. Mali, 9:30 a.m.

Tunisia vs. Libya, 12:30 p.m.

DR Congo vs. Guinea, 12:30 p.m.

Ivory Coast vs. Morocco, 12:30 p.m.

All the focus should be on Tunisia-Libya and Ivory Coast-Morocco. Tunisia clinches its World Cup berth with a win or draw, though a loss would open the door for DR Congo to steal first (Tunisia leads DR Congo by three points and has a goal-differential edge of +2). Morocco nurses a one-point lead over Ivory Coast and would win its group with a win or draw, but Les Elephants would return to the World Cup stage with a home victory.

November 12

UEFA playoff (second leg)

Switzerland vs. Northern Ireland, 12 p.m.

Greece vs. Croatia, 2:45 p.m.

Everything depends on the opening legs, with Switzerland and Greece hoping to have away goals under their belt to provide an advantage and margin for error as they return home. The Swiss, who have qualified for the last three World Cups, are in line for a place in Pot 2 in the World Cup draw, should they advance.

CAF

Congo vs. Uganda, 9:30 a.m.

Ghana vs. Egypt, 10:30 a.m.

Nothing to see here, carry on. Though for Egypt, playing at Ghana is a fine tune-up for its return to the World Cup stage.

November 13

UEFA playoff (second leg)

Italy vs. Sweden, 2:45 p.m.

Sweden scored the most goals in qualifying out of any of the teams who made the playoff round, with only Portugal, Poland, Germany and Belgium scoring more during the group stage. Sure, that included drubbings of Luxembourg and Belarus, but that should put the Azzurri on notice that the Zlatan-less Swedes are to be reckoned with. Marcus Berg led the way with eight tallies. Trying to stop Berg and his teammates will be Gianluigi Buffon, who could be playing the final match of his international career, should Italy fail to qualify.

November 14

UEFA playoff (second leg)

Ireland vs. Denmark, 2:45 p.m.

Nobody throws a world football party quite like the Irish, and the scenes in Dublin are sure to be memorable for this return leg, which will secure UEFA's 14th and final place in the competition.

CAF

Senegal vs. South Africa, 2:30 p.m.

Burkina Faso vs. Cape Verde Islands, 2:30 p.m.

All four teams in this group could remain alive on the final day, depending on what happens in the first Senegal-South Africa clash. Of course, if Senegal wins it, this day loses all of its potential drama and features a pair of dead rubbers.

November 15

Intercontinental playoff (second leg)

AFC 5th place (Australia) vs. CONCACAF 4th place (Honduras), 4 a.m.

CONMEBOL 5th place (Peru) vs. OFC 1st place (New Zealand), 9:15 p.m.

The last two tickets two Russia will be punched in places halfway around the globe from one another. Peru could end its lengthy drought and clinch its first berth since 1982 on home soil.

Football Manager 2018 wonderkids: Renato Sanches

Renato Sanches burst onto the global football scene when his awe-inspiring experiences at Euro 2016, won him Young Player of the Tournament and made him the youngest player ever to win a final.
Although Sanches has struggled for game time at Bayern Munich he is now impressing on loan at Swansea City.
Age: 19
Valued: £10.25m
Nation: Portugal

Mailbag: U.S. Soccer Election, MLS Cup Pick, Teams to Root for at World Cup and More

You’ve got questions, I’ve got answers. Let’s dive into the Planet Fútbol Mailbag!

Winner of MLS Cup?

@Kelvin_Loyola

The MLS playoffs begin on Wednesday night, and the fashionable pick is to go with The Field against runaway favorite Toronto. I get that. In the 15 years since MLS went from three-game playoff series to the crapshoot home-and-home, just two Supporters' Shield winners have gone on to win the MLS Cup final. But this Toronto team is no ordinary Supporters' Shield winner. It set an MLS record with 69 points in the regular season and has been far and away the best team in the league. The memory of last year’s final loss at home to Seattle is still fresh in TFC’s minds, and the Reds have the depth, experience and chemistry to seal the deal. You can take The Field. I’ll take Toronto.

Who is the best U.S.-eligible player in the MLS playoffs who's never been capped?

@TheMikeDonovan

I’m going to go with Tyler Adams of the New York Red Bulls. Would be great to see him get his first cap in Portugal next month (though that would likely mean the Red Bulls are out of the playoffs).

So, how much is it that you know about Minnesota United?

@nelsodj13

Nothing.

Suggestions on who to root for next year at World Cup after my beloved USMNT failed to qualify? I'm thinking Iceland. What a wonderful underdog story.

@Jim_Nguyen

Here are my suggestions on teams USMNT fans could choose to root for:

ICELAND. Everyone’s favorite team from Euro 2016 has qualified for its first World Cup—and could actually do some damage. Plus that clap thing they do with their fans is cool. If you decide not to go to Russia for the tournament, the most fun idea would be to watch games at public gatherings in Iceland (population: 330,000). Twenty-two hours of sun, great weather, festive Icelanders and lots and lots of Einstök. Sign me up!

PANAMA. Another country that has reached the World Cup finals for the first time. Yes, they can be thuggish, but they’re underdogs, and they’ve got a lot of familiar MLS names: Román Torres, Armando Cooper, Fidel Escobar, Michael Murillo, Aníbal Godoy and Adolfo Machado.

COSTA RICA. I’m still surprised the Ticos don’t get more love as the Little Underdog That Could. Think about it: Costa Rica won its World Cup 2014 group ahead of three former champions (Uruguay, Italy, England) and got to the quarterfinals. The Ticos outscored the U.S. 6-0 in two Hexagonal games and did more than any team to prevent the U.S. from qualifying. Plus they have a lot of MLS guys we know well: Christian Bolaños, Kendall Waston, Francisco Calvo, Johan Venegas, David Guzmán, Roy Miller, Ronald Matarrita, Rodney Wallace and Marco Ureña.

EGYPT. Bob Bradley’s old team has qualified for its first World Cup since 1990. And while Egypt’s dictatorship government is the opposite of cuddly, it’s impossible not to like players like Mohamed Salah of Liverpool.

ARGENTINA or PORTUGAL. Nobody would call these guys underdogs, but it would be nice to see Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo win a World Cup and be fully able to enter the Best Player of All Time debate without any caveats.

PERU. These guys still have some work to do in a home-and-home playoff with New Zealand, but if they make it to Russia it will be Peru’s first World Cup since 1982. There aren’t too many plucky underdogs from South America, but this would be one of them. Coach Ricardo Gareca has done a tremendous job in the brutal South American qualifying tournament, where Peru survived and kept out Chile and Paraguay.

SENEGAL. Africa is a great source of fan favorites, and while Senegal has yet to seal a berth, it’s on track to qualify for its first World Cup since 2002 (when the country upset defending champ France in the tournament opener and went all the way to the quarterfinals).

MEXICO. Yes, I know they’re the USMNT’s biggest rivals. But the Mexican men’s national team is the most popular soccer team in the United States, and you could have a blast watching El Tri play at watering holes all over the U.S. next summer. Plus Mexico has a lot of appealing personalities on the team these days, like Chicharito Hernández, Andrés Guardado, Carlos Vela, the Dos Santos brothers, Chucky Lozano and Miguel Layún.

There are three top U.S. players—Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan, Heather O’Reilly—among the 18 Common Goal pledgers yet not a single U.S. male player. Does this surprise you?

@BenWSMiller (communications advisor for Common Goal)

For those who don’t know, Common Goal is a program in which top soccer players are pledging to donate at least 1% of their salary toward “high-impact soccer charities around the world.” Juan Mata was the first player to make the pledge, and several other figures have followed, including the three USWNT players, Mats Hummels, Giorgio Chiellini, Vero Boquete and Julian Nagelsmann. I’d love to see some USMNT players join the group. Maybe the USWNT players can help convince them?

If you had to pick a USMNT starting 11 from players only playing in Europe, who makes the cut?

@JerRasso

Assuming everyone is healthy:

Goalkeeper: Ethan Horvath.

Defenders: DeAndre Yedlin, Geoff Cameron, John Brooks, Fabian Johnson.

Midfielders: Timmy Chandler, Danny Williams, Weston McKennie, Christian Pulisic, Kenny Saief.

Forward: Bobby Wood.

Will we see the trend reverse and more USMNT players head back to Europe after the 2018 WC failure?

@DRock_18

Maybe. I don’t see any current big-name U.S. players who are in MLS heading back to Europe. But I do think we’ll see more examples like Weston McKennie, who came up through the Dallas academy before deciding to sign with Schalke in Germany.

What mixture of young players and veterans is the USMNT roster likely to include for Portugal? Any chance only young players are called up?

@Sports_Soapbox

I’m not expecting any players who will still be involved in the MLS playoffs will get the call. I’d like to see as many promising young players as possible, though there might be a few older European-based players.

Your thoughts on Stefan Frei's future with USMNT, especially given regime change.

@frankmSounders

I like Frei a lot as a goalkeeper. Without knowing who the non-interim USMNT coach will be—and we may not know until after the World Cup—it’s impossible to guess if he’ll be in the mix. What I would say is that Frei will be 32 years old next summer and 36 at World Cup 2022 in November-December ’22. I know goalkeepers can play at a high level well into their 30s, but I think Frei may be a bit too old given the current U.S. situation.

In the long run, do you the think the failure of USMNT to make the World Cup will be a positive to fixing the inherent problems? Or will we see more of the same?

@vvincenzo

That’s still the big question: Will American soccer respond to this utter fiasco by instituting the necessary changes in U.S. Soccer, MLS and the system as a whole? The fact that there’s an election for U.S. Soccer president in Feburary makes this a chaotic time for soccer in this country. How does everyone respond? Will the forces for smart change outweigh the forces of stasis or dumb, easy-answers change? It’s a really important time right now.

Are the players voting for U.S. Soccer president going for Sunil Gulati, or would a former player (Eric Wynalda, Landon Donovan or someone else) sway their bloc?

@USfanTV

We’ll see. The U.S. Soccer Athletes Council has 20% of the vote in the election in February. The Council usually votes as a bloc but is not required to, so it could have a big impact on the election. I have spoken to some members who say they “want change.” Others may feel beholden to the establishment at MLS or U.S. Soccer (who can offer jobs or seats on committees). Others won’t feel beholden at all. Here are the current members of the Athletes Council: Chris Ahrens (chair), Angela Hucles (vice-chair), Carlos Bocanegra (vice-chair), Shannon Boxx, Brian Ching, Cindy Parlow Cone (advisor), Brad Guzan, Stuart Holden, Lauren Holiday, Lori Lindsey, Will John, Kate Markgraf, John O’Brien, Heather O’Reilly, Leslie Osborne, Nick Perera, Christie Rampone, Gavin Sibayan, Lindsay Tarpley, Aly Wagner.

If Sunil Gulati doesn’t run/loses U.S. Soccer presidential election, how would he stay formally involved in USSF?

@atlemar

The immediate past president of U.S. Soccer is on the board of directors in a non-voting role, so Gulati would be part of that. He also has a spot on the FIFA Council through 2021 (that pays him around $300,000 a year), and he is the chair of the bid committee to host World Cup 2026. Gulati does not need to be the U.S. Soccer president to stay on the FIFA Council or run the organizing committee for World Cup ’26. The U.S.-Mexico-Canada bid is heavily favored to win the right to host the tournament, which will become official next June 13 in Russia. (The only competition is Morocco.) Keep in mind, when Alan Rothenberg ran the organizing committee for World Cup 1994, he took it initially as an unpaid job. But after it became the most successful World Cup in history—which it still is, attendance-wise—Rothenberg was given a $7 million bonus. Given how successful a 48-team World Cup 2026 could be, current estimates are that the chair of the organizing committee could be up for a bonus of $30 million to $50 million.

You once ran for FIFA president. Why not for U.S. Soccer president?

@CAMILO151974

Good question! I ran for FIFA president back in 2011, learned a lot and ended up achieving what I wanted to do. I had no chance to win, obviously, but I wanted to focus attention in a lot of countries on what a mess FIFA had become. But it’s one thing to run for FIFA president and another to run for U.S. Soccer president—and running for U.S. Soccer president would be a daily conflict with my current job as a journalist, a job that provides a salary (unlike the U.S. Soccer presidency).

How much does the failed 2018 WC campaign affect Bruce Arena's historical legacy? And along with a lackluster 2006 does it now outweigh the glory of 2002?

@swilliam8

Here’s my opinion: Nobody can ever take away Arena’s run with the USMNT to the 2002 World Cup quarterfinals, the most impressive accomplishment ever for a U.S. men’s national team (for me). So that’s one for the record books. That said, Arena now has presided over two other World Cup cycles that will be remembered as failures. He’s also hurt by the fact that the USMNT had a lot more fans who lived through 2006 and ’17 but didn’t live through 2002 simply because they weren’t paying attention then. So it’s up to historians to put accomplishments and failures in the proper perspective.

Keep in mind that Arena’s career hasn’t just been about managing the national team. He has also been a preeminent coach in the history of NCAA men’s soccer (with five titles in 17 years at Virginia) and in MLS (with a record five MLS Cup titles in 12 years in the league).

What's your take on the #SaveTheCrew movement and its support around the league?

@FormerLeafsFan

I’ve been impressed by the defiant response of Columbus Crew fans to the prospect of owner Anthony Precourt moving the team to Austin. But that’s not all. There’s a kinship between soccer supporters of different teams that you don’t see in other sports leagues. That’s why it has been inspiring to witness #SaveTheCrew efforts by the supporters groups of other pro teams in MLS and other U.S. leagues. Remember, MLS is single-entity, so the owners are all in business together. If owners in other cities outside Columbus see that there’s unity among the fans, they may consider putting pressure on Precourt and the league to stay put.

Clarify timing of the initial presser? Did Precourt schedule his press conference because the story was breaking or was it planned all along?

@WestWeber

Multiple sources had told me that night that Precourt had already scheduled the teleconference for the next day before my story broke.

Will the USWNT ever get to kick it in the grass?

@jenni4_smith

More than one USWNT player has voiced her displeasure with the fact that too many recent games have taken place on artificial turf—including last week's friendly in New Orleans. U.S. Soccer had agreed to do better on this front, but that hasn’t been the case of late, and the players have every right to be unhappy.

When is the Planet Fútbol podcast coming back?

@bnayden

Thanks for your patience on this. Short answer: Soon. Stay tuned.

What’s different in the skill sets that make a good club coach vs a good national team coach?

@atlemar

Funny you should ask. I address that very topic in the chapter on Roberto Martínez of my upcoming book. I spent time with Martínez during his stays at Everton and with Belgium. The contrasts and adjustments are fascinating.

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Fifa player of the year award in London

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Best Fifa Men's Player Lieke Martens wins Best Fifa Women's Player Fifa XI is: Buffon; Marcelo, Bonucci, Ramos, Alves; Iniesta, Modric, Kroos; Neymar, Ronaldo, Messi Celtic win Fifa Fans Award Sarina Wiegman wins Best Fifa Women's Coach Zinedine Zidane wins Best Male Coach Gigi Buffon wins Best Goalkeeper  Olivier Giroud wins Puskas Award for best goal By PA: Real Madrid's Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo was crowned the best soccer player in the world for the second year running at Fifa's The Best awards gala on Monday. The four-time Ballon d'Or winner won a La Liga and Champions League double with the Madrid club this year, striking twice against Juventus in the European Cup final to help Real become the first team to retain the trophy in its current format. 'I'm 32 and I'm the best player in the world', Ronaldo reflects on winning award 00:39 Barcelona's Argentina forward Lionel Messi, who has won the Ballon d'or five times, and Paris St Germain's Brazil forward Neymar were runners up for the award voted for by national team coaches and captains plus the media and fans. The Best Fifa Men's Player award and the Ballon d'or, which is voted for only by the media, are now separate awards. Real Madrid's French coach Zinedine Zidane won the manager of the year trophy for his part in the club's success. Zidane was awarded Best Men's Coach Credit: FIFA Five Real players were named in the best XI of the year, with Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos joining Ronaldo, while Messi, Neymar, Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Dani Alves (PSG), Leonardo Bonucci (AC Milan) and Andres Iniesta (Barcelona) were also selected. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud won the Puskas Award for the best goal of the year, which was the Frenchman's scorpion kick against Crystal Palace, and Buffon was declared best goalkeeper. Holland's Lieke Martens won best female player of the year, while the Dutch women's national team coach Sarina Weigman was voted best manager after the team's triumph at Euro 2017. 9:33PM Who voted for Harry Kane? British Virgin Islands, France, Montserrat (who voted Suarez, Kane, Kante just to be different), Bahamas, Wales, Cambodia and Vanuatu.  Of course. The nation of Vanuatu. If anyone reading this is from Vanuatu, hello! 9:28PM How the international captains voted Here's the interesting bit... how footballers actually voted. Jordan Henderson (England): Ronaldo, Messi, Suarez. Huge Lloris (France): Ronaldo, Ramos, Kane. Manuel Neuer (Germany): Kroos, Lewandowski,Vidal (Kroos is very good tbf) Leo Messi (Argentina): Suarez, Iniesta, Neymar Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal): Modric, Ramos, Marcelo Dani Alves: Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo 9:03PM Cristiano Ronaldo meeting Maradona Credit: AFP   9:01PM A way to make Kasabian acceptable If they had played this:  Everything would be OK. Ronaldo is off to listen to this in the back of a giant limousine. 8:59PM Is this better than a Ballon d'Or? Is it the same? Does anyone know for sure what really counts as the actual award these days? 8:58PM Cristiano Ronaldo says "I want to mention Leo and Neymar to be here. Real Madrid supporters, my teammates, my coach, they support all the year so I have to say thank you to them.  "I'm really glad. This is a great moment for me. I know I have fans all over the world so thank you for the support. I appreciate that. "And I think I say everything. It's great to be here around these great players, this amazing player and I'm so happy guys. Thank you everybody and good night." 8:55PM CRISTIANO RONALDO WINS! Credit: FIFA He is the Best FIFA Men's Player! Credit: AFP   8:54PM The nominees   8:53PM Maradona's not quite on the ball Credit: FIFA He tries to open the envelope and reveal the winner before they've shown the video. Ronaldo gives him a nudge and tells him there's a video.  "Aaaaaaaaah!" he says. 8:51PM Ronaldo and Diego Maradona to present Best Men's Award That's a fairly decent attacking duo. 8:51PM Lieke Martens wins Best FIFA Women's Player! Martens was of course hugely influential in Holland's Euro 2017 win. "My dad and mum, this one is for you!" she says in her acceptance speech, also from yesterday because she is doing real football work instead of larking about in London. 8:49PM Best Women's Player Award It's the penultimate award of the evening. Hidetoshi Nakata - who looks cool - and Celia Sasic, who played for Germany, are here to present.  Deyna Castellanos, Carli Lloyd and Lieke Martens, who is ridiculously good, and my pick for the prize.  8:46PM The best team in the world!   8:45PM Music is subjective If you happen to love Kasabian, that's absolutely fine, by the way. I like a lot of music that many, many people do not, for instance. And I've never written a song that's gotten close to selling many millions of copies either. Though did once get a two out of five review in The List for an album. But those were younger days. 8:43PM They should make a band out of footballers What is the need for Kasabian here? Get Petr Cech on drums, Alexis Sanchez on piano, Gary Neville on guitar and... I dunno. Literally anyone singing. Patrice Evra on vocals. And they have to play 'Africa' by Toto because that song is ace. 8:41PM Oh the banter How long did it take Neymar to get ready? 20 minutes apparently. "I don't believe a word of it!" says the presenter. Dani Alves took less time. Just look how delighted Messi is to be involved with this. The greatest player of all time, forced to respond to jokes in a foreign language. And even worse, now he has to listen to Kasabian. Imagine. You're made to do go on international television, barely understand what's happening and are asked questions about doing your hair. And then Kasabian. 8:38PM Ronaldo's catchphrase for tonight "Talent without work is nothing." 8:37PM Bonucci is sat next to Dani Alves You may or may not be aware that Leonardo Bonucci and Dani Alves played alongside each other in the Champions League final against Real Madrid. There are rumours there may have been some sort of disagreement in the dressing room during that match... but now they are sitting next to each other and very friendly. 8:34PM Ronaldo on his team achievement Credit: EPA "Great achievement. I feel so proud, it takes many hours of work and dedication. To be on this stage 11 times it's a lot. Thank you to people who are voting me." 8:33PM World XI go offstage the wrong way They need a manager. 8:33PM This means nothing People who play Ultimate Team are probably pretty pumped about this FIFA dream team. If you save all your money up, you never know, you might find one of these guys in a pack for FIFA 18. SPEND YOUR MONEY! Or, you can have fun and play Pro Evo. It's really great this year.  8:28PM Best team in the world Here we go. David Suazo (he's from Honduras and used to play for Inter Milan) and Frank Lampard (come on) present the award. Credit: AFP In goal, it's Gigi Buffon. Right-back Dani Alves. Left-back Marcelo. Centre-back Sergio Ramos. Centre-back Leonardo Bonucci. Centre-midfield Luka Modric. Centre-midfield Toni Kroos. Centre-midfield Andre Iniesta (I love Iniesta but...) Right forward Lionel Messi Left forward Neymar Credit: AFP Striker Cristiano Ronaldo That's a 4-3-3 then. Solid. Not bad. 8:20PM Sarina Wiegman wins Best FIFA Women's Coach Wiegman led Holland to win Euro 2017 and had them playing some really entertaining football along the way. A deserved winner, just like all the other ones. She can't be there tonight to accept her award because she's doing actual football work, preparing for a World Cup qualifier, rather than sitting around the Paladium schmoozing.  Here is the Holland squad celebrating when they found out on Sunday: Beste coach van de wereld! Gefeliciteerd Sarina!!! pic.twitter.com/xHP5cM5rvR— OranjeLeeuwinnen (@oranjevrouwen) October 23, 2017   8:18PM Best FIFA Women's Coach Award Arsenal captain Alex Scott and Ruud Gullit present this one. There's some glorious rehearsed banter: Credit: PA Gullit: "Dutch women's football is at the very top of its game." Scott: "And the men?" Gullit: "Uuuh can we continue please?" Nils Nielsen, Gerard Precheur, Sarina Wiegman are the nominees.  And the winner is... 8:14PM And now a video of Pele Because it's his birthday, obviously. 8:14PM Best FIFA Fans Award winner is... Celtic They were the first British club to win the European Cup, and now they're the first to win the FIFA fans award. Will it occupy the same bit of that rather large trophy cabinet? Perhaps not, but a lovely gesture all the same.  Chairman of Celtic, Ian Bankier  Credit: AFP   8:12PM Elba presents the fans award while pretending to be cold He's dressed as an Arsenal fan, standing in the royal circle, or stalls... I'm not a theatre guy, sorry. But it's the bit where Statler and Waldorf  (the two grumpy old men from the Muppets) go. Credit: GETTY IMAGES Sammy Eto'o is now here to present The FIFA Fan Award, which almost certainly comes from a good place, but feels a little disingenuous. Mostly because it's FIFA. Let's all think of the fans, the millionaires say.  And the winner is... 8:05PM Buffon says Buffon and Schmeichel are delighted to welcome their new child into the world "I want to try to speak (in English)!" "For me, I am very happy because it is a great honour to receive this award... at my age. I'm proud of it but I want to say thanks to my club, my coach, my teammates because they help me to make it possible and I want to say thanks to all the person (sic) who voted for me and I think the last year has been a fantastic season for Juventus, and a personal season. It wasn't enough to win in Europe and for this year I hope that we can to play better and with the national team and Juventus because I will like to finish with the soccer with a fantastic victory." Has Buffon just confirmed that he's going to retire at the end of the season? 8:02PM The Best FIFA goalkeeper is Gigi Buffon! Deserved! What a man, what a player! Buffon has beaten Manuel Neuer and Keylor Navas to be crowned the world's best goalkeeper. 8:01PM Olivier Giroud collecting his award Credit: FIFA   8:00PM Zinedine Zidane wins best FIFA football coach award "Sorry, my English is very bad".  And then he speaks in French, which unfortunately is not something I know well enough to translate for you. I apologise. Credit: FIFA   7:55PM The best FIFA football coach award It's a choice between Antonio Conte, who won the Premier League with a Chelsea side who probably shouldn't have won and inspired the world to play 3-4-3. Massimiliano Allegri, another Italian, who did rather well with Juventus, winning Serie A again. And Zinedine Zidane, who won La Liga and the Champions League... again. And it's Zizou! 7:54PM Idris Elba taking a selfie with Neymar Credit: REUTERS If this wasn't scripted, it is an absolutely superb bit of brand management by Elba. They're going to know who he is tomorrow!  7:52PM Olivier Giroud wins the Puskas Award Some people are trying to sing the 'Hey Jude' Giroud song. "I am delighted to receive this trophy in front of legends of football and would like to thank people who voted for me. I would like to congratulate the other nominees who scored amazing goals too and I would like to thank my teammates, without them I couldn't score maybe this goal. And also my family."  He's quite emotional.  "I would like to dedicate this trophy to my dad". 7:50PM The winner is... Credit: FIFA  OLIVIER GIROUD! 7:48PM Puskas Award part 2 Conte is forced to speak on the microphone and even in front of an enormous hall of people, goes to his quiet pre-match interview voice. It's quite funny. Conte's favourite is Giroud's, and SO IS NEYMAR!  And Leo Messi - the greatest player ever, of all time - is diplomatic and doesn't give one choice.  Ronaldo does the same thing: "it's hard to choose one goal".  And to present the award will be Catherine Zeta-Jones and Diego Forlan.  7:45PM Puskas Award for best goal After showing this video: They interview Harry Kane. The crowd boos (because a large portion of them seem to be Arsenal fans). Maybe not actually, now Frank Lampard is in the spotlight and he gets a round of applause. Lampard says his favourite goal is Giroud's, Kane says it's the South African goalkeeper's. He has to say that though. The repercussions for supporting something Arsenal are just too high. Schmeichel agrees with Mr Lampard. 7:40PM Elba is doing selfies Credit: AFP Tonight's host is wandering around the front row getting selfies with Neymar, Messi and Ronaldo, doing some jokes. Then he goes to Olivier Giroud. It's good to see that even in awards ceremonies, Giroud still has to come off the bench to be involved.  7:38PM Idris Elba going for the jokes Solid opening. The setup references that this is an international broadcast, so if you're from South America, 'como estas'. If you're from China, 'ni hao' (sp) and if you're from Hackney, "alright bruv".   7:36PM But first, it's Stomp! I'm doing this face. Some people are bashing bins around on the stage as they show highlights of... some football. You can't see what football because there are people bashing bins around on stage. Now they're bouncing footballs. Diego Maradona looks fairly unimpressed.  But they've timed one of the bits to coincide with the ball hitting the back of the net and a scream of "GOAL!" which is quite nice. And now they're replicating acrobatic soccer skills and celebrations. The crowd goes mildly wild and politely applauds. Cue Martin Tyler: "I swear you'll never see anything like this ever again!" 7:32PM Idris Elba is here Star of The Wire, the US Office and those Sky Movies adverts, here comes Idris Elba wearing a really nice tuxedo. James Bond wears a tuxedo. It's an audition! 7:29PM Ronaldo seems confident Credit: AFP I think they've lined up this so it's Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo, which isn't the order I'd have them in. Surely Ronaldo plays through the middle of a front three? 7:27PM Confirmation: Ronaldo and Messi are football friends Credit: AP   7:26PM Here's the guy who really wants you to know he's here Credit: AFP Yaaaaaay it's... that guy. Gianni Infantino, the newest president of FIFA, is shaking hands and being friendly to people.   7:23PM Ronaldo is here!  Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez Credit: GETTY IMAGES Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez are here and have done the walk along the... green carpet. I've just thought of a way they can decide who actually wins the top prize between this guy, Messi and Neymar. Stay with me... Penalty shootout. And like in Game of Thrones, they can all choose a person to stand in for them as goalkeeper. Seaman is there, Schmeichel and Buffon too. And that's it.  7:22PM Claudio Ranieri Credit: FIFA  Doing a fine job at Nantes just now, grabbing those 1-0 wins to help them climb the table. Everyone likes Ranieri. 7:19PM Antonio Conte says "I think that it's very important to stay here and fight for this award. It is amazing with Real Madrid, they won the Champions League and the league but it is amazing for me to stay here and to fight for this award." God I hope he means that literally. Can you imagine? Conte windmilling his way through the main hall, battering Peter Schmeichel and Luka Modric in a whirlwind of fury. 7:17PM Dream strike partnernship Credit: AP These two would destroy worlds.  7:15PM I just want someone to love me as much as Marcelo loves this woman Credit: GETTY IMAGES Can you feel it? Light beams of warmth coming out of his eyes. 7:11PM Dani Alves has come dressed as a futuristic pirate Credit: REUTERS "STOP RIGHT THERE! SPACE POLICE! Agent Daniel Alves and you've got a loooooooot of talking to do, punk." 7:09PM Harry Kane and Katie Goodland There he is! Harry gives a little bit to the presenters about how nice it is to be invited. He's so nice. "It makes me feel very proud. For me it’s about improving every year. Messi, Ronaldo set the standard for all of us so just to get up there and be involved is fantastic. The stadium, the atmosphere (at Real Madrid) was amazing. To get a result… I'm very proud." 7:06PM What would you rather win? This is a great question. Kay Murray (I think) essentially asks Gigi Buffon whether he is happy having won the World Cup and not the Champions League. Which would you rather win? If you were a player. Not as a fan. It's difficult isn't it? On the one hand, Scotland winning the World Cup would be amazing BUT I'm leaning towards Aberdeen being crowned European champions. 6:59PM Photos of Messi at the Best FIFA Awards Leo Messi and wife Antonella Credit: AP Credit: PA   6:58PM All the stars are here! Credit: OA  That's Marcelo, here's David Trezeguet: Credit: FIFA And here's Philip Schofield: Credit: PA If you aren't from the UK, you might not know who this man is so let's try and explain. Philip Schofield, or Scholey F as he likes to be known, is a giant of British television. He's perhaps the nicest man alive to also be a TV presenter and used to best friends with a gopher, the whereabouts of which are unknown. What happened to that gopher, you ask? Nobody is sure. All we know for certain is that until its lifeless body is discovered washed up on that little beach next to the South Bank on the Thames, we must assume it is alive.  6:52PM No questions for Messi The FIFA TV presenters have been told they are not allowed to ask Leo Messi any questions - not even in Spanish. What kind of world is this? We're all just waiting to hear what the great man will say about tonight's event and have been denied. We'll never know how he's looking forward to it, and may the best man win, and that London is very nice and that he's glad he's scored today but more pleased that the team got three points, and they just have to go again in the next game. In Spanish. But no! 6:47PM Leo Messi is here *high pitch scream* ARRRRHRHGGHHGHGHGHGHGHGH. And I can confirm he is wearing a normal suit. Nothing shiny and no LED lights. Disappointing. 6:47PM Frank Lampard is here "(Real Madrid) are going down as one of the best club teams in history. " I agree Frank. They're really good. "(Conte's) in the running (for best manager). He's done an unbelievable job at Chelsea" 6:45PM Messi looks terrified in his press photo shoot Credit: FIFA There are a few promo shoots featuring the key players. Messi is trying to look cool but is also wearing a hoody and sadly, that is almost impossible to do.  Credit: FIFA   6:39PM PHILIP SCHOFIELD IS HERE Oh now this is kicking off. "Oldham fan. My Granddad used to play pies at the ground as a lad. I was a constant disappointment for him because we (his brother) were rubbish. I just lacked the sporting mind, I think. I kick a ball around the garden with my nephews. I was asked all the way down Ronaldo or Messi... it's a tricky one. "Messi." There you have it. Philip Schofield believes Messi will win. Why do they need this event now? It's done, people! 6:37PM Patrick Kluivert is tonight's magician Credit: FIFA It's either that, or Kluivert's album cover has been leaked onto the picture database I'm currently enjoying. I think this one would be called "Still Crazy" or "These Nights".   Like that. Available on iTunes, but don't bother. You can stream it for free and it's not all that. 6:32PM Down with this sort of thing Credit: PA M8, mate, maaaaaaaaate what a fantastic shirt. Oooooooh that'll really stick it to them. Look what it says "for crying out loud" and oh my word, it's hand drawn! This is rock and roll. There is NOTHING more rock n roll than attending the overly elaborate celebration of individuals in a team sport governed by a disgraced international body than wearing a shirt with WRITING ON IT. Well done Kasabian, you truly represent all that is cool about football. 6:30PM MICHAEL DOUGLAS SUPPORTS SWANSEA Catherine Zeta-Jones says:  "My husband... Michael Douglas is a Swansea City fan." Confirmation there from Zeta-Jones, who claims to have supported Swansea since before they were back in the Premier League, as though that makes her cool or something. Alright, Catherine. Chill out.  Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I don't watch movies, I watch sport," she says. And that is because she doesn't know how sport is going to end. Imagine then, if you will, a Liverpool vs Newcastle match directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The twist - and there is a twist - is that Stan Collymore was the mascot the whole time. And the mascot is the Queen. And the Queen scores the winning goal, liberating a fictional country which is supposed to be from somewhere near Afghanistan. 6:26PM All the stars are here Credit: PA It's not a long trek for Granit Xhaka to be here as the awards are being held in London.  Credit: PA And here's star Valencia right-back Eamonn Holmes, who has flown in to hang out with all his La Liga pals like... Sergio Ramos, who will probably be here at some point. Credit: EPA That's why he was in London. Maradona is on his best behaviour and looking very nice, but as yet hasn't dribbled past a single person on the red carpet. 6:21PM Welcome! HELLO EVERYONE! Welcome to this most exciting of events. It's like the Oscars... but with David Seaman! Credit: PA  Seaman won't be winning any awards tonight, especially since he doesn't have a moustache anymore, and instead must watch as the likes of Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar sit on some expensive chairs and feign being incredibly pleased that one of the other two has won the Best Best FIFA Best Best Football Player Man Award. There are other awards too. Who will win them? Let's find out together. 6:15PM What's all this then? It's the 2017 Best Fifa Football Awards, the second to be held, where - among other awards - world player of the year is crowned. The breakaway event was started after Fifa's Ballon d'Or partnership with France Football ended. The Ballon d'Or is still awarded by the publication each year, while Fifa hands out its own awards in tonight's event. When is it? It's on Monday October 23 - ie today. What time does the event start? It's a 7.30pm BST start at the London Palladium. What TV channel is it on? You can watch the event, hosted by Idris Elba, on Fifa's YouTube channel. Alternatively, you can follow the event as it happens right here, or catch the highlights on ITV at 10.45pm. Ronaldo with last year's award and Sir Alex Ferguson Credit: Getty Images Which awards are up for grabs, and who is shortlisted? The Best Fifa Men's Player Three players have been nominated for the award from an initial shortlist of 24. Last year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo, has scored 45 goals in 48 appearances this calendar year, including 34 goals for club and 11 for country. These incredible individual statistics are bolstered by Ronaldo winning the Champions League and La Liga in the 2016/17 campaign. Lionel Messi is another unsurprising feature within the best player award, with 49 goals and 11 assists in 50 appearances in 2017. The most expensive player in the world, Neymar is the outside bet to be crowned the greatest footballer on earth. The Best Fifa football coach award The best coach award is separated into male and female categories.  Juventus boss, Massimiliano Allegri, after winning the league and Coppa Italia last season. Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, who in his first season in English football won the Premier League, setting a new record along the way achieving 30 wins in a single season. Finally Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane makes the list after winning the Champions League and Los Blancos' first league title for five years. In the women's section, the the top three comprise of Denmark’s manager Nils Nielsen, who guided her side to the final against Holland in this year European Championships. Lyon coach Gerard Precheur is nominated after winning the Champions League, the French League Cup and the French Cup, while Sarina Wiegman also features after leading Holland to the 2017 European championships.  The Best FIFA goalkeeper award Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus is nominated, having gone 600 minutes without conceding in the Champions League, while Keylor Navas of Real Madrid won his second consecutive Champions League along with a La Liga title. Manuel Neuer makes up the three-man short list. The Puskas Award The Puskas award is for the best goal of the year. This year the three finalists include Deyna Castellanos of Venezuela women's side, Olivier Giroud for his goal for Arsenal, below, and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. The Best Fifa Fan award Borussia Dortmund make the final three after supporters came together to offer shelter to Monaco fans displaced by their Champions League match being rescheduled after a bomb attack on the Dortmund team bus.  Celtic are included through their final match of the league season which coincided with the 50th anniversary of winning the European Cup in 1967, which made them the first British club to lift the prestigious trophy. The Celtic fans honoured the team, known as the "Lisbon Lions", with a stunning full 360-degree card display around Celtic Park. FC Copenhagen were also nominated after winning the league in their final game against Brondby, when players handed the trophy to the fans, who then passed the trophy along to a wheelchair-bound supporter and lifted him in the air. Awards night preview: Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to retain his crown as FIFA men's player of the year in London on Monday night. The Real Madrid and Portugal superstar is up against Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Paris St Germain's Neymar for the award he won last year. The ceremony, which takes place at the London Palladium, is the second since the FIFA award split from France Football's Ballon d'Or prize. Ronaldo has scored 44 goals for club and country so far in 2017 and scored twice in the Champions League final in June, as Real won the competition for a record-extending 12th time. Messi has hit 50 goals for Barca and Argentina while Neymar, the world's most expensive player after he left Barcelona for PSG in the summer, has 25 goals to his name for Barca, PSG and Brazil. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is in the running for the top men's coach award along with Ronaldo's boss at Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, and Juventus chief Massimiliano Allegri. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud's 'scorpion kick' volley against Crystal Palace in January has been nominated for the Puskas Award for best goal. The 31-year-old's effort has been shortlisted along with goals from Venezuela's Deyna Castellanos and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. Castellanos is also nominated for the women's player of the year award alongside last year's winner Carli Lloyd of the United States and Holland's Lieke Martens. The winners are decided by a jury of club and international coaches, media representatives and fans. PA  

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Fifa player of the year award in London

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Best Fifa Men's Player Lieke Martens wins Best Fifa Women's Player Fifa XI is: Buffon; Marcelo, Bonucci, Ramos, Alves; Iniesta, Modric, Kroos; Neymar, Ronaldo, Messi Celtic win Fifa Fans Award Sarina Wiegman wins Best Fifa Women's Coach Zinedine Zidane wins Best Male Coach Gigi Buffon wins Best Goalkeeper  Olivier Giroud wins Puskas Award for best goal By PA: Real Madrid's Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo was crowned the best soccer player in the world for the second year running at Fifa's The Best awards gala on Monday. The four-time Ballon d'Or winner won a La Liga and Champions League double with the Madrid club this year, striking twice against Juventus in the European Cup final to help Real become the first team to retain the trophy in its current format. 'I'm 32 and I'm the best player in the world', Ronaldo reflects on winning award 00:39 Barcelona's Argentina forward Lionel Messi, who has won the Ballon d'or five times, and Paris St Germain's Brazil forward Neymar were runners up for the award voted for by national team coaches and captains plus the media and fans. The Best Fifa Men's Player award and the Ballon d'or, which is voted for only by the media, are now separate awards. Real Madrid's French coach Zinedine Zidane won the manager of the year trophy for his part in the club's success. Zidane was awarded Best Men's Coach Credit: FIFA Five Real players were named in the best XI of the year, with Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos joining Ronaldo, while Messi, Neymar, Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Dani Alves (PSG), Leonardo Bonucci (AC Milan) and Andres Iniesta (Barcelona) were also selected. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud won the Puskas Award for the best goal of the year, which was the Frenchman's scorpion kick against Crystal Palace, and Buffon was declared best goalkeeper. Holland's Lieke Martens won best female player of the year, while the Dutch women's national team coach Sarina Weigman was voted best manager after the team's triumph at Euro 2017. 9:33PM Who voted for Harry Kane? British Virgin Islands, France, Montserrat (who voted Suarez, Kane, Kante just to be different), Bahamas, Wales, Cambodia and Vanuatu.  Of course. The nation of Vanuatu. If anyone reading this is from Vanuatu, hello! 9:28PM How the international captains voted Here's the interesting bit... how footballers actually voted. Jordan Henderson (England): Ronaldo, Messi, Suarez. Huge Lloris (France): Ronaldo, Ramos, Kane. Manuel Neuer (Germany): Kroos, Lewandowski,Vidal (Kroos is very good tbf) Leo Messi (Argentina): Suarez, Iniesta, Neymar Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal): Modric, Ramos, Marcelo Dani Alves: Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo 9:03PM Cristiano Ronaldo meeting Maradona Credit: AFP   9:01PM A way to make Kasabian acceptable If they had played this:  Everything would be OK. Ronaldo is off to listen to this in the back of a giant limousine. 8:59PM Is this better than a Ballon d'Or? Is it the same? Does anyone know for sure what really counts as the actual award these days? 8:58PM Cristiano Ronaldo says "I want to mention Leo and Neymar to be here. Real Madrid supporters, my teammates, my coach, they support all the year so I have to say thank you to them.  "I'm really glad. This is a great moment for me. I know I have fans all over the world so thank you for the support. I appreciate that. "And I think I say everything. It's great to be here around these great players, this amazing player and I'm so happy guys. Thank you everybody and good night." 8:55PM CRISTIANO RONALDO WINS! Credit: FIFA He is the Best FIFA Men's Player! Credit: AFP   8:54PM The nominees   8:53PM Maradona's not quite on the ball Credit: FIFA He tries to open the envelope and reveal the winner before they've shown the video. Ronaldo gives him a nudge and tells him there's a video.  "Aaaaaaaaah!" he says. 8:51PM Ronaldo and Diego Maradona to present Best Men's Award That's a fairly decent attacking duo. 8:51PM Lieke Martens wins Best FIFA Women's Player! Martens was of course hugely influential in Holland's Euro 2017 win. "My dad and mum, this one is for you!" she says in her acceptance speech, also from yesterday because she is doing real football work instead of larking about in London. 8:49PM Best Women's Player Award It's the penultimate award of the evening. Hidetoshi Nakata - who looks cool - and Celia Sasic, who played for Germany, are here to present.  Deyna Castellanos, Carli Lloyd and Lieke Martens, who is ridiculously good, and my pick for the prize.  8:46PM The best team in the world!   8:45PM Music is subjective If you happen to love Kasabian, that's absolutely fine, by the way. I like a lot of music that many, many people do not, for instance. And I've never written a song that's gotten close to selling many millions of copies either. Though did once get a two out of five review in The List for an album. But those were younger days. 8:43PM They should make a band out of footballers What is the need for Kasabian here? Get Petr Cech on drums, Alexis Sanchez on piano, Gary Neville on guitar and... I dunno. Literally anyone singing. Patrice Evra on vocals. And they have to play 'Africa' by Toto because that song is ace. 8:41PM Oh the banter How long did it take Neymar to get ready? 20 minutes apparently. "I don't believe a word of it!" says the presenter. Dani Alves took less time. Just look how delighted Messi is to be involved with this. The greatest player of all time, forced to respond to jokes in a foreign language. And even worse, now he has to listen to Kasabian. Imagine. You're made to do go on international television, barely understand what's happening and are asked questions about doing your hair. And then Kasabian. 8:38PM Ronaldo's catchphrase for tonight "Talent without work is nothing." 8:37PM Bonucci is sat next to Dani Alves You may or may not be aware that Leonardo Bonucci and Dani Alves played alongside each other in the Champions League final against Real Madrid. There are rumours there may have been some sort of disagreement in the dressing room during that match... but now they are sitting next to each other and very friendly. 8:34PM Ronaldo on his team achievement Credit: EPA "Great achievement. I feel so proud, it takes many hours of work and dedication. To be on this stage 11 times it's a lot. Thank you to people who are voting me." 8:33PM World XI go offstage the wrong way They need a manager. 8:33PM This means nothing People who play Ultimate Team are probably pretty pumped about this FIFA dream team. If you save all your money up, you never know, you might find one of these guys in a pack for FIFA 18. SPEND YOUR MONEY! Or, you can have fun and play Pro Evo. It's really great this year.  8:28PM Best team in the world Here we go. David Suazo (he's from Honduras and used to play for Inter Milan) and Frank Lampard (come on) present the award. Credit: AFP In goal, it's Gigi Buffon. Right-back Dani Alves. Left-back Marcelo. Centre-back Sergio Ramos. Centre-back Leonardo Bonucci. Centre-midfield Luka Modric. Centre-midfield Toni Kroos. Centre-midfield Andre Iniesta (I love Iniesta but...) Right forward Lionel Messi Left forward Neymar Credit: AFP Striker Cristiano Ronaldo That's a 4-3-3 then. Solid. Not bad. 8:20PM Sarina Wiegman wins Best FIFA Women's Coach Wiegman led Holland to win Euro 2017 and had them playing some really entertaining football along the way. A deserved winner, just like all the other ones. She can't be there tonight to accept her award because she's doing actual football work, preparing for a World Cup qualifier, rather than sitting around the Paladium schmoozing.  Here is the Holland squad celebrating when they found out on Sunday: Beste coach van de wereld! Gefeliciteerd Sarina!!! pic.twitter.com/xHP5cM5rvR— OranjeLeeuwinnen (@oranjevrouwen) October 23, 2017   8:18PM Best FIFA Women's Coach Award Arsenal captain Alex Scott and Ruud Gullit present this one. There's some glorious rehearsed banter: Credit: PA Gullit: "Dutch women's football is at the very top of its game." Scott: "And the men?" Gullit: "Uuuh can we continue please?" Nils Nielsen, Gerard Precheur, Sarina Wiegman are the nominees.  And the winner is... 8:14PM And now a video of Pele Because it's his birthday, obviously. 8:14PM Best FIFA Fans Award winner is... Celtic They were the first British club to win the European Cup, and now they're the first to win the FIFA fans award. Will it occupy the same bit of that rather large trophy cabinet? Perhaps not, but a lovely gesture all the same.  Chairman of Celtic, Ian Bankier  Credit: AFP   8:12PM Elba presents the fans award while pretending to be cold He's dressed as an Arsenal fan, standing in the royal circle, or stalls... I'm not a theatre guy, sorry. But it's the bit where Statler and Waldorf  (the two grumpy old men from the Muppets) go. Credit: GETTY IMAGES Sammy Eto'o is now here to present The FIFA Fan Award, which almost certainly comes from a good place, but feels a little disingenuous. Mostly because it's FIFA. Let's all think of the fans, the millionaires say.  And the winner is... 8:05PM Buffon says Buffon and Schmeichel are delighted to welcome their new child into the world "I want to try to speak (in English)!" "For me, I am very happy because it is a great honour to receive this award... at my age. I'm proud of it but I want to say thanks to my club, my coach, my teammates because they help me to make it possible and I want to say thanks to all the person (sic) who voted for me and I think the last year has been a fantastic season for Juventus, and a personal season. It wasn't enough to win in Europe and for this year I hope that we can to play better and with the national team and Juventus because I will like to finish with the soccer with a fantastic victory." Has Buffon just confirmed that he's going to retire at the end of the season? 8:02PM The Best FIFA goalkeeper is Gigi Buffon! Deserved! What a man, what a player! Buffon has beaten Manuel Neuer and Keylor Navas to be crowned the world's best goalkeeper. 8:01PM Olivier Giroud collecting his award Credit: FIFA   8:00PM Zinedine Zidane wins best FIFA football coach award "Sorry, my English is very bad".  And then he speaks in French, which unfortunately is not something I know well enough to translate for you. I apologise. Credit: FIFA   7:55PM The best FIFA football coach award It's a choice between Antonio Conte, who won the Premier League with a Chelsea side who probably shouldn't have won and inspired the world to play 3-4-3. Massimiliano Allegri, another Italian, who did rather well with Juventus, winning Serie A again. And Zinedine Zidane, who won La Liga and the Champions League... again. And it's Zizou! 7:54PM Idris Elba taking a selfie with Neymar Credit: REUTERS If this wasn't scripted, it is an absolutely superb bit of brand management by Elba. They're going to know who he is tomorrow!  7:52PM Olivier Giroud wins the Puskas Award Some people are trying to sing the 'Hey Jude' Giroud song. "I am delighted to receive this trophy in front of legends of football and would like to thank people who voted for me. I would like to congratulate the other nominees who scored amazing goals too and I would like to thank my teammates, without them I couldn't score maybe this goal. And also my family."  He's quite emotional.  "I would like to dedicate this trophy to my dad". 7:50PM The winner is... Credit: FIFA  OLIVIER GIROUD! 7:48PM Puskas Award part 2 Conte is forced to speak on the microphone and even in front of an enormous hall of people, goes to his quiet pre-match interview voice. It's quite funny. Conte's favourite is Giroud's, and SO IS NEYMAR!  And Leo Messi - the greatest player ever, of all time - is diplomatic and doesn't give one choice.  Ronaldo does the same thing: "it's hard to choose one goal".  And to present the award will be Catherine Zeta-Jones and Diego Forlan.  7:45PM Puskas Award for best goal After showing this video: They interview Harry Kane. The crowd boos (because a large portion of them seem to be Arsenal fans). Maybe not actually, now Frank Lampard is in the spotlight and he gets a round of applause. Lampard says his favourite goal is Giroud's, Kane says it's the South African goalkeeper's. He has to say that though. The repercussions for supporting something Arsenal are just too high. Schmeichel agrees with Mr Lampard. 7:40PM Elba is doing selfies Credit: AFP Tonight's host is wandering around the front row getting selfies with Neymar, Messi and Ronaldo, doing some jokes. Then he goes to Olivier Giroud. It's good to see that even in awards ceremonies, Giroud still has to come off the bench to be involved.  7:38PM Idris Elba going for the jokes Solid opening. The setup references that this is an international broadcast, so if you're from South America, 'como estas'. If you're from China, 'ni hao' (sp) and if you're from Hackney, "alright bruv".   7:36PM But first, it's Stomp! I'm doing this face. Some people are bashing bins around on the stage as they show highlights of... some football. You can't see what football because there are people bashing bins around on stage. Now they're bouncing footballs. Diego Maradona looks fairly unimpressed.  But they've timed one of the bits to coincide with the ball hitting the back of the net and a scream of "GOAL!" which is quite nice. And now they're replicating acrobatic soccer skills and celebrations. The crowd goes mildly wild and politely applauds. Cue Martin Tyler: "I swear you'll never see anything like this ever again!" 7:32PM Idris Elba is here Star of The Wire, the US Office and those Sky Movies adverts, here comes Idris Elba wearing a really nice tuxedo. James Bond wears a tuxedo. It's an audition! 7:29PM Ronaldo seems confident Credit: AFP I think they've lined up this so it's Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo, which isn't the order I'd have them in. Surely Ronaldo plays through the middle of a front three? 7:27PM Confirmation: Ronaldo and Messi are football friends Credit: AP   7:26PM Here's the guy who really wants you to know he's here Credit: AFP Yaaaaaay it's... that guy. Gianni Infantino, the newest president of FIFA, is shaking hands and being friendly to people.   7:23PM Ronaldo is here!  Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez Credit: GETTY IMAGES Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez are here and have done the walk along the... green carpet. I've just thought of a way they can decide who actually wins the top prize between this guy, Messi and Neymar. Stay with me... Penalty shootout. And like in Game of Thrones, they can all choose a person to stand in for them as goalkeeper. Seaman is there, Schmeichel and Buffon too. And that's it.  7:22PM Claudio Ranieri Credit: FIFA  Doing a fine job at Nantes just now, grabbing those 1-0 wins to help them climb the table. Everyone likes Ranieri. 7:19PM Antonio Conte says "I think that it's very important to stay here and fight for this award. It is amazing with Real Madrid, they won the Champions League and the league but it is amazing for me to stay here and to fight for this award." God I hope he means that literally. Can you imagine? Conte windmilling his way through the main hall, battering Peter Schmeichel and Luka Modric in a whirlwind of fury. 7:17PM Dream strike partnernship Credit: AP These two would destroy worlds.  7:15PM I just want someone to love me as much as Marcelo loves this woman Credit: GETTY IMAGES Can you feel it? Light beams of warmth coming out of his eyes. 7:11PM Dani Alves has come dressed as a futuristic pirate Credit: REUTERS "STOP RIGHT THERE! SPACE POLICE! Agent Daniel Alves and you've got a loooooooot of talking to do, punk." 7:09PM Harry Kane and Katie Goodland There he is! Harry gives a little bit to the presenters about how nice it is to be invited. He's so nice. "It makes me feel very proud. For me it’s about improving every year. Messi, Ronaldo set the standard for all of us so just to get up there and be involved is fantastic. The stadium, the atmosphere (at Real Madrid) was amazing. To get a result… I'm very proud." 7:06PM What would you rather win? This is a great question. Kay Murray (I think) essentially asks Gigi Buffon whether he is happy having won the World Cup and not the Champions League. Which would you rather win? If you were a player. Not as a fan. It's difficult isn't it? On the one hand, Scotland winning the World Cup would be amazing BUT I'm leaning towards Aberdeen being crowned European champions. 6:59PM Photos of Messi at the Best FIFA Awards Leo Messi and wife Antonella Credit: AP Credit: PA   6:58PM All the stars are here! Credit: OA  That's Marcelo, here's David Trezeguet: Credit: FIFA And here's Philip Schofield: Credit: PA If you aren't from the UK, you might not know who this man is so let's try and explain. Philip Schofield, or Scholey F as he likes to be known, is a giant of British television. He's perhaps the nicest man alive to also be a TV presenter and used to best friends with a gopher, the whereabouts of which are unknown. What happened to that gopher, you ask? Nobody is sure. All we know for certain is that until its lifeless body is discovered washed up on that little beach next to the South Bank on the Thames, we must assume it is alive.  6:52PM No questions for Messi The FIFA TV presenters have been told they are not allowed to ask Leo Messi any questions - not even in Spanish. What kind of world is this? We're all just waiting to hear what the great man will say about tonight's event and have been denied. We'll never know how he's looking forward to it, and may the best man win, and that London is very nice and that he's glad he's scored today but more pleased that the team got three points, and they just have to go again in the next game. In Spanish. But no! 6:47PM Leo Messi is here *high pitch scream* ARRRRHRHGGHHGHGHGHGHGHGH. And I can confirm he is wearing a normal suit. Nothing shiny and no LED lights. Disappointing. 6:47PM Frank Lampard is here "(Real Madrid) are going down as one of the best club teams in history. " I agree Frank. They're really good. "(Conte's) in the running (for best manager). He's done an unbelievable job at Chelsea" 6:45PM Messi looks terrified in his press photo shoot Credit: FIFA There are a few promo shoots featuring the key players. Messi is trying to look cool but is also wearing a hoody and sadly, that is almost impossible to do.  Credit: FIFA   6:39PM PHILIP SCHOFIELD IS HERE Oh now this is kicking off. "Oldham fan. My Granddad used to play pies at the ground as a lad. I was a constant disappointment for him because we (his brother) were rubbish. I just lacked the sporting mind, I think. I kick a ball around the garden with my nephews. I was asked all the way down Ronaldo or Messi... it's a tricky one. "Messi." There you have it. Philip Schofield believes Messi will win. Why do they need this event now? It's done, people! 6:37PM Patrick Kluivert is tonight's magician Credit: FIFA It's either that, or Kluivert's album cover has been leaked onto the picture database I'm currently enjoying. I think this one would be called "Still Crazy" or "These Nights".   Like that. Available on iTunes, but don't bother. You can stream it for free and it's not all that. 6:32PM Down with this sort of thing Credit: PA M8, mate, maaaaaaaaate what a fantastic shirt. Oooooooh that'll really stick it to them. Look what it says "for crying out loud" and oh my word, it's hand drawn! This is rock and roll. There is NOTHING more rock n roll than attending the overly elaborate celebration of individuals in a team sport governed by a disgraced international body than wearing a shirt with WRITING ON IT. Well done Kasabian, you truly represent all that is cool about football. 6:30PM MICHAEL DOUGLAS SUPPORTS SWANSEA Catherine Zeta-Jones says:  "My husband... Michael Douglas is a Swansea City fan." Confirmation there from Zeta-Jones, who claims to have supported Swansea since before they were back in the Premier League, as though that makes her cool or something. Alright, Catherine. Chill out.  Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I don't watch movies, I watch sport," she says. And that is because she doesn't know how sport is going to end. Imagine then, if you will, a Liverpool vs Newcastle match directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The twist - and there is a twist - is that Stan Collymore was the mascot the whole time. And the mascot is the Queen. And the Queen scores the winning goal, liberating a fictional country which is supposed to be from somewhere near Afghanistan. 6:26PM All the stars are here Credit: PA It's not a long trek for Granit Xhaka to be here as the awards are being held in London.  Credit: PA And here's star Valencia right-back Eamonn Holmes, who has flown in to hang out with all his La Liga pals like... Sergio Ramos, who will probably be here at some point. Credit: EPA That's why he was in London. Maradona is on his best behaviour and looking very nice, but as yet hasn't dribbled past a single person on the red carpet. 6:21PM Welcome! HELLO EVERYONE! Welcome to this most exciting of events. It's like the Oscars... but with David Seaman! Credit: PA  Seaman won't be winning any awards tonight, especially since he doesn't have a moustache anymore, and instead must watch as the likes of Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar sit on some expensive chairs and feign being incredibly pleased that one of the other two has won the Best Best FIFA Best Best Football Player Man Award. There are other awards too. Who will win them? Let's find out together. 6:15PM What's all this then? It's the 2017 Best Fifa Football Awards, the second to be held, where - among other awards - world player of the year is crowned. The breakaway event was started after Fifa's Ballon d'Or partnership with France Football ended. The Ballon d'Or is still awarded by the publication each year, while Fifa hands out its own awards in tonight's event. When is it? It's on Monday October 23 - ie today. What time does the event start? It's a 7.30pm BST start at the London Palladium. What TV channel is it on? You can watch the event, hosted by Idris Elba, on Fifa's YouTube channel. Alternatively, you can follow the event as it happens right here, or catch the highlights on ITV at 10.45pm. Ronaldo with last year's award and Sir Alex Ferguson Credit: Getty Images Which awards are up for grabs, and who is shortlisted? The Best Fifa Men's Player Three players have been nominated for the award from an initial shortlist of 24. Last year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo, has scored 45 goals in 48 appearances this calendar year, including 34 goals for club and 11 for country. These incredible individual statistics are bolstered by Ronaldo winning the Champions League and La Liga in the 2016/17 campaign. Lionel Messi is another unsurprising feature within the best player award, with 49 goals and 11 assists in 50 appearances in 2017. The most expensive player in the world, Neymar is the outside bet to be crowned the greatest footballer on earth. The Best Fifa football coach award The best coach award is separated into male and female categories.  Juventus boss, Massimiliano Allegri, after winning the league and Coppa Italia last season. Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, who in his first season in English football won the Premier League, setting a new record along the way achieving 30 wins in a single season. Finally Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane makes the list after winning the Champions League and Los Blancos' first league title for five years. In the women's section, the the top three comprise of Denmark’s manager Nils Nielsen, who guided her side to the final against Holland in this year European Championships. Lyon coach Gerard Precheur is nominated after winning the Champions League, the French League Cup and the French Cup, while Sarina Wiegman also features after leading Holland to the 2017 European championships.  The Best FIFA goalkeeper award Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus is nominated, having gone 600 minutes without conceding in the Champions League, while Keylor Navas of Real Madrid won his second consecutive Champions League along with a La Liga title. Manuel Neuer makes up the three-man short list. The Puskas Award The Puskas award is for the best goal of the year. This year the three finalists include Deyna Castellanos of Venezuela women's side, Olivier Giroud for his goal for Arsenal, below, and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. The Best Fifa Fan award Borussia Dortmund make the final three after supporters came together to offer shelter to Monaco fans displaced by their Champions League match being rescheduled after a bomb attack on the Dortmund team bus.  Celtic are included through their final match of the league season which coincided with the 50th anniversary of winning the European Cup in 1967, which made them the first British club to lift the prestigious trophy. The Celtic fans honoured the team, known as the "Lisbon Lions", with a stunning full 360-degree card display around Celtic Park. FC Copenhagen were also nominated after winning the league in their final game against Brondby, when players handed the trophy to the fans, who then passed the trophy along to a wheelchair-bound supporter and lifted him in the air. Awards night preview: Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to retain his crown as FIFA men's player of the year in London on Monday night. The Real Madrid and Portugal superstar is up against Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Paris St Germain's Neymar for the award he won last year. The ceremony, which takes place at the London Palladium, is the second since the FIFA award split from France Football's Ballon d'Or prize. Ronaldo has scored 44 goals for club and country so far in 2017 and scored twice in the Champions League final in June, as Real won the competition for a record-extending 12th time. Messi has hit 50 goals for Barca and Argentina while Neymar, the world's most expensive player after he left Barcelona for PSG in the summer, has 25 goals to his name for Barca, PSG and Brazil. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is in the running for the top men's coach award along with Ronaldo's boss at Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, and Juventus chief Massimiliano Allegri. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud's 'scorpion kick' volley against Crystal Palace in January has been nominated for the Puskas Award for best goal. The 31-year-old's effort has been shortlisted along with goals from Venezuela's Deyna Castellanos and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. Castellanos is also nominated for the women's player of the year award alongside last year's winner Carli Lloyd of the United States and Holland's Lieke Martens. The winners are decided by a jury of club and international coaches, media representatives and fans. PA  

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Fifa player of the year award in London

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Best Fifa Men's Player Lieke Martens wins Best Fifa Women's Player Fifa XI is: Buffon; Marcelo, Bonucci, Ramos, Alves; Iniesta, Modric, Kroos; Neymar, Ronaldo, Messi Celtic win Fifa Fans Award Sarina Wiegman wins Best Fifa Women's Coach Zinedine Zidane wins Best Male Coach Gigi Buffon wins Best Goalkeeper  Olivier Giroud wins Puskas Award for best goal By PA: Real Madrid's Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo was crowned the best soccer player in the world for the second year running at Fifa's The Best awards gala on Monday. The four-time Ballon d'Or winner won a La Liga and Champions League double with the Madrid club this year, striking twice against Juventus in the European Cup final to help Real become the first team to retain the trophy in its current format. 'I'm 32 and I'm the best player in the world', Ronaldo reflects on winning award 00:39 Barcelona's Argentina forward Lionel Messi, who has won the Ballon d'or five times, and Paris St Germain's Brazil forward Neymar were runners up for the award voted for by national team coaches and captains plus the media and fans. The Best Fifa Men's Player award and the Ballon d'or, which is voted for only by the media, are now separate awards. Real Madrid's French coach Zinedine Zidane won the manager of the year trophy for his part in the club's success. Zidane was awarded Best Men's Coach Credit: FIFA Five Real players were named in the best XI of the year, with Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos joining Ronaldo, while Messi, Neymar, Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Dani Alves (PSG), Leonardo Bonucci (AC Milan) and Andres Iniesta (Barcelona) were also selected. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud won the Puskas Award for the best goal of the year, which was the Frenchman's scorpion kick against Crystal Palace, and Buffon was declared best goalkeeper. Holland's Lieke Martens won best female player of the year, while the Dutch women's national team coach Sarina Weigman was voted best manager after the team's triumph at Euro 2017. 9:33PM Who voted for Harry Kane? British Virgin Islands, France, Montserrat (who voted Suarez, Kane, Kante just to be different), Bahamas, Wales, Cambodia and Vanuatu.  Of course. The nation of Vanuatu. If anyone reading this is from Vanuatu, hello! 9:28PM How the international captains voted Here's the interesting bit... how footballers actually voted. Jordan Henderson (England): Ronaldo, Messi, Suarez. Huge Lloris (France): Ronaldo, Ramos, Kane. Manuel Neuer (Germany): Kroos, Lewandowski,Vidal (Kroos is very good tbf) Leo Messi (Argentina): Suarez, Iniesta, Neymar Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal): Modric, Ramos, Marcelo Dani Alves: Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo 9:03PM Cristiano Ronaldo meeting Maradona Credit: AFP   9:01PM A way to make Kasabian acceptable If they had played this:  Everything would be OK. Ronaldo is off to listen to this in the back of a giant limousine. 8:59PM Is this better than a Ballon d'Or? Is it the same? Does anyone know for sure what really counts as the actual award these days? 8:58PM Cristiano Ronaldo says "I want to mention Leo and Neymar to be here. Real Madrid supporters, my teammates, my coach, they support all the year so I have to say thank you to them.  "I'm really glad. This is a great moment for me. I know I have fans all over the world so thank you for the support. I appreciate that. "And I think I say everything. It's great to be here around these great players, this amazing player and I'm so happy guys. Thank you everybody and good night." 8:55PM CRISTIANO RONALDO WINS! Credit: FIFA He is the Best FIFA Men's Player! Credit: AFP   8:54PM The nominees   8:53PM Maradona's not quite on the ball Credit: FIFA He tries to open the envelope and reveal the winner before they've shown the video. Ronaldo gives him a nudge and tells him there's a video.  "Aaaaaaaaah!" he says. 8:51PM Ronaldo and Diego Maradona to present Best Men's Award That's a fairly decent attacking duo. 8:51PM Lieke Martens wins Best FIFA Women's Player! Martens was of course hugely influential in Holland's Euro 2017 win. "My dad and mum, this one is for you!" she says in her acceptance speech, also from yesterday because she is doing real football work instead of larking about in London. 8:49PM Best Women's Player Award It's the penultimate award of the evening. Hidetoshi Nakata - who looks cool - and Celia Sasic, who played for Germany, are here to present.  Deyna Castellanos, Carli Lloyd and Lieke Martens, who is ridiculously good, and my pick for the prize.  8:46PM The best team in the world!   8:45PM Music is subjective If you happen to love Kasabian, that's absolutely fine, by the way. I like a lot of music that many, many people do not, for instance. And I've never written a song that's gotten close to selling many millions of copies either. Though did once get a two out of five review in The List for an album. But those were younger days. 8:43PM They should make a band out of footballers What is the need for Kasabian here? Get Petr Cech on drums, Alexis Sanchez on piano, Gary Neville on guitar and... I dunno. Literally anyone singing. Patrice Evra on vocals. And they have to play 'Africa' by Toto because that song is ace. 8:41PM Oh the banter How long did it take Neymar to get ready? 20 minutes apparently. "I don't believe a word of it!" says the presenter. Dani Alves took less time. Just look how delighted Messi is to be involved with this. The greatest player of all time, forced to respond to jokes in a foreign language. And even worse, now he has to listen to Kasabian. Imagine. You're made to do go on international television, barely understand what's happening and are asked questions about doing your hair. And then Kasabian. 8:38PM Ronaldo's catchphrase for tonight "Talent without work is nothing." 8:37PM Bonucci is sat next to Dani Alves You may or may not be aware that Leonardo Bonucci and Dani Alves played alongside each other in the Champions League final against Real Madrid. There are rumours there may have been some sort of disagreement in the dressing room during that match... but now they are sitting next to each other and very friendly. 8:34PM Ronaldo on his team achievement Credit: EPA "Great achievement. I feel so proud, it takes many hours of work and dedication. To be on this stage 11 times it's a lot. Thank you to people who are voting me." 8:33PM World XI go offstage the wrong way They need a manager. 8:33PM This means nothing People who play Ultimate Team are probably pretty pumped about this FIFA dream team. If you save all your money up, you never know, you might find one of these guys in a pack for FIFA 18. SPEND YOUR MONEY! Or, you can have fun and play Pro Evo. It's really great this year.  8:28PM Best team in the world Here we go. David Suazo (he's from Honduras and used to play for Inter Milan) and Frank Lampard (come on) present the award. Credit: AFP In goal, it's Gigi Buffon. Right-back Dani Alves. Left-back Marcelo. Centre-back Sergio Ramos. Centre-back Leonardo Bonucci. Centre-midfield Luka Modric. Centre-midfield Toni Kroos. Centre-midfield Andre Iniesta (I love Iniesta but...) Right forward Lionel Messi Left forward Neymar Credit: AFP Striker Cristiano Ronaldo That's a 4-3-3 then. Solid. Not bad. 8:20PM Sarina Wiegman wins Best FIFA Women's Coach Wiegman led Holland to win Euro 2017 and had them playing some really entertaining football along the way. A deserved winner, just like all the other ones. She can't be there tonight to accept her award because she's doing actual football work, preparing for a World Cup qualifier, rather than sitting around the Paladium schmoozing.  Here is the Holland squad celebrating when they found out on Sunday: Beste coach van de wereld! Gefeliciteerd Sarina!!! pic.twitter.com/xHP5cM5rvR— OranjeLeeuwinnen (@oranjevrouwen) October 23, 2017   8:18PM Best FIFA Women's Coach Award Arsenal captain Alex Scott and Ruud Gullit present this one. There's some glorious rehearsed banter: Credit: PA Gullit: "Dutch women's football is at the very top of its game." Scott: "And the men?" Gullit: "Uuuh can we continue please?" Nils Nielsen, Gerard Precheur, Sarina Wiegman are the nominees.  And the winner is... 8:14PM And now a video of Pele Because it's his birthday, obviously. 8:14PM Best FIFA Fans Award winner is... Celtic They were the first British club to win the European Cup, and now they're the first to win the FIFA fans award. Will it occupy the same bit of that rather large trophy cabinet? Perhaps not, but a lovely gesture all the same.  Chairman of Celtic, Ian Bankier  Credit: AFP   8:12PM Elba presents the fans award while pretending to be cold He's dressed as an Arsenal fan, standing in the royal circle, or stalls... I'm not a theatre guy, sorry. But it's the bit where Statler and Waldorf  (the two grumpy old men from the Muppets) go. Credit: GETTY IMAGES Sammy Eto'o is now here to present The FIFA Fan Award, which almost certainly comes from a good place, but feels a little disingenuous. Mostly because it's FIFA. Let's all think of the fans, the millionaires say.  And the winner is... 8:05PM Buffon says Buffon and Schmeichel are delighted to welcome their new child into the world "I want to try to speak (in English)!" "For me, I am very happy because it is a great honour to receive this award... at my age. I'm proud of it but I want to say thanks to my club, my coach, my teammates because they help me to make it possible and I want to say thanks to all the person (sic) who voted for me and I think the last year has been a fantastic season for Juventus, and a personal season. It wasn't enough to win in Europe and for this year I hope that we can to play better and with the national team and Juventus because I will like to finish with the soccer with a fantastic victory." Has Buffon just confirmed that he's going to retire at the end of the season? 8:02PM The Best FIFA goalkeeper is Gigi Buffon! Deserved! What a man, what a player! Buffon has beaten Manuel Neuer and Keylor Navas to be crowned the world's best goalkeeper. 8:01PM Olivier Giroud collecting his award Credit: FIFA   8:00PM Zinedine Zidane wins best FIFA football coach award "Sorry, my English is very bad".  And then he speaks in French, which unfortunately is not something I know well enough to translate for you. I apologise. Credit: FIFA   7:55PM The best FIFA football coach award It's a choice between Antonio Conte, who won the Premier League with a Chelsea side who probably shouldn't have won and inspired the world to play 3-4-3. Massimiliano Allegri, another Italian, who did rather well with Juventus, winning Serie A again. And Zinedine Zidane, who won La Liga and the Champions League... again. And it's Zizou! 7:54PM Idris Elba taking a selfie with Neymar Credit: REUTERS If this wasn't scripted, it is an absolutely superb bit of brand management by Elba. They're going to know who he is tomorrow!  7:52PM Olivier Giroud wins the Puskas Award Some people are trying to sing the 'Hey Jude' Giroud song. "I am delighted to receive this trophy in front of legends of football and would like to thank people who voted for me. I would like to congratulate the other nominees who scored amazing goals too and I would like to thank my teammates, without them I couldn't score maybe this goal. And also my family."  He's quite emotional.  "I would like to dedicate this trophy to my dad". 7:50PM The winner is... Credit: FIFA  OLIVIER GIROUD! 7:48PM Puskas Award part 2 Conte is forced to speak on the microphone and even in front of an enormous hall of people, goes to his quiet pre-match interview voice. It's quite funny. Conte's favourite is Giroud's, and SO IS NEYMAR!  And Leo Messi - the greatest player ever, of all time - is diplomatic and doesn't give one choice.  Ronaldo does the same thing: "it's hard to choose one goal".  And to present the award will be Catherine Zeta-Jones and Diego Forlan.  7:45PM Puskas Award for best goal After showing this video: They interview Harry Kane. The crowd boos (because a large portion of them seem to be Arsenal fans). Maybe not actually, now Frank Lampard is in the spotlight and he gets a round of applause. Lampard says his favourite goal is Giroud's, Kane says it's the South African goalkeeper's. He has to say that though. The repercussions for supporting something Arsenal are just too high. Schmeichel agrees with Mr Lampard. 7:40PM Elba is doing selfies Credit: AFP Tonight's host is wandering around the front row getting selfies with Neymar, Messi and Ronaldo, doing some jokes. Then he goes to Olivier Giroud. It's good to see that even in awards ceremonies, Giroud still has to come off the bench to be involved.  7:38PM Idris Elba going for the jokes Solid opening. The setup references that this is an international broadcast, so if you're from South America, 'como estas'. If you're from China, 'ni hao' (sp) and if you're from Hackney, "alright bruv".   7:36PM But first, it's Stomp! I'm doing this face. Some people are bashing bins around on the stage as they show highlights of... some football. You can't see what football because there are people bashing bins around on stage. Now they're bouncing footballs. Diego Maradona looks fairly unimpressed.  But they've timed one of the bits to coincide with the ball hitting the back of the net and a scream of "GOAL!" which is quite nice. And now they're replicating acrobatic soccer skills and celebrations. The crowd goes mildly wild and politely applauds. Cue Martin Tyler: "I swear you'll never see anything like this ever again!" 7:32PM Idris Elba is here Star of The Wire, the US Office and those Sky Movies adverts, here comes Idris Elba wearing a really nice tuxedo. James Bond wears a tuxedo. It's an audition! 7:29PM Ronaldo seems confident Credit: AFP I think they've lined up this so it's Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo, which isn't the order I'd have them in. Surely Ronaldo plays through the middle of a front three? 7:27PM Confirmation: Ronaldo and Messi are football friends Credit: AP   7:26PM Here's the guy who really wants you to know he's here Credit: AFP Yaaaaaay it's... that guy. Gianni Infantino, the newest president of FIFA, is shaking hands and being friendly to people.   7:23PM Ronaldo is here!  Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez Credit: GETTY IMAGES Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez are here and have done the walk along the... green carpet. I've just thought of a way they can decide who actually wins the top prize between this guy, Messi and Neymar. Stay with me... Penalty shootout. And like in Game of Thrones, they can all choose a person to stand in for them as goalkeeper. Seaman is there, Schmeichel and Buffon too. And that's it.  7:22PM Claudio Ranieri Credit: FIFA  Doing a fine job at Nantes just now, grabbing those 1-0 wins to help them climb the table. Everyone likes Ranieri. 7:19PM Antonio Conte says "I think that it's very important to stay here and fight for this award. It is amazing with Real Madrid, they won the Champions League and the league but it is amazing for me to stay here and to fight for this award." God I hope he means that literally. Can you imagine? Conte windmilling his way through the main hall, battering Peter Schmeichel and Luka Modric in a whirlwind of fury. 7:17PM Dream strike partnernship Credit: AP These two would destroy worlds.  7:15PM I just want someone to love me as much as Marcelo loves this woman Credit: GETTY IMAGES Can you feel it? Light beams of warmth coming out of his eyes. 7:11PM Dani Alves has come dressed as a futuristic pirate Credit: REUTERS "STOP RIGHT THERE! SPACE POLICE! Agent Daniel Alves and you've got a loooooooot of talking to do, punk." 7:09PM Harry Kane and Katie Goodland There he is! Harry gives a little bit to the presenters about how nice it is to be invited. He's so nice. "It makes me feel very proud. For me it’s about improving every year. Messi, Ronaldo set the standard for all of us so just to get up there and be involved is fantastic. The stadium, the atmosphere (at Real Madrid) was amazing. To get a result… I'm very proud." 7:06PM What would you rather win? This is a great question. Kay Murray (I think) essentially asks Gigi Buffon whether he is happy having won the World Cup and not the Champions League. Which would you rather win? If you were a player. Not as a fan. It's difficult isn't it? On the one hand, Scotland winning the World Cup would be amazing BUT I'm leaning towards Aberdeen being crowned European champions. 6:59PM Photos of Messi at the Best FIFA Awards Leo Messi and wife Antonella Credit: AP Credit: PA   6:58PM All the stars are here! Credit: OA  That's Marcelo, here's David Trezeguet: Credit: FIFA And here's Philip Schofield: Credit: PA If you aren't from the UK, you might not know who this man is so let's try and explain. Philip Schofield, or Scholey F as he likes to be known, is a giant of British television. He's perhaps the nicest man alive to also be a TV presenter and used to best friends with a gopher, the whereabouts of which are unknown. What happened to that gopher, you ask? Nobody is sure. All we know for certain is that until its lifeless body is discovered washed up on that little beach next to the South Bank on the Thames, we must assume it is alive.  6:52PM No questions for Messi The FIFA TV presenters have been told they are not allowed to ask Leo Messi any questions - not even in Spanish. What kind of world is this? We're all just waiting to hear what the great man will say about tonight's event and have been denied. We'll never know how he's looking forward to it, and may the best man win, and that London is very nice and that he's glad he's scored today but more pleased that the team got three points, and they just have to go again in the next game. In Spanish. But no! 6:47PM Leo Messi is here *high pitch scream* ARRRRHRHGGHHGHGHGHGHGHGH. And I can confirm he is wearing a normal suit. Nothing shiny and no LED lights. Disappointing. 6:47PM Frank Lampard is here "(Real Madrid) are going down as one of the best club teams in history. " I agree Frank. They're really good. "(Conte's) in the running (for best manager). He's done an unbelievable job at Chelsea" 6:45PM Messi looks terrified in his press photo shoot Credit: FIFA There are a few promo shoots featuring the key players. Messi is trying to look cool but is also wearing a hoody and sadly, that is almost impossible to do.  Credit: FIFA   6:39PM PHILIP SCHOFIELD IS HERE Oh now this is kicking off. "Oldham fan. My Granddad used to play pies at the ground as a lad. I was a constant disappointment for him because we (his brother) were rubbish. I just lacked the sporting mind, I think. I kick a ball around the garden with my nephews. I was asked all the way down Ronaldo or Messi... it's a tricky one. "Messi." There you have it. Philip Schofield believes Messi will win. Why do they need this event now? It's done, people! 6:37PM Patrick Kluivert is tonight's magician Credit: FIFA It's either that, or Kluivert's album cover has been leaked onto the picture database I'm currently enjoying. I think this one would be called "Still Crazy" or "These Nights".   Like that. Available on iTunes, but don't bother. You can stream it for free and it's not all that. 6:32PM Down with this sort of thing Credit: PA M8, mate, maaaaaaaaate what a fantastic shirt. Oooooooh that'll really stick it to them. Look what it says "for crying out loud" and oh my word, it's hand drawn! This is rock and roll. There is NOTHING more rock n roll than attending the overly elaborate celebration of individuals in a team sport governed by a disgraced international body than wearing a shirt with WRITING ON IT. Well done Kasabian, you truly represent all that is cool about football. 6:30PM MICHAEL DOUGLAS SUPPORTS SWANSEA Catherine Zeta-Jones says:  "My husband... Michael Douglas is a Swansea City fan." Confirmation there from Zeta-Jones, who claims to have supported Swansea since before they were back in the Premier League, as though that makes her cool or something. Alright, Catherine. Chill out.  Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I don't watch movies, I watch sport," she says. And that is because she doesn't know how sport is going to end. Imagine then, if you will, a Liverpool vs Newcastle match directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The twist - and there is a twist - is that Stan Collymore was the mascot the whole time. And the mascot is the Queen. And the Queen scores the winning goal, liberating a fictional country which is supposed to be from somewhere near Afghanistan. 6:26PM All the stars are here Credit: PA It's not a long trek for Granit Xhaka to be here as the awards are being held in London.  Credit: PA And here's star Valencia right-back Eamonn Holmes, who has flown in to hang out with all his La Liga pals like... Sergio Ramos, who will probably be here at some point. Credit: EPA That's why he was in London. Maradona is on his best behaviour and looking very nice, but as yet hasn't dribbled past a single person on the red carpet. 6:21PM Welcome! HELLO EVERYONE! Welcome to this most exciting of events. It's like the Oscars... but with David Seaman! Credit: PA  Seaman won't be winning any awards tonight, especially since he doesn't have a moustache anymore, and instead must watch as the likes of Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar sit on some expensive chairs and feign being incredibly pleased that one of the other two has won the Best Best FIFA Best Best Football Player Man Award. There are other awards too. Who will win them? Let's find out together. 6:15PM What's all this then? It's the 2017 Best Fifa Football Awards, the second to be held, where - among other awards - world player of the year is crowned. The breakaway event was started after Fifa's Ballon d'Or partnership with France Football ended. The Ballon d'Or is still awarded by the publication each year, while Fifa hands out its own awards in tonight's event. When is it? It's on Monday October 23 - ie today. What time does the event start? It's a 7.30pm BST start at the London Palladium. What TV channel is it on? You can watch the event, hosted by Idris Elba, on Fifa's YouTube channel. Alternatively, you can follow the event as it happens right here, or catch the highlights on ITV at 10.45pm. Ronaldo with last year's award and Sir Alex Ferguson Credit: Getty Images Which awards are up for grabs, and who is shortlisted? The Best Fifa Men's Player Three players have been nominated for the award from an initial shortlist of 24. Last year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo, has scored 45 goals in 48 appearances this calendar year, including 34 goals for club and 11 for country. These incredible individual statistics are bolstered by Ronaldo winning the Champions League and La Liga in the 2016/17 campaign. Lionel Messi is another unsurprising feature within the best player award, with 49 goals and 11 assists in 50 appearances in 2017. The most expensive player in the world, Neymar is the outside bet to be crowned the greatest footballer on earth. The Best Fifa football coach award The best coach award is separated into male and female categories.  Juventus boss, Massimiliano Allegri, after winning the league and Coppa Italia last season. Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, who in his first season in English football won the Premier League, setting a new record along the way achieving 30 wins in a single season. Finally Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane makes the list after winning the Champions League and Los Blancos' first league title for five years. In the women's section, the the top three comprise of Denmark’s manager Nils Nielsen, who guided her side to the final against Holland in this year European Championships. Lyon coach Gerard Precheur is nominated after winning the Champions League, the French League Cup and the French Cup, while Sarina Wiegman also features after leading Holland to the 2017 European championships.  The Best FIFA goalkeeper award Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus is nominated, having gone 600 minutes without conceding in the Champions League, while Keylor Navas of Real Madrid won his second consecutive Champions League along with a La Liga title. Manuel Neuer makes up the three-man short list. The Puskas Award The Puskas award is for the best goal of the year. This year the three finalists include Deyna Castellanos of Venezuela women's side, Olivier Giroud for his goal for Arsenal, below, and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. The Best Fifa Fan award Borussia Dortmund make the final three after supporters came together to offer shelter to Monaco fans displaced by their Champions League match being rescheduled after a bomb attack on the Dortmund team bus.  Celtic are included through their final match of the league season which coincided with the 50th anniversary of winning the European Cup in 1967, which made them the first British club to lift the prestigious trophy. The Celtic fans honoured the team, known as the "Lisbon Lions", with a stunning full 360-degree card display around Celtic Park. FC Copenhagen were also nominated after winning the league in their final game against Brondby, when players handed the trophy to the fans, who then passed the trophy along to a wheelchair-bound supporter and lifted him in the air. Awards night preview: Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to retain his crown as FIFA men's player of the year in London on Monday night. The Real Madrid and Portugal superstar is up against Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Paris St Germain's Neymar for the award he won last year. The ceremony, which takes place at the London Palladium, is the second since the FIFA award split from France Football's Ballon d'Or prize. Ronaldo has scored 44 goals for club and country so far in 2017 and scored twice in the Champions League final in June, as Real won the competition for a record-extending 12th time. Messi has hit 50 goals for Barca and Argentina while Neymar, the world's most expensive player after he left Barcelona for PSG in the summer, has 25 goals to his name for Barca, PSG and Brazil. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is in the running for the top men's coach award along with Ronaldo's boss at Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, and Juventus chief Massimiliano Allegri. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud's 'scorpion kick' volley against Crystal Palace in January has been nominated for the Puskas Award for best goal. The 31-year-old's effort has been shortlisted along with goals from Venezuela's Deyna Castellanos and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. Castellanos is also nominated for the women's player of the year award alongside last year's winner Carli Lloyd of the United States and Holland's Lieke Martens. The winners are decided by a jury of club and international coaches, media representatives and fans. PA  

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Fifa player of the year award in London

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Best Fifa Men's Player Lieke Martens wins Best Fifa Women's Player Fifa XI is: Buffon; Marcelo, Bonucci, Ramos, Alves; Iniesta, Modric, Kroos; Neymar, Ronaldo, Messi Celtic win Fifa Fans Award Sarina Wiegman wins Best Fifa Women's Coach Zinedine Zidane wins Best Male Coach Gigi Buffon wins Best Goalkeeper  Olivier Giroud wins Puskas Award for best goal By PA: Real Madrid's Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo was crowned the best soccer player in the world for the second year running at Fifa's The Best awards gala on Monday. The four-time Ballon d'Or winner won a La Liga and Champions League double with the Madrid club this year, striking twice against Juventus in the European Cup final to help Real become the first team to retain the trophy in its current format. 'I'm 32 and I'm the best player in the world', Ronaldo reflects on winning award 00:39 Barcelona's Argentina forward Lionel Messi, who has won the Ballon d'or five times, and Paris St Germain's Brazil forward Neymar were runners up for the award voted for by national team coaches and captains plus the media and fans. The Best Fifa Men's Player award and the Ballon d'or, which is voted for only by the media, are now separate awards. Real Madrid's French coach Zinedine Zidane won the manager of the year trophy for his part in the club's success. Zidane was awarded Best Men's Coach Credit: FIFA Five Real players were named in the best XI of the year, with Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos joining Ronaldo, while Messi, Neymar, Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Dani Alves (PSG), Leonardo Bonucci (AC Milan) and Andres Iniesta (Barcelona) were also selected. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud won the Puskas Award for the best goal of the year, which was the Frenchman's scorpion kick against Crystal Palace, and Buffon was declared best goalkeeper. Holland's Lieke Martens won best female player of the year, while the Dutch women's national team coach Sarina Weigman was voted best manager after the team's triumph at Euro 2017. 9:33PM Who voted for Harry Kane? British Virgin Islands, France, Montserrat (who voted Suarez, Kane, Kante just to be different), Bahamas, Wales, Cambodia and Vanuatu.  Of course. The nation of Vanuatu. If anyone reading this is from Vanuatu, hello! 9:28PM How the international captains voted Here's the interesting bit... how footballers actually voted. Jordan Henderson (England): Ronaldo, Messi, Suarez. Huge Lloris (France): Ronaldo, Ramos, Kane. Manuel Neuer (Germany): Kroos, Lewandowski,Vidal (Kroos is very good tbf) Leo Messi (Argentina): Suarez, Iniesta, Neymar Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal): Modric, Ramos, Marcelo Dani Alves: Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo 9:03PM Cristiano Ronaldo meeting Maradona Credit: AFP   9:01PM A way to make Kasabian acceptable If they had played this:  Everything would be OK. Ronaldo is off to listen to this in the back of a giant limousine. 8:59PM Is this better than a Ballon d'Or? Is it the same? Does anyone know for sure what really counts as the actual award these days? 8:58PM Cristiano Ronaldo says "I want to mention Leo and Neymar to be here. Real Madrid supporters, my teammates, my coach, they support all the year so I have to say thank you to them.  "I'm really glad. This is a great moment for me. I know I have fans all over the world so thank you for the support. I appreciate that. "And I think I say everything. It's great to be here around these great players, this amazing player and I'm so happy guys. Thank you everybody and good night." 8:55PM CRISTIANO RONALDO WINS! Credit: FIFA He is the Best FIFA Men's Player! Credit: AFP   8:54PM The nominees   8:53PM Maradona's not quite on the ball Credit: FIFA He tries to open the envelope and reveal the winner before they've shown the video. Ronaldo gives him a nudge and tells him there's a video.  "Aaaaaaaaah!" he says. 8:51PM Ronaldo and Diego Maradona to present Best Men's Award That's a fairly decent attacking duo. 8:51PM Lieke Martens wins Best FIFA Women's Player! Martens was of course hugely influential in Holland's Euro 2017 win. "My dad and mum, this one is for you!" she says in her acceptance speech, also from yesterday because she is doing real football work instead of larking about in London. 8:49PM Best Women's Player Award It's the penultimate award of the evening. Hidetoshi Nakata - who looks cool - and Celia Sasic, who played for Germany, are here to present.  Deyna Castellanos, Carli Lloyd and Lieke Martens, who is ridiculously good, and my pick for the prize.  8:46PM The best team in the world!   8:45PM Music is subjective If you happen to love Kasabian, that's absolutely fine, by the way. I like a lot of music that many, many people do not, for instance. And I've never written a song that's gotten close to selling many millions of copies either. Though did once get a two out of five review in The List for an album. But those were younger days. 8:43PM They should make a band out of footballers What is the need for Kasabian here? Get Petr Cech on drums, Alexis Sanchez on piano, Gary Neville on guitar and... I dunno. Literally anyone singing. Patrice Evra on vocals. And they have to play 'Africa' by Toto because that song is ace. 8:41PM Oh the banter How long did it take Neymar to get ready? 20 minutes apparently. "I don't believe a word of it!" says the presenter. Dani Alves took less time. Just look how delighted Messi is to be involved with this. The greatest player of all time, forced to respond to jokes in a foreign language. And even worse, now he has to listen to Kasabian. Imagine. You're made to do go on international television, barely understand what's happening and are asked questions about doing your hair. And then Kasabian. 8:38PM Ronaldo's catchphrase for tonight "Talent without work is nothing." 8:37PM Bonucci is sat next to Dani Alves You may or may not be aware that Leonardo Bonucci and Dani Alves played alongside each other in the Champions League final against Real Madrid. There are rumours there may have been some sort of disagreement in the dressing room during that match... but now they are sitting next to each other and very friendly. 8:34PM Ronaldo on his team achievement Credit: EPA "Great achievement. I feel so proud, it takes many hours of work and dedication. To be on this stage 11 times it's a lot. Thank you to people who are voting me." 8:33PM World XI go offstage the wrong way They need a manager. 8:33PM This means nothing People who play Ultimate Team are probably pretty pumped about this FIFA dream team. If you save all your money up, you never know, you might find one of these guys in a pack for FIFA 18. SPEND YOUR MONEY! Or, you can have fun and play Pro Evo. It's really great this year.  8:28PM Best team in the world Here we go. David Suazo (he's from Honduras and used to play for Inter Milan) and Frank Lampard (come on) present the award. Credit: AFP In goal, it's Gigi Buffon. Right-back Dani Alves. Left-back Marcelo. Centre-back Sergio Ramos. Centre-back Leonardo Bonucci. Centre-midfield Luka Modric. Centre-midfield Toni Kroos. Centre-midfield Andre Iniesta (I love Iniesta but...) Right forward Lionel Messi Left forward Neymar Credit: AFP Striker Cristiano Ronaldo That's a 4-3-3 then. Solid. Not bad. 8:20PM Sarina Wiegman wins Best FIFA Women's Coach Wiegman led Holland to win Euro 2017 and had them playing some really entertaining football along the way. A deserved winner, just like all the other ones. She can't be there tonight to accept her award because she's doing actual football work, preparing for a World Cup qualifier, rather than sitting around the Paladium schmoozing.  Here is the Holland squad celebrating when they found out on Sunday: Beste coach van de wereld! Gefeliciteerd Sarina!!! pic.twitter.com/xHP5cM5rvR— OranjeLeeuwinnen (@oranjevrouwen) October 23, 2017   8:18PM Best FIFA Women's Coach Award Arsenal captain Alex Scott and Ruud Gullit present this one. There's some glorious rehearsed banter: Credit: PA Gullit: "Dutch women's football is at the very top of its game." Scott: "And the men?" Gullit: "Uuuh can we continue please?" Nils Nielsen, Gerard Precheur, Sarina Wiegman are the nominees.  And the winner is... 8:14PM And now a video of Pele Because it's his birthday, obviously. 8:14PM Best FIFA Fans Award winner is... Celtic They were the first British club to win the European Cup, and now they're the first to win the FIFA fans award. Will it occupy the same bit of that rather large trophy cabinet? Perhaps not, but a lovely gesture all the same.  Chairman of Celtic, Ian Bankier  Credit: AFP   8:12PM Elba presents the fans award while pretending to be cold He's dressed as an Arsenal fan, standing in the royal circle, or stalls... I'm not a theatre guy, sorry. But it's the bit where Statler and Waldorf  (the two grumpy old men from the Muppets) go. Credit: GETTY IMAGES Sammy Eto'o is now here to present The FIFA Fan Award, which almost certainly comes from a good place, but feels a little disingenuous. Mostly because it's FIFA. Let's all think of the fans, the millionaires say.  And the winner is... 8:05PM Buffon says Buffon and Schmeichel are delighted to welcome their new child into the world "I want to try to speak (in English)!" "For me, I am very happy because it is a great honour to receive this award... at my age. I'm proud of it but I want to say thanks to my club, my coach, my teammates because they help me to make it possible and I want to say thanks to all the person (sic) who voted for me and I think the last year has been a fantastic season for Juventus, and a personal season. It wasn't enough to win in Europe and for this year I hope that we can to play better and with the national team and Juventus because I will like to finish with the soccer with a fantastic victory." Has Buffon just confirmed that he's going to retire at the end of the season? 8:02PM The Best FIFA goalkeeper is Gigi Buffon! Deserved! What a man, what a player! Buffon has beaten Manuel Neuer and Keylor Navas to be crowned the world's best goalkeeper. 8:01PM Olivier Giroud collecting his award Credit: FIFA   8:00PM Zinedine Zidane wins best FIFA football coach award "Sorry, my English is very bad".  And then he speaks in French, which unfortunately is not something I know well enough to translate for you. I apologise. Credit: FIFA   7:55PM The best FIFA football coach award It's a choice between Antonio Conte, who won the Premier League with a Chelsea side who probably shouldn't have won and inspired the world to play 3-4-3. Massimiliano Allegri, another Italian, who did rather well with Juventus, winning Serie A again. And Zinedine Zidane, who won La Liga and the Champions League... again. And it's Zizou! 7:54PM Idris Elba taking a selfie with Neymar Credit: REUTERS If this wasn't scripted, it is an absolutely superb bit of brand management by Elba. They're going to know who he is tomorrow!  7:52PM Olivier Giroud wins the Puskas Award Some people are trying to sing the 'Hey Jude' Giroud song. "I am delighted to receive this trophy in front of legends of football and would like to thank people who voted for me. I would like to congratulate the other nominees who scored amazing goals too and I would like to thank my teammates, without them I couldn't score maybe this goal. And also my family."  He's quite emotional.  "I would like to dedicate this trophy to my dad". 7:50PM The winner is... Credit: FIFA  OLIVIER GIROUD! 7:48PM Puskas Award part 2 Conte is forced to speak on the microphone and even in front of an enormous hall of people, goes to his quiet pre-match interview voice. It's quite funny. Conte's favourite is Giroud's, and SO IS NEYMAR!  And Leo Messi - the greatest player ever, of all time - is diplomatic and doesn't give one choice.  Ronaldo does the same thing: "it's hard to choose one goal".  And to present the award will be Catherine Zeta-Jones and Diego Forlan.  7:45PM Puskas Award for best goal After showing this video: They interview Harry Kane. The crowd boos (because a large portion of them seem to be Arsenal fans). Maybe not actually, now Frank Lampard is in the spotlight and he gets a round of applause. Lampard says his favourite goal is Giroud's, Kane says it's the South African goalkeeper's. He has to say that though. The repercussions for supporting something Arsenal are just too high. Schmeichel agrees with Mr Lampard. 7:40PM Elba is doing selfies Credit: AFP Tonight's host is wandering around the front row getting selfies with Neymar, Messi and Ronaldo, doing some jokes. Then he goes to Olivier Giroud. It's good to see that even in awards ceremonies, Giroud still has to come off the bench to be involved.  7:38PM Idris Elba going for the jokes Solid opening. The setup references that this is an international broadcast, so if you're from South America, 'como estas'. If you're from China, 'ni hao' (sp) and if you're from Hackney, "alright bruv".   7:36PM But first, it's Stomp! I'm doing this face. Some people are bashing bins around on the stage as they show highlights of... some football. You can't see what football because there are people bashing bins around on stage. Now they're bouncing footballs. Diego Maradona looks fairly unimpressed.  But they've timed one of the bits to coincide with the ball hitting the back of the net and a scream of "GOAL!" which is quite nice. And now they're replicating acrobatic soccer skills and celebrations. The crowd goes mildly wild and politely applauds. Cue Martin Tyler: "I swear you'll never see anything like this ever again!" 7:32PM Idris Elba is here Star of The Wire, the US Office and those Sky Movies adverts, here comes Idris Elba wearing a really nice tuxedo. James Bond wears a tuxedo. It's an audition! 7:29PM Ronaldo seems confident Credit: AFP I think they've lined up this so it's Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo, which isn't the order I'd have them in. Surely Ronaldo plays through the middle of a front three? 7:27PM Confirmation: Ronaldo and Messi are football friends Credit: AP   7:26PM Here's the guy who really wants you to know he's here Credit: AFP Yaaaaaay it's... that guy. Gianni Infantino, the newest president of FIFA, is shaking hands and being friendly to people.   7:23PM Ronaldo is here!  Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez Credit: GETTY IMAGES Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez are here and have done the walk along the... green carpet. I've just thought of a way they can decide who actually wins the top prize between this guy, Messi and Neymar. Stay with me... Penalty shootout. And like in Game of Thrones, they can all choose a person to stand in for them as goalkeeper. Seaman is there, Schmeichel and Buffon too. And that's it.  7:22PM Claudio Ranieri Credit: FIFA  Doing a fine job at Nantes just now, grabbing those 1-0 wins to help them climb the table. Everyone likes Ranieri. 7:19PM Antonio Conte says "I think that it's very important to stay here and fight for this award. It is amazing with Real Madrid, they won the Champions League and the league but it is amazing for me to stay here and to fight for this award." God I hope he means that literally. Can you imagine? Conte windmilling his way through the main hall, battering Peter Schmeichel and Luka Modric in a whirlwind of fury. 7:17PM Dream strike partnernship Credit: AP These two would destroy worlds.  7:15PM I just want someone to love me as much as Marcelo loves this woman Credit: GETTY IMAGES Can you feel it? Light beams of warmth coming out of his eyes. 7:11PM Dani Alves has come dressed as a futuristic pirate Credit: REUTERS "STOP RIGHT THERE! SPACE POLICE! Agent Daniel Alves and you've got a loooooooot of talking to do, punk." 7:09PM Harry Kane and Katie Goodland There he is! Harry gives a little bit to the presenters about how nice it is to be invited. He's so nice. "It makes me feel very proud. For me it’s about improving every year. Messi, Ronaldo set the standard for all of us so just to get up there and be involved is fantastic. The stadium, the atmosphere (at Real Madrid) was amazing. To get a result… I'm very proud." 7:06PM What would you rather win? This is a great question. Kay Murray (I think) essentially asks Gigi Buffon whether he is happy having won the World Cup and not the Champions League. Which would you rather win? If you were a player. Not as a fan. It's difficult isn't it? On the one hand, Scotland winning the World Cup would be amazing BUT I'm leaning towards Aberdeen being crowned European champions. 6:59PM Photos of Messi at the Best FIFA Awards Leo Messi and wife Antonella Credit: AP Credit: PA   6:58PM All the stars are here! Credit: OA  That's Marcelo, here's David Trezeguet: Credit: FIFA And here's Philip Schofield: Credit: PA If you aren't from the UK, you might not know who this man is so let's try and explain. Philip Schofield, or Scholey F as he likes to be known, is a giant of British television. He's perhaps the nicest man alive to also be a TV presenter and used to best friends with a gopher, the whereabouts of which are unknown. What happened to that gopher, you ask? Nobody is sure. All we know for certain is that until its lifeless body is discovered washed up on that little beach next to the South Bank on the Thames, we must assume it is alive.  6:52PM No questions for Messi The FIFA TV presenters have been told they are not allowed to ask Leo Messi any questions - not even in Spanish. What kind of world is this? We're all just waiting to hear what the great man will say about tonight's event and have been denied. We'll never know how he's looking forward to it, and may the best man win, and that London is very nice and that he's glad he's scored today but more pleased that the team got three points, and they just have to go again in the next game. In Spanish. But no! 6:47PM Leo Messi is here *high pitch scream* ARRRRHRHGGHHGHGHGHGHGHGH. And I can confirm he is wearing a normal suit. Nothing shiny and no LED lights. Disappointing. 6:47PM Frank Lampard is here "(Real Madrid) are going down as one of the best club teams in history. " I agree Frank. They're really good. "(Conte's) in the running (for best manager). He's done an unbelievable job at Chelsea" 6:45PM Messi looks terrified in his press photo shoot Credit: FIFA There are a few promo shoots featuring the key players. Messi is trying to look cool but is also wearing a hoody and sadly, that is almost impossible to do.  Credit: FIFA   6:39PM PHILIP SCHOFIELD IS HERE Oh now this is kicking off. "Oldham fan. My Granddad used to play pies at the ground as a lad. I was a constant disappointment for him because we (his brother) were rubbish. I just lacked the sporting mind, I think. I kick a ball around the garden with my nephews. I was asked all the way down Ronaldo or Messi... it's a tricky one. "Messi." There you have it. Philip Schofield believes Messi will win. Why do they need this event now? It's done, people! 6:37PM Patrick Kluivert is tonight's magician Credit: FIFA It's either that, or Kluivert's album cover has been leaked onto the picture database I'm currently enjoying. I think this one would be called "Still Crazy" or "These Nights".   Like that. Available on iTunes, but don't bother. You can stream it for free and it's not all that. 6:32PM Down with this sort of thing Credit: PA M8, mate, maaaaaaaaate what a fantastic shirt. Oooooooh that'll really stick it to them. Look what it says "for crying out loud" and oh my word, it's hand drawn! This is rock and roll. There is NOTHING more rock n roll than attending the overly elaborate celebration of individuals in a team sport governed by a disgraced international body than wearing a shirt with WRITING ON IT. Well done Kasabian, you truly represent all that is cool about football. 6:30PM MICHAEL DOUGLAS SUPPORTS SWANSEA Catherine Zeta-Jones says:  "My husband... Michael Douglas is a Swansea City fan." Confirmation there from Zeta-Jones, who claims to have supported Swansea since before they were back in the Premier League, as though that makes her cool or something. Alright, Catherine. Chill out.  Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I don't watch movies, I watch sport," she says. And that is because she doesn't know how sport is going to end. Imagine then, if you will, a Liverpool vs Newcastle match directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The twist - and there is a twist - is that Stan Collymore was the mascot the whole time. And the mascot is the Queen. And the Queen scores the winning goal, liberating a fictional country which is supposed to be from somewhere near Afghanistan. 6:26PM All the stars are here Credit: PA It's not a long trek for Granit Xhaka to be here as the awards are being held in London.  Credit: PA And here's star Valencia right-back Eamonn Holmes, who has flown in to hang out with all his La Liga pals like... Sergio Ramos, who will probably be here at some point. Credit: EPA That's why he was in London. Maradona is on his best behaviour and looking very nice, but as yet hasn't dribbled past a single person on the red carpet. 6:21PM Welcome! HELLO EVERYONE! Welcome to this most exciting of events. It's like the Oscars... but with David Seaman! Credit: PA  Seaman won't be winning any awards tonight, especially since he doesn't have a moustache anymore, and instead must watch as the likes of Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar sit on some expensive chairs and feign being incredibly pleased that one of the other two has won the Best Best FIFA Best Best Football Player Man Award. There are other awards too. Who will win them? Let's find out together. 6:15PM What's all this then? It's the 2017 Best Fifa Football Awards, the second to be held, where - among other awards - world player of the year is crowned. The breakaway event was started after Fifa's Ballon d'Or partnership with France Football ended. The Ballon d'Or is still awarded by the publication each year, while Fifa hands out its own awards in tonight's event. When is it? It's on Monday October 23 - ie today. What time does the event start? It's a 7.30pm BST start at the London Palladium. What TV channel is it on? You can watch the event, hosted by Idris Elba, on Fifa's YouTube channel. Alternatively, you can follow the event as it happens right here, or catch the highlights on ITV at 10.45pm. Ronaldo with last year's award and Sir Alex Ferguson Credit: Getty Images Which awards are up for grabs, and who is shortlisted? The Best Fifa Men's Player Three players have been nominated for the award from an initial shortlist of 24. Last year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo, has scored 45 goals in 48 appearances this calendar year, including 34 goals for club and 11 for country. These incredible individual statistics are bolstered by Ronaldo winning the Champions League and La Liga in the 2016/17 campaign. Lionel Messi is another unsurprising feature within the best player award, with 49 goals and 11 assists in 50 appearances in 2017. The most expensive player in the world, Neymar is the outside bet to be crowned the greatest footballer on earth. The Best Fifa football coach award The best coach award is separated into male and female categories.  Juventus boss, Massimiliano Allegri, after winning the league and Coppa Italia last season. Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, who in his first season in English football won the Premier League, setting a new record along the way achieving 30 wins in a single season. Finally Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane makes the list after winning the Champions League and Los Blancos' first league title for five years. In the women's section, the the top three comprise of Denmark’s manager Nils Nielsen, who guided her side to the final against Holland in this year European Championships. Lyon coach Gerard Precheur is nominated after winning the Champions League, the French League Cup and the French Cup, while Sarina Wiegman also features after leading Holland to the 2017 European championships.  The Best FIFA goalkeeper award Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus is nominated, having gone 600 minutes without conceding in the Champions League, while Keylor Navas of Real Madrid won his second consecutive Champions League along with a La Liga title. Manuel Neuer makes up the three-man short list. The Puskas Award The Puskas award is for the best goal of the year. This year the three finalists include Deyna Castellanos of Venezuela women's side, Olivier Giroud for his goal for Arsenal, below, and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. The Best Fifa Fan award Borussia Dortmund make the final three after supporters came together to offer shelter to Monaco fans displaced by their Champions League match being rescheduled after a bomb attack on the Dortmund team bus.  Celtic are included through their final match of the league season which coincided with the 50th anniversary of winning the European Cup in 1967, which made them the first British club to lift the prestigious trophy. The Celtic fans honoured the team, known as the "Lisbon Lions", with a stunning full 360-degree card display around Celtic Park. FC Copenhagen were also nominated after winning the league in their final game against Brondby, when players handed the trophy to the fans, who then passed the trophy along to a wheelchair-bound supporter and lifted him in the air. Awards night preview: Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to retain his crown as FIFA men's player of the year in London on Monday night. The Real Madrid and Portugal superstar is up against Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Paris St Germain's Neymar for the award he won last year. The ceremony, which takes place at the London Palladium, is the second since the FIFA award split from France Football's Ballon d'Or prize. Ronaldo has scored 44 goals for club and country so far in 2017 and scored twice in the Champions League final in June, as Real won the competition for a record-extending 12th time. Messi has hit 50 goals for Barca and Argentina while Neymar, the world's most expensive player after he left Barcelona for PSG in the summer, has 25 goals to his name for Barca, PSG and Brazil. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is in the running for the top men's coach award along with Ronaldo's boss at Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, and Juventus chief Massimiliano Allegri. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud's 'scorpion kick' volley against Crystal Palace in January has been nominated for the Puskas Award for best goal. The 31-year-old's effort has been shortlisted along with goals from Venezuela's Deyna Castellanos and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. Castellanos is also nominated for the women's player of the year award alongside last year's winner Carli Lloyd of the United States and Holland's Lieke Martens. The winners are decided by a jury of club and international coaches, media representatives and fans. PA  

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Fifa player of the year award in London

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Best Fifa Men's Player Lieke Martens wins Best Fifa Women's Player Fifa XI is: Buffon; Marcelo, Bonucci, Ramos, Alves; Iniesta, Modric, Kroos; Neymar, Ronaldo, Messi Celtic win Fifa Fans Award Sarina Wiegman wins Best Fifa Women's Coach Zinedine Zidane wins Best Male Coach Gigi Buffon wins Best Goalkeeper  Olivier Giroud wins Puskas Award for best goal By PA: Real Madrid's Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo was crowned the best soccer player in the world for the second year running at Fifa's The Best awards gala on Monday. The four-time Ballon d'Or winner won a La Liga and Champions League double with the Madrid club this year, striking twice against Juventus in the European Cup final to help Real become the first team to retain the trophy in its current format. 'I'm 32 and I'm the best player in the world', Ronaldo reflects on winning award 00:39 Barcelona's Argentina forward Lionel Messi, who has won the Ballon d'or five times, and Paris St Germain's Brazil forward Neymar were runners up for the award voted for by national team coaches and captains plus the media and fans. The Best Fifa Men's Player award and the Ballon d'or, which is voted for only by the media, are now separate awards. Real Madrid's French coach Zinedine Zidane won the manager of the year trophy for his part in the club's success. Zidane was awarded Best Men's Coach Credit: FIFA Five Real players were named in the best XI of the year, with Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos joining Ronaldo, while Messi, Neymar, Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Dani Alves (PSG), Leonardo Bonucci (AC Milan) and Andres Iniesta (Barcelona) were also selected. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud won the Puskas Award for the best goal of the year, which was the Frenchman's scorpion kick against Crystal Palace, and Buffon was declared best goalkeeper. Holland's Lieke Martens won best female player of the year, while the Dutch women's national team coach Sarina Weigman was voted best manager after the team's triumph at Euro 2017. 9:33PM Who voted for Harry Kane? British Virgin Islands, France, Montserrat (who voted Suarez, Kane, Kante just to be different), Bahamas, Wales, Cambodia and Vanuatu.  Of course. The nation of Vanuatu. If anyone reading this is from Vanuatu, hello! 9:28PM How the international captains voted Here's the interesting bit... how footballers actually voted. Jordan Henderson (England): Ronaldo, Messi, Suarez. Huge Lloris (France): Ronaldo, Ramos, Kane. Manuel Neuer (Germany): Kroos, Lewandowski,Vidal (Kroos is very good tbf) Leo Messi (Argentina): Suarez, Iniesta, Neymar Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal): Modric, Ramos, Marcelo Dani Alves: Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo 9:03PM Cristiano Ronaldo meeting Maradona Credit: AFP   9:01PM A way to make Kasabian acceptable If they had played this:  Everything would be OK. Ronaldo is off to listen to this in the back of a giant limousine. 8:59PM Is this better than a Ballon d'Or? Is it the same? Does anyone know for sure what really counts as the actual award these days? 8:58PM Cristiano Ronaldo says "I want to mention Leo and Neymar to be here. Real Madrid supporters, my teammates, my coach, they support all the year so I have to say thank you to them.  "I'm really glad. This is a great moment for me. I know I have fans all over the world so thank you for the support. I appreciate that. "And I think I say everything. It's great to be here around these great players, this amazing player and I'm so happy guys. Thank you everybody and good night." 8:55PM CRISTIANO RONALDO WINS! Credit: FIFA He is the Best FIFA Men's Player! Credit: AFP   8:54PM The nominees   8:53PM Maradona's not quite on the ball Credit: FIFA He tries to open the envelope and reveal the winner before they've shown the video. Ronaldo gives him a nudge and tells him there's a video.  "Aaaaaaaaah!" he says. 8:51PM Ronaldo and Diego Maradona to present Best Men's Award That's a fairly decent attacking duo. 8:51PM Lieke Martens wins Best FIFA Women's Player! Martens was of course hugely influential in Holland's Euro 2017 win. "My dad and mum, this one is for you!" she says in her acceptance speech, also from yesterday because she is doing real football work instead of larking about in London. 8:49PM Best Women's Player Award It's the penultimate award of the evening. Hidetoshi Nakata - who looks cool - and Celia Sasic, who played for Germany, are here to present.  Deyna Castellanos, Carli Lloyd and Lieke Martens, who is ridiculously good, and my pick for the prize.  8:46PM The best team in the world!   8:45PM Music is subjective If you happen to love Kasabian, that's absolutely fine, by the way. I like a lot of music that many, many people do not, for instance. And I've never written a song that's gotten close to selling many millions of copies either. Though did once get a two out of five review in The List for an album. But those were younger days. 8:43PM They should make a band out of footballers What is the need for Kasabian here? Get Petr Cech on drums, Alexis Sanchez on piano, Gary Neville on guitar and... I dunno. Literally anyone singing. Patrice Evra on vocals. And they have to play 'Africa' by Toto because that song is ace. 8:41PM Oh the banter How long did it take Neymar to get ready? 20 minutes apparently. "I don't believe a word of it!" says the presenter. Dani Alves took less time. Just look how delighted Messi is to be involved with this. The greatest player of all time, forced to respond to jokes in a foreign language. And even worse, now he has to listen to Kasabian. Imagine. You're made to do go on international television, barely understand what's happening and are asked questions about doing your hair. And then Kasabian. 8:38PM Ronaldo's catchphrase for tonight "Talent without work is nothing." 8:37PM Bonucci is sat next to Dani Alves You may or may not be aware that Leonardo Bonucci and Dani Alves played alongside each other in the Champions League final against Real Madrid. There are rumours there may have been some sort of disagreement in the dressing room during that match... but now they are sitting next to each other and very friendly. 8:34PM Ronaldo on his team achievement Credit: EPA "Great achievement. I feel so proud, it takes many hours of work and dedication. To be on this stage 11 times it's a lot. Thank you to people who are voting me." 8:33PM World XI go offstage the wrong way They need a manager. 8:33PM This means nothing People who play Ultimate Team are probably pretty pumped about this FIFA dream team. If you save all your money up, you never know, you might find one of these guys in a pack for FIFA 18. SPEND YOUR MONEY! Or, you can have fun and play Pro Evo. It's really great this year.  8:28PM Best team in the world Here we go. David Suazo (he's from Honduras and used to play for Inter Milan) and Frank Lampard (come on) present the award. Credit: AFP In goal, it's Gigi Buffon. Right-back Dani Alves. Left-back Marcelo. Centre-back Sergio Ramos. Centre-back Leonardo Bonucci. Centre-midfield Luka Modric. Centre-midfield Toni Kroos. Centre-midfield Andre Iniesta (I love Iniesta but...) Right forward Lionel Messi Left forward Neymar Credit: AFP Striker Cristiano Ronaldo That's a 4-3-3 then. Solid. Not bad. 8:20PM Sarina Wiegman wins Best FIFA Women's Coach Wiegman led Holland to win Euro 2017 and had them playing some really entertaining football along the way. A deserved winner, just like all the other ones. She can't be there tonight to accept her award because she's doing actual football work, preparing for a World Cup qualifier, rather than sitting around the Paladium schmoozing.  Here is the Holland squad celebrating when they found out on Sunday: Beste coach van de wereld! Gefeliciteerd Sarina!!! pic.twitter.com/xHP5cM5rvR— OranjeLeeuwinnen (@oranjevrouwen) October 23, 2017   8:18PM Best FIFA Women's Coach Award Arsenal captain Alex Scott and Ruud Gullit present this one. There's some glorious rehearsed banter: Credit: PA Gullit: "Dutch women's football is at the very top of its game." Scott: "And the men?" Gullit: "Uuuh can we continue please?" Nils Nielsen, Gerard Precheur, Sarina Wiegman are the nominees.  And the winner is... 8:14PM And now a video of Pele Because it's his birthday, obviously. 8:14PM Best FIFA Fans Award winner is... Celtic They were the first British club to win the European Cup, and now they're the first to win the FIFA fans award. Will it occupy the same bit of that rather large trophy cabinet? Perhaps not, but a lovely gesture all the same.  Chairman of Celtic, Ian Bankier  Credit: AFP   8:12PM Elba presents the fans award while pretending to be cold He's dressed as an Arsenal fan, standing in the royal circle, or stalls... I'm not a theatre guy, sorry. But it's the bit where Statler and Waldorf  (the two grumpy old men from the Muppets) go. Credit: GETTY IMAGES Sammy Eto'o is now here to present The FIFA Fan Award, which almost certainly comes from a good place, but feels a little disingenuous. Mostly because it's FIFA. Let's all think of the fans, the millionaires say.  And the winner is... 8:05PM Buffon says Buffon and Schmeichel are delighted to welcome their new child into the world "I want to try to speak (in English)!" "For me, I am very happy because it is a great honour to receive this award... at my age. I'm proud of it but I want to say thanks to my club, my coach, my teammates because they help me to make it possible and I want to say thanks to all the person (sic) who voted for me and I think the last year has been a fantastic season for Juventus, and a personal season. It wasn't enough to win in Europe and for this year I hope that we can to play better and with the national team and Juventus because I will like to finish with the soccer with a fantastic victory." Has Buffon just confirmed that he's going to retire at the end of the season? 8:02PM The Best FIFA goalkeeper is Gigi Buffon! Deserved! What a man, what a player! Buffon has beaten Manuel Neuer and Keylor Navas to be crowned the world's best goalkeeper. 8:01PM Olivier Giroud collecting his award Credit: FIFA   8:00PM Zinedine Zidane wins best FIFA football coach award "Sorry, my English is very bad".  And then he speaks in French, which unfortunately is not something I know well enough to translate for you. I apologise. Credit: FIFA   7:55PM The best FIFA football coach award It's a choice between Antonio Conte, who won the Premier League with a Chelsea side who probably shouldn't have won and inspired the world to play 3-4-3. Massimiliano Allegri, another Italian, who did rather well with Juventus, winning Serie A again. And Zinedine Zidane, who won La Liga and the Champions League... again. And it's Zizou! 7:54PM Idris Elba taking a selfie with Neymar Credit: REUTERS If this wasn't scripted, it is an absolutely superb bit of brand management by Elba. They're going to know who he is tomorrow!  7:52PM Olivier Giroud wins the Puskas Award Some people are trying to sing the 'Hey Jude' Giroud song. "I am delighted to receive this trophy in front of legends of football and would like to thank people who voted for me. I would like to congratulate the other nominees who scored amazing goals too and I would like to thank my teammates, without them I couldn't score maybe this goal. And also my family."  He's quite emotional.  "I would like to dedicate this trophy to my dad". 7:50PM The winner is... Credit: FIFA  OLIVIER GIROUD! 7:48PM Puskas Award part 2 Conte is forced to speak on the microphone and even in front of an enormous hall of people, goes to his quiet pre-match interview voice. It's quite funny. Conte's favourite is Giroud's, and SO IS NEYMAR!  And Leo Messi - the greatest player ever, of all time - is diplomatic and doesn't give one choice.  Ronaldo does the same thing: "it's hard to choose one goal".  And to present the award will be Catherine Zeta-Jones and Diego Forlan.  7:45PM Puskas Award for best goal After showing this video: They interview Harry Kane. The crowd boos (because a large portion of them seem to be Arsenal fans). Maybe not actually, now Frank Lampard is in the spotlight and he gets a round of applause. Lampard says his favourite goal is Giroud's, Kane says it's the South African goalkeeper's. He has to say that though. The repercussions for supporting something Arsenal are just too high. Schmeichel agrees with Mr Lampard. 7:40PM Elba is doing selfies Credit: AFP Tonight's host is wandering around the front row getting selfies with Neymar, Messi and Ronaldo, doing some jokes. Then he goes to Olivier Giroud. It's good to see that even in awards ceremonies, Giroud still has to come off the bench to be involved.  7:38PM Idris Elba going for the jokes Solid opening. The setup references that this is an international broadcast, so if you're from South America, 'como estas'. If you're from China, 'ni hao' (sp) and if you're from Hackney, "alright bruv".   7:36PM But first, it's Stomp! I'm doing this face. Some people are bashing bins around on the stage as they show highlights of... some football. You can't see what football because there are people bashing bins around on stage. Now they're bouncing footballs. Diego Maradona looks fairly unimpressed.  But they've timed one of the bits to coincide with the ball hitting the back of the net and a scream of "GOAL!" which is quite nice. And now they're replicating acrobatic soccer skills and celebrations. The crowd goes mildly wild and politely applauds. Cue Martin Tyler: "I swear you'll never see anything like this ever again!" 7:32PM Idris Elba is here Star of The Wire, the US Office and those Sky Movies adverts, here comes Idris Elba wearing a really nice tuxedo. James Bond wears a tuxedo. It's an audition! 7:29PM Ronaldo seems confident Credit: AFP I think they've lined up this so it's Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo, which isn't the order I'd have them in. Surely Ronaldo plays through the middle of a front three? 7:27PM Confirmation: Ronaldo and Messi are football friends Credit: AP   7:26PM Here's the guy who really wants you to know he's here Credit: AFP Yaaaaaay it's... that guy. Gianni Infantino, the newest president of FIFA, is shaking hands and being friendly to people.   7:23PM Ronaldo is here!  Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez Credit: GETTY IMAGES Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez are here and have done the walk along the... green carpet. I've just thought of a way they can decide who actually wins the top prize between this guy, Messi and Neymar. Stay with me... Penalty shootout. And like in Game of Thrones, they can all choose a person to stand in for them as goalkeeper. Seaman is there, Schmeichel and Buffon too. And that's it.  7:22PM Claudio Ranieri Credit: FIFA  Doing a fine job at Nantes just now, grabbing those 1-0 wins to help them climb the table. Everyone likes Ranieri. 7:19PM Antonio Conte says "I think that it's very important to stay here and fight for this award. It is amazing with Real Madrid, they won the Champions League and the league but it is amazing for me to stay here and to fight for this award." God I hope he means that literally. Can you imagine? Conte windmilling his way through the main hall, battering Peter Schmeichel and Luka Modric in a whirlwind of fury. 7:17PM Dream strike partnernship Credit: AP These two would destroy worlds.  7:15PM I just want someone to love me as much as Marcelo loves this woman Credit: GETTY IMAGES Can you feel it? Light beams of warmth coming out of his eyes. 7:11PM Dani Alves has come dressed as a futuristic pirate Credit: REUTERS "STOP RIGHT THERE! SPACE POLICE! Agent Daniel Alves and you've got a loooooooot of talking to do, punk." 7:09PM Harry Kane and Katie Goodland There he is! Harry gives a little bit to the presenters about how nice it is to be invited. He's so nice. "It makes me feel very proud. For me it’s about improving every year. Messi, Ronaldo set the standard for all of us so just to get up there and be involved is fantastic. The stadium, the atmosphere (at Real Madrid) was amazing. To get a result… I'm very proud." 7:06PM What would you rather win? This is a great question. Kay Murray (I think) essentially asks Gigi Buffon whether he is happy having won the World Cup and not the Champions League. Which would you rather win? If you were a player. Not as a fan. It's difficult isn't it? On the one hand, Scotland winning the World Cup would be amazing BUT I'm leaning towards Aberdeen being crowned European champions. 6:59PM Photos of Messi at the Best FIFA Awards Leo Messi and wife Antonella Credit: AP Credit: PA   6:58PM All the stars are here! Credit: OA  That's Marcelo, here's David Trezeguet: Credit: FIFA And here's Philip Schofield: Credit: PA If you aren't from the UK, you might not know who this man is so let's try and explain. Philip Schofield, or Scholey F as he likes to be known, is a giant of British television. He's perhaps the nicest man alive to also be a TV presenter and used to best friends with a gopher, the whereabouts of which are unknown. What happened to that gopher, you ask? Nobody is sure. All we know for certain is that until its lifeless body is discovered washed up on that little beach next to the South Bank on the Thames, we must assume it is alive.  6:52PM No questions for Messi The FIFA TV presenters have been told they are not allowed to ask Leo Messi any questions - not even in Spanish. What kind of world is this? We're all just waiting to hear what the great man will say about tonight's event and have been denied. We'll never know how he's looking forward to it, and may the best man win, and that London is very nice and that he's glad he's scored today but more pleased that the team got three points, and they just have to go again in the next game. In Spanish. But no! 6:47PM Leo Messi is here *high pitch scream* ARRRRHRHGGHHGHGHGHGHGHGH. And I can confirm he is wearing a normal suit. Nothing shiny and no LED lights. Disappointing. 6:47PM Frank Lampard is here "(Real Madrid) are going down as one of the best club teams in history. " I agree Frank. They're really good. "(Conte's) in the running (for best manager). He's done an unbelievable job at Chelsea" 6:45PM Messi looks terrified in his press photo shoot Credit: FIFA There are a few promo shoots featuring the key players. Messi is trying to look cool but is also wearing a hoody and sadly, that is almost impossible to do.  Credit: FIFA   6:39PM PHILIP SCHOFIELD IS HERE Oh now this is kicking off. "Oldham fan. My Granddad used to play pies at the ground as a lad. I was a constant disappointment for him because we (his brother) were rubbish. I just lacked the sporting mind, I think. I kick a ball around the garden with my nephews. I was asked all the way down Ronaldo or Messi... it's a tricky one. "Messi." There you have it. Philip Schofield believes Messi will win. Why do they need this event now? It's done, people! 6:37PM Patrick Kluivert is tonight's magician Credit: FIFA It's either that, or Kluivert's album cover has been leaked onto the picture database I'm currently enjoying. I think this one would be called "Still Crazy" or "These Nights".   Like that. Available on iTunes, but don't bother. You can stream it for free and it's not all that. 6:32PM Down with this sort of thing Credit: PA M8, mate, maaaaaaaaate what a fantastic shirt. Oooooooh that'll really stick it to them. Look what it says "for crying out loud" and oh my word, it's hand drawn! This is rock and roll. There is NOTHING more rock n roll than attending the overly elaborate celebration of individuals in a team sport governed by a disgraced international body than wearing a shirt with WRITING ON IT. Well done Kasabian, you truly represent all that is cool about football. 6:30PM MICHAEL DOUGLAS SUPPORTS SWANSEA Catherine Zeta-Jones says:  "My husband... Michael Douglas is a Swansea City fan." Confirmation there from Zeta-Jones, who claims to have supported Swansea since before they were back in the Premier League, as though that makes her cool or something. Alright, Catherine. Chill out.  Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I don't watch movies, I watch sport," she says. And that is because she doesn't know how sport is going to end. Imagine then, if you will, a Liverpool vs Newcastle match directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The twist - and there is a twist - is that Stan Collymore was the mascot the whole time. And the mascot is the Queen. And the Queen scores the winning goal, liberating a fictional country which is supposed to be from somewhere near Afghanistan. 6:26PM All the stars are here Credit: PA It's not a long trek for Granit Xhaka to be here as the awards are being held in London.  Credit: PA And here's star Valencia right-back Eamonn Holmes, who has flown in to hang out with all his La Liga pals like... Sergio Ramos, who will probably be here at some point. Credit: EPA That's why he was in London. Maradona is on his best behaviour and looking very nice, but as yet hasn't dribbled past a single person on the red carpet. 6:21PM Welcome! HELLO EVERYONE! Welcome to this most exciting of events. It's like the Oscars... but with David Seaman! Credit: PA  Seaman won't be winning any awards tonight, especially since he doesn't have a moustache anymore, and instead must watch as the likes of Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar sit on some expensive chairs and feign being incredibly pleased that one of the other two has won the Best Best FIFA Best Best Football Player Man Award. There are other awards too. Who will win them? Let's find out together. 6:15PM What's all this then? It's the 2017 Best Fifa Football Awards, the second to be held, where - among other awards - world player of the year is crowned. The breakaway event was started after Fifa's Ballon d'Or partnership with France Football ended. The Ballon d'Or is still awarded by the publication each year, while Fifa hands out its own awards in tonight's event. When is it? It's on Monday October 23 - ie today. What time does the event start? It's a 7.30pm BST start at the London Palladium. What TV channel is it on? You can watch the event, hosted by Idris Elba, on Fifa's YouTube channel. Alternatively, you can follow the event as it happens right here, or catch the highlights on ITV at 10.45pm. Ronaldo with last year's award and Sir Alex Ferguson Credit: Getty Images Which awards are up for grabs, and who is shortlisted? The Best Fifa Men's Player Three players have been nominated for the award from an initial shortlist of 24. Last year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo, has scored 45 goals in 48 appearances this calendar year, including 34 goals for club and 11 for country. These incredible individual statistics are bolstered by Ronaldo winning the Champions League and La Liga in the 2016/17 campaign. Lionel Messi is another unsurprising feature within the best player award, with 49 goals and 11 assists in 50 appearances in 2017. The most expensive player in the world, Neymar is the outside bet to be crowned the greatest footballer on earth. The Best Fifa football coach award The best coach award is separated into male and female categories.  Juventus boss, Massimiliano Allegri, after winning the league and Coppa Italia last season. Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, who in his first season in English football won the Premier League, setting a new record along the way achieving 30 wins in a single season. Finally Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane makes the list after winning the Champions League and Los Blancos' first league title for five years. In the women's section, the the top three comprise of Denmark’s manager Nils Nielsen, who guided her side to the final against Holland in this year European Championships. Lyon coach Gerard Precheur is nominated after winning the Champions League, the French League Cup and the French Cup, while Sarina Wiegman also features after leading Holland to the 2017 European championships.  The Best FIFA goalkeeper award Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus is nominated, having gone 600 minutes without conceding in the Champions League, while Keylor Navas of Real Madrid won his second consecutive Champions League along with a La Liga title. Manuel Neuer makes up the three-man short list. The Puskas Award The Puskas award is for the best goal of the year. This year the three finalists include Deyna Castellanos of Venezuela women's side, Olivier Giroud for his goal for Arsenal, below, and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. The Best Fifa Fan award Borussia Dortmund make the final three after supporters came together to offer shelter to Monaco fans displaced by their Champions League match being rescheduled after a bomb attack on the Dortmund team bus.  Celtic are included through their final match of the league season which coincided with the 50th anniversary of winning the European Cup in 1967, which made them the first British club to lift the prestigious trophy. The Celtic fans honoured the team, known as the "Lisbon Lions", with a stunning full 360-degree card display around Celtic Park. FC Copenhagen were also nominated after winning the league in their final game against Brondby, when players handed the trophy to the fans, who then passed the trophy along to a wheelchair-bound supporter and lifted him in the air. Awards night preview: Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to retain his crown as FIFA men's player of the year in London on Monday night. The Real Madrid and Portugal superstar is up against Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Paris St Germain's Neymar for the award he won last year. The ceremony, which takes place at the London Palladium, is the second since the FIFA award split from France Football's Ballon d'Or prize. Ronaldo has scored 44 goals for club and country so far in 2017 and scored twice in the Champions League final in June, as Real won the competition for a record-extending 12th time. Messi has hit 50 goals for Barca and Argentina while Neymar, the world's most expensive player after he left Barcelona for PSG in the summer, has 25 goals to his name for Barca, PSG and Brazil. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is in the running for the top men's coach award along with Ronaldo's boss at Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, and Juventus chief Massimiliano Allegri. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud's 'scorpion kick' volley against Crystal Palace in January has been nominated for the Puskas Award for best goal. The 31-year-old's effort has been shortlisted along with goals from Venezuela's Deyna Castellanos and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. Castellanos is also nominated for the women's player of the year award alongside last year's winner Carli Lloyd of the United States and Holland's Lieke Martens. The winners are decided by a jury of club and international coaches, media representatives and fans. PA  

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Fifa player of the year award in London

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Best Fifa Men's Player Lieke Martens wins Best Fifa Women's Player Fifa XI is: Buffon; Marcelo, Bonucci, Ramos, Alves; Iniesta, Modric, Kroos; Neymar, Ronaldo, Messi Celtic win Fifa Fans Award Sarina Wiegman wins Best Fifa Women's Coach Zinedine Zidane wins Best Male Coach Gigi Buffon wins Best Goalkeeper  Olivier Giroud wins Puskas Award for best goal By PA: Real Madrid's Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo was crowned the best soccer player in the world for the second year running at Fifa's The Best awards gala on Monday. The four-time Ballon d'Or winner won a La Liga and Champions League double with the Madrid club this year, striking twice against Juventus in the European Cup final to help Real become the first team to retain the trophy in its current format. 'I'm 32 and I'm the best player in the world', Ronaldo reflects on winning award 00:39 Barcelona's Argentina forward Lionel Messi, who has won the Ballon d'or five times, and Paris St Germain's Brazil forward Neymar were runners up for the award voted for by national team coaches and captains plus the media and fans. The Best Fifa Men's Player award and the Ballon d'or, which is voted for only by the media, are now separate awards. Real Madrid's French coach Zinedine Zidane won the manager of the year trophy for his part in the club's success. Zidane was awarded Best Men's Coach Credit: FIFA Five Real players were named in the best XI of the year, with Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos joining Ronaldo, while Messi, Neymar, Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Dani Alves (PSG), Leonardo Bonucci (AC Milan) and Andres Iniesta (Barcelona) were also selected. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud won the Puskas Award for the best goal of the year, which was the Frenchman's scorpion kick against Crystal Palace, and Buffon was declared best goalkeeper. Holland's Lieke Martens won best female player of the year, while the Dutch women's national team coach Sarina Weigman was voted best manager after the team's triumph at Euro 2017. 9:33PM Who voted for Harry Kane? British Virgin Islands, France, Montserrat (who voted Suarez, Kane, Kante just to be different), Bahamas, Wales, Cambodia and Vanuatu.  Of course. The nation of Vanuatu. If anyone reading this is from Vanuatu, hello! 9:28PM How the international captains voted Here's the interesting bit... how footballers actually voted. Jordan Henderson (England): Ronaldo, Messi, Suarez. Huge Lloris (France): Ronaldo, Ramos, Kane. Manuel Neuer (Germany): Kroos, Lewandowski,Vidal (Kroos is very good tbf) Leo Messi (Argentina): Suarez, Iniesta, Neymar Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal): Modric, Ramos, Marcelo Dani Alves: Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo 9:03PM Cristiano Ronaldo meeting Maradona Credit: AFP   9:01PM A way to make Kasabian acceptable If they had played this:  Everything would be OK. Ronaldo is off to listen to this in the back of a giant limousine. 8:59PM Is this better than a Ballon d'Or? Is it the same? Does anyone know for sure what really counts as the actual award these days? 8:58PM Cristiano Ronaldo says "I want to mention Leo and Neymar to be here. Real Madrid supporters, my teammates, my coach, they support all the year so I have to say thank you to them.  "I'm really glad. This is a great moment for me. I know I have fans all over the world so thank you for the support. I appreciate that. "And I think I say everything. It's great to be here around these great players, this amazing player and I'm so happy guys. Thank you everybody and good night." 8:55PM CRISTIANO RONALDO WINS! Credit: FIFA He is the Best FIFA Men's Player! Credit: AFP   8:54PM The nominees   8:53PM Maradona's not quite on the ball Credit: FIFA He tries to open the envelope and reveal the winner before they've shown the video. Ronaldo gives him a nudge and tells him there's a video.  "Aaaaaaaaah!" he says. 8:51PM Ronaldo and Diego Maradona to present Best Men's Award That's a fairly decent attacking duo. 8:51PM Lieke Martens wins Best FIFA Women's Player! Martens was of course hugely influential in Holland's Euro 2017 win. "My dad and mum, this one is for you!" she says in her acceptance speech, also from yesterday because she is doing real football work instead of larking about in London. 8:49PM Best Women's Player Award It's the penultimate award of the evening. Hidetoshi Nakata - who looks cool - and Celia Sasic, who played for Germany, are here to present.  Deyna Castellanos, Carli Lloyd and Lieke Martens, who is ridiculously good, and my pick for the prize.  8:46PM The best team in the world!   8:45PM Music is subjective If you happen to love Kasabian, that's absolutely fine, by the way. I like a lot of music that many, many people do not, for instance. And I've never written a song that's gotten close to selling many millions of copies either. Though did once get a two out of five review in The List for an album. But those were younger days. 8:43PM They should make a band out of footballers What is the need for Kasabian here? Get Petr Cech on drums, Alexis Sanchez on piano, Gary Neville on guitar and... I dunno. Literally anyone singing. Patrice Evra on vocals. And they have to play 'Africa' by Toto because that song is ace. 8:41PM Oh the banter How long did it take Neymar to get ready? 20 minutes apparently. "I don't believe a word of it!" says the presenter. Dani Alves took less time. Just look how delighted Messi is to be involved with this. The greatest player of all time, forced to respond to jokes in a foreign language. And even worse, now he has to listen to Kasabian. Imagine. You're made to do go on international television, barely understand what's happening and are asked questions about doing your hair. And then Kasabian. 8:38PM Ronaldo's catchphrase for tonight "Talent without work is nothing." 8:37PM Bonucci is sat next to Dani Alves You may or may not be aware that Leonardo Bonucci and Dani Alves played alongside each other in the Champions League final against Real Madrid. There are rumours there may have been some sort of disagreement in the dressing room during that match... but now they are sitting next to each other and very friendly. 8:34PM Ronaldo on his team achievement Credit: EPA "Great achievement. I feel so proud, it takes many hours of work and dedication. To be on this stage 11 times it's a lot. Thank you to people who are voting me." 8:33PM World XI go offstage the wrong way They need a manager. 8:33PM This means nothing People who play Ultimate Team are probably pretty pumped about this FIFA dream team. If you save all your money up, you never know, you might find one of these guys in a pack for FIFA 18. SPEND YOUR MONEY! Or, you can have fun and play Pro Evo. It's really great this year.  8:28PM Best team in the world Here we go. David Suazo (he's from Honduras and used to play for Inter Milan) and Frank Lampard (come on) present the award. Credit: AFP In goal, it's Gigi Buffon. Right-back Dani Alves. Left-back Marcelo. Centre-back Sergio Ramos. Centre-back Leonardo Bonucci. Centre-midfield Luka Modric. Centre-midfield Toni Kroos. Centre-midfield Andre Iniesta (I love Iniesta but...) Right forward Lionel Messi Left forward Neymar Credit: AFP Striker Cristiano Ronaldo That's a 4-3-3 then. Solid. Not bad. 8:20PM Sarina Wiegman wins Best FIFA Women's Coach Wiegman led Holland to win Euro 2017 and had them playing some really entertaining football along the way. A deserved winner, just like all the other ones. She can't be there tonight to accept her award because she's doing actual football work, preparing for a World Cup qualifier, rather than sitting around the Paladium schmoozing.  Here is the Holland squad celebrating when they found out on Sunday: Beste coach van de wereld! Gefeliciteerd Sarina!!! pic.twitter.com/xHP5cM5rvR— OranjeLeeuwinnen (@oranjevrouwen) October 23, 2017   8:18PM Best FIFA Women's Coach Award Arsenal captain Alex Scott and Ruud Gullit present this one. There's some glorious rehearsed banter: Credit: PA Gullit: "Dutch women's football is at the very top of its game." Scott: "And the men?" Gullit: "Uuuh can we continue please?" Nils Nielsen, Gerard Precheur, Sarina Wiegman are the nominees.  And the winner is... 8:14PM And now a video of Pele Because it's his birthday, obviously. 8:14PM Best FIFA Fans Award winner is... Celtic They were the first British club to win the European Cup, and now they're the first to win the FIFA fans award. Will it occupy the same bit of that rather large trophy cabinet? Perhaps not, but a lovely gesture all the same.  Chairman of Celtic, Ian Bankier  Credit: AFP   8:12PM Elba presents the fans award while pretending to be cold He's dressed as an Arsenal fan, standing in the royal circle, or stalls... I'm not a theatre guy, sorry. But it's the bit where Statler and Waldorf  (the two grumpy old men from the Muppets) go. Credit: GETTY IMAGES Sammy Eto'o is now here to present The FIFA Fan Award, which almost certainly comes from a good place, but feels a little disingenuous. Mostly because it's FIFA. Let's all think of the fans, the millionaires say.  And the winner is... 8:05PM Buffon says Buffon and Schmeichel are delighted to welcome their new child into the world "I want to try to speak (in English)!" "For me, I am very happy because it is a great honour to receive this award... at my age. I'm proud of it but I want to say thanks to my club, my coach, my teammates because they help me to make it possible and I want to say thanks to all the person (sic) who voted for me and I think the last year has been a fantastic season for Juventus, and a personal season. It wasn't enough to win in Europe and for this year I hope that we can to play better and with the national team and Juventus because I will like to finish with the soccer with a fantastic victory." Has Buffon just confirmed that he's going to retire at the end of the season? 8:02PM The Best FIFA goalkeeper is Gigi Buffon! Deserved! What a man, what a player! Buffon has beaten Manuel Neuer and Keylor Navas to be crowned the world's best goalkeeper. 8:01PM Olivier Giroud collecting his award Credit: FIFA   8:00PM Zinedine Zidane wins best FIFA football coach award "Sorry, my English is very bad".  And then he speaks in French, which unfortunately is not something I know well enough to translate for you. I apologise. Credit: FIFA   7:55PM The best FIFA football coach award It's a choice between Antonio Conte, who won the Premier League with a Chelsea side who probably shouldn't have won and inspired the world to play 3-4-3. Massimiliano Allegri, another Italian, who did rather well with Juventus, winning Serie A again. And Zinedine Zidane, who won La Liga and the Champions League... again. And it's Zizou! 7:54PM Idris Elba taking a selfie with Neymar Credit: REUTERS If this wasn't scripted, it is an absolutely superb bit of brand management by Elba. They're going to know who he is tomorrow!  7:52PM Olivier Giroud wins the Puskas Award Some people are trying to sing the 'Hey Jude' Giroud song. "I am delighted to receive this trophy in front of legends of football and would like to thank people who voted for me. I would like to congratulate the other nominees who scored amazing goals too and I would like to thank my teammates, without them I couldn't score maybe this goal. And also my family."  He's quite emotional.  "I would like to dedicate this trophy to my dad". 7:50PM The winner is... Credit: FIFA  OLIVIER GIROUD! 7:48PM Puskas Award part 2 Conte is forced to speak on the microphone and even in front of an enormous hall of people, goes to his quiet pre-match interview voice. It's quite funny. Conte's favourite is Giroud's, and SO IS NEYMAR!  And Leo Messi - the greatest player ever, of all time - is diplomatic and doesn't give one choice.  Ronaldo does the same thing: "it's hard to choose one goal".  And to present the award will be Catherine Zeta-Jones and Diego Forlan.  7:45PM Puskas Award for best goal After showing this video: They interview Harry Kane. The crowd boos (because a large portion of them seem to be Arsenal fans). Maybe not actually, now Frank Lampard is in the spotlight and he gets a round of applause. Lampard says his favourite goal is Giroud's, Kane says it's the South African goalkeeper's. He has to say that though. The repercussions for supporting something Arsenal are just too high. Schmeichel agrees with Mr Lampard. 7:40PM Elba is doing selfies Credit: AFP Tonight's host is wandering around the front row getting selfies with Neymar, Messi and Ronaldo, doing some jokes. Then he goes to Olivier Giroud. It's good to see that even in awards ceremonies, Giroud still has to come off the bench to be involved.  7:38PM Idris Elba going for the jokes Solid opening. The setup references that this is an international broadcast, so if you're from South America, 'como estas'. If you're from China, 'ni hao' (sp) and if you're from Hackney, "alright bruv".   7:36PM But first, it's Stomp! I'm doing this face. Some people are bashing bins around on the stage as they show highlights of... some football. You can't see what football because there are people bashing bins around on stage. Now they're bouncing footballs. Diego Maradona looks fairly unimpressed.  But they've timed one of the bits to coincide with the ball hitting the back of the net and a scream of "GOAL!" which is quite nice. And now they're replicating acrobatic soccer skills and celebrations. The crowd goes mildly wild and politely applauds. Cue Martin Tyler: "I swear you'll never see anything like this ever again!" 7:32PM Idris Elba is here Star of The Wire, the US Office and those Sky Movies adverts, here comes Idris Elba wearing a really nice tuxedo. James Bond wears a tuxedo. It's an audition! 7:29PM Ronaldo seems confident Credit: AFP I think they've lined up this so it's Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo, which isn't the order I'd have them in. Surely Ronaldo plays through the middle of a front three? 7:27PM Confirmation: Ronaldo and Messi are football friends Credit: AP   7:26PM Here's the guy who really wants you to know he's here Credit: AFP Yaaaaaay it's... that guy. Gianni Infantino, the newest president of FIFA, is shaking hands and being friendly to people.   7:23PM Ronaldo is here!  Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez Credit: GETTY IMAGES Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez are here and have done the walk along the... green carpet. I've just thought of a way they can decide who actually wins the top prize between this guy, Messi and Neymar. Stay with me... Penalty shootout. And like in Game of Thrones, they can all choose a person to stand in for them as goalkeeper. Seaman is there, Schmeichel and Buffon too. And that's it.  7:22PM Claudio Ranieri Credit: FIFA  Doing a fine job at Nantes just now, grabbing those 1-0 wins to help them climb the table. Everyone likes Ranieri. 7:19PM Antonio Conte says "I think that it's very important to stay here and fight for this award. It is amazing with Real Madrid, they won the Champions League and the league but it is amazing for me to stay here and to fight for this award." God I hope he means that literally. Can you imagine? Conte windmilling his way through the main hall, battering Peter Schmeichel and Luka Modric in a whirlwind of fury. 7:17PM Dream strike partnernship Credit: AP These two would destroy worlds.  7:15PM I just want someone to love me as much as Marcelo loves this woman Credit: GETTY IMAGES Can you feel it? Light beams of warmth coming out of his eyes. 7:11PM Dani Alves has come dressed as a futuristic pirate Credit: REUTERS "STOP RIGHT THERE! SPACE POLICE! Agent Daniel Alves and you've got a loooooooot of talking to do, punk." 7:09PM Harry Kane and Katie Goodland There he is! Harry gives a little bit to the presenters about how nice it is to be invited. He's so nice. "It makes me feel very proud. For me it’s about improving every year. Messi, Ronaldo set the standard for all of us so just to get up there and be involved is fantastic. The stadium, the atmosphere (at Real Madrid) was amazing. To get a result… I'm very proud." 7:06PM What would you rather win? This is a great question. Kay Murray (I think) essentially asks Gigi Buffon whether he is happy having won the World Cup and not the Champions League. Which would you rather win? If you were a player. Not as a fan. It's difficult isn't it? On the one hand, Scotland winning the World Cup would be amazing BUT I'm leaning towards Aberdeen being crowned European champions. 6:59PM Photos of Messi at the Best FIFA Awards Leo Messi and wife Antonella Credit: AP Credit: PA   6:58PM All the stars are here! Credit: OA  That's Marcelo, here's David Trezeguet: Credit: FIFA And here's Philip Schofield: Credit: PA If you aren't from the UK, you might not know who this man is so let's try and explain. Philip Schofield, or Scholey F as he likes to be known, is a giant of British television. He's perhaps the nicest man alive to also be a TV presenter and used to best friends with a gopher, the whereabouts of which are unknown. What happened to that gopher, you ask? Nobody is sure. All we know for certain is that until its lifeless body is discovered washed up on that little beach next to the South Bank on the Thames, we must assume it is alive.  6:52PM No questions for Messi The FIFA TV presenters have been told they are not allowed to ask Leo Messi any questions - not even in Spanish. What kind of world is this? We're all just waiting to hear what the great man will say about tonight's event and have been denied. We'll never know how he's looking forward to it, and may the best man win, and that London is very nice and that he's glad he's scored today but more pleased that the team got three points, and they just have to go again in the next game. In Spanish. But no! 6:47PM Leo Messi is here *high pitch scream* ARRRRHRHGGHHGHGHGHGHGHGH. And I can confirm he is wearing a normal suit. Nothing shiny and no LED lights. Disappointing. 6:47PM Frank Lampard is here "(Real Madrid) are going down as one of the best club teams in history. " I agree Frank. They're really good. "(Conte's) in the running (for best manager). He's done an unbelievable job at Chelsea" 6:45PM Messi looks terrified in his press photo shoot Credit: FIFA There are a few promo shoots featuring the key players. Messi is trying to look cool but is also wearing a hoody and sadly, that is almost impossible to do.  Credit: FIFA   6:39PM PHILIP SCHOFIELD IS HERE Oh now this is kicking off. "Oldham fan. My Granddad used to play pies at the ground as a lad. I was a constant disappointment for him because we (his brother) were rubbish. I just lacked the sporting mind, I think. I kick a ball around the garden with my nephews. I was asked all the way down Ronaldo or Messi... it's a tricky one. "Messi." There you have it. Philip Schofield believes Messi will win. Why do they need this event now? It's done, people! 6:37PM Patrick Kluivert is tonight's magician Credit: FIFA It's either that, or Kluivert's album cover has been leaked onto the picture database I'm currently enjoying. I think this one would be called "Still Crazy" or "These Nights".   Like that. Available on iTunes, but don't bother. You can stream it for free and it's not all that. 6:32PM Down with this sort of thing Credit: PA M8, mate, maaaaaaaaate what a fantastic shirt. Oooooooh that'll really stick it to them. Look what it says "for crying out loud" and oh my word, it's hand drawn! This is rock and roll. There is NOTHING more rock n roll than attending the overly elaborate celebration of individuals in a team sport governed by a disgraced international body than wearing a shirt with WRITING ON IT. Well done Kasabian, you truly represent all that is cool about football. 6:30PM MICHAEL DOUGLAS SUPPORTS SWANSEA Catherine Zeta-Jones says:  "My husband... Michael Douglas is a Swansea City fan." Confirmation there from Zeta-Jones, who claims to have supported Swansea since before they were back in the Premier League, as though that makes her cool or something. Alright, Catherine. Chill out.  Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I don't watch movies, I watch sport," she says. And that is because she doesn't know how sport is going to end. Imagine then, if you will, a Liverpool vs Newcastle match directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The twist - and there is a twist - is that Stan Collymore was the mascot the whole time. And the mascot is the Queen. And the Queen scores the winning goal, liberating a fictional country which is supposed to be from somewhere near Afghanistan. 6:26PM All the stars are here Credit: PA It's not a long trek for Granit Xhaka to be here as the awards are being held in London.  Credit: PA And here's star Valencia right-back Eamonn Holmes, who has flown in to hang out with all his La Liga pals like... Sergio Ramos, who will probably be here at some point. Credit: EPA That's why he was in London. Maradona is on his best behaviour and looking very nice, but as yet hasn't dribbled past a single person on the red carpet. 6:21PM Welcome! HELLO EVERYONE! Welcome to this most exciting of events. It's like the Oscars... but with David Seaman! Credit: PA  Seaman won't be winning any awards tonight, especially since he doesn't have a moustache anymore, and instead must watch as the likes of Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar sit on some expensive chairs and feign being incredibly pleased that one of the other two has won the Best Best FIFA Best Best Football Player Man Award. There are other awards too. Who will win them? Let's find out together. 6:15PM What's all this then? It's the 2017 Best Fifa Football Awards, the second to be held, where - among other awards - world player of the year is crowned. The breakaway event was started after Fifa's Ballon d'Or partnership with France Football ended. The Ballon d'Or is still awarded by the publication each year, while Fifa hands out its own awards in tonight's event. When is it? It's on Monday October 23 - ie today. What time does the event start? It's a 7.30pm BST start at the London Palladium. What TV channel is it on? You can watch the event, hosted by Idris Elba, on Fifa's YouTube channel. Alternatively, you can follow the event as it happens right here, or catch the highlights on ITV at 10.45pm. Ronaldo with last year's award and Sir Alex Ferguson Credit: Getty Images Which awards are up for grabs, and who is shortlisted? The Best Fifa Men's Player Three players have been nominated for the award from an initial shortlist of 24. Last year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo, has scored 45 goals in 48 appearances this calendar year, including 34 goals for club and 11 for country. These incredible individual statistics are bolstered by Ronaldo winning the Champions League and La Liga in the 2016/17 campaign. Lionel Messi is another unsurprising feature within the best player award, with 49 goals and 11 assists in 50 appearances in 2017. The most expensive player in the world, Neymar is the outside bet to be crowned the greatest footballer on earth. The Best Fifa football coach award The best coach award is separated into male and female categories.  Juventus boss, Massimiliano Allegri, after winning the league and Coppa Italia last season. Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, who in his first season in English football won the Premier League, setting a new record along the way achieving 30 wins in a single season. Finally Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane makes the list after winning the Champions League and Los Blancos' first league title for five years. In the women's section, the the top three comprise of Denmark’s manager Nils Nielsen, who guided her side to the final against Holland in this year European Championships. Lyon coach Gerard Precheur is nominated after winning the Champions League, the French League Cup and the French Cup, while Sarina Wiegman also features after leading Holland to the 2017 European championships.  The Best FIFA goalkeeper award Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus is nominated, having gone 600 minutes without conceding in the Champions League, while Keylor Navas of Real Madrid won his second consecutive Champions League along with a La Liga title. Manuel Neuer makes up the three-man short list. The Puskas Award The Puskas award is for the best goal of the year. This year the three finalists include Deyna Castellanos of Venezuela women's side, Olivier Giroud for his goal for Arsenal, below, and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. The Best Fifa Fan award Borussia Dortmund make the final three after supporters came together to offer shelter to Monaco fans displaced by their Champions League match being rescheduled after a bomb attack on the Dortmund team bus.  Celtic are included through their final match of the league season which coincided with the 50th anniversary of winning the European Cup in 1967, which made them the first British club to lift the prestigious trophy. The Celtic fans honoured the team, known as the "Lisbon Lions", with a stunning full 360-degree card display around Celtic Park. FC Copenhagen were also nominated after winning the league in their final game against Brondby, when players handed the trophy to the fans, who then passed the trophy along to a wheelchair-bound supporter and lifted him in the air. Awards night preview: Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to retain his crown as FIFA men's player of the year in London on Monday night. The Real Madrid and Portugal superstar is up against Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Paris St Germain's Neymar for the award he won last year. The ceremony, which takes place at the London Palladium, is the second since the FIFA award split from France Football's Ballon d'Or prize. Ronaldo has scored 44 goals for club and country so far in 2017 and scored twice in the Champions League final in June, as Real won the competition for a record-extending 12th time. Messi has hit 50 goals for Barca and Argentina while Neymar, the world's most expensive player after he left Barcelona for PSG in the summer, has 25 goals to his name for Barca, PSG and Brazil. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is in the running for the top men's coach award along with Ronaldo's boss at Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, and Juventus chief Massimiliano Allegri. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud's 'scorpion kick' volley against Crystal Palace in January has been nominated for the Puskas Award for best goal. The 31-year-old's effort has been shortlisted along with goals from Venezuela's Deyna Castellanos and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. Castellanos is also nominated for the women's player of the year award alongside last year's winner Carli Lloyd of the United States and Holland's Lieke Martens. The winners are decided by a jury of club and international coaches, media representatives and fans. PA  

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Fifa player of the year award in London

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Best Fifa Men's Player Lieke Martens wins Best Fifa Women's Player Fifa XI is: Buffon; Marcelo, Bonucci, Ramos, Alves; Iniesta, Modric, Kroos; Neymar, Ronaldo, Messi Celtic win Fifa Fans Award Sarina Wiegman wins Best Fifa Women's Coach Zinedine Zidane wins Best Male Coach Gigi Buffon wins Best Goalkeeper  Olivier Giroud wins Puskas Award for best goal By PA: Real Madrid's Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo was crowned the best soccer player in the world for the second year running at Fifa's The Best awards gala on Monday. The four-time Ballon d'Or winner won a La Liga and Champions League double with the Madrid club this year, striking twice against Juventus in the European Cup final to help Real become the first team to retain the trophy in its current format. 'I'm 32 and I'm the best player in the world', Ronaldo reflects on winning award 00:39 Barcelona's Argentina forward Lionel Messi, who has won the Ballon d'or five times, and Paris St Germain's Brazil forward Neymar were runners up for the award voted for by national team coaches and captains plus the media and fans. The Best Fifa Men's Player award and the Ballon d'or, which is voted for only by the media, are now separate awards. Real Madrid's French coach Zinedine Zidane won the manager of the year trophy for his part in the club's success. Zidane was awarded Best Men's Coach Credit: FIFA Five Real players were named in the best XI of the year, with Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos joining Ronaldo, while Messi, Neymar, Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Dani Alves (PSG), Leonardo Bonucci (AC Milan) and Andres Iniesta (Barcelona) were also selected. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud won the Puskas Award for the best goal of the year, which was the Frenchman's scorpion kick against Crystal Palace, and Buffon was declared best goalkeeper. Holland's Lieke Martens won best female player of the year, while the Dutch women's national team coach Sarina Weigman was voted best manager after the team's triumph at Euro 2017. 9:33PM Who voted for Harry Kane? British Virgin Islands, France, Montserrat (who voted Suarez, Kane, Kante just to be different), Bahamas, Wales, Cambodia and Vanuatu.  Of course. The nation of Vanuatu. If anyone reading this is from Vanuatu, hello! 9:28PM How the international captains voted Here's the interesting bit... how footballers actually voted. Jordan Henderson (England): Ronaldo, Messi, Suarez. Huge Lloris (France): Ronaldo, Ramos, Kane. Manuel Neuer (Germany): Kroos, Lewandowski,Vidal (Kroos is very good tbf) Leo Messi (Argentina): Suarez, Iniesta, Neymar Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal): Modric, Ramos, Marcelo Dani Alves: Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo 9:03PM Cristiano Ronaldo meeting Maradona Credit: AFP   9:01PM A way to make Kasabian acceptable If they had played this:  Everything would be OK. Ronaldo is off to listen to this in the back of a giant limousine. 8:59PM Is this better than a Ballon d'Or? Is it the same? Does anyone know for sure what really counts as the actual award these days? 8:58PM Cristiano Ronaldo says "I want to mention Leo and Neymar to be here. Real Madrid supporters, my teammates, my coach, they support all the year so I have to say thank you to them.  "I'm really glad. This is a great moment for me. I know I have fans all over the world so thank you for the support. I appreciate that. "And I think I say everything. It's great to be here around these great players, this amazing player and I'm so happy guys. Thank you everybody and good night." 8:55PM CRISTIANO RONALDO WINS! Credit: FIFA He is the Best FIFA Men's Player! Credit: AFP   8:54PM The nominees   8:53PM Maradona's not quite on the ball Credit: FIFA He tries to open the envelope and reveal the winner before they've shown the video. Ronaldo gives him a nudge and tells him there's a video.  "Aaaaaaaaah!" he says. 8:51PM Ronaldo and Diego Maradona to present Best Men's Award That's a fairly decent attacking duo. 8:51PM Lieke Martens wins Best FIFA Women's Player! Martens was of course hugely influential in Holland's Euro 2017 win. "My dad and mum, this one is for you!" she says in her acceptance speech, also from yesterday because she is doing real football work instead of larking about in London. 8:49PM Best Women's Player Award It's the penultimate award of the evening. Hidetoshi Nakata - who looks cool - and Celia Sasic, who played for Germany, are here to present.  Deyna Castellanos, Carli Lloyd and Lieke Martens, who is ridiculously good, and my pick for the prize.  8:46PM The best team in the world!   8:45PM Music is subjective If you happen to love Kasabian, that's absolutely fine, by the way. I like a lot of music that many, many people do not, for instance. And I've never written a song that's gotten close to selling many millions of copies either. Though did once get a two out of five review in The List for an album. But those were younger days. 8:43PM They should make a band out of footballers What is the need for Kasabian here? Get Petr Cech on drums, Alexis Sanchez on piano, Gary Neville on guitar and... I dunno. Literally anyone singing. Patrice Evra on vocals. And they have to play 'Africa' by Toto because that song is ace. 8:41PM Oh the banter How long did it take Neymar to get ready? 20 minutes apparently. "I don't believe a word of it!" says the presenter. Dani Alves took less time. Just look how delighted Messi is to be involved with this. The greatest player of all time, forced to respond to jokes in a foreign language. And even worse, now he has to listen to Kasabian. Imagine. You're made to do go on international television, barely understand what's happening and are asked questions about doing your hair. And then Kasabian. 8:38PM Ronaldo's catchphrase for tonight "Talent without work is nothing." 8:37PM Bonucci is sat next to Dani Alves You may or may not be aware that Leonardo Bonucci and Dani Alves played alongside each other in the Champions League final against Real Madrid. There are rumours there may have been some sort of disagreement in the dressing room during that match... but now they are sitting next to each other and very friendly. 8:34PM Ronaldo on his team achievement Credit: EPA "Great achievement. I feel so proud, it takes many hours of work and dedication. To be on this stage 11 times it's a lot. Thank you to people who are voting me." 8:33PM World XI go offstage the wrong way They need a manager. 8:33PM This means nothing People who play Ultimate Team are probably pretty pumped about this FIFA dream team. If you save all your money up, you never know, you might find one of these guys in a pack for FIFA 18. SPEND YOUR MONEY! Or, you can have fun and play Pro Evo. It's really great this year.  8:28PM Best team in the world Here we go. David Suazo (he's from Honduras and used to play for Inter Milan) and Frank Lampard (come on) present the award. Credit: AFP In goal, it's Gigi Buffon. Right-back Dani Alves. Left-back Marcelo. Centre-back Sergio Ramos. Centre-back Leonardo Bonucci. Centre-midfield Luka Modric. Centre-midfield Toni Kroos. Centre-midfield Andre Iniesta (I love Iniesta but...) Right forward Lionel Messi Left forward Neymar Credit: AFP Striker Cristiano Ronaldo That's a 4-3-3 then. Solid. Not bad. 8:20PM Sarina Wiegman wins Best FIFA Women's Coach Wiegman led Holland to win Euro 2017 and had them playing some really entertaining football along the way. A deserved winner, just like all the other ones. She can't be there tonight to accept her award because she's doing actual football work, preparing for a World Cup qualifier, rather than sitting around the Paladium schmoozing.  Here is the Holland squad celebrating when they found out on Sunday: Beste coach van de wereld! Gefeliciteerd Sarina!!! pic.twitter.com/xHP5cM5rvR— OranjeLeeuwinnen (@oranjevrouwen) October 23, 2017   8:18PM Best FIFA Women's Coach Award Arsenal captain Alex Scott and Ruud Gullit present this one. There's some glorious rehearsed banter: Credit: PA Gullit: "Dutch women's football is at the very top of its game." Scott: "And the men?" Gullit: "Uuuh can we continue please?" Nils Nielsen, Gerard Precheur, Sarina Wiegman are the nominees.  And the winner is... 8:14PM And now a video of Pele Because it's his birthday, obviously. 8:14PM Best FIFA Fans Award winner is... Celtic They were the first British club to win the European Cup, and now they're the first to win the FIFA fans award. Will it occupy the same bit of that rather large trophy cabinet? Perhaps not, but a lovely gesture all the same.  Chairman of Celtic, Ian Bankier  Credit: AFP   8:12PM Elba presents the fans award while pretending to be cold He's dressed as an Arsenal fan, standing in the royal circle, or stalls... I'm not a theatre guy, sorry. But it's the bit where Statler and Waldorf  (the two grumpy old men from the Muppets) go. Credit: GETTY IMAGES Sammy Eto'o is now here to present The FIFA Fan Award, which almost certainly comes from a good place, but feels a little disingenuous. Mostly because it's FIFA. Let's all think of the fans, the millionaires say.  And the winner is... 8:05PM Buffon says Buffon and Schmeichel are delighted to welcome their new child into the world "I want to try to speak (in English)!" "For me, I am very happy because it is a great honour to receive this award... at my age. I'm proud of it but I want to say thanks to my club, my coach, my teammates because they help me to make it possible and I want to say thanks to all the person (sic) who voted for me and I think the last year has been a fantastic season for Juventus, and a personal season. It wasn't enough to win in Europe and for this year I hope that we can to play better and with the national team and Juventus because I will like to finish with the soccer with a fantastic victory." Has Buffon just confirmed that he's going to retire at the end of the season? 8:02PM The Best FIFA goalkeeper is Gigi Buffon! Deserved! What a man, what a player! Buffon has beaten Manuel Neuer and Keylor Navas to be crowned the world's best goalkeeper. 8:01PM Olivier Giroud collecting his award Credit: FIFA   8:00PM Zinedine Zidane wins best FIFA football coach award "Sorry, my English is very bad".  And then he speaks in French, which unfortunately is not something I know well enough to translate for you. I apologise. Credit: FIFA   7:55PM The best FIFA football coach award It's a choice between Antonio Conte, who won the Premier League with a Chelsea side who probably shouldn't have won and inspired the world to play 3-4-3. Massimiliano Allegri, another Italian, who did rather well with Juventus, winning Serie A again. And Zinedine Zidane, who won La Liga and the Champions League... again. And it's Zizou! 7:54PM Idris Elba taking a selfie with Neymar Credit: REUTERS If this wasn't scripted, it is an absolutely superb bit of brand management by Elba. They're going to know who he is tomorrow!  7:52PM Olivier Giroud wins the Puskas Award Some people are trying to sing the 'Hey Jude' Giroud song. "I am delighted to receive this trophy in front of legends of football and would like to thank people who voted for me. I would like to congratulate the other nominees who scored amazing goals too and I would like to thank my teammates, without them I couldn't score maybe this goal. And also my family."  He's quite emotional.  "I would like to dedicate this trophy to my dad". 7:50PM The winner is... Credit: FIFA  OLIVIER GIROUD! 7:48PM Puskas Award part 2 Conte is forced to speak on the microphone and even in front of an enormous hall of people, goes to his quiet pre-match interview voice. It's quite funny. Conte's favourite is Giroud's, and SO IS NEYMAR!  And Leo Messi - the greatest player ever, of all time - is diplomatic and doesn't give one choice.  Ronaldo does the same thing: "it's hard to choose one goal".  And to present the award will be Catherine Zeta-Jones and Diego Forlan.  7:45PM Puskas Award for best goal After showing this video: They interview Harry Kane. The crowd boos (because a large portion of them seem to be Arsenal fans). Maybe not actually, now Frank Lampard is in the spotlight and he gets a round of applause. Lampard says his favourite goal is Giroud's, Kane says it's the South African goalkeeper's. He has to say that though. The repercussions for supporting something Arsenal are just too high. Schmeichel agrees with Mr Lampard. 7:40PM Elba is doing selfies Credit: AFP Tonight's host is wandering around the front row getting selfies with Neymar, Messi and Ronaldo, doing some jokes. Then he goes to Olivier Giroud. It's good to see that even in awards ceremonies, Giroud still has to come off the bench to be involved.  7:38PM Idris Elba going for the jokes Solid opening. The setup references that this is an international broadcast, so if you're from South America, 'como estas'. If you're from China, 'ni hao' (sp) and if you're from Hackney, "alright bruv".   7:36PM But first, it's Stomp! I'm doing this face. Some people are bashing bins around on the stage as they show highlights of... some football. You can't see what football because there are people bashing bins around on stage. Now they're bouncing footballs. Diego Maradona looks fairly unimpressed.  But they've timed one of the bits to coincide with the ball hitting the back of the net and a scream of "GOAL!" which is quite nice. And now they're replicating acrobatic soccer skills and celebrations. The crowd goes mildly wild and politely applauds. Cue Martin Tyler: "I swear you'll never see anything like this ever again!" 7:32PM Idris Elba is here Star of The Wire, the US Office and those Sky Movies adverts, here comes Idris Elba wearing a really nice tuxedo. James Bond wears a tuxedo. It's an audition! 7:29PM Ronaldo seems confident Credit: AFP I think they've lined up this so it's Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo, which isn't the order I'd have them in. Surely Ronaldo plays through the middle of a front three? 7:27PM Confirmation: Ronaldo and Messi are football friends Credit: AP   7:26PM Here's the guy who really wants you to know he's here Credit: AFP Yaaaaaay it's... that guy. Gianni Infantino, the newest president of FIFA, is shaking hands and being friendly to people.   7:23PM Ronaldo is here!  Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez Credit: GETTY IMAGES Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez are here and have done the walk along the... green carpet. I've just thought of a way they can decide who actually wins the top prize between this guy, Messi and Neymar. Stay with me... Penalty shootout. And like in Game of Thrones, they can all choose a person to stand in for them as goalkeeper. Seaman is there, Schmeichel and Buffon too. And that's it.  7:22PM Claudio Ranieri Credit: FIFA  Doing a fine job at Nantes just now, grabbing those 1-0 wins to help them climb the table. Everyone likes Ranieri. 7:19PM Antonio Conte says "I think that it's very important to stay here and fight for this award. It is amazing with Real Madrid, they won the Champions League and the league but it is amazing for me to stay here and to fight for this award." God I hope he means that literally. Can you imagine? Conte windmilling his way through the main hall, battering Peter Schmeichel and Luka Modric in a whirlwind of fury. 7:17PM Dream strike partnernship Credit: AP These two would destroy worlds.  7:15PM I just want someone to love me as much as Marcelo loves this woman Credit: GETTY IMAGES Can you feel it? Light beams of warmth coming out of his eyes. 7:11PM Dani Alves has come dressed as a futuristic pirate Credit: REUTERS "STOP RIGHT THERE! SPACE POLICE! Agent Daniel Alves and you've got a loooooooot of talking to do, punk." 7:09PM Harry Kane and Katie Goodland There he is! Harry gives a little bit to the presenters about how nice it is to be invited. He's so nice. "It makes me feel very proud. For me it’s about improving every year. Messi, Ronaldo set the standard for all of us so just to get up there and be involved is fantastic. The stadium, the atmosphere (at Real Madrid) was amazing. To get a result… I'm very proud." 7:06PM What would you rather win? This is a great question. Kay Murray (I think) essentially asks Gigi Buffon whether he is happy having won the World Cup and not the Champions League. Which would you rather win? If you were a player. Not as a fan. It's difficult isn't it? On the one hand, Scotland winning the World Cup would be amazing BUT I'm leaning towards Aberdeen being crowned European champions. 6:59PM Photos of Messi at the Best FIFA Awards Leo Messi and wife Antonella Credit: AP Credit: PA   6:58PM All the stars are here! Credit: OA  That's Marcelo, here's David Trezeguet: Credit: FIFA And here's Philip Schofield: Credit: PA If you aren't from the UK, you might not know who this man is so let's try and explain. Philip Schofield, or Scholey F as he likes to be known, is a giant of British television. He's perhaps the nicest man alive to also be a TV presenter and used to best friends with a gopher, the whereabouts of which are unknown. What happened to that gopher, you ask? Nobody is sure. All we know for certain is that until its lifeless body is discovered washed up on that little beach next to the South Bank on the Thames, we must assume it is alive.  6:52PM No questions for Messi The FIFA TV presenters have been told they are not allowed to ask Leo Messi any questions - not even in Spanish. What kind of world is this? We're all just waiting to hear what the great man will say about tonight's event and have been denied. We'll never know how he's looking forward to it, and may the best man win, and that London is very nice and that he's glad he's scored today but more pleased that the team got three points, and they just have to go again in the next game. In Spanish. But no! 6:47PM Leo Messi is here *high pitch scream* ARRRRHRHGGHHGHGHGHGHGHGH. And I can confirm he is wearing a normal suit. Nothing shiny and no LED lights. Disappointing. 6:47PM Frank Lampard is here "(Real Madrid) are going down as one of the best club teams in history. " I agree Frank. They're really good. "(Conte's) in the running (for best manager). He's done an unbelievable job at Chelsea" 6:45PM Messi looks terrified in his press photo shoot Credit: FIFA There are a few promo shoots featuring the key players. Messi is trying to look cool but is also wearing a hoody and sadly, that is almost impossible to do.  Credit: FIFA   6:39PM PHILIP SCHOFIELD IS HERE Oh now this is kicking off. "Oldham fan. My Granddad used to play pies at the ground as a lad. I was a constant disappointment for him because we (his brother) were rubbish. I just lacked the sporting mind, I think. I kick a ball around the garden with my nephews. I was asked all the way down Ronaldo or Messi... it's a tricky one. "Messi." There you have it. Philip Schofield believes Messi will win. Why do they need this event now? It's done, people! 6:37PM Patrick Kluivert is tonight's magician Credit: FIFA It's either that, or Kluivert's album cover has been leaked onto the picture database I'm currently enjoying. I think this one would be called "Still Crazy" or "These Nights".   Like that. Available on iTunes, but don't bother. You can stream it for free and it's not all that. 6:32PM Down with this sort of thing Credit: PA M8, mate, maaaaaaaaate what a fantastic shirt. Oooooooh that'll really stick it to them. Look what it says "for crying out loud" and oh my word, it's hand drawn! This is rock and roll. There is NOTHING more rock n roll than attending the overly elaborate celebration of individuals in a team sport governed by a disgraced international body than wearing a shirt with WRITING ON IT. Well done Kasabian, you truly represent all that is cool about football. 6:30PM MICHAEL DOUGLAS SUPPORTS SWANSEA Catherine Zeta-Jones says:  "My husband... Michael Douglas is a Swansea City fan." Confirmation there from Zeta-Jones, who claims to have supported Swansea since before they were back in the Premier League, as though that makes her cool or something. Alright, Catherine. Chill out.  Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I don't watch movies, I watch sport," she says. And that is because she doesn't know how sport is going to end. Imagine then, if you will, a Liverpool vs Newcastle match directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The twist - and there is a twist - is that Stan Collymore was the mascot the whole time. And the mascot is the Queen. And the Queen scores the winning goal, liberating a fictional country which is supposed to be from somewhere near Afghanistan. 6:26PM All the stars are here Credit: PA It's not a long trek for Granit Xhaka to be here as the awards are being held in London.  Credit: PA And here's star Valencia right-back Eamonn Holmes, who has flown in to hang out with all his La Liga pals like... Sergio Ramos, who will probably be here at some point. Credit: EPA That's why he was in London. Maradona is on his best behaviour and looking very nice, but as yet hasn't dribbled past a single person on the red carpet. 6:21PM Welcome! HELLO EVERYONE! Welcome to this most exciting of events. It's like the Oscars... but with David Seaman! Credit: PA  Seaman won't be winning any awards tonight, especially since he doesn't have a moustache anymore, and instead must watch as the likes of Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar sit on some expensive chairs and feign being incredibly pleased that one of the other two has won the Best Best FIFA Best Best Football Player Man Award. There are other awards too. Who will win them? Let's find out together. 6:15PM What's all this then? It's the 2017 Best Fifa Football Awards, the second to be held, where - among other awards - world player of the year is crowned. The breakaway event was started after Fifa's Ballon d'Or partnership with France Football ended. The Ballon d'Or is still awarded by the publication each year, while Fifa hands out its own awards in tonight's event. When is it? It's on Monday October 23 - ie today. What time does the event start? It's a 7.30pm BST start at the London Palladium. What TV channel is it on? You can watch the event, hosted by Idris Elba, on Fifa's YouTube channel. Alternatively, you can follow the event as it happens right here, or catch the highlights on ITV at 10.45pm. Ronaldo with last year's award and Sir Alex Ferguson Credit: Getty Images Which awards are up for grabs, and who is shortlisted? The Best Fifa Men's Player Three players have been nominated for the award from an initial shortlist of 24. Last year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo, has scored 45 goals in 48 appearances this calendar year, including 34 goals for club and 11 for country. These incredible individual statistics are bolstered by Ronaldo winning the Champions League and La Liga in the 2016/17 campaign. Lionel Messi is another unsurprising feature within the best player award, with 49 goals and 11 assists in 50 appearances in 2017. The most expensive player in the world, Neymar is the outside bet to be crowned the greatest footballer on earth. The Best Fifa football coach award The best coach award is separated into male and female categories.  Juventus boss, Massimiliano Allegri, after winning the league and Coppa Italia last season. Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, who in his first season in English football won the Premier League, setting a new record along the way achieving 30 wins in a single season. Finally Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane makes the list after winning the Champions League and Los Blancos' first league title for five years. In the women's section, the the top three comprise of Denmark’s manager Nils Nielsen, who guided her side to the final against Holland in this year European Championships. Lyon coach Gerard Precheur is nominated after winning the Champions League, the French League Cup and the French Cup, while Sarina Wiegman also features after leading Holland to the 2017 European championships.  The Best FIFA goalkeeper award Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus is nominated, having gone 600 minutes without conceding in the Champions League, while Keylor Navas of Real Madrid won his second consecutive Champions League along with a La Liga title. Manuel Neuer makes up the three-man short list. The Puskas Award The Puskas award is for the best goal of the year. This year the three finalists include Deyna Castellanos of Venezuela women's side, Olivier Giroud for his goal for Arsenal, below, and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. The Best Fifa Fan award Borussia Dortmund make the final three after supporters came together to offer shelter to Monaco fans displaced by their Champions League match being rescheduled after a bomb attack on the Dortmund team bus.  Celtic are included through their final match of the league season which coincided with the 50th anniversary of winning the European Cup in 1967, which made them the first British club to lift the prestigious trophy. The Celtic fans honoured the team, known as the "Lisbon Lions", with a stunning full 360-degree card display around Celtic Park. FC Copenhagen were also nominated after winning the league in their final game against Brondby, when players handed the trophy to the fans, who then passed the trophy along to a wheelchair-bound supporter and lifted him in the air. Awards night preview: Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to retain his crown as FIFA men's player of the year in London on Monday night. The Real Madrid and Portugal superstar is up against Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Paris St Germain's Neymar for the award he won last year. The ceremony, which takes place at the London Palladium, is the second since the FIFA award split from France Football's Ballon d'Or prize. Ronaldo has scored 44 goals for club and country so far in 2017 and scored twice in the Champions League final in June, as Real won the competition for a record-extending 12th time. Messi has hit 50 goals for Barca and Argentina while Neymar, the world's most expensive player after he left Barcelona for PSG in the summer, has 25 goals to his name for Barca, PSG and Brazil. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is in the running for the top men's coach award along with Ronaldo's boss at Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, and Juventus chief Massimiliano Allegri. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud's 'scorpion kick' volley against Crystal Palace in January has been nominated for the Puskas Award for best goal. The 31-year-old's effort has been shortlisted along with goals from Venezuela's Deyna Castellanos and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. Castellanos is also nominated for the women's player of the year award alongside last year's winner Carli Lloyd of the United States and Holland's Lieke Martens. The winners are decided by a jury of club and international coaches, media representatives and fans. PA  

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Fifa player of the year award in London

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Best Fifa Men's Player Lieke Martens wins Best Fifa Women's Player Fifa XI is: Buffon; Marcelo, Bonucci, Ramos, Alves; Iniesta, Modric, Kroos; Neymar, Ronaldo, Messi Celtic win Fifa Fans Award Sarina Wiegman wins Best Fifa Women's Coach Zinedine Zidane wins Best Male Coach Gigi Buffon wins Best Goalkeeper  Olivier Giroud wins Puskas Award for best goal By PA: Real Madrid's Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo was crowned the best soccer player in the world for the second year running at Fifa's The Best awards gala on Monday. The four-time Ballon d'Or winner won a La Liga and Champions League double with the Madrid club this year, striking twice against Juventus in the European Cup final to help Real become the first team to retain the trophy in its current format. 'I'm 32 and I'm the best player in the world', Ronaldo reflects on winning award 00:39 Barcelona's Argentina forward Lionel Messi, who has won the Ballon d'or five times, and Paris St Germain's Brazil forward Neymar were runners up for the award voted for by national team coaches and captains plus the media and fans. The Best Fifa Men's Player award and the Ballon d'or, which is voted for only by the media, are now separate awards. Real Madrid's French coach Zinedine Zidane won the manager of the year trophy for his part in the club's success. Zidane was awarded Best Men's Coach Credit: FIFA Five Real players were named in the best XI of the year, with Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos joining Ronaldo, while Messi, Neymar, Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Dani Alves (PSG), Leonardo Bonucci (AC Milan) and Andres Iniesta (Barcelona) were also selected. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud won the Puskas Award for the best goal of the year, which was the Frenchman's scorpion kick against Crystal Palace, and Buffon was declared best goalkeeper. Holland's Lieke Martens won best female player of the year, while the Dutch women's national team coach Sarina Weigman was voted best manager after the team's triumph at Euro 2017. 9:33PM Who voted for Harry Kane? British Virgin Islands, France, Montserrat (who voted Suarez, Kane, Kante just to be different), Bahamas, Wales, Cambodia and Vanuatu.  Of course. The nation of Vanuatu. If anyone reading this is from Vanuatu, hello! 9:28PM How the international captains voted Here's the interesting bit... how footballers actually voted. Jordan Henderson (England): Ronaldo, Messi, Suarez. Huge Lloris (France): Ronaldo, Ramos, Kane. Manuel Neuer (Germany): Kroos, Lewandowski,Vidal (Kroos is very good tbf) Leo Messi (Argentina): Suarez, Iniesta, Neymar Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal): Modric, Ramos, Marcelo Dani Alves: Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo 9:03PM Cristiano Ronaldo meeting Maradona Credit: AFP   9:01PM A way to make Kasabian acceptable If they had played this:  Everything would be OK. Ronaldo is off to listen to this in the back of a giant limousine. 8:59PM Is this better than a Ballon d'Or? Is it the same? Does anyone know for sure what really counts as the actual award these days? 8:58PM Cristiano Ronaldo says "I want to mention Leo and Neymar to be here. Real Madrid supporters, my teammates, my coach, they support all the year so I have to say thank you to them.  "I'm really glad. This is a great moment for me. I know I have fans all over the world so thank you for the support. I appreciate that. "And I think I say everything. It's great to be here around these great players, this amazing player and I'm so happy guys. Thank you everybody and good night." 8:55PM CRISTIANO RONALDO WINS! Credit: FIFA He is the Best FIFA Men's Player! Credit: AFP   8:54PM The nominees   8:53PM Maradona's not quite on the ball Credit: FIFA He tries to open the envelope and reveal the winner before they've shown the video. Ronaldo gives him a nudge and tells him there's a video.  "Aaaaaaaaah!" he says. 8:51PM Ronaldo and Diego Maradona to present Best Men's Award That's a fairly decent attacking duo. 8:51PM Lieke Martens wins Best FIFA Women's Player! Martens was of course hugely influential in Holland's Euro 2017 win. "My dad and mum, this one is for you!" she says in her acceptance speech, also from yesterday because she is doing real football work instead of larking about in London. 8:49PM Best Women's Player Award It's the penultimate award of the evening. Hidetoshi Nakata - who looks cool - and Celia Sasic, who played for Germany, are here to present.  Deyna Castellanos, Carli Lloyd and Lieke Martens, who is ridiculously good, and my pick for the prize.  8:46PM The best team in the world!   8:45PM Music is subjective If you happen to love Kasabian, that's absolutely fine, by the way. I like a lot of music that many, many people do not, for instance. And I've never written a song that's gotten close to selling many millions of copies either. Though did once get a two out of five review in The List for an album. But those were younger days. 8:43PM They should make a band out of footballers What is the need for Kasabian here? Get Petr Cech on drums, Alexis Sanchez on piano, Gary Neville on guitar and... I dunno. Literally anyone singing. Patrice Evra on vocals. And they have to play 'Africa' by Toto because that song is ace. 8:41PM Oh the banter How long did it take Neymar to get ready? 20 minutes apparently. "I don't believe a word of it!" says the presenter. Dani Alves took less time. Just look how delighted Messi is to be involved with this. The greatest player of all time, forced to respond to jokes in a foreign language. And even worse, now he has to listen to Kasabian. Imagine. You're made to do go on international television, barely understand what's happening and are asked questions about doing your hair. And then Kasabian. 8:38PM Ronaldo's catchphrase for tonight "Talent without work is nothing." 8:37PM Bonucci is sat next to Dani Alves You may or may not be aware that Leonardo Bonucci and Dani Alves played alongside each other in the Champions League final against Real Madrid. There are rumours there may have been some sort of disagreement in the dressing room during that match... but now they are sitting next to each other and very friendly. 8:34PM Ronaldo on his team achievement Credit: EPA "Great achievement. I feel so proud, it takes many hours of work and dedication. To be on this stage 11 times it's a lot. Thank you to people who are voting me." 8:33PM World XI go offstage the wrong way They need a manager. 8:33PM This means nothing People who play Ultimate Team are probably pretty pumped about this FIFA dream team. If you save all your money up, you never know, you might find one of these guys in a pack for FIFA 18. SPEND YOUR MONEY! Or, you can have fun and play Pro Evo. It's really great this year.  8:28PM Best team in the world Here we go. David Suazo (he's from Honduras and used to play for Inter Milan) and Frank Lampard (come on) present the award. Credit: AFP In goal, it's Gigi Buffon. Right-back Dani Alves. Left-back Marcelo. Centre-back Sergio Ramos. Centre-back Leonardo Bonucci. Centre-midfield Luka Modric. Centre-midfield Toni Kroos. Centre-midfield Andre Iniesta (I love Iniesta but...) Right forward Lionel Messi Left forward Neymar Credit: AFP Striker Cristiano Ronaldo That's a 4-3-3 then. Solid. Not bad. 8:20PM Sarina Wiegman wins Best FIFA Women's Coach Wiegman led Holland to win Euro 2017 and had them playing some really entertaining football along the way. A deserved winner, just like all the other ones. She can't be there tonight to accept her award because she's doing actual football work, preparing for a World Cup qualifier, rather than sitting around the Paladium schmoozing.  Here is the Holland squad celebrating when they found out on Sunday: Beste coach van de wereld! Gefeliciteerd Sarina!!! pic.twitter.com/xHP5cM5rvR— OranjeLeeuwinnen (@oranjevrouwen) October 23, 2017   8:18PM Best FIFA Women's Coach Award Arsenal captain Alex Scott and Ruud Gullit present this one. There's some glorious rehearsed banter: Credit: PA Gullit: "Dutch women's football is at the very top of its game." Scott: "And the men?" Gullit: "Uuuh can we continue please?" Nils Nielsen, Gerard Precheur, Sarina Wiegman are the nominees.  And the winner is... 8:14PM And now a video of Pele Because it's his birthday, obviously. 8:14PM Best FIFA Fans Award winner is... Celtic They were the first British club to win the European Cup, and now they're the first to win the FIFA fans award. Will it occupy the same bit of that rather large trophy cabinet? Perhaps not, but a lovely gesture all the same.  Chairman of Celtic, Ian Bankier  Credit: AFP   8:12PM Elba presents the fans award while pretending to be cold He's dressed as an Arsenal fan, standing in the royal circle, or stalls... I'm not a theatre guy, sorry. But it's the bit where Statler and Waldorf  (the two grumpy old men from the Muppets) go. Credit: GETTY IMAGES Sammy Eto'o is now here to present The FIFA Fan Award, which almost certainly comes from a good place, but feels a little disingenuous. Mostly because it's FIFA. Let's all think of the fans, the millionaires say.  And the winner is... 8:05PM Buffon says Buffon and Schmeichel are delighted to welcome their new child into the world "I want to try to speak (in English)!" "For me, I am very happy because it is a great honour to receive this award... at my age. I'm proud of it but I want to say thanks to my club, my coach, my teammates because they help me to make it possible and I want to say thanks to all the person (sic) who voted for me and I think the last year has been a fantastic season for Juventus, and a personal season. It wasn't enough to win in Europe and for this year I hope that we can to play better and with the national team and Juventus because I will like to finish with the soccer with a fantastic victory." Has Buffon just confirmed that he's going to retire at the end of the season? 8:02PM The Best FIFA goalkeeper is Gigi Buffon! Deserved! What a man, what a player! Buffon has beaten Manuel Neuer and Keylor Navas to be crowned the world's best goalkeeper. 8:01PM Olivier Giroud collecting his award Credit: FIFA   8:00PM Zinedine Zidane wins best FIFA football coach award "Sorry, my English is very bad".  And then he speaks in French, which unfortunately is not something I know well enough to translate for you. I apologise. Credit: FIFA   7:55PM The best FIFA football coach award It's a choice between Antonio Conte, who won the Premier League with a Chelsea side who probably shouldn't have won and inspired the world to play 3-4-3. Massimiliano Allegri, another Italian, who did rather well with Juventus, winning Serie A again. And Zinedine Zidane, who won La Liga and the Champions League... again. And it's Zizou! 7:54PM Idris Elba taking a selfie with Neymar Credit: REUTERS If this wasn't scripted, it is an absolutely superb bit of brand management by Elba. They're going to know who he is tomorrow!  7:52PM Olivier Giroud wins the Puskas Award Some people are trying to sing the 'Hey Jude' Giroud song. "I am delighted to receive this trophy in front of legends of football and would like to thank people who voted for me. I would like to congratulate the other nominees who scored amazing goals too and I would like to thank my teammates, without them I couldn't score maybe this goal. And also my family."  He's quite emotional.  "I would like to dedicate this trophy to my dad". 7:50PM The winner is... Credit: FIFA  OLIVIER GIROUD! 7:48PM Puskas Award part 2 Conte is forced to speak on the microphone and even in front of an enormous hall of people, goes to his quiet pre-match interview voice. It's quite funny. Conte's favourite is Giroud's, and SO IS NEYMAR!  And Leo Messi - the greatest player ever, of all time - is diplomatic and doesn't give one choice.  Ronaldo does the same thing: "it's hard to choose one goal".  And to present the award will be Catherine Zeta-Jones and Diego Forlan.  7:45PM Puskas Award for best goal After showing this video: They interview Harry Kane. The crowd boos (because a large portion of them seem to be Arsenal fans). Maybe not actually, now Frank Lampard is in the spotlight and he gets a round of applause. Lampard says his favourite goal is Giroud's, Kane says it's the South African goalkeeper's. He has to say that though. The repercussions for supporting something Arsenal are just too high. Schmeichel agrees with Mr Lampard. 7:40PM Elba is doing selfies Credit: AFP Tonight's host is wandering around the front row getting selfies with Neymar, Messi and Ronaldo, doing some jokes. Then he goes to Olivier Giroud. It's good to see that even in awards ceremonies, Giroud still has to come off the bench to be involved.  7:38PM Idris Elba going for the jokes Solid opening. The setup references that this is an international broadcast, so if you're from South America, 'como estas'. If you're from China, 'ni hao' (sp) and if you're from Hackney, "alright bruv".   7:36PM But first, it's Stomp! I'm doing this face. Some people are bashing bins around on the stage as they show highlights of... some football. You can't see what football because there are people bashing bins around on stage. Now they're bouncing footballs. Diego Maradona looks fairly unimpressed.  But they've timed one of the bits to coincide with the ball hitting the back of the net and a scream of "GOAL!" which is quite nice. And now they're replicating acrobatic soccer skills and celebrations. The crowd goes mildly wild and politely applauds. Cue Martin Tyler: "I swear you'll never see anything like this ever again!" 7:32PM Idris Elba is here Star of The Wire, the US Office and those Sky Movies adverts, here comes Idris Elba wearing a really nice tuxedo. James Bond wears a tuxedo. It's an audition! 7:29PM Ronaldo seems confident Credit: AFP I think they've lined up this so it's Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo, which isn't the order I'd have them in. Surely Ronaldo plays through the middle of a front three? 7:27PM Confirmation: Ronaldo and Messi are football friends Credit: AP   7:26PM Here's the guy who really wants you to know he's here Credit: AFP Yaaaaaay it's... that guy. Gianni Infantino, the newest president of FIFA, is shaking hands and being friendly to people.   7:23PM Ronaldo is here!  Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez Credit: GETTY IMAGES Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez are here and have done the walk along the... green carpet. I've just thought of a way they can decide who actually wins the top prize between this guy, Messi and Neymar. Stay with me... Penalty shootout. And like in Game of Thrones, they can all choose a person to stand in for them as goalkeeper. Seaman is there, Schmeichel and Buffon too. And that's it.  7:22PM Claudio Ranieri Credit: FIFA  Doing a fine job at Nantes just now, grabbing those 1-0 wins to help them climb the table. Everyone likes Ranieri. 7:19PM Antonio Conte says "I think that it's very important to stay here and fight for this award. It is amazing with Real Madrid, they won the Champions League and the league but it is amazing for me to stay here and to fight for this award." God I hope he means that literally. Can you imagine? Conte windmilling his way through the main hall, battering Peter Schmeichel and Luka Modric in a whirlwind of fury. 7:17PM Dream strike partnernship Credit: AP These two would destroy worlds.  7:15PM I just want someone to love me as much as Marcelo loves this woman Credit: GETTY IMAGES Can you feel it? Light beams of warmth coming out of his eyes. 7:11PM Dani Alves has come dressed as a futuristic pirate Credit: REUTERS "STOP RIGHT THERE! SPACE POLICE! Agent Daniel Alves and you've got a loooooooot of talking to do, punk." 7:09PM Harry Kane and Katie Goodland There he is! Harry gives a little bit to the presenters about how nice it is to be invited. He's so nice. "It makes me feel very proud. For me it’s about improving every year. Messi, Ronaldo set the standard for all of us so just to get up there and be involved is fantastic. The stadium, the atmosphere (at Real Madrid) was amazing. To get a result… I'm very proud." 7:06PM What would you rather win? This is a great question. Kay Murray (I think) essentially asks Gigi Buffon whether he is happy having won the World Cup and not the Champions League. Which would you rather win? If you were a player. Not as a fan. It's difficult isn't it? On the one hand, Scotland winning the World Cup would be amazing BUT I'm leaning towards Aberdeen being crowned European champions. 6:59PM Photos of Messi at the Best FIFA Awards Leo Messi and wife Antonella Credit: AP Credit: PA   6:58PM All the stars are here! Credit: OA  That's Marcelo, here's David Trezeguet: Credit: FIFA And here's Philip Schofield: Credit: PA If you aren't from the UK, you might not know who this man is so let's try and explain. Philip Schofield, or Scholey F as he likes to be known, is a giant of British television. He's perhaps the nicest man alive to also be a TV presenter and used to best friends with a gopher, the whereabouts of which are unknown. What happened to that gopher, you ask? Nobody is sure. All we know for certain is that until its lifeless body is discovered washed up on that little beach next to the South Bank on the Thames, we must assume it is alive.  6:52PM No questions for Messi The FIFA TV presenters have been told they are not allowed to ask Leo Messi any questions - not even in Spanish. What kind of world is this? We're all just waiting to hear what the great man will say about tonight's event and have been denied. We'll never know how he's looking forward to it, and may the best man win, and that London is very nice and that he's glad he's scored today but more pleased that the team got three points, and they just have to go again in the next game. In Spanish. But no! 6:47PM Leo Messi is here *high pitch scream* ARRRRHRHGGHHGHGHGHGHGHGH. And I can confirm he is wearing a normal suit. Nothing shiny and no LED lights. Disappointing. 6:47PM Frank Lampard is here "(Real Madrid) are going down as one of the best club teams in history. " I agree Frank. They're really good. "(Conte's) in the running (for best manager). He's done an unbelievable job at Chelsea" 6:45PM Messi looks terrified in his press photo shoot Credit: FIFA There are a few promo shoots featuring the key players. Messi is trying to look cool but is also wearing a hoody and sadly, that is almost impossible to do.  Credit: FIFA   6:39PM PHILIP SCHOFIELD IS HERE Oh now this is kicking off. "Oldham fan. My Granddad used to play pies at the ground as a lad. I was a constant disappointment for him because we (his brother) were rubbish. I just lacked the sporting mind, I think. I kick a ball around the garden with my nephews. I was asked all the way down Ronaldo or Messi... it's a tricky one. "Messi." There you have it. Philip Schofield believes Messi will win. Why do they need this event now? It's done, people! 6:37PM Patrick Kluivert is tonight's magician Credit: FIFA It's either that, or Kluivert's album cover has been leaked onto the picture database I'm currently enjoying. I think this one would be called "Still Crazy" or "These Nights".   Like that. Available on iTunes, but don't bother. You can stream it for free and it's not all that. 6:32PM Down with this sort of thing Credit: PA M8, mate, maaaaaaaaate what a fantastic shirt. Oooooooh that'll really stick it to them. Look what it says "for crying out loud" and oh my word, it's hand drawn! This is rock and roll. There is NOTHING more rock n roll than attending the overly elaborate celebration of individuals in a team sport governed by a disgraced international body than wearing a shirt with WRITING ON IT. Well done Kasabian, you truly represent all that is cool about football. 6:30PM MICHAEL DOUGLAS SUPPORTS SWANSEA Catherine Zeta-Jones says:  "My husband... Michael Douglas is a Swansea City fan." Confirmation there from Zeta-Jones, who claims to have supported Swansea since before they were back in the Premier League, as though that makes her cool or something. Alright, Catherine. Chill out.  Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I don't watch movies, I watch sport," she says. And that is because she doesn't know how sport is going to end. Imagine then, if you will, a Liverpool vs Newcastle match directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The twist - and there is a twist - is that Stan Collymore was the mascot the whole time. And the mascot is the Queen. And the Queen scores the winning goal, liberating a fictional country which is supposed to be from somewhere near Afghanistan. 6:26PM All the stars are here Credit: PA It's not a long trek for Granit Xhaka to be here as the awards are being held in London.  Credit: PA And here's star Valencia right-back Eamonn Holmes, who has flown in to hang out with all his La Liga pals like... Sergio Ramos, who will probably be here at some point. Credit: EPA That's why he was in London. Maradona is on his best behaviour and looking very nice, but as yet hasn't dribbled past a single person on the red carpet. 6:21PM Welcome! HELLO EVERYONE! Welcome to this most exciting of events. It's like the Oscars... but with David Seaman! Credit: PA  Seaman won't be winning any awards tonight, especially since he doesn't have a moustache anymore, and instead must watch as the likes of Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar sit on some expensive chairs and feign being incredibly pleased that one of the other two has won the Best Best FIFA Best Best Football Player Man Award. There are other awards too. Who will win them? Let's find out together. 6:15PM What's all this then? It's the 2017 Best Fifa Football Awards, the second to be held, where - among other awards - world player of the year is crowned. The breakaway event was started after Fifa's Ballon d'Or partnership with France Football ended. The Ballon d'Or is still awarded by the publication each year, while Fifa hands out its own awards in tonight's event. When is it? It's on Monday October 23 - ie today. What time does the event start? It's a 7.30pm BST start at the London Palladium. What TV channel is it on? You can watch the event, hosted by Idris Elba, on Fifa's YouTube channel. Alternatively, you can follow the event as it happens right here, or catch the highlights on ITV at 10.45pm. Ronaldo with last year's award and Sir Alex Ferguson Credit: Getty Images Which awards are up for grabs, and who is shortlisted? The Best Fifa Men's Player Three players have been nominated for the award from an initial shortlist of 24. Last year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo, has scored 45 goals in 48 appearances this calendar year, including 34 goals for club and 11 for country. These incredible individual statistics are bolstered by Ronaldo winning the Champions League and La Liga in the 2016/17 campaign. Lionel Messi is another unsurprising feature within the best player award, with 49 goals and 11 assists in 50 appearances in 2017. The most expensive player in the world, Neymar is the outside bet to be crowned the greatest footballer on earth. The Best Fifa football coach award The best coach award is separated into male and female categories.  Juventus boss, Massimiliano Allegri, after winning the league and Coppa Italia last season. Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, who in his first season in English football won the Premier League, setting a new record along the way achieving 30 wins in a single season. Finally Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane makes the list after winning the Champions League and Los Blancos' first league title for five years. In the women's section, the the top three comprise of Denmark’s manager Nils Nielsen, who guided her side to the final against Holland in this year European Championships. Lyon coach Gerard Precheur is nominated after winning the Champions League, the French League Cup and the French Cup, while Sarina Wiegman also features after leading Holland to the 2017 European championships.  The Best FIFA goalkeeper award Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus is nominated, having gone 600 minutes without conceding in the Champions League, while Keylor Navas of Real Madrid won his second consecutive Champions League along with a La Liga title. Manuel Neuer makes up the three-man short list. The Puskas Award The Puskas award is for the best goal of the year. This year the three finalists include Deyna Castellanos of Venezuela women's side, Olivier Giroud for his goal for Arsenal, below, and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. The Best Fifa Fan award Borussia Dortmund make the final three after supporters came together to offer shelter to Monaco fans displaced by their Champions League match being rescheduled after a bomb attack on the Dortmund team bus.  Celtic are included through their final match of the league season which coincided with the 50th anniversary of winning the European Cup in 1967, which made them the first British club to lift the prestigious trophy. The Celtic fans honoured the team, known as the "Lisbon Lions", with a stunning full 360-degree card display around Celtic Park. FC Copenhagen were also nominated after winning the league in their final game against Brondby, when players handed the trophy to the fans, who then passed the trophy along to a wheelchair-bound supporter and lifted him in the air. Awards night preview: Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to retain his crown as FIFA men's player of the year in London on Monday night. The Real Madrid and Portugal superstar is up against Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Paris St Germain's Neymar for the award he won last year. The ceremony, which takes place at the London Palladium, is the second since the FIFA award split from France Football's Ballon d'Or prize. Ronaldo has scored 44 goals for club and country so far in 2017 and scored twice in the Champions League final in June, as Real won the competition for a record-extending 12th time. Messi has hit 50 goals for Barca and Argentina while Neymar, the world's most expensive player after he left Barcelona for PSG in the summer, has 25 goals to his name for Barca, PSG and Brazil. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is in the running for the top men's coach award along with Ronaldo's boss at Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, and Juventus chief Massimiliano Allegri. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud's 'scorpion kick' volley against Crystal Palace in January has been nominated for the Puskas Award for best goal. The 31-year-old's effort has been shortlisted along with goals from Venezuela's Deyna Castellanos and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. Castellanos is also nominated for the women's player of the year award alongside last year's winner Carli Lloyd of the United States and Holland's Lieke Martens. The winners are decided by a jury of club and international coaches, media representatives and fans. PA  

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Fifa player of the year award in London

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Best Fifa Men's Player Lieke Martens wins Best Fifa Women's Player Fifa XI is: Buffon; Marcelo, Bonucci, Ramos, Alves; Iniesta, Modric, Kroos; Neymar, Ronaldo, Messi Celtic win Fifa Fans Award Sarina Wiegman wins Best Fifa Women's Coach Zinedine Zidane wins Best Male Coach Gigi Buffon wins Best Goalkeeper  Olivier Giroud wins Puskas Award for best goal By PA: Real Madrid's Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo was crowned the best soccer player in the world for the second year running at Fifa's The Best awards gala on Monday. The four-time Ballon d'Or winner won a La Liga and Champions League double with the Madrid club this year, striking twice against Juventus in the European Cup final to help Real become the first team to retain the trophy in its current format. 'I'm 32 and I'm the best player in the world', Ronaldo reflects on winning award 00:39 Barcelona's Argentina forward Lionel Messi, who has won the Ballon d'or five times, and Paris St Germain's Brazil forward Neymar were runners up for the award voted for by national team coaches and captains plus the media and fans. The Best Fifa Men's Player award and the Ballon d'or, which is voted for only by the media, are now separate awards. Real Madrid's French coach Zinedine Zidane won the manager of the year trophy for his part in the club's success. Zidane was awarded Best Men's Coach Credit: FIFA Five Real players were named in the best XI of the year, with Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos joining Ronaldo, while Messi, Neymar, Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Dani Alves (PSG), Leonardo Bonucci (AC Milan) and Andres Iniesta (Barcelona) were also selected. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud won the Puskas Award for the best goal of the year, which was the Frenchman's scorpion kick against Crystal Palace, and Buffon was declared best goalkeeper. Holland's Lieke Martens won best female player of the year, while the Dutch women's national team coach Sarina Weigman was voted best manager after the team's triumph at Euro 2017. 9:33PM Who voted for Harry Kane? British Virgin Islands, France, Montserrat (who voted Suarez, Kane, Kante just to be different), Bahamas, Wales, Cambodia and Vanuatu.  Of course. The nation of Vanuatu. If anyone reading this is from Vanuatu, hello! 9:28PM How the international captains voted Here's the interesting bit... how footballers actually voted. Jordan Henderson (England): Ronaldo, Messi, Suarez. Huge Lloris (France): Ronaldo, Ramos, Kane. Manuel Neuer (Germany): Kroos, Lewandowski,Vidal (Kroos is very good tbf) Leo Messi (Argentina): Suarez, Iniesta, Neymar Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal): Modric, Ramos, Marcelo Dani Alves: Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo 9:03PM Cristiano Ronaldo meeting Maradona Credit: AFP   9:01PM A way to make Kasabian acceptable If they had played this:  Everything would be OK. Ronaldo is off to listen to this in the back of a giant limousine. 8:59PM Is this better than a Ballon d'Or? Is it the same? Does anyone know for sure what really counts as the actual award these days? 8:58PM Cristiano Ronaldo says "I want to mention Leo and Neymar to be here. Real Madrid supporters, my teammates, my coach, they support all the year so I have to say thank you to them.  "I'm really glad. This is a great moment for me. I know I have fans all over the world so thank you for the support. I appreciate that. "And I think I say everything. It's great to be here around these great players, this amazing player and I'm so happy guys. Thank you everybody and good night." 8:55PM CRISTIANO RONALDO WINS! Credit: FIFA He is the Best FIFA Men's Player! Credit: AFP   8:54PM The nominees   8:53PM Maradona's not quite on the ball Credit: FIFA He tries to open the envelope and reveal the winner before they've shown the video. Ronaldo gives him a nudge and tells him there's a video.  "Aaaaaaaaah!" he says. 8:51PM Ronaldo and Diego Maradona to present Best Men's Award That's a fairly decent attacking duo. 8:51PM Lieke Martens wins Best FIFA Women's Player! Martens was of course hugely influential in Holland's Euro 2017 win. "My dad and mum, this one is for you!" she says in her acceptance speech, also from yesterday because she is doing real football work instead of larking about in London. 8:49PM Best Women's Player Award It's the penultimate award of the evening. Hidetoshi Nakata - who looks cool - and Celia Sasic, who played for Germany, are here to present.  Deyna Castellanos, Carli Lloyd and Lieke Martens, who is ridiculously good, and my pick for the prize.  8:46PM The best team in the world!   8:45PM Music is subjective If you happen to love Kasabian, that's absolutely fine, by the way. I like a lot of music that many, many people do not, for instance. And I've never written a song that's gotten close to selling many millions of copies either. Though did once get a two out of five review in The List for an album. But those were younger days. 8:43PM They should make a band out of footballers What is the need for Kasabian here? Get Petr Cech on drums, Alexis Sanchez on piano, Gary Neville on guitar and... I dunno. Literally anyone singing. Patrice Evra on vocals. And they have to play 'Africa' by Toto because that song is ace. 8:41PM Oh the banter How long did it take Neymar to get ready? 20 minutes apparently. "I don't believe a word of it!" says the presenter. Dani Alves took less time. Just look how delighted Messi is to be involved with this. The greatest player of all time, forced to respond to jokes in a foreign language. And even worse, now he has to listen to Kasabian. Imagine. You're made to do go on international television, barely understand what's happening and are asked questions about doing your hair. And then Kasabian. 8:38PM Ronaldo's catchphrase for tonight "Talent without work is nothing." 8:37PM Bonucci is sat next to Dani Alves You may or may not be aware that Leonardo Bonucci and Dani Alves played alongside each other in the Champions League final against Real Madrid. There are rumours there may have been some sort of disagreement in the dressing room during that match... but now they are sitting next to each other and very friendly. 8:34PM Ronaldo on his team achievement Credit: EPA "Great achievement. I feel so proud, it takes many hours of work and dedication. To be on this stage 11 times it's a lot. Thank you to people who are voting me." 8:33PM World XI go offstage the wrong way They need a manager. 8:33PM This means nothing People who play Ultimate Team are probably pretty pumped about this FIFA dream team. If you save all your money up, you never know, you might find one of these guys in a pack for FIFA 18. SPEND YOUR MONEY! Or, you can have fun and play Pro Evo. It's really great this year.  8:28PM Best team in the world Here we go. David Suazo (he's from Honduras and used to play for Inter Milan) and Frank Lampard (come on) present the award. Credit: AFP In goal, it's Gigi Buffon. Right-back Dani Alves. Left-back Marcelo. Centre-back Sergio Ramos. Centre-back Leonardo Bonucci. Centre-midfield Luka Modric. Centre-midfield Toni Kroos. Centre-midfield Andre Iniesta (I love Iniesta but...) Right forward Lionel Messi Left forward Neymar Credit: AFP Striker Cristiano Ronaldo That's a 4-3-3 then. Solid. Not bad. 8:20PM Sarina Wiegman wins Best FIFA Women's Coach Wiegman led Holland to win Euro 2017 and had them playing some really entertaining football along the way. A deserved winner, just like all the other ones. She can't be there tonight to accept her award because she's doing actual football work, preparing for a World Cup qualifier, rather than sitting around the Paladium schmoozing.  Here is the Holland squad celebrating when they found out on Sunday: Beste coach van de wereld! Gefeliciteerd Sarina!!! pic.twitter.com/xHP5cM5rvR— OranjeLeeuwinnen (@oranjevrouwen) October 23, 2017   8:18PM Best FIFA Women's Coach Award Arsenal captain Alex Scott and Ruud Gullit present this one. There's some glorious rehearsed banter: Credit: PA Gullit: "Dutch women's football is at the very top of its game." Scott: "And the men?" Gullit: "Uuuh can we continue please?" Nils Nielsen, Gerard Precheur, Sarina Wiegman are the nominees.  And the winner is... 8:14PM And now a video of Pele Because it's his birthday, obviously. 8:14PM Best FIFA Fans Award winner is... Celtic They were the first British club to win the European Cup, and now they're the first to win the FIFA fans award. Will it occupy the same bit of that rather large trophy cabinet? Perhaps not, but a lovely gesture all the same.  Chairman of Celtic, Ian Bankier  Credit: AFP   8:12PM Elba presents the fans award while pretending to be cold He's dressed as an Arsenal fan, standing in the royal circle, or stalls... I'm not a theatre guy, sorry. But it's the bit where Statler and Waldorf  (the two grumpy old men from the Muppets) go. Credit: GETTY IMAGES Sammy Eto'o is now here to present The FIFA Fan Award, which almost certainly comes from a good place, but feels a little disingenuous. Mostly because it's FIFA. Let's all think of the fans, the millionaires say.  And the winner is... 8:05PM Buffon says Buffon and Schmeichel are delighted to welcome their new child into the world "I want to try to speak (in English)!" "For me, I am very happy because it is a great honour to receive this award... at my age. I'm proud of it but I want to say thanks to my club, my coach, my teammates because they help me to make it possible and I want to say thanks to all the person (sic) who voted for me and I think the last year has been a fantastic season for Juventus, and a personal season. It wasn't enough to win in Europe and for this year I hope that we can to play better and with the national team and Juventus because I will like to finish with the soccer with a fantastic victory." Has Buffon just confirmed that he's going to retire at the end of the season? 8:02PM The Best FIFA goalkeeper is Gigi Buffon! Deserved! What a man, what a player! Buffon has beaten Manuel Neuer and Keylor Navas to be crowned the world's best goalkeeper. 8:01PM Olivier Giroud collecting his award Credit: FIFA   8:00PM Zinedine Zidane wins best FIFA football coach award "Sorry, my English is very bad".  And then he speaks in French, which unfortunately is not something I know well enough to translate for you. I apologise. Credit: FIFA   7:55PM The best FIFA football coach award It's a choice between Antonio Conte, who won the Premier League with a Chelsea side who probably shouldn't have won and inspired the world to play 3-4-3. Massimiliano Allegri, another Italian, who did rather well with Juventus, winning Serie A again. And Zinedine Zidane, who won La Liga and the Champions League... again. And it's Zizou! 7:54PM Idris Elba taking a selfie with Neymar Credit: REUTERS If this wasn't scripted, it is an absolutely superb bit of brand management by Elba. They're going to know who he is tomorrow!  7:52PM Olivier Giroud wins the Puskas Award Some people are trying to sing the 'Hey Jude' Giroud song. "I am delighted to receive this trophy in front of legends of football and would like to thank people who voted for me. I would like to congratulate the other nominees who scored amazing goals too and I would like to thank my teammates, without them I couldn't score maybe this goal. And also my family."  He's quite emotional.  "I would like to dedicate this trophy to my dad". 7:50PM The winner is... Credit: FIFA  OLIVIER GIROUD! 7:48PM Puskas Award part 2 Conte is forced to speak on the microphone and even in front of an enormous hall of people, goes to his quiet pre-match interview voice. It's quite funny. Conte's favourite is Giroud's, and SO IS NEYMAR!  And Leo Messi - the greatest player ever, of all time - is diplomatic and doesn't give one choice.  Ronaldo does the same thing: "it's hard to choose one goal".  And to present the award will be Catherine Zeta-Jones and Diego Forlan.  7:45PM Puskas Award for best goal After showing this video: They interview Harry Kane. The crowd boos (because a large portion of them seem to be Arsenal fans). Maybe not actually, now Frank Lampard is in the spotlight and he gets a round of applause. Lampard says his favourite goal is Giroud's, Kane says it's the South African goalkeeper's. He has to say that though. The repercussions for supporting something Arsenal are just too high. Schmeichel agrees with Mr Lampard. 7:40PM Elba is doing selfies Credit: AFP Tonight's host is wandering around the front row getting selfies with Neymar, Messi and Ronaldo, doing some jokes. Then he goes to Olivier Giroud. It's good to see that even in awards ceremonies, Giroud still has to come off the bench to be involved.  7:38PM Idris Elba going for the jokes Solid opening. The setup references that this is an international broadcast, so if you're from South America, 'como estas'. If you're from China, 'ni hao' (sp) and if you're from Hackney, "alright bruv".   7:36PM But first, it's Stomp! I'm doing this face. Some people are bashing bins around on the stage as they show highlights of... some football. You can't see what football because there are people bashing bins around on stage. Now they're bouncing footballs. Diego Maradona looks fairly unimpressed.  But they've timed one of the bits to coincide with the ball hitting the back of the net and a scream of "GOAL!" which is quite nice. And now they're replicating acrobatic soccer skills and celebrations. The crowd goes mildly wild and politely applauds. Cue Martin Tyler: "I swear you'll never see anything like this ever again!" 7:32PM Idris Elba is here Star of The Wire, the US Office and those Sky Movies adverts, here comes Idris Elba wearing a really nice tuxedo. James Bond wears a tuxedo. It's an audition! 7:29PM Ronaldo seems confident Credit: AFP I think they've lined up this so it's Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo, which isn't the order I'd have them in. Surely Ronaldo plays through the middle of a front three? 7:27PM Confirmation: Ronaldo and Messi are football friends Credit: AP   7:26PM Here's the guy who really wants you to know he's here Credit: AFP Yaaaaaay it's... that guy. Gianni Infantino, the newest president of FIFA, is shaking hands and being friendly to people.   7:23PM Ronaldo is here!  Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez Credit: GETTY IMAGES Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez are here and have done the walk along the... green carpet. I've just thought of a way they can decide who actually wins the top prize between this guy, Messi and Neymar. Stay with me... Penalty shootout. And like in Game of Thrones, they can all choose a person to stand in for them as goalkeeper. Seaman is there, Schmeichel and Buffon too. And that's it.  7:22PM Claudio Ranieri Credit: FIFA  Doing a fine job at Nantes just now, grabbing those 1-0 wins to help them climb the table. Everyone likes Ranieri. 7:19PM Antonio Conte says "I think that it's very important to stay here and fight for this award. It is amazing with Real Madrid, they won the Champions League and the league but it is amazing for me to stay here and to fight for this award." God I hope he means that literally. Can you imagine? Conte windmilling his way through the main hall, battering Peter Schmeichel and Luka Modric in a whirlwind of fury. 7:17PM Dream strike partnernship Credit: AP These two would destroy worlds.  7:15PM I just want someone to love me as much as Marcelo loves this woman Credit: GETTY IMAGES Can you feel it? Light beams of warmth coming out of his eyes. 7:11PM Dani Alves has come dressed as a futuristic pirate Credit: REUTERS "STOP RIGHT THERE! SPACE POLICE! Agent Daniel Alves and you've got a loooooooot of talking to do, punk." 7:09PM Harry Kane and Katie Goodland There he is! Harry gives a little bit to the presenters about how nice it is to be invited. He's so nice. "It makes me feel very proud. For me it’s about improving every year. Messi, Ronaldo set the standard for all of us so just to get up there and be involved is fantastic. The stadium, the atmosphere (at Real Madrid) was amazing. To get a result… I'm very proud." 7:06PM What would you rather win? This is a great question. Kay Murray (I think) essentially asks Gigi Buffon whether he is happy having won the World Cup and not the Champions League. Which would you rather win? If you were a player. Not as a fan. It's difficult isn't it? On the one hand, Scotland winning the World Cup would be amazing BUT I'm leaning towards Aberdeen being crowned European champions. 6:59PM Photos of Messi at the Best FIFA Awards Leo Messi and wife Antonella Credit: AP Credit: PA   6:58PM All the stars are here! Credit: OA  That's Marcelo, here's David Trezeguet: Credit: FIFA And here's Philip Schofield: Credit: PA If you aren't from the UK, you might not know who this man is so let's try and explain. Philip Schofield, or Scholey F as he likes to be known, is a giant of British television. He's perhaps the nicest man alive to also be a TV presenter and used to best friends with a gopher, the whereabouts of which are unknown. What happened to that gopher, you ask? Nobody is sure. All we know for certain is that until its lifeless body is discovered washed up on that little beach next to the South Bank on the Thames, we must assume it is alive.  6:52PM No questions for Messi The FIFA TV presenters have been told they are not allowed to ask Leo Messi any questions - not even in Spanish. What kind of world is this? We're all just waiting to hear what the great man will say about tonight's event and have been denied. We'll never know how he's looking forward to it, and may the best man win, and that London is very nice and that he's glad he's scored today but more pleased that the team got three points, and they just have to go again in the next game. In Spanish. But no! 6:47PM Leo Messi is here *high pitch scream* ARRRRHRHGGHHGHGHGHGHGHGH. And I can confirm he is wearing a normal suit. Nothing shiny and no LED lights. Disappointing. 6:47PM Frank Lampard is here "(Real Madrid) are going down as one of the best club teams in history. " I agree Frank. They're really good. "(Conte's) in the running (for best manager). He's done an unbelievable job at Chelsea" 6:45PM Messi looks terrified in his press photo shoot Credit: FIFA There are a few promo shoots featuring the key players. Messi is trying to look cool but is also wearing a hoody and sadly, that is almost impossible to do.  Credit: FIFA   6:39PM PHILIP SCHOFIELD IS HERE Oh now this is kicking off. "Oldham fan. My Granddad used to play pies at the ground as a lad. I was a constant disappointment for him because we (his brother) were rubbish. I just lacked the sporting mind, I think. I kick a ball around the garden with my nephews. I was asked all the way down Ronaldo or Messi... it's a tricky one. "Messi." There you have it. Philip Schofield believes Messi will win. Why do they need this event now? It's done, people! 6:37PM Patrick Kluivert is tonight's magician Credit: FIFA It's either that, or Kluivert's album cover has been leaked onto the picture database I'm currently enjoying. I think this one would be called "Still Crazy" or "These Nights".   Like that. Available on iTunes, but don't bother. You can stream it for free and it's not all that. 6:32PM Down with this sort of thing Credit: PA M8, mate, maaaaaaaaate what a fantastic shirt. Oooooooh that'll really stick it to them. Look what it says "for crying out loud" and oh my word, it's hand drawn! This is rock and roll. There is NOTHING more rock n roll than attending the overly elaborate celebration of individuals in a team sport governed by a disgraced international body than wearing a shirt with WRITING ON IT. Well done Kasabian, you truly represent all that is cool about football. 6:30PM MICHAEL DOUGLAS SUPPORTS SWANSEA Catherine Zeta-Jones says:  "My husband... Michael Douglas is a Swansea City fan." Confirmation there from Zeta-Jones, who claims to have supported Swansea since before they were back in the Premier League, as though that makes her cool or something. Alright, Catherine. Chill out.  Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I don't watch movies, I watch sport," she says. And that is because she doesn't know how sport is going to end. Imagine then, if you will, a Liverpool vs Newcastle match directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The twist - and there is a twist - is that Stan Collymore was the mascot the whole time. And the mascot is the Queen. And the Queen scores the winning goal, liberating a fictional country which is supposed to be from somewhere near Afghanistan. 6:26PM All the stars are here Credit: PA It's not a long trek for Granit Xhaka to be here as the awards are being held in London.  Credit: PA And here's star Valencia right-back Eamonn Holmes, who has flown in to hang out with all his La Liga pals like... Sergio Ramos, who will probably be here at some point. Credit: EPA That's why he was in London. Maradona is on his best behaviour and looking very nice, but as yet hasn't dribbled past a single person on the red carpet. 6:21PM Welcome! HELLO EVERYONE! Welcome to this most exciting of events. It's like the Oscars... but with David Seaman! Credit: PA  Seaman won't be winning any awards tonight, especially since he doesn't have a moustache anymore, and instead must watch as the likes of Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar sit on some expensive chairs and feign being incredibly pleased that one of the other two has won the Best Best FIFA Best Best Football Player Man Award. There are other awards too. Who will win them? Let's find out together. 6:15PM What's all this then? It's the 2017 Best Fifa Football Awards, the second to be held, where - among other awards - world player of the year is crowned. The breakaway event was started after Fifa's Ballon d'Or partnership with France Football ended. The Ballon d'Or is still awarded by the publication each year, while Fifa hands out its own awards in tonight's event. When is it? It's on Monday October 23 - ie today. What time does the event start? It's a 7.30pm BST start at the London Palladium. What TV channel is it on? You can watch the event, hosted by Idris Elba, on Fifa's YouTube channel. Alternatively, you can follow the event as it happens right here, or catch the highlights on ITV at 10.45pm. Ronaldo with last year's award and Sir Alex Ferguson Credit: Getty Images Which awards are up for grabs, and who is shortlisted? The Best Fifa Men's Player Three players have been nominated for the award from an initial shortlist of 24. Last year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo, has scored 45 goals in 48 appearances this calendar year, including 34 goals for club and 11 for country. These incredible individual statistics are bolstered by Ronaldo winning the Champions League and La Liga in the 2016/17 campaign. Lionel Messi is another unsurprising feature within the best player award, with 49 goals and 11 assists in 50 appearances in 2017. The most expensive player in the world, Neymar is the outside bet to be crowned the greatest footballer on earth. The Best Fifa football coach award The best coach award is separated into male and female categories.  Juventus boss, Massimiliano Allegri, after winning the league and Coppa Italia last season. Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, who in his first season in English football won the Premier League, setting a new record along the way achieving 30 wins in a single season. Finally Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane makes the list after winning the Champions League and Los Blancos' first league title for five years. In the women's section, the the top three comprise of Denmark’s manager Nils Nielsen, who guided her side to the final against Holland in this year European Championships. Lyon coach Gerard Precheur is nominated after winning the Champions League, the French League Cup and the French Cup, while Sarina Wiegman also features after leading Holland to the 2017 European championships.  The Best FIFA goalkeeper award Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus is nominated, having gone 600 minutes without conceding in the Champions League, while Keylor Navas of Real Madrid won his second consecutive Champions League along with a La Liga title. Manuel Neuer makes up the three-man short list. The Puskas Award The Puskas award is for the best goal of the year. This year the three finalists include Deyna Castellanos of Venezuela women's side, Olivier Giroud for his goal for Arsenal, below, and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. The Best Fifa Fan award Borussia Dortmund make the final three after supporters came together to offer shelter to Monaco fans displaced by their Champions League match being rescheduled after a bomb attack on the Dortmund team bus.  Celtic are included through their final match of the league season which coincided with the 50th anniversary of winning the European Cup in 1967, which made them the first British club to lift the prestigious trophy. The Celtic fans honoured the team, known as the "Lisbon Lions", with a stunning full 360-degree card display around Celtic Park. FC Copenhagen were also nominated after winning the league in their final game against Brondby, when players handed the trophy to the fans, who then passed the trophy along to a wheelchair-bound supporter and lifted him in the air. Awards night preview: Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to retain his crown as FIFA men's player of the year in London on Monday night. The Real Madrid and Portugal superstar is up against Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Paris St Germain's Neymar for the award he won last year. The ceremony, which takes place at the London Palladium, is the second since the FIFA award split from France Football's Ballon d'Or prize. Ronaldo has scored 44 goals for club and country so far in 2017 and scored twice in the Champions League final in June, as Real won the competition for a record-extending 12th time. Messi has hit 50 goals for Barca and Argentina while Neymar, the world's most expensive player after he left Barcelona for PSG in the summer, has 25 goals to his name for Barca, PSG and Brazil. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is in the running for the top men's coach award along with Ronaldo's boss at Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, and Juventus chief Massimiliano Allegri. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud's 'scorpion kick' volley against Crystal Palace in January has been nominated for the Puskas Award for best goal. The 31-year-old's effort has been shortlisted along with goals from Venezuela's Deyna Castellanos and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. Castellanos is also nominated for the women's player of the year award alongside last year's winner Carli Lloyd of the United States and Holland's Lieke Martens. The winners are decided by a jury of club and international coaches, media representatives and fans. PA  

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Fifa player of the year award in London

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Best Fifa Men's Player Lieke Martens wins Best Fifa Women's Player Fifa XI is: Buffon; Marcelo, Bonucci, Ramos, Alves; Iniesta, Modric, Kroos; Neymar, Ronaldo, Messi Celtic win Fifa Fans Award Sarina Wiegman wins Best Fifa Women's Coach Zinedine Zidane wins Best Male Coach Gigi Buffon wins Best Goalkeeper  Olivier Giroud wins Puskas Award for best goal By PA: Real Madrid's Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo was crowned the best soccer player in the world for the second year running at Fifa's The Best awards gala on Monday. The four-time Ballon d'Or winner won a La Liga and Champions League double with the Madrid club this year, striking twice against Juventus in the European Cup final to help Real become the first team to retain the trophy in its current format. 'I'm 32 and I'm the best player in the world', Ronaldo reflects on winning award 00:39 Barcelona's Argentina forward Lionel Messi, who has won the Ballon d'or five times, and Paris St Germain's Brazil forward Neymar were runners up for the award voted for by national team coaches and captains plus the media and fans. The Best Fifa Men's Player award and the Ballon d'or, which is voted for only by the media, are now separate awards. Real Madrid's French coach Zinedine Zidane won the manager of the year trophy for his part in the club's success. Zidane was awarded Best Men's Coach Credit: FIFA Five Real players were named in the best XI of the year, with Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos joining Ronaldo, while Messi, Neymar, Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Dani Alves (PSG), Leonardo Bonucci (AC Milan) and Andres Iniesta (Barcelona) were also selected. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud won the Puskas Award for the best goal of the year, which was the Frenchman's scorpion kick against Crystal Palace, and Buffon was declared best goalkeeper. Holland's Lieke Martens won best female player of the year, while the Dutch women's national team coach Sarina Weigman was voted best manager after the team's triumph at Euro 2017. 9:33PM Who voted for Harry Kane? British Virgin Islands, France, Montserrat (who voted Suarez, Kane, Kante just to be different), Bahamas, Wales, Cambodia and Vanuatu.  Of course. The nation of Vanuatu. If anyone reading this is from Vanuatu, hello! 9:28PM How the international captains voted Here's the interesting bit... how footballers actually voted. Jordan Henderson (England): Ronaldo, Messi, Suarez. Huge Lloris (France): Ronaldo, Ramos, Kane. Manuel Neuer (Germany): Kroos, Lewandowski,Vidal (Kroos is very good tbf) Leo Messi (Argentina): Suarez, Iniesta, Neymar Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal): Modric, Ramos, Marcelo Dani Alves: Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo 9:03PM Cristiano Ronaldo meeting Maradona Credit: AFP   9:01PM A way to make Kasabian acceptable If they had played this:  Everything would be OK. Ronaldo is off to listen to this in the back of a giant limousine. 8:59PM Is this better than a Ballon d'Or? Is it the same? Does anyone know for sure what really counts as the actual award these days? 8:58PM Cristiano Ronaldo says "I want to mention Leo and Neymar to be here. Real Madrid supporters, my teammates, my coach, they support all the year so I have to say thank you to them.  "I'm really glad. This is a great moment for me. I know I have fans all over the world so thank you for the support. I appreciate that. "And I think I say everything. It's great to be here around these great players, this amazing player and I'm so happy guys. Thank you everybody and good night." 8:55PM CRISTIANO RONALDO WINS! Credit: FIFA He is the Best FIFA Men's Player! Credit: AFP   8:54PM The nominees   8:53PM Maradona's not quite on the ball Credit: FIFA He tries to open the envelope and reveal the winner before they've shown the video. Ronaldo gives him a nudge and tells him there's a video.  "Aaaaaaaaah!" he says. 8:51PM Ronaldo and Diego Maradona to present Best Men's Award That's a fairly decent attacking duo. 8:51PM Lieke Martens wins Best FIFA Women's Player! Martens was of course hugely influential in Holland's Euro 2017 win. "My dad and mum, this one is for you!" she says in her acceptance speech, also from yesterday because she is doing real football work instead of larking about in London. 8:49PM Best Women's Player Award It's the penultimate award of the evening. Hidetoshi Nakata - who looks cool - and Celia Sasic, who played for Germany, are here to present.  Deyna Castellanos, Carli Lloyd and Lieke Martens, who is ridiculously good, and my pick for the prize.  8:46PM The best team in the world!   8:45PM Music is subjective If you happen to love Kasabian, that's absolutely fine, by the way. I like a lot of music that many, many people do not, for instance. And I've never written a song that's gotten close to selling many millions of copies either. Though did once get a two out of five review in The List for an album. But those were younger days. 8:43PM They should make a band out of footballers What is the need for Kasabian here? Get Petr Cech on drums, Alexis Sanchez on piano, Gary Neville on guitar and... I dunno. Literally anyone singing. Patrice Evra on vocals. And they have to play 'Africa' by Toto because that song is ace. 8:41PM Oh the banter How long did it take Neymar to get ready? 20 minutes apparently. "I don't believe a word of it!" says the presenter. Dani Alves took less time. Just look how delighted Messi is to be involved with this. The greatest player of all time, forced to respond to jokes in a foreign language. And even worse, now he has to listen to Kasabian. Imagine. You're made to do go on international television, barely understand what's happening and are asked questions about doing your hair. And then Kasabian. 8:38PM Ronaldo's catchphrase for tonight "Talent without work is nothing." 8:37PM Bonucci is sat next to Dani Alves You may or may not be aware that Leonardo Bonucci and Dani Alves played alongside each other in the Champions League final against Real Madrid. There are rumours there may have been some sort of disagreement in the dressing room during that match... but now they are sitting next to each other and very friendly. 8:34PM Ronaldo on his team achievement Credit: EPA "Great achievement. I feel so proud, it takes many hours of work and dedication. To be on this stage 11 times it's a lot. Thank you to people who are voting me." 8:33PM World XI go offstage the wrong way They need a manager. 8:33PM This means nothing People who play Ultimate Team are probably pretty pumped about this FIFA dream team. If you save all your money up, you never know, you might find one of these guys in a pack for FIFA 18. SPEND YOUR MONEY! Or, you can have fun and play Pro Evo. It's really great this year.  8:28PM Best team in the world Here we go. David Suazo (he's from Honduras and used to play for Inter Milan) and Frank Lampard (come on) present the award. Credit: AFP In goal, it's Gigi Buffon. Right-back Dani Alves. Left-back Marcelo. Centre-back Sergio Ramos. Centre-back Leonardo Bonucci. Centre-midfield Luka Modric. Centre-midfield Toni Kroos. Centre-midfield Andre Iniesta (I love Iniesta but...) Right forward Lionel Messi Left forward Neymar Credit: AFP Striker Cristiano Ronaldo That's a 4-3-3 then. Solid. Not bad. 8:20PM Sarina Wiegman wins Best FIFA Women's Coach Wiegman led Holland to win Euro 2017 and had them playing some really entertaining football along the way. A deserved winner, just like all the other ones. She can't be there tonight to accept her award because she's doing actual football work, preparing for a World Cup qualifier, rather than sitting around the Paladium schmoozing.  Here is the Holland squad celebrating when they found out on Sunday: Beste coach van de wereld! Gefeliciteerd Sarina!!! pic.twitter.com/xHP5cM5rvR— OranjeLeeuwinnen (@oranjevrouwen) October 23, 2017   8:18PM Best FIFA Women's Coach Award Arsenal captain Alex Scott and Ruud Gullit present this one. There's some glorious rehearsed banter: Credit: PA Gullit: "Dutch women's football is at the very top of its game." Scott: "And the men?" Gullit: "Uuuh can we continue please?" Nils Nielsen, Gerard Precheur, Sarina Wiegman are the nominees.  And the winner is... 8:14PM And now a video of Pele Because it's his birthday, obviously. 8:14PM Best FIFA Fans Award winner is... Celtic They were the first British club to win the European Cup, and now they're the first to win the FIFA fans award. Will it occupy the same bit of that rather large trophy cabinet? Perhaps not, but a lovely gesture all the same.  Chairman of Celtic, Ian Bankier  Credit: AFP   8:12PM Elba presents the fans award while pretending to be cold He's dressed as an Arsenal fan, standing in the royal circle, or stalls... I'm not a theatre guy, sorry. But it's the bit where Statler and Waldorf  (the two grumpy old men from the Muppets) go. Credit: GETTY IMAGES Sammy Eto'o is now here to present The FIFA Fan Award, which almost certainly comes from a good place, but feels a little disingenuous. Mostly because it's FIFA. Let's all think of the fans, the millionaires say.  And the winner is... 8:05PM Buffon says Buffon and Schmeichel are delighted to welcome their new child into the world "I want to try to speak (in English)!" "For me, I am very happy because it is a great honour to receive this award... at my age. I'm proud of it but I want to say thanks to my club, my coach, my teammates because they help me to make it possible and I want to say thanks to all the person (sic) who voted for me and I think the last year has been a fantastic season for Juventus, and a personal season. It wasn't enough to win in Europe and for this year I hope that we can to play better and with the national team and Juventus because I will like to finish with the soccer with a fantastic victory." Has Buffon just confirmed that he's going to retire at the end of the season? 8:02PM The Best FIFA goalkeeper is Gigi Buffon! Deserved! What a man, what a player! Buffon has beaten Manuel Neuer and Keylor Navas to be crowned the world's best goalkeeper. 8:01PM Olivier Giroud collecting his award Credit: FIFA   8:00PM Zinedine Zidane wins best FIFA football coach award "Sorry, my English is very bad".  And then he speaks in French, which unfortunately is not something I know well enough to translate for you. I apologise. Credit: FIFA   7:55PM The best FIFA football coach award It's a choice between Antonio Conte, who won the Premier League with a Chelsea side who probably shouldn't have won and inspired the world to play 3-4-3. Massimiliano Allegri, another Italian, who did rather well with Juventus, winning Serie A again. And Zinedine Zidane, who won La Liga and the Champions League... again. And it's Zizou! 7:54PM Idris Elba taking a selfie with Neymar Credit: REUTERS If this wasn't scripted, it is an absolutely superb bit of brand management by Elba. They're going to know who he is tomorrow!  7:52PM Olivier Giroud wins the Puskas Award Some people are trying to sing the 'Hey Jude' Giroud song. "I am delighted to receive this trophy in front of legends of football and would like to thank people who voted for me. I would like to congratulate the other nominees who scored amazing goals too and I would like to thank my teammates, without them I couldn't score maybe this goal. And also my family."  He's quite emotional.  "I would like to dedicate this trophy to my dad". 7:50PM The winner is... Credit: FIFA  OLIVIER GIROUD! 7:48PM Puskas Award part 2 Conte is forced to speak on the microphone and even in front of an enormous hall of people, goes to his quiet pre-match interview voice. It's quite funny. Conte's favourite is Giroud's, and SO IS NEYMAR!  And Leo Messi - the greatest player ever, of all time - is diplomatic and doesn't give one choice.  Ronaldo does the same thing: "it's hard to choose one goal".  And to present the award will be Catherine Zeta-Jones and Diego Forlan.  7:45PM Puskas Award for best goal After showing this video: They interview Harry Kane. The crowd boos (because a large portion of them seem to be Arsenal fans). Maybe not actually, now Frank Lampard is in the spotlight and he gets a round of applause. Lampard says his favourite goal is Giroud's, Kane says it's the South African goalkeeper's. He has to say that though. The repercussions for supporting something Arsenal are just too high. Schmeichel agrees with Mr Lampard. 7:40PM Elba is doing selfies Credit: AFP Tonight's host is wandering around the front row getting selfies with Neymar, Messi and Ronaldo, doing some jokes. Then he goes to Olivier Giroud. It's good to see that even in awards ceremonies, Giroud still has to come off the bench to be involved.  7:38PM Idris Elba going for the jokes Solid opening. The setup references that this is an international broadcast, so if you're from South America, 'como estas'. If you're from China, 'ni hao' (sp) and if you're from Hackney, "alright bruv".   7:36PM But first, it's Stomp! I'm doing this face. Some people are bashing bins around on the stage as they show highlights of... some football. You can't see what football because there are people bashing bins around on stage. Now they're bouncing footballs. Diego Maradona looks fairly unimpressed.  But they've timed one of the bits to coincide with the ball hitting the back of the net and a scream of "GOAL!" which is quite nice. And now they're replicating acrobatic soccer skills and celebrations. The crowd goes mildly wild and politely applauds. Cue Martin Tyler: "I swear you'll never see anything like this ever again!" 7:32PM Idris Elba is here Star of The Wire, the US Office and those Sky Movies adverts, here comes Idris Elba wearing a really nice tuxedo. James Bond wears a tuxedo. It's an audition! 7:29PM Ronaldo seems confident Credit: AFP I think they've lined up this so it's Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo, which isn't the order I'd have them in. Surely Ronaldo plays through the middle of a front three? 7:27PM Confirmation: Ronaldo and Messi are football friends Credit: AP   7:26PM Here's the guy who really wants you to know he's here Credit: AFP Yaaaaaay it's... that guy. Gianni Infantino, the newest president of FIFA, is shaking hands and being friendly to people.   7:23PM Ronaldo is here!  Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez Credit: GETTY IMAGES Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez are here and have done the walk along the... green carpet. I've just thought of a way they can decide who actually wins the top prize between this guy, Messi and Neymar. Stay with me... Penalty shootout. And like in Game of Thrones, they can all choose a person to stand in for them as goalkeeper. Seaman is there, Schmeichel and Buffon too. And that's it.  7:22PM Claudio Ranieri Credit: FIFA  Doing a fine job at Nantes just now, grabbing those 1-0 wins to help them climb the table. Everyone likes Ranieri. 7:19PM Antonio Conte says "I think that it's very important to stay here and fight for this award. It is amazing with Real Madrid, they won the Champions League and the league but it is amazing for me to stay here and to fight for this award." God I hope he means that literally. Can you imagine? Conte windmilling his way through the main hall, battering Peter Schmeichel and Luka Modric in a whirlwind of fury. 7:17PM Dream strike partnernship Credit: AP These two would destroy worlds.  7:15PM I just want someone to love me as much as Marcelo loves this woman Credit: GETTY IMAGES Can you feel it? Light beams of warmth coming out of his eyes. 7:11PM Dani Alves has come dressed as a futuristic pirate Credit: REUTERS "STOP RIGHT THERE! SPACE POLICE! Agent Daniel Alves and you've got a loooooooot of talking to do, punk." 7:09PM Harry Kane and Katie Goodland There he is! Harry gives a little bit to the presenters about how nice it is to be invited. He's so nice. "It makes me feel very proud. For me it’s about improving every year. Messi, Ronaldo set the standard for all of us so just to get up there and be involved is fantastic. The stadium, the atmosphere (at Real Madrid) was amazing. To get a result… I'm very proud." 7:06PM What would you rather win? This is a great question. Kay Murray (I think) essentially asks Gigi Buffon whether he is happy having won the World Cup and not the Champions League. Which would you rather win? If you were a player. Not as a fan. It's difficult isn't it? On the one hand, Scotland winning the World Cup would be amazing BUT I'm leaning towards Aberdeen being crowned European champions. 6:59PM Photos of Messi at the Best FIFA Awards Leo Messi and wife Antonella Credit: AP Credit: PA   6:58PM All the stars are here! Credit: OA  That's Marcelo, here's David Trezeguet: Credit: FIFA And here's Philip Schofield: Credit: PA If you aren't from the UK, you might not know who this man is so let's try and explain. Philip Schofield, or Scholey F as he likes to be known, is a giant of British television. He's perhaps the nicest man alive to also be a TV presenter and used to best friends with a gopher, the whereabouts of which are unknown. What happened to that gopher, you ask? Nobody is sure. All we know for certain is that until its lifeless body is discovered washed up on that little beach next to the South Bank on the Thames, we must assume it is alive.  6:52PM No questions for Messi The FIFA TV presenters have been told they are not allowed to ask Leo Messi any questions - not even in Spanish. What kind of world is this? We're all just waiting to hear what the great man will say about tonight's event and have been denied. We'll never know how he's looking forward to it, and may the best man win, and that London is very nice and that he's glad he's scored today but more pleased that the team got three points, and they just have to go again in the next game. In Spanish. But no! 6:47PM Leo Messi is here *high pitch scream* ARRRRHRHGGHHGHGHGHGHGHGH. And I can confirm he is wearing a normal suit. Nothing shiny and no LED lights. Disappointing. 6:47PM Frank Lampard is here "(Real Madrid) are going down as one of the best club teams in history. " I agree Frank. They're really good. "(Conte's) in the running (for best manager). He's done an unbelievable job at Chelsea" 6:45PM Messi looks terrified in his press photo shoot Credit: FIFA There are a few promo shoots featuring the key players. Messi is trying to look cool but is also wearing a hoody and sadly, that is almost impossible to do.  Credit: FIFA   6:39PM PHILIP SCHOFIELD IS HERE Oh now this is kicking off. "Oldham fan. My Granddad used to play pies at the ground as a lad. I was a constant disappointment for him because we (his brother) were rubbish. I just lacked the sporting mind, I think. I kick a ball around the garden with my nephews. I was asked all the way down Ronaldo or Messi... it's a tricky one. "Messi." There you have it. Philip Schofield believes Messi will win. Why do they need this event now? It's done, people! 6:37PM Patrick Kluivert is tonight's magician Credit: FIFA It's either that, or Kluivert's album cover has been leaked onto the picture database I'm currently enjoying. I think this one would be called "Still Crazy" or "These Nights".   Like that. Available on iTunes, but don't bother. You can stream it for free and it's not all that. 6:32PM Down with this sort of thing Credit: PA M8, mate, maaaaaaaaate what a fantastic shirt. Oooooooh that'll really stick it to them. Look what it says "for crying out loud" and oh my word, it's hand drawn! This is rock and roll. There is NOTHING more rock n roll than attending the overly elaborate celebration of individuals in a team sport governed by a disgraced international body than wearing a shirt with WRITING ON IT. Well done Kasabian, you truly represent all that is cool about football. 6:30PM MICHAEL DOUGLAS SUPPORTS SWANSEA Catherine Zeta-Jones says:  "My husband... Michael Douglas is a Swansea City fan." Confirmation there from Zeta-Jones, who claims to have supported Swansea since before they were back in the Premier League, as though that makes her cool or something. Alright, Catherine. Chill out.  Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I don't watch movies, I watch sport," she says. And that is because she doesn't know how sport is going to end. Imagine then, if you will, a Liverpool vs Newcastle match directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The twist - and there is a twist - is that Stan Collymore was the mascot the whole time. And the mascot is the Queen. And the Queen scores the winning goal, liberating a fictional country which is supposed to be from somewhere near Afghanistan. 6:26PM All the stars are here Credit: PA It's not a long trek for Granit Xhaka to be here as the awards are being held in London.  Credit: PA And here's star Valencia right-back Eamonn Holmes, who has flown in to hang out with all his La Liga pals like... Sergio Ramos, who will probably be here at some point. Credit: EPA That's why he was in London. Maradona is on his best behaviour and looking very nice, but as yet hasn't dribbled past a single person on the red carpet. 6:21PM Welcome! HELLO EVERYONE! Welcome to this most exciting of events. It's like the Oscars... but with David Seaman! Credit: PA  Seaman won't be winning any awards tonight, especially since he doesn't have a moustache anymore, and instead must watch as the likes of Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar sit on some expensive chairs and feign being incredibly pleased that one of the other two has won the Best Best FIFA Best Best Football Player Man Award. There are other awards too. Who will win them? Let's find out together. 6:15PM What's all this then? It's the 2017 Best Fifa Football Awards, the second to be held, where - among other awards - world player of the year is crowned. The breakaway event was started after Fifa's Ballon d'Or partnership with France Football ended. The Ballon d'Or is still awarded by the publication each year, while Fifa hands out its own awards in tonight's event. When is it? It's on Monday October 23 - ie today. What time does the event start? It's a 7.30pm BST start at the London Palladium. What TV channel is it on? You can watch the event, hosted by Idris Elba, on Fifa's YouTube channel. Alternatively, you can follow the event as it happens right here, or catch the highlights on ITV at 10.45pm. Ronaldo with last year's award and Sir Alex Ferguson Credit: Getty Images Which awards are up for grabs, and who is shortlisted? The Best Fifa Men's Player Three players have been nominated for the award from an initial shortlist of 24. Last year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo, has scored 45 goals in 48 appearances this calendar year, including 34 goals for club and 11 for country. These incredible individual statistics are bolstered by Ronaldo winning the Champions League and La Liga in the 2016/17 campaign. Lionel Messi is another unsurprising feature within the best player award, with 49 goals and 11 assists in 50 appearances in 2017. The most expensive player in the world, Neymar is the outside bet to be crowned the greatest footballer on earth. The Best Fifa football coach award The best coach award is separated into male and female categories.  Juventus boss, Massimiliano Allegri, after winning the league and Coppa Italia last season. Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, who in his first season in English football won the Premier League, setting a new record along the way achieving 30 wins in a single season. Finally Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane makes the list after winning the Champions League and Los Blancos' first league title for five years. In the women's section, the the top three comprise of Denmark’s manager Nils Nielsen, who guided her side to the final against Holland in this year European Championships. Lyon coach Gerard Precheur is nominated after winning the Champions League, the French League Cup and the French Cup, while Sarina Wiegman also features after leading Holland to the 2017 European championships.  The Best FIFA goalkeeper award Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus is nominated, having gone 600 minutes without conceding in the Champions League, while Keylor Navas of Real Madrid won his second consecutive Champions League along with a La Liga title. Manuel Neuer makes up the three-man short list. The Puskas Award The Puskas award is for the best goal of the year. This year the three finalists include Deyna Castellanos of Venezuela women's side, Olivier Giroud for his goal for Arsenal, below, and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. The Best Fifa Fan award Borussia Dortmund make the final three after supporters came together to offer shelter to Monaco fans displaced by their Champions League match being rescheduled after a bomb attack on the Dortmund team bus.  Celtic are included through their final match of the league season which coincided with the 50th anniversary of winning the European Cup in 1967, which made them the first British club to lift the prestigious trophy. The Celtic fans honoured the team, known as the "Lisbon Lions", with a stunning full 360-degree card display around Celtic Park. FC Copenhagen were also nominated after winning the league in their final game against Brondby, when players handed the trophy to the fans, who then passed the trophy along to a wheelchair-bound supporter and lifted him in the air. Awards night preview: Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to retain his crown as FIFA men's player of the year in London on Monday night. The Real Madrid and Portugal superstar is up against Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Paris St Germain's Neymar for the award he won last year. The ceremony, which takes place at the London Palladium, is the second since the FIFA award split from France Football's Ballon d'Or prize. Ronaldo has scored 44 goals for club and country so far in 2017 and scored twice in the Champions League final in June, as Real won the competition for a record-extending 12th time. Messi has hit 50 goals for Barca and Argentina while Neymar, the world's most expensive player after he left Barcelona for PSG in the summer, has 25 goals to his name for Barca, PSG and Brazil. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is in the running for the top men's coach award along with Ronaldo's boss at Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, and Juventus chief Massimiliano Allegri. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud's 'scorpion kick' volley against Crystal Palace in January has been nominated for the Puskas Award for best goal. The 31-year-old's effort has been shortlisted along with goals from Venezuela's Deyna Castellanos and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. Castellanos is also nominated for the women's player of the year award alongside last year's winner Carli Lloyd of the United States and Holland's Lieke Martens. The winners are decided by a jury of club and international coaches, media representatives and fans. PA  

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Fifa player of the year award in London

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Best Fifa Men's Player Lieke Martens wins Best Fifa Women's Player Fifa XI is: Buffon; Marcelo, Bonucci, Ramos, Alves; Iniesta, Modric, Kroos; Neymar, Ronaldo, Messi Celtic win Fifa Fans Award Sarina Wiegman wins Best Fifa Women's Coach Zinedine Zidane wins Best Male Coach Gigi Buffon wins Best Goalkeeper  Olivier Giroud wins Puskas Award for best goal By PA: Real Madrid's Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo was crowned the best soccer player in the world for the second year running at Fifa's The Best awards gala on Monday. The four-time Ballon d'Or winner won a La Liga and Champions League double with the Madrid club this year, striking twice against Juventus in the European Cup final to help Real become the first team to retain the trophy in its current format. 'I'm 32 and I'm the best player in the world', Ronaldo reflects on winning award 00:39 Barcelona's Argentina forward Lionel Messi, who has won the Ballon d'or five times, and Paris St Germain's Brazil forward Neymar were runners up for the award voted for by national team coaches and captains plus the media and fans. The Best Fifa Men's Player award and the Ballon d'or, which is voted for only by the media, are now separate awards. Real Madrid's French coach Zinedine Zidane won the manager of the year trophy for his part in the club's success. Zidane was awarded Best Men's Coach Credit: FIFA Five Real players were named in the best XI of the year, with Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos joining Ronaldo, while Messi, Neymar, Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Dani Alves (PSG), Leonardo Bonucci (AC Milan) and Andres Iniesta (Barcelona) were also selected. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud won the Puskas Award for the best goal of the year, which was the Frenchman's scorpion kick against Crystal Palace, and Buffon was declared best goalkeeper. Holland's Lieke Martens won best female player of the year, while the Dutch women's national team coach Sarina Weigman was voted best manager after the team's triumph at Euro 2017. 9:33PM Who voted for Harry Kane? British Virgin Islands, France, Montserrat (who voted Suarez, Kane, Kante just to be different), Bahamas, Wales, Cambodia and Vanuatu.  Of course. The nation of Vanuatu. If anyone reading this is from Vanuatu, hello! 9:28PM How the international captains voted Here's the interesting bit... how footballers actually voted. Jordan Henderson (England): Ronaldo, Messi, Suarez. Huge Lloris (France): Ronaldo, Ramos, Kane. Manuel Neuer (Germany): Kroos, Lewandowski,Vidal (Kroos is very good tbf) Leo Messi (Argentina): Suarez, Iniesta, Neymar Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal): Modric, Ramos, Marcelo Dani Alves: Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo 9:03PM Cristiano Ronaldo meeting Maradona Credit: AFP   9:01PM A way to make Kasabian acceptable If they had played this:  Everything would be OK. Ronaldo is off to listen to this in the back of a giant limousine. 8:59PM Is this better than a Ballon d'Or? Is it the same? Does anyone know for sure what really counts as the actual award these days? 8:58PM Cristiano Ronaldo says "I want to mention Leo and Neymar to be here. Real Madrid supporters, my teammates, my coach, they support all the year so I have to say thank you to them.  "I'm really glad. This is a great moment for me. I know I have fans all over the world so thank you for the support. I appreciate that. "And I think I say everything. It's great to be here around these great players, this amazing player and I'm so happy guys. Thank you everybody and good night." 8:55PM CRISTIANO RONALDO WINS! Credit: FIFA He is the Best FIFA Men's Player! Credit: AFP   8:54PM The nominees   8:53PM Maradona's not quite on the ball Credit: FIFA He tries to open the envelope and reveal the winner before they've shown the video. Ronaldo gives him a nudge and tells him there's a video.  "Aaaaaaaaah!" he says. 8:51PM Ronaldo and Diego Maradona to present Best Men's Award That's a fairly decent attacking duo. 8:51PM Lieke Martens wins Best FIFA Women's Player! Martens was of course hugely influential in Holland's Euro 2017 win. "My dad and mum, this one is for you!" she says in her acceptance speech, also from yesterday because she is doing real football work instead of larking about in London. 8:49PM Best Women's Player Award It's the penultimate award of the evening. Hidetoshi Nakata - who looks cool - and Celia Sasic, who played for Germany, are here to present.  Deyna Castellanos, Carli Lloyd and Lieke Martens, who is ridiculously good, and my pick for the prize.  8:46PM The best team in the world!   8:45PM Music is subjective If you happen to love Kasabian, that's absolutely fine, by the way. I like a lot of music that many, many people do not, for instance. And I've never written a song that's gotten close to selling many millions of copies either. Though did once get a two out of five review in The List for an album. But those were younger days. 8:43PM They should make a band out of footballers What is the need for Kasabian here? Get Petr Cech on drums, Alexis Sanchez on piano, Gary Neville on guitar and... I dunno. Literally anyone singing. Patrice Evra on vocals. And they have to play 'Africa' by Toto because that song is ace. 8:41PM Oh the banter How long did it take Neymar to get ready? 20 minutes apparently. "I don't believe a word of it!" says the presenter. Dani Alves took less time. Just look how delighted Messi is to be involved with this. The greatest player of all time, forced to respond to jokes in a foreign language. And even worse, now he has to listen to Kasabian. Imagine. You're made to do go on international television, barely understand what's happening and are asked questions about doing your hair. And then Kasabian. 8:38PM Ronaldo's catchphrase for tonight "Talent without work is nothing." 8:37PM Bonucci is sat next to Dani Alves You may or may not be aware that Leonardo Bonucci and Dani Alves played alongside each other in the Champions League final against Real Madrid. There are rumours there may have been some sort of disagreement in the dressing room during that match... but now they are sitting next to each other and very friendly. 8:34PM Ronaldo on his team achievement Credit: EPA "Great achievement. I feel so proud, it takes many hours of work and dedication. To be on this stage 11 times it's a lot. Thank you to people who are voting me." 8:33PM World XI go offstage the wrong way They need a manager. 8:33PM This means nothing People who play Ultimate Team are probably pretty pumped about this FIFA dream team. If you save all your money up, you never know, you might find one of these guys in a pack for FIFA 18. SPEND YOUR MONEY! Or, you can have fun and play Pro Evo. It's really great this year.  8:28PM Best team in the world Here we go. David Suazo (he's from Honduras and used to play for Inter Milan) and Frank Lampard (come on) present the award. Credit: AFP In goal, it's Gigi Buffon. Right-back Dani Alves. Left-back Marcelo. Centre-back Sergio Ramos. Centre-back Leonardo Bonucci. Centre-midfield Luka Modric. Centre-midfield Toni Kroos. Centre-midfield Andre Iniesta (I love Iniesta but...) Right forward Lionel Messi Left forward Neymar Credit: AFP Striker Cristiano Ronaldo That's a 4-3-3 then. Solid. Not bad. 8:20PM Sarina Wiegman wins Best FIFA Women's Coach Wiegman led Holland to win Euro 2017 and had them playing some really entertaining football along the way. A deserved winner, just like all the other ones. She can't be there tonight to accept her award because she's doing actual football work, preparing for a World Cup qualifier, rather than sitting around the Paladium schmoozing.  Here is the Holland squad celebrating when they found out on Sunday: Beste coach van de wereld! Gefeliciteerd Sarina!!! pic.twitter.com/xHP5cM5rvR— OranjeLeeuwinnen (@oranjevrouwen) October 23, 2017   8:18PM Best FIFA Women's Coach Award Arsenal captain Alex Scott and Ruud Gullit present this one. There's some glorious rehearsed banter: Credit: PA Gullit: "Dutch women's football is at the very top of its game." Scott: "And the men?" Gullit: "Uuuh can we continue please?" Nils Nielsen, Gerard Precheur, Sarina Wiegman are the nominees.  And the winner is... 8:14PM And now a video of Pele Because it's his birthday, obviously. 8:14PM Best FIFA Fans Award winner is... Celtic They were the first British club to win the European Cup, and now they're the first to win the FIFA fans award. Will it occupy the same bit of that rather large trophy cabinet? Perhaps not, but a lovely gesture all the same.  Chairman of Celtic, Ian Bankier  Credit: AFP   8:12PM Elba presents the fans award while pretending to be cold He's dressed as an Arsenal fan, standing in the royal circle, or stalls... I'm not a theatre guy, sorry. But it's the bit where Statler and Waldorf  (the two grumpy old men from the Muppets) go. Credit: GETTY IMAGES Sammy Eto'o is now here to present The FIFA Fan Award, which almost certainly comes from a good place, but feels a little disingenuous. Mostly because it's FIFA. Let's all think of the fans, the millionaires say.  And the winner is... 8:05PM Buffon says Buffon and Schmeichel are delighted to welcome their new child into the world "I want to try to speak (in English)!" "For me, I am very happy because it is a great honour to receive this award... at my age. I'm proud of it but I want to say thanks to my club, my coach, my teammates because they help me to make it possible and I want to say thanks to all the person (sic) who voted for me and I think the last year has been a fantastic season for Juventus, and a personal season. It wasn't enough to win in Europe and for this year I hope that we can to play better and with the national team and Juventus because I will like to finish with the soccer with a fantastic victory." Has Buffon just confirmed that he's going to retire at the end of the season? 8:02PM The Best FIFA goalkeeper is Gigi Buffon! Deserved! What a man, what a player! Buffon has beaten Manuel Neuer and Keylor Navas to be crowned the world's best goalkeeper. 8:01PM Olivier Giroud collecting his award Credit: FIFA   8:00PM Zinedine Zidane wins best FIFA football coach award "Sorry, my English is very bad".  And then he speaks in French, which unfortunately is not something I know well enough to translate for you. I apologise. Credit: FIFA   7:55PM The best FIFA football coach award It's a choice between Antonio Conte, who won the Premier League with a Chelsea side who probably shouldn't have won and inspired the world to play 3-4-3. Massimiliano Allegri, another Italian, who did rather well with Juventus, winning Serie A again. And Zinedine Zidane, who won La Liga and the Champions League... again. And it's Zizou! 7:54PM Idris Elba taking a selfie with Neymar Credit: REUTERS If this wasn't scripted, it is an absolutely superb bit of brand management by Elba. They're going to know who he is tomorrow!  7:52PM Olivier Giroud wins the Puskas Award Some people are trying to sing the 'Hey Jude' Giroud song. "I am delighted to receive this trophy in front of legends of football and would like to thank people who voted for me. I would like to congratulate the other nominees who scored amazing goals too and I would like to thank my teammates, without them I couldn't score maybe this goal. And also my family."  He's quite emotional.  "I would like to dedicate this trophy to my dad". 7:50PM The winner is... Credit: FIFA  OLIVIER GIROUD! 7:48PM Puskas Award part 2 Conte is forced to speak on the microphone and even in front of an enormous hall of people, goes to his quiet pre-match interview voice. It's quite funny. Conte's favourite is Giroud's, and SO IS NEYMAR!  And Leo Messi - the greatest player ever, of all time - is diplomatic and doesn't give one choice.  Ronaldo does the same thing: "it's hard to choose one goal".  And to present the award will be Catherine Zeta-Jones and Diego Forlan.  7:45PM Puskas Award for best goal After showing this video: They interview Harry Kane. The crowd boos (because a large portion of them seem to be Arsenal fans). Maybe not actually, now Frank Lampard is in the spotlight and he gets a round of applause. Lampard says his favourite goal is Giroud's, Kane says it's the South African goalkeeper's. He has to say that though. The repercussions for supporting something Arsenal are just too high. Schmeichel agrees with Mr Lampard. 7:40PM Elba is doing selfies Credit: AFP Tonight's host is wandering around the front row getting selfies with Neymar, Messi and Ronaldo, doing some jokes. Then he goes to Olivier Giroud. It's good to see that even in awards ceremonies, Giroud still has to come off the bench to be involved.  7:38PM Idris Elba going for the jokes Solid opening. The setup references that this is an international broadcast, so if you're from South America, 'como estas'. If you're from China, 'ni hao' (sp) and if you're from Hackney, "alright bruv".   7:36PM But first, it's Stomp! I'm doing this face. Some people are bashing bins around on the stage as they show highlights of... some football. You can't see what football because there are people bashing bins around on stage. Now they're bouncing footballs. Diego Maradona looks fairly unimpressed.  But they've timed one of the bits to coincide with the ball hitting the back of the net and a scream of "GOAL!" which is quite nice. And now they're replicating acrobatic soccer skills and celebrations. The crowd goes mildly wild and politely applauds. Cue Martin Tyler: "I swear you'll never see anything like this ever again!" 7:32PM Idris Elba is here Star of The Wire, the US Office and those Sky Movies adverts, here comes Idris Elba wearing a really nice tuxedo. James Bond wears a tuxedo. It's an audition! 7:29PM Ronaldo seems confident Credit: AFP I think they've lined up this so it's Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo, which isn't the order I'd have them in. Surely Ronaldo plays through the middle of a front three? 7:27PM Confirmation: Ronaldo and Messi are football friends Credit: AP   7:26PM Here's the guy who really wants you to know he's here Credit: AFP Yaaaaaay it's... that guy. Gianni Infantino, the newest president of FIFA, is shaking hands and being friendly to people.   7:23PM Ronaldo is here!  Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez Credit: GETTY IMAGES Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez are here and have done the walk along the... green carpet. I've just thought of a way they can decide who actually wins the top prize between this guy, Messi and Neymar. Stay with me... Penalty shootout. And like in Game of Thrones, they can all choose a person to stand in for them as goalkeeper. Seaman is there, Schmeichel and Buffon too. And that's it.  7:22PM Claudio Ranieri Credit: FIFA  Doing a fine job at Nantes just now, grabbing those 1-0 wins to help them climb the table. Everyone likes Ranieri. 7:19PM Antonio Conte says "I think that it's very important to stay here and fight for this award. It is amazing with Real Madrid, they won the Champions League and the league but it is amazing for me to stay here and to fight for this award." God I hope he means that literally. Can you imagine? Conte windmilling his way through the main hall, battering Peter Schmeichel and Luka Modric in a whirlwind of fury. 7:17PM Dream strike partnernship Credit: AP These two would destroy worlds.  7:15PM I just want someone to love me as much as Marcelo loves this woman Credit: GETTY IMAGES Can you feel it? Light beams of warmth coming out of his eyes. 7:11PM Dani Alves has come dressed as a futuristic pirate Credit: REUTERS "STOP RIGHT THERE! SPACE POLICE! Agent Daniel Alves and you've got a loooooooot of talking to do, punk." 7:09PM Harry Kane and Katie Goodland There he is! Harry gives a little bit to the presenters about how nice it is to be invited. He's so nice. "It makes me feel very proud. For me it’s about improving every year. Messi, Ronaldo set the standard for all of us so just to get up there and be involved is fantastic. The stadium, the atmosphere (at Real Madrid) was amazing. To get a result… I'm very proud." 7:06PM What would you rather win? This is a great question. Kay Murray (I think) essentially asks Gigi Buffon whether he is happy having won the World Cup and not the Champions League. Which would you rather win? If you were a player. Not as a fan. It's difficult isn't it? On the one hand, Scotland winning the World Cup would be amazing BUT I'm leaning towards Aberdeen being crowned European champions. 6:59PM Photos of Messi at the Best FIFA Awards Leo Messi and wife Antonella Credit: AP Credit: PA   6:58PM All the stars are here! Credit: OA  That's Marcelo, here's David Trezeguet: Credit: FIFA And here's Philip Schofield: Credit: PA If you aren't from the UK, you might not know who this man is so let's try and explain. Philip Schofield, or Scholey F as he likes to be known, is a giant of British television. He's perhaps the nicest man alive to also be a TV presenter and used to best friends with a gopher, the whereabouts of which are unknown. What happened to that gopher, you ask? Nobody is sure. All we know for certain is that until its lifeless body is discovered washed up on that little beach next to the South Bank on the Thames, we must assume it is alive.  6:52PM No questions for Messi The FIFA TV presenters have been told they are not allowed to ask Leo Messi any questions - not even in Spanish. What kind of world is this? We're all just waiting to hear what the great man will say about tonight's event and have been denied. We'll never know how he's looking forward to it, and may the best man win, and that London is very nice and that he's glad he's scored today but more pleased that the team got three points, and they just have to go again in the next game. In Spanish. But no! 6:47PM Leo Messi is here *high pitch scream* ARRRRHRHGGHHGHGHGHGHGHGH. And I can confirm he is wearing a normal suit. Nothing shiny and no LED lights. Disappointing. 6:47PM Frank Lampard is here "(Real Madrid) are going down as one of the best club teams in history. " I agree Frank. They're really good. "(Conte's) in the running (for best manager). He's done an unbelievable job at Chelsea" 6:45PM Messi looks terrified in his press photo shoot Credit: FIFA There are a few promo shoots featuring the key players. Messi is trying to look cool but is also wearing a hoody and sadly, that is almost impossible to do.  Credit: FIFA   6:39PM PHILIP SCHOFIELD IS HERE Oh now this is kicking off. "Oldham fan. My Granddad used to play pies at the ground as a lad. I was a constant disappointment for him because we (his brother) were rubbish. I just lacked the sporting mind, I think. I kick a ball around the garden with my nephews. I was asked all the way down Ronaldo or Messi... it's a tricky one. "Messi." There you have it. Philip Schofield believes Messi will win. Why do they need this event now? It's done, people! 6:37PM Patrick Kluivert is tonight's magician Credit: FIFA It's either that, or Kluivert's album cover has been leaked onto the picture database I'm currently enjoying. I think this one would be called "Still Crazy" or "These Nights".   Like that. Available on iTunes, but don't bother. You can stream it for free and it's not all that. 6:32PM Down with this sort of thing Credit: PA M8, mate, maaaaaaaaate what a fantastic shirt. Oooooooh that'll really stick it to them. Look what it says "for crying out loud" and oh my word, it's hand drawn! This is rock and roll. There is NOTHING more rock n roll than attending the overly elaborate celebration of individuals in a team sport governed by a disgraced international body than wearing a shirt with WRITING ON IT. Well done Kasabian, you truly represent all that is cool about football. 6:30PM MICHAEL DOUGLAS SUPPORTS SWANSEA Catherine Zeta-Jones says:  "My husband... Michael Douglas is a Swansea City fan." Confirmation there from Zeta-Jones, who claims to have supported Swansea since before they were back in the Premier League, as though that makes her cool or something. Alright, Catherine. Chill out.  Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I don't watch movies, I watch sport," she says. And that is because she doesn't know how sport is going to end. Imagine then, if you will, a Liverpool vs Newcastle match directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The twist - and there is a twist - is that Stan Collymore was the mascot the whole time. And the mascot is the Queen. And the Queen scores the winning goal, liberating a fictional country which is supposed to be from somewhere near Afghanistan. 6:26PM All the stars are here Credit: PA It's not a long trek for Granit Xhaka to be here as the awards are being held in London.  Credit: PA And here's star Valencia right-back Eamonn Holmes, who has flown in to hang out with all his La Liga pals like... Sergio Ramos, who will probably be here at some point. Credit: EPA That's why he was in London. Maradona is on his best behaviour and looking very nice, but as yet hasn't dribbled past a single person on the red carpet. 6:21PM Welcome! HELLO EVERYONE! Welcome to this most exciting of events. It's like the Oscars... but with David Seaman! Credit: PA  Seaman won't be winning any awards tonight, especially since he doesn't have a moustache anymore, and instead must watch as the likes of Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar sit on some expensive chairs and feign being incredibly pleased that one of the other two has won the Best Best FIFA Best Best Football Player Man Award. There are other awards too. Who will win them? Let's find out together. 6:15PM What's all this then? It's the 2017 Best Fifa Football Awards, the second to be held, where - among other awards - world player of the year is crowned. The breakaway event was started after Fifa's Ballon d'Or partnership with France Football ended. The Ballon d'Or is still awarded by the publication each year, while Fifa hands out its own awards in tonight's event. When is it? It's on Monday October 23 - ie today. What time does the event start? It's a 7.30pm BST start at the London Palladium. What TV channel is it on? You can watch the event, hosted by Idris Elba, on Fifa's YouTube channel. Alternatively, you can follow the event as it happens right here, or catch the highlights on ITV at 10.45pm. Ronaldo with last year's award and Sir Alex Ferguson Credit: Getty Images Which awards are up for grabs, and who is shortlisted? The Best Fifa Men's Player Three players have been nominated for the award from an initial shortlist of 24. Last year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo, has scored 45 goals in 48 appearances this calendar year, including 34 goals for club and 11 for country. These incredible individual statistics are bolstered by Ronaldo winning the Champions League and La Liga in the 2016/17 campaign. Lionel Messi is another unsurprising feature within the best player award, with 49 goals and 11 assists in 50 appearances in 2017. The most expensive player in the world, Neymar is the outside bet to be crowned the greatest footballer on earth. The Best Fifa football coach award The best coach award is separated into male and female categories.  Juventus boss, Massimiliano Allegri, after winning the league and Coppa Italia last season. Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, who in his first season in English football won the Premier League, setting a new record along the way achieving 30 wins in a single season. Finally Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane makes the list after winning the Champions League and Los Blancos' first league title for five years. In the women's section, the the top three comprise of Denmark’s manager Nils Nielsen, who guided her side to the final against Holland in this year European Championships. Lyon coach Gerard Precheur is nominated after winning the Champions League, the French League Cup and the French Cup, while Sarina Wiegman also features after leading Holland to the 2017 European championships.  The Best FIFA goalkeeper award Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus is nominated, having gone 600 minutes without conceding in the Champions League, while Keylor Navas of Real Madrid won his second consecutive Champions League along with a La Liga title. Manuel Neuer makes up the three-man short list. The Puskas Award The Puskas award is for the best goal of the year. This year the three finalists include Deyna Castellanos of Venezuela women's side, Olivier Giroud for his goal for Arsenal, below, and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. The Best Fifa Fan award Borussia Dortmund make the final three after supporters came together to offer shelter to Monaco fans displaced by their Champions League match being rescheduled after a bomb attack on the Dortmund team bus.  Celtic are included through their final match of the league season which coincided with the 50th anniversary of winning the European Cup in 1967, which made them the first British club to lift the prestigious trophy. The Celtic fans honoured the team, known as the "Lisbon Lions", with a stunning full 360-degree card display around Celtic Park. FC Copenhagen were also nominated after winning the league in their final game against Brondby, when players handed the trophy to the fans, who then passed the trophy along to a wheelchair-bound supporter and lifted him in the air. Awards night preview: Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to retain his crown as FIFA men's player of the year in London on Monday night. The Real Madrid and Portugal superstar is up against Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Paris St Germain's Neymar for the award he won last year. The ceremony, which takes place at the London Palladium, is the second since the FIFA award split from France Football's Ballon d'Or prize. Ronaldo has scored 44 goals for club and country so far in 2017 and scored twice in the Champions League final in June, as Real won the competition for a record-extending 12th time. Messi has hit 50 goals for Barca and Argentina while Neymar, the world's most expensive player after he left Barcelona for PSG in the summer, has 25 goals to his name for Barca, PSG and Brazil. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is in the running for the top men's coach award along with Ronaldo's boss at Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, and Juventus chief Massimiliano Allegri. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud's 'scorpion kick' volley against Crystal Palace in January has been nominated for the Puskas Award for best goal. The 31-year-old's effort has been shortlisted along with goals from Venezuela's Deyna Castellanos and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. Castellanos is also nominated for the women's player of the year award alongside last year's winner Carli Lloyd of the United States and Holland's Lieke Martens. The winners are decided by a jury of club and international coaches, media representatives and fans. PA  

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Fifa player of the year award in London

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Best Fifa Men's Player Lieke Martens wins Best Fifa Women's Player Fifa XI is: Buffon; Marcelo, Bonucci, Ramos, Alves; Iniesta, Modric, Kroos; Neymar, Ronaldo, Messi Celtic win Fifa Fans Award Sarina Wiegman wins Best Fifa Women's Coach Zinedine Zidane wins Best Male Coach Gigi Buffon wins Best Goalkeeper  Olivier Giroud wins Puskas Award for best goal By PA: Real Madrid's Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo was crowned the best soccer player in the world for the second year running at Fifa's The Best awards gala on Monday. The four-time Ballon d'Or winner won a La Liga and Champions League double with the Madrid club this year, striking twice against Juventus in the European Cup final to help Real become the first team to retain the trophy in its current format. 'I'm 32 and I'm the best player in the world', Ronaldo reflects on winning award 00:39 Barcelona's Argentina forward Lionel Messi, who has won the Ballon d'or five times, and Paris St Germain's Brazil forward Neymar were runners up for the award voted for by national team coaches and captains plus the media and fans. The Best Fifa Men's Player award and the Ballon d'or, which is voted for only by the media, are now separate awards. Real Madrid's French coach Zinedine Zidane won the manager of the year trophy for his part in the club's success. Zidane was awarded Best Men's Coach Credit: FIFA Five Real players were named in the best XI of the year, with Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos joining Ronaldo, while Messi, Neymar, Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Dani Alves (PSG), Leonardo Bonucci (AC Milan) and Andres Iniesta (Barcelona) were also selected. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud won the Puskas Award for the best goal of the year, which was the Frenchman's scorpion kick against Crystal Palace, and Buffon was declared best goalkeeper. Holland's Lieke Martens won best female player of the year, while the Dutch women's national team coach Sarina Weigman was voted best manager after the team's triumph at Euro 2017. 9:33PM Who voted for Harry Kane? British Virgin Islands, France, Montserrat (who voted Suarez, Kane, Kante just to be different), Bahamas, Wales, Cambodia and Vanuatu.  Of course. The nation of Vanuatu. If anyone reading this is from Vanuatu, hello! 9:28PM How the international captains voted Here's the interesting bit... how footballers actually voted. Jordan Henderson (England): Ronaldo, Messi, Suarez. Huge Lloris (France): Ronaldo, Ramos, Kane. Manuel Neuer (Germany): Kroos, Lewandowski,Vidal (Kroos is very good tbf) Leo Messi (Argentina): Suarez, Iniesta, Neymar Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal): Modric, Ramos, Marcelo Dani Alves: Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo 9:03PM Cristiano Ronaldo meeting Maradona Credit: AFP   9:01PM A way to make Kasabian acceptable If they had played this:  Everything would be OK. Ronaldo is off to listen to this in the back of a giant limousine. 8:59PM Is this better than a Ballon d'Or? Is it the same? Does anyone know for sure what really counts as the actual award these days? 8:58PM Cristiano Ronaldo says "I want to mention Leo and Neymar to be here. Real Madrid supporters, my teammates, my coach, they support all the year so I have to say thank you to them.  "I'm really glad. This is a great moment for me. I know I have fans all over the world so thank you for the support. I appreciate that. "And I think I say everything. It's great to be here around these great players, this amazing player and I'm so happy guys. Thank you everybody and good night." 8:55PM CRISTIANO RONALDO WINS! Credit: FIFA He is the Best FIFA Men's Player! Credit: AFP   8:54PM The nominees   8:53PM Maradona's not quite on the ball Credit: FIFA He tries to open the envelope and reveal the winner before they've shown the video. Ronaldo gives him a nudge and tells him there's a video.  "Aaaaaaaaah!" he says. 8:51PM Ronaldo and Diego Maradona to present Best Men's Award That's a fairly decent attacking duo. 8:51PM Lieke Martens wins Best FIFA Women's Player! Martens was of course hugely influential in Holland's Euro 2017 win. "My dad and mum, this one is for you!" she says in her acceptance speech, also from yesterday because she is doing real football work instead of larking about in London. 8:49PM Best Women's Player Award It's the penultimate award of the evening. Hidetoshi Nakata - who looks cool - and Celia Sasic, who played for Germany, are here to present.  Deyna Castellanos, Carli Lloyd and Lieke Martens, who is ridiculously good, and my pick for the prize.  8:46PM The best team in the world!   8:45PM Music is subjective If you happen to love Kasabian, that's absolutely fine, by the way. I like a lot of music that many, many people do not, for instance. And I've never written a song that's gotten close to selling many millions of copies either. Though did once get a two out of five review in The List for an album. But those were younger days. 8:43PM They should make a band out of footballers What is the need for Kasabian here? Get Petr Cech on drums, Alexis Sanchez on piano, Gary Neville on guitar and... I dunno. Literally anyone singing. Patrice Evra on vocals. And they have to play 'Africa' by Toto because that song is ace. 8:41PM Oh the banter How long did it take Neymar to get ready? 20 minutes apparently. "I don't believe a word of it!" says the presenter. Dani Alves took less time. Just look how delighted Messi is to be involved with this. The greatest player of all time, forced to respond to jokes in a foreign language. And even worse, now he has to listen to Kasabian. Imagine. You're made to do go on international television, barely understand what's happening and are asked questions about doing your hair. And then Kasabian. 8:38PM Ronaldo's catchphrase for tonight "Talent without work is nothing." 8:37PM Bonucci is sat next to Dani Alves You may or may not be aware that Leonardo Bonucci and Dani Alves played alongside each other in the Champions League final against Real Madrid. There are rumours there may have been some sort of disagreement in the dressing room during that match... but now they are sitting next to each other and very friendly. 8:34PM Ronaldo on his team achievement Credit: EPA "Great achievement. I feel so proud, it takes many hours of work and dedication. To be on this stage 11 times it's a lot. Thank you to people who are voting me." 8:33PM World XI go offstage the wrong way They need a manager. 8:33PM This means nothing People who play Ultimate Team are probably pretty pumped about this FIFA dream team. If you save all your money up, you never know, you might find one of these guys in a pack for FIFA 18. SPEND YOUR MONEY! Or, you can have fun and play Pro Evo. It's really great this year.  8:28PM Best team in the world Here we go. David Suazo (he's from Honduras and used to play for Inter Milan) and Frank Lampard (come on) present the award. Credit: AFP In goal, it's Gigi Buffon. Right-back Dani Alves. Left-back Marcelo. Centre-back Sergio Ramos. Centre-back Leonardo Bonucci. Centre-midfield Luka Modric. Centre-midfield Toni Kroos. Centre-midfield Andre Iniesta (I love Iniesta but...) Right forward Lionel Messi Left forward Neymar Credit: AFP Striker Cristiano Ronaldo That's a 4-3-3 then. Solid. Not bad. 8:20PM Sarina Wiegman wins Best FIFA Women's Coach Wiegman led Holland to win Euro 2017 and had them playing some really entertaining football along the way. A deserved winner, just like all the other ones. She can't be there tonight to accept her award because she's doing actual football work, preparing for a World Cup qualifier, rather than sitting around the Paladium schmoozing.  Here is the Holland squad celebrating when they found out on Sunday: Beste coach van de wereld! Gefeliciteerd Sarina!!! pic.twitter.com/xHP5cM5rvR— OranjeLeeuwinnen (@oranjevrouwen) October 23, 2017   8:18PM Best FIFA Women's Coach Award Arsenal captain Alex Scott and Ruud Gullit present this one. There's some glorious rehearsed banter: Credit: PA Gullit: "Dutch women's football is at the very top of its game." Scott: "And the men?" Gullit: "Uuuh can we continue please?" Nils Nielsen, Gerard Precheur, Sarina Wiegman are the nominees.  And the winner is... 8:14PM And now a video of Pele Because it's his birthday, obviously. 8:14PM Best FIFA Fans Award winner is... Celtic They were the first British club to win the European Cup, and now they're the first to win the FIFA fans award. Will it occupy the same bit of that rather large trophy cabinet? Perhaps not, but a lovely gesture all the same.  Chairman of Celtic, Ian Bankier  Credit: AFP   8:12PM Elba presents the fans award while pretending to be cold He's dressed as an Arsenal fan, standing in the royal circle, or stalls... I'm not a theatre guy, sorry. But it's the bit where Statler and Waldorf  (the two grumpy old men from the Muppets) go. Credit: GETTY IMAGES Sammy Eto'o is now here to present The FIFA Fan Award, which almost certainly comes from a good place, but feels a little disingenuous. Mostly because it's FIFA. Let's all think of the fans, the millionaires say.  And the winner is... 8:05PM Buffon says Buffon and Schmeichel are delighted to welcome their new child into the world "I want to try to speak (in English)!" "For me, I am very happy because it is a great honour to receive this award... at my age. I'm proud of it but I want to say thanks to my club, my coach, my teammates because they help me to make it possible and I want to say thanks to all the person (sic) who voted for me and I think the last year has been a fantastic season for Juventus, and a personal season. It wasn't enough to win in Europe and for this year I hope that we can to play better and with the national team and Juventus because I will like to finish with the soccer with a fantastic victory." Has Buffon just confirmed that he's going to retire at the end of the season? 8:02PM The Best FIFA goalkeeper is Gigi Buffon! Deserved! What a man, what a player! Buffon has beaten Manuel Neuer and Keylor Navas to be crowned the world's best goalkeeper. 8:01PM Olivier Giroud collecting his award Credit: FIFA   8:00PM Zinedine Zidane wins best FIFA football coach award "Sorry, my English is very bad".  And then he speaks in French, which unfortunately is not something I know well enough to translate for you. I apologise. Credit: FIFA   7:55PM The best FIFA football coach award It's a choice between Antonio Conte, who won the Premier League with a Chelsea side who probably shouldn't have won and inspired the world to play 3-4-3. Massimiliano Allegri, another Italian, who did rather well with Juventus, winning Serie A again. And Zinedine Zidane, who won La Liga and the Champions League... again. And it's Zizou! 7:54PM Idris Elba taking a selfie with Neymar Credit: REUTERS If this wasn't scripted, it is an absolutely superb bit of brand management by Elba. They're going to know who he is tomorrow!  7:52PM Olivier Giroud wins the Puskas Award Some people are trying to sing the 'Hey Jude' Giroud song. "I am delighted to receive this trophy in front of legends of football and would like to thank people who voted for me. I would like to congratulate the other nominees who scored amazing goals too and I would like to thank my teammates, without them I couldn't score maybe this goal. And also my family."  He's quite emotional.  "I would like to dedicate this trophy to my dad". 7:50PM The winner is... Credit: FIFA  OLIVIER GIROUD! 7:48PM Puskas Award part 2 Conte is forced to speak on the microphone and even in front of an enormous hall of people, goes to his quiet pre-match interview voice. It's quite funny. Conte's favourite is Giroud's, and SO IS NEYMAR!  And Leo Messi - the greatest player ever, of all time - is diplomatic and doesn't give one choice.  Ronaldo does the same thing: "it's hard to choose one goal".  And to present the award will be Catherine Zeta-Jones and Diego Forlan.  7:45PM Puskas Award for best goal After showing this video: They interview Harry Kane. The crowd boos (because a large portion of them seem to be Arsenal fans). Maybe not actually, now Frank Lampard is in the spotlight and he gets a round of applause. Lampard says his favourite goal is Giroud's, Kane says it's the South African goalkeeper's. He has to say that though. The repercussions for supporting something Arsenal are just too high. Schmeichel agrees with Mr Lampard. 7:40PM Elba is doing selfies Credit: AFP Tonight's host is wandering around the front row getting selfies with Neymar, Messi and Ronaldo, doing some jokes. Then he goes to Olivier Giroud. It's good to see that even in awards ceremonies, Giroud still has to come off the bench to be involved.  7:38PM Idris Elba going for the jokes Solid opening. The setup references that this is an international broadcast, so if you're from South America, 'como estas'. If you're from China, 'ni hao' (sp) and if you're from Hackney, "alright bruv".   7:36PM But first, it's Stomp! I'm doing this face. Some people are bashing bins around on the stage as they show highlights of... some football. You can't see what football because there are people bashing bins around on stage. Now they're bouncing footballs. Diego Maradona looks fairly unimpressed.  But they've timed one of the bits to coincide with the ball hitting the back of the net and a scream of "GOAL!" which is quite nice. And now they're replicating acrobatic soccer skills and celebrations. The crowd goes mildly wild and politely applauds. Cue Martin Tyler: "I swear you'll never see anything like this ever again!" 7:32PM Idris Elba is here Star of The Wire, the US Office and those Sky Movies adverts, here comes Idris Elba wearing a really nice tuxedo. James Bond wears a tuxedo. It's an audition! 7:29PM Ronaldo seems confident Credit: AFP I think they've lined up this so it's Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo, which isn't the order I'd have them in. Surely Ronaldo plays through the middle of a front three? 7:27PM Confirmation: Ronaldo and Messi are football friends Credit: AP   7:26PM Here's the guy who really wants you to know he's here Credit: AFP Yaaaaaay it's... that guy. Gianni Infantino, the newest president of FIFA, is shaking hands and being friendly to people.   7:23PM Ronaldo is here!  Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez Credit: GETTY IMAGES Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez are here and have done the walk along the... green carpet. I've just thought of a way they can decide who actually wins the top prize between this guy, Messi and Neymar. Stay with me... Penalty shootout. And like in Game of Thrones, they can all choose a person to stand in for them as goalkeeper. Seaman is there, Schmeichel and Buffon too. And that's it.  7:22PM Claudio Ranieri Credit: FIFA  Doing a fine job at Nantes just now, grabbing those 1-0 wins to help them climb the table. Everyone likes Ranieri. 7:19PM Antonio Conte says "I think that it's very important to stay here and fight for this award. It is amazing with Real Madrid, they won the Champions League and the league but it is amazing for me to stay here and to fight for this award." God I hope he means that literally. Can you imagine? Conte windmilling his way through the main hall, battering Peter Schmeichel and Luka Modric in a whirlwind of fury. 7:17PM Dream strike partnernship Credit: AP These two would destroy worlds.  7:15PM I just want someone to love me as much as Marcelo loves this woman Credit: GETTY IMAGES Can you feel it? Light beams of warmth coming out of his eyes. 7:11PM Dani Alves has come dressed as a futuristic pirate Credit: REUTERS "STOP RIGHT THERE! SPACE POLICE! Agent Daniel Alves and you've got a loooooooot of talking to do, punk." 7:09PM Harry Kane and Katie Goodland There he is! Harry gives a little bit to the presenters about how nice it is to be invited. He's so nice. "It makes me feel very proud. For me it’s about improving every year. Messi, Ronaldo set the standard for all of us so just to get up there and be involved is fantastic. The stadium, the atmosphere (at Real Madrid) was amazing. To get a result… I'm very proud." 7:06PM What would you rather win? This is a great question. Kay Murray (I think) essentially asks Gigi Buffon whether he is happy having won the World Cup and not the Champions League. Which would you rather win? If you were a player. Not as a fan. It's difficult isn't it? On the one hand, Scotland winning the World Cup would be amazing BUT I'm leaning towards Aberdeen being crowned European champions. 6:59PM Photos of Messi at the Best FIFA Awards Leo Messi and wife Antonella Credit: AP Credit: PA   6:58PM All the stars are here! Credit: OA  That's Marcelo, here's David Trezeguet: Credit: FIFA And here's Philip Schofield: Credit: PA If you aren't from the UK, you might not know who this man is so let's try and explain. Philip Schofield, or Scholey F as he likes to be known, is a giant of British television. He's perhaps the nicest man alive to also be a TV presenter and used to best friends with a gopher, the whereabouts of which are unknown. What happened to that gopher, you ask? Nobody is sure. All we know for certain is that until its lifeless body is discovered washed up on that little beach next to the South Bank on the Thames, we must assume it is alive.  6:52PM No questions for Messi The FIFA TV presenters have been told they are not allowed to ask Leo Messi any questions - not even in Spanish. What kind of world is this? We're all just waiting to hear what the great man will say about tonight's event and have been denied. We'll never know how he's looking forward to it, and may the best man win, and that London is very nice and that he's glad he's scored today but more pleased that the team got three points, and they just have to go again in the next game. In Spanish. But no! 6:47PM Leo Messi is here *high pitch scream* ARRRRHRHGGHHGHGHGHGHGHGH. And I can confirm he is wearing a normal suit. Nothing shiny and no LED lights. Disappointing. 6:47PM Frank Lampard is here "(Real Madrid) are going down as one of the best club teams in history. " I agree Frank. They're really good. "(Conte's) in the running (for best manager). He's done an unbelievable job at Chelsea" 6:45PM Messi looks terrified in his press photo shoot Credit: FIFA There are a few promo shoots featuring the key players. Messi is trying to look cool but is also wearing a hoody and sadly, that is almost impossible to do.  Credit: FIFA   6:39PM PHILIP SCHOFIELD IS HERE Oh now this is kicking off. "Oldham fan. My Granddad used to play pies at the ground as a lad. I was a constant disappointment for him because we (his brother) were rubbish. I just lacked the sporting mind, I think. I kick a ball around the garden with my nephews. I was asked all the way down Ronaldo or Messi... it's a tricky one. "Messi." There you have it. Philip Schofield believes Messi will win. Why do they need this event now? It's done, people! 6:37PM Patrick Kluivert is tonight's magician Credit: FIFA It's either that, or Kluivert's album cover has been leaked onto the picture database I'm currently enjoying. I think this one would be called "Still Crazy" or "These Nights".   Like that. Available on iTunes, but don't bother. You can stream it for free and it's not all that. 6:32PM Down with this sort of thing Credit: PA M8, mate, maaaaaaaaate what a fantastic shirt. Oooooooh that'll really stick it to them. Look what it says "for crying out loud" and oh my word, it's hand drawn! This is rock and roll. There is NOTHING more rock n roll than attending the overly elaborate celebration of individuals in a team sport governed by a disgraced international body than wearing a shirt with WRITING ON IT. Well done Kasabian, you truly represent all that is cool about football. 6:30PM MICHAEL DOUGLAS SUPPORTS SWANSEA Catherine Zeta-Jones says:  "My husband... Michael Douglas is a Swansea City fan." Confirmation there from Zeta-Jones, who claims to have supported Swansea since before they were back in the Premier League, as though that makes her cool or something. Alright, Catherine. Chill out.  Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I don't watch movies, I watch sport," she says. And that is because she doesn't know how sport is going to end. Imagine then, if you will, a Liverpool vs Newcastle match directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The twist - and there is a twist - is that Stan Collymore was the mascot the whole time. And the mascot is the Queen. And the Queen scores the winning goal, liberating a fictional country which is supposed to be from somewhere near Afghanistan. 6:26PM All the stars are here Credit: PA It's not a long trek for Granit Xhaka to be here as the awards are being held in London.  Credit: PA And here's star Valencia right-back Eamonn Holmes, who has flown in to hang out with all his La Liga pals like... Sergio Ramos, who will probably be here at some point. Credit: EPA That's why he was in London. Maradona is on his best behaviour and looking very nice, but as yet hasn't dribbled past a single person on the red carpet. 6:21PM Welcome! HELLO EVERYONE! Welcome to this most exciting of events. It's like the Oscars... but with David Seaman! Credit: PA  Seaman won't be winning any awards tonight, especially since he doesn't have a moustache anymore, and instead must watch as the likes of Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar sit on some expensive chairs and feign being incredibly pleased that one of the other two has won the Best Best FIFA Best Best Football Player Man Award. There are other awards too. Who will win them? Let's find out together. 6:15PM What's all this then? It's the 2017 Best Fifa Football Awards, the second to be held, where - among other awards - world player of the year is crowned. The breakaway event was started after Fifa's Ballon d'Or partnership with France Football ended. The Ballon d'Or is still awarded by the publication each year, while Fifa hands out its own awards in tonight's event. When is it? It's on Monday October 23 - ie today. What time does the event start? It's a 7.30pm BST start at the London Palladium. What TV channel is it on? You can watch the event, hosted by Idris Elba, on Fifa's YouTube channel. Alternatively, you can follow the event as it happens right here, or catch the highlights on ITV at 10.45pm. Ronaldo with last year's award and Sir Alex Ferguson Credit: Getty Images Which awards are up for grabs, and who is shortlisted? The Best Fifa Men's Player Three players have been nominated for the award from an initial shortlist of 24. Last year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo, has scored 45 goals in 48 appearances this calendar year, including 34 goals for club and 11 for country. These incredible individual statistics are bolstered by Ronaldo winning the Champions League and La Liga in the 2016/17 campaign. Lionel Messi is another unsurprising feature within the best player award, with 49 goals and 11 assists in 50 appearances in 2017. The most expensive player in the world, Neymar is the outside bet to be crowned the greatest footballer on earth. The Best Fifa football coach award The best coach award is separated into male and female categories.  Juventus boss, Massimiliano Allegri, after winning the league and Coppa Italia last season. Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, who in his first season in English football won the Premier League, setting a new record along the way achieving 30 wins in a single season. Finally Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane makes the list after winning the Champions League and Los Blancos' first league title for five years. In the women's section, the the top three comprise of Denmark’s manager Nils Nielsen, who guided her side to the final against Holland in this year European Championships. Lyon coach Gerard Precheur is nominated after winning the Champions League, the French League Cup and the French Cup, while Sarina Wiegman also features after leading Holland to the 2017 European championships.  The Best FIFA goalkeeper award Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus is nominated, having gone 600 minutes without conceding in the Champions League, while Keylor Navas of Real Madrid won his second consecutive Champions League along with a La Liga title. Manuel Neuer makes up the three-man short list. The Puskas Award The Puskas award is for the best goal of the year. This year the three finalists include Deyna Castellanos of Venezuela women's side, Olivier Giroud for his goal for Arsenal, below, and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. The Best Fifa Fan award Borussia Dortmund make the final three after supporters came together to offer shelter to Monaco fans displaced by their Champions League match being rescheduled after a bomb attack on the Dortmund team bus.  Celtic are included through their final match of the league season which coincided with the 50th anniversary of winning the European Cup in 1967, which made them the first British club to lift the prestigious trophy. The Celtic fans honoured the team, known as the "Lisbon Lions", with a stunning full 360-degree card display around Celtic Park. FC Copenhagen were also nominated after winning the league in their final game against Brondby, when players handed the trophy to the fans, who then passed the trophy along to a wheelchair-bound supporter and lifted him in the air. Awards night preview: Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to retain his crown as FIFA men's player of the year in London on Monday night. The Real Madrid and Portugal superstar is up against Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Paris St Germain's Neymar for the award he won last year. The ceremony, which takes place at the London Palladium, is the second since the FIFA award split from France Football's Ballon d'Or prize. Ronaldo has scored 44 goals for club and country so far in 2017 and scored twice in the Champions League final in June, as Real won the competition for a record-extending 12th time. Messi has hit 50 goals for Barca and Argentina while Neymar, the world's most expensive player after he left Barcelona for PSG in the summer, has 25 goals to his name for Barca, PSG and Brazil. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is in the running for the top men's coach award along with Ronaldo's boss at Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, and Juventus chief Massimiliano Allegri. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud's 'scorpion kick' volley against Crystal Palace in January has been nominated for the Puskas Award for best goal. The 31-year-old's effort has been shortlisted along with goals from Venezuela's Deyna Castellanos and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. Castellanos is also nominated for the women's player of the year award alongside last year's winner Carli Lloyd of the United States and Holland's Lieke Martens. The winners are decided by a jury of club and international coaches, media representatives and fans. PA  

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Fifa player of the year award in London

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Best Fifa Men's Player Lieke Martens wins Best Fifa Women's Player Fifa XI is: Buffon; Marcelo, Bonucci, Ramos, Alves; Iniesta, Modric, Kroos; Neymar, Ronaldo, Messi Celtic win Fifa Fans Award Sarina Wiegman wins Best Fifa Women's Coach Zinedine Zidane wins Best Male Coach Gigi Buffon wins Best Goalkeeper  Olivier Giroud wins Puskas Award for best goal By PA: Real Madrid's Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo was crowned the best soccer player in the world for the second year running at Fifa's The Best awards gala on Monday. The four-time Ballon d'Or winner won a La Liga and Champions League double with the Madrid club this year, striking twice against Juventus in the European Cup final to help Real become the first team to retain the trophy in its current format. 'I'm 32 and I'm the best player in the world', Ronaldo reflects on winning award 00:39 Barcelona's Argentina forward Lionel Messi, who has won the Ballon d'or five times, and Paris St Germain's Brazil forward Neymar were runners up for the award voted for by national team coaches and captains plus the media and fans. The Best Fifa Men's Player award and the Ballon d'or, which is voted for only by the media, are now separate awards. Real Madrid's French coach Zinedine Zidane won the manager of the year trophy for his part in the club's success. Zidane was awarded Best Men's Coach Credit: FIFA Five Real players were named in the best XI of the year, with Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos joining Ronaldo, while Messi, Neymar, Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Dani Alves (PSG), Leonardo Bonucci (AC Milan) and Andres Iniesta (Barcelona) were also selected. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud won the Puskas Award for the best goal of the year, which was the Frenchman's scorpion kick against Crystal Palace, and Buffon was declared best goalkeeper. Holland's Lieke Martens won best female player of the year, while the Dutch women's national team coach Sarina Weigman was voted best manager after the team's triumph at Euro 2017. 9:33PM Who voted for Harry Kane? British Virgin Islands, France, Montserrat (who voted Suarez, Kane, Kante just to be different), Bahamas, Wales, Cambodia and Vanuatu.  Of course. The nation of Vanuatu. If anyone reading this is from Vanuatu, hello! 9:28PM How the international captains voted Here's the interesting bit... how footballers actually voted. Jordan Henderson (England): Ronaldo, Messi, Suarez. Huge Lloris (France): Ronaldo, Ramos, Kane. Manuel Neuer (Germany): Kroos, Lewandowski,Vidal (Kroos is very good tbf) Leo Messi (Argentina): Suarez, Iniesta, Neymar Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal): Modric, Ramos, Marcelo Dani Alves: Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo 9:03PM Cristiano Ronaldo meeting Maradona Credit: AFP   9:01PM A way to make Kasabian acceptable If they had played this:  Everything would be OK. Ronaldo is off to listen to this in the back of a giant limousine. 8:59PM Is this better than a Ballon d'Or? Is it the same? Does anyone know for sure what really counts as the actual award these days? 8:58PM Cristiano Ronaldo says "I want to mention Leo and Neymar to be here. Real Madrid supporters, my teammates, my coach, they support all the year so I have to say thank you to them.  "I'm really glad. This is a great moment for me. I know I have fans all over the world so thank you for the support. I appreciate that. "And I think I say everything. It's great to be here around these great players, this amazing player and I'm so happy guys. Thank you everybody and good night." 8:55PM CRISTIANO RONALDO WINS! Credit: FIFA He is the Best FIFA Men's Player! Credit: AFP   8:54PM The nominees   8:53PM Maradona's not quite on the ball Credit: FIFA He tries to open the envelope and reveal the winner before they've shown the video. Ronaldo gives him a nudge and tells him there's a video.  "Aaaaaaaaah!" he says. 8:51PM Ronaldo and Diego Maradona to present Best Men's Award That's a fairly decent attacking duo. 8:51PM Lieke Martens wins Best FIFA Women's Player! Martens was of course hugely influential in Holland's Euro 2017 win. "My dad and mum, this one is for you!" she says in her acceptance speech, also from yesterday because she is doing real football work instead of larking about in London. 8:49PM Best Women's Player Award It's the penultimate award of the evening. Hidetoshi Nakata - who looks cool - and Celia Sasic, who played for Germany, are here to present.  Deyna Castellanos, Carli Lloyd and Lieke Martens, who is ridiculously good, and my pick for the prize.  8:46PM The best team in the world!   8:45PM Music is subjective If you happen to love Kasabian, that's absolutely fine, by the way. I like a lot of music that many, many people do not, for instance. And I've never written a song that's gotten close to selling many millions of copies either. Though did once get a two out of five review in The List for an album. But those were younger days. 8:43PM They should make a band out of footballers What is the need for Kasabian here? Get Petr Cech on drums, Alexis Sanchez on piano, Gary Neville on guitar and... I dunno. Literally anyone singing. Patrice Evra on vocals. And they have to play 'Africa' by Toto because that song is ace. 8:41PM Oh the banter How long did it take Neymar to get ready? 20 minutes apparently. "I don't believe a word of it!" says the presenter. Dani Alves took less time. Just look how delighted Messi is to be involved with this. The greatest player of all time, forced to respond to jokes in a foreign language. And even worse, now he has to listen to Kasabian. Imagine. You're made to do go on international television, barely understand what's happening and are asked questions about doing your hair. And then Kasabian. 8:38PM Ronaldo's catchphrase for tonight "Talent without work is nothing." 8:37PM Bonucci is sat next to Dani Alves You may or may not be aware that Leonardo Bonucci and Dani Alves played alongside each other in the Champions League final against Real Madrid. There are rumours there may have been some sort of disagreement in the dressing room during that match... but now they are sitting next to each other and very friendly. 8:34PM Ronaldo on his team achievement Credit: EPA "Great achievement. I feel so proud, it takes many hours of work and dedication. To be on this stage 11 times it's a lot. Thank you to people who are voting me." 8:33PM World XI go offstage the wrong way They need a manager. 8:33PM This means nothing People who play Ultimate Team are probably pretty pumped about this FIFA dream team. If you save all your money up, you never know, you might find one of these guys in a pack for FIFA 18. SPEND YOUR MONEY! Or, you can have fun and play Pro Evo. It's really great this year.  8:28PM Best team in the world Here we go. David Suazo (he's from Honduras and used to play for Inter Milan) and Frank Lampard (come on) present the award. Credit: AFP In goal, it's Gigi Buffon. Right-back Dani Alves. Left-back Marcelo. Centre-back Sergio Ramos. Centre-back Leonardo Bonucci. Centre-midfield Luka Modric. Centre-midfield Toni Kroos. Centre-midfield Andre Iniesta (I love Iniesta but...) Right forward Lionel Messi Left forward Neymar Credit: AFP Striker Cristiano Ronaldo That's a 4-3-3 then. Solid. Not bad. 8:20PM Sarina Wiegman wins Best FIFA Women's Coach Wiegman led Holland to win Euro 2017 and had them playing some really entertaining football along the way. A deserved winner, just like all the other ones. She can't be there tonight to accept her award because she's doing actual football work, preparing for a World Cup qualifier, rather than sitting around the Paladium schmoozing.  Here is the Holland squad celebrating when they found out on Sunday: Beste coach van de wereld! Gefeliciteerd Sarina!!! pic.twitter.com/xHP5cM5rvR— OranjeLeeuwinnen (@oranjevrouwen) October 23, 2017   8:18PM Best FIFA Women's Coach Award Arsenal captain Alex Scott and Ruud Gullit present this one. There's some glorious rehearsed banter: Credit: PA Gullit: "Dutch women's football is at the very top of its game." Scott: "And the men?" Gullit: "Uuuh can we continue please?" Nils Nielsen, Gerard Precheur, Sarina Wiegman are the nominees.  And the winner is... 8:14PM And now a video of Pele Because it's his birthday, obviously. 8:14PM Best FIFA Fans Award winner is... Celtic They were the first British club to win the European Cup, and now they're the first to win the FIFA fans award. Will it occupy the same bit of that rather large trophy cabinet? Perhaps not, but a lovely gesture all the same.  Chairman of Celtic, Ian Bankier  Credit: AFP   8:12PM Elba presents the fans award while pretending to be cold He's dressed as an Arsenal fan, standing in the royal circle, or stalls... I'm not a theatre guy, sorry. But it's the bit where Statler and Waldorf  (the two grumpy old men from the Muppets) go. Credit: GETTY IMAGES Sammy Eto'o is now here to present The FIFA Fan Award, which almost certainly comes from a good place, but feels a little disingenuous. Mostly because it's FIFA. Let's all think of the fans, the millionaires say.  And the winner is... 8:05PM Buffon says Buffon and Schmeichel are delighted to welcome their new child into the world "I want to try to speak (in English)!" "For me, I am very happy because it is a great honour to receive this award... at my age. I'm proud of it but I want to say thanks to my club, my coach, my teammates because they help me to make it possible and I want to say thanks to all the person (sic) who voted for me and I think the last year has been a fantastic season for Juventus, and a personal season. It wasn't enough to win in Europe and for this year I hope that we can to play better and with the national team and Juventus because I will like to finish with the soccer with a fantastic victory." Has Buffon just confirmed that he's going to retire at the end of the season? 8:02PM The Best FIFA goalkeeper is Gigi Buffon! Deserved! What a man, what a player! Buffon has beaten Manuel Neuer and Keylor Navas to be crowned the world's best goalkeeper. 8:01PM Olivier Giroud collecting his award Credit: FIFA   8:00PM Zinedine Zidane wins best FIFA football coach award "Sorry, my English is very bad".  And then he speaks in French, which unfortunately is not something I know well enough to translate for you. I apologise. Credit: FIFA   7:55PM The best FIFA football coach award It's a choice between Antonio Conte, who won the Premier League with a Chelsea side who probably shouldn't have won and inspired the world to play 3-4-3. Massimiliano Allegri, another Italian, who did rather well with Juventus, winning Serie A again. And Zinedine Zidane, who won La Liga and the Champions League... again. And it's Zizou! 7:54PM Idris Elba taking a selfie with Neymar Credit: REUTERS If this wasn't scripted, it is an absolutely superb bit of brand management by Elba. They're going to know who he is tomorrow!  7:52PM Olivier Giroud wins the Puskas Award Some people are trying to sing the 'Hey Jude' Giroud song. "I am delighted to receive this trophy in front of legends of football and would like to thank people who voted for me. I would like to congratulate the other nominees who scored amazing goals too and I would like to thank my teammates, without them I couldn't score maybe this goal. And also my family."  He's quite emotional.  "I would like to dedicate this trophy to my dad". 7:50PM The winner is... Credit: FIFA  OLIVIER GIROUD! 7:48PM Puskas Award part 2 Conte is forced to speak on the microphone and even in front of an enormous hall of people, goes to his quiet pre-match interview voice. It's quite funny. Conte's favourite is Giroud's, and SO IS NEYMAR!  And Leo Messi - the greatest player ever, of all time - is diplomatic and doesn't give one choice.  Ronaldo does the same thing: "it's hard to choose one goal".  And to present the award will be Catherine Zeta-Jones and Diego Forlan.  7:45PM Puskas Award for best goal After showing this video: They interview Harry Kane. The crowd boos (because a large portion of them seem to be Arsenal fans). Maybe not actually, now Frank Lampard is in the spotlight and he gets a round of applause. Lampard says his favourite goal is Giroud's, Kane says it's the South African goalkeeper's. He has to say that though. The repercussions for supporting something Arsenal are just too high. Schmeichel agrees with Mr Lampard. 7:40PM Elba is doing selfies Credit: AFP Tonight's host is wandering around the front row getting selfies with Neymar, Messi and Ronaldo, doing some jokes. Then he goes to Olivier Giroud. It's good to see that even in awards ceremonies, Giroud still has to come off the bench to be involved.  7:38PM Idris Elba going for the jokes Solid opening. The setup references that this is an international broadcast, so if you're from South America, 'como estas'. If you're from China, 'ni hao' (sp) and if you're from Hackney, "alright bruv".   7:36PM But first, it's Stomp! I'm doing this face. Some people are bashing bins around on the stage as they show highlights of... some football. You can't see what football because there are people bashing bins around on stage. Now they're bouncing footballs. Diego Maradona looks fairly unimpressed.  But they've timed one of the bits to coincide with the ball hitting the back of the net and a scream of "GOAL!" which is quite nice. And now they're replicating acrobatic soccer skills and celebrations. The crowd goes mildly wild and politely applauds. Cue Martin Tyler: "I swear you'll never see anything like this ever again!" 7:32PM Idris Elba is here Star of The Wire, the US Office and those Sky Movies adverts, here comes Idris Elba wearing a really nice tuxedo. James Bond wears a tuxedo. It's an audition! 7:29PM Ronaldo seems confident Credit: AFP I think they've lined up this so it's Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo, which isn't the order I'd have them in. Surely Ronaldo plays through the middle of a front three? 7:27PM Confirmation: Ronaldo and Messi are football friends Credit: AP   7:26PM Here's the guy who really wants you to know he's here Credit: AFP Yaaaaaay it's... that guy. Gianni Infantino, the newest president of FIFA, is shaking hands and being friendly to people.   7:23PM Ronaldo is here!  Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez Credit: GETTY IMAGES Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez are here and have done the walk along the... green carpet. I've just thought of a way they can decide who actually wins the top prize between this guy, Messi and Neymar. Stay with me... Penalty shootout. And like in Game of Thrones, they can all choose a person to stand in for them as goalkeeper. Seaman is there, Schmeichel and Buffon too. And that's it.  7:22PM Claudio Ranieri Credit: FIFA  Doing a fine job at Nantes just now, grabbing those 1-0 wins to help them climb the table. Everyone likes Ranieri. 7:19PM Antonio Conte says "I think that it's very important to stay here and fight for this award. It is amazing with Real Madrid, they won the Champions League and the league but it is amazing for me to stay here and to fight for this award." God I hope he means that literally. Can you imagine? Conte windmilling his way through the main hall, battering Peter Schmeichel and Luka Modric in a whirlwind of fury. 7:17PM Dream strike partnernship Credit: AP These two would destroy worlds.  7:15PM I just want someone to love me as much as Marcelo loves this woman Credit: GETTY IMAGES Can you feel it? Light beams of warmth coming out of his eyes. 7:11PM Dani Alves has come dressed as a futuristic pirate Credit: REUTERS "STOP RIGHT THERE! SPACE POLICE! Agent Daniel Alves and you've got a loooooooot of talking to do, punk." 7:09PM Harry Kane and Katie Goodland There he is! Harry gives a little bit to the presenters about how nice it is to be invited. He's so nice. "It makes me feel very proud. For me it’s about improving every year. Messi, Ronaldo set the standard for all of us so just to get up there and be involved is fantastic. The stadium, the atmosphere (at Real Madrid) was amazing. To get a result… I'm very proud." 7:06PM What would you rather win? This is a great question. Kay Murray (I think) essentially asks Gigi Buffon whether he is happy having won the World Cup and not the Champions League. Which would you rather win? If you were a player. Not as a fan. It's difficult isn't it? On the one hand, Scotland winning the World Cup would be amazing BUT I'm leaning towards Aberdeen being crowned European champions. 6:59PM Photos of Messi at the Best FIFA Awards Leo Messi and wife Antonella Credit: AP Credit: PA   6:58PM All the stars are here! Credit: OA  That's Marcelo, here's David Trezeguet: Credit: FIFA And here's Philip Schofield: Credit: PA If you aren't from the UK, you might not know who this man is so let's try and explain. Philip Schofield, or Scholey F as he likes to be known, is a giant of British television. He's perhaps the nicest man alive to also be a TV presenter and used to best friends with a gopher, the whereabouts of which are unknown. What happened to that gopher, you ask? Nobody is sure. All we know for certain is that until its lifeless body is discovered washed up on that little beach next to the South Bank on the Thames, we must assume it is alive.  6:52PM No questions for Messi The FIFA TV presenters have been told they are not allowed to ask Leo Messi any questions - not even in Spanish. What kind of world is this? We're all just waiting to hear what the great man will say about tonight's event and have been denied. We'll never know how he's looking forward to it, and may the best man win, and that London is very nice and that he's glad he's scored today but more pleased that the team got three points, and they just have to go again in the next game. In Spanish. But no! 6:47PM Leo Messi is here *high pitch scream* ARRRRHRHGGHHGHGHGHGHGHGH. And I can confirm he is wearing a normal suit. Nothing shiny and no LED lights. Disappointing. 6:47PM Frank Lampard is here "(Real Madrid) are going down as one of the best club teams in history. " I agree Frank. They're really good. "(Conte's) in the running (for best manager). He's done an unbelievable job at Chelsea" 6:45PM Messi looks terrified in his press photo shoot Credit: FIFA There are a few promo shoots featuring the key players. Messi is trying to look cool but is also wearing a hoody and sadly, that is almost impossible to do.  Credit: FIFA   6:39PM PHILIP SCHOFIELD IS HERE Oh now this is kicking off. "Oldham fan. My Granddad used to play pies at the ground as a lad. I was a constant disappointment for him because we (his brother) were rubbish. I just lacked the sporting mind, I think. I kick a ball around the garden with my nephews. I was asked all the way down Ronaldo or Messi... it's a tricky one. "Messi." There you have it. Philip Schofield believes Messi will win. Why do they need this event now? It's done, people! 6:37PM Patrick Kluivert is tonight's magician Credit: FIFA It's either that, or Kluivert's album cover has been leaked onto the picture database I'm currently enjoying. I think this one would be called "Still Crazy" or "These Nights".   Like that. Available on iTunes, but don't bother. You can stream it for free and it's not all that. 6:32PM Down with this sort of thing Credit: PA M8, mate, maaaaaaaaate what a fantastic shirt. Oooooooh that'll really stick it to them. Look what it says "for crying out loud" and oh my word, it's hand drawn! This is rock and roll. There is NOTHING more rock n roll than attending the overly elaborate celebration of individuals in a team sport governed by a disgraced international body than wearing a shirt with WRITING ON IT. Well done Kasabian, you truly represent all that is cool about football. 6:30PM MICHAEL DOUGLAS SUPPORTS SWANSEA Catherine Zeta-Jones says:  "My husband... Michael Douglas is a Swansea City fan." Confirmation there from Zeta-Jones, who claims to have supported Swansea since before they were back in the Premier League, as though that makes her cool or something. Alright, Catherine. Chill out.  Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I don't watch movies, I watch sport," she says. And that is because she doesn't know how sport is going to end. Imagine then, if you will, a Liverpool vs Newcastle match directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The twist - and there is a twist - is that Stan Collymore was the mascot the whole time. And the mascot is the Queen. And the Queen scores the winning goal, liberating a fictional country which is supposed to be from somewhere near Afghanistan. 6:26PM All the stars are here Credit: PA It's not a long trek for Granit Xhaka to be here as the awards are being held in London.  Credit: PA And here's star Valencia right-back Eamonn Holmes, who has flown in to hang out with all his La Liga pals like... Sergio Ramos, who will probably be here at some point. Credit: EPA That's why he was in London. Maradona is on his best behaviour and looking very nice, but as yet hasn't dribbled past a single person on the red carpet. 6:21PM Welcome! HELLO EVERYONE! Welcome to this most exciting of events. It's like the Oscars... but with David Seaman! Credit: PA  Seaman won't be winning any awards tonight, especially since he doesn't have a moustache anymore, and instead must watch as the likes of Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar sit on some expensive chairs and feign being incredibly pleased that one of the other two has won the Best Best FIFA Best Best Football Player Man Award. There are other awards too. Who will win them? Let's find out together. 6:15PM What's all this then? It's the 2017 Best Fifa Football Awards, the second to be held, where - among other awards - world player of the year is crowned. The breakaway event was started after Fifa's Ballon d'Or partnership with France Football ended. The Ballon d'Or is still awarded by the publication each year, while Fifa hands out its own awards in tonight's event. When is it? It's on Monday October 23 - ie today. What time does the event start? It's a 7.30pm BST start at the London Palladium. What TV channel is it on? You can watch the event, hosted by Idris Elba, on Fifa's YouTube channel. Alternatively, you can follow the event as it happens right here, or catch the highlights on ITV at 10.45pm. Ronaldo with last year's award and Sir Alex Ferguson Credit: Getty Images Which awards are up for grabs, and who is shortlisted? The Best Fifa Men's Player Three players have been nominated for the award from an initial shortlist of 24. Last year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo, has scored 45 goals in 48 appearances this calendar year, including 34 goals for club and 11 for country. These incredible individual statistics are bolstered by Ronaldo winning the Champions League and La Liga in the 2016/17 campaign. Lionel Messi is another unsurprising feature within the best player award, with 49 goals and 11 assists in 50 appearances in 2017. The most expensive player in the world, Neymar is the outside bet to be crowned the greatest footballer on earth. The Best Fifa football coach award The best coach award is separated into male and female categories.  Juventus boss, Massimiliano Allegri, after winning the league and Coppa Italia last season. Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, who in his first season in English football won the Premier League, setting a new record along the way achieving 30 wins in a single season. Finally Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane makes the list after winning the Champions League and Los Blancos' first league title for five years. In the women's section, the the top three comprise of Denmark’s manager Nils Nielsen, who guided her side to the final against Holland in this year European Championships. Lyon coach Gerard Precheur is nominated after winning the Champions League, the French League Cup and the French Cup, while Sarina Wiegman also features after leading Holland to the 2017 European championships.  The Best FIFA goalkeeper award Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus is nominated, having gone 600 minutes without conceding in the Champions League, while Keylor Navas of Real Madrid won his second consecutive Champions League along with a La Liga title. Manuel Neuer makes up the three-man short list. The Puskas Award The Puskas award is for the best goal of the year. This year the three finalists include Deyna Castellanos of Venezuela women's side, Olivier Giroud for his goal for Arsenal, below, and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. The Best Fifa Fan award Borussia Dortmund make the final three after supporters came together to offer shelter to Monaco fans displaced by their Champions League match being rescheduled after a bomb attack on the Dortmund team bus.  Celtic are included through their final match of the league season which coincided with the 50th anniversary of winning the European Cup in 1967, which made them the first British club to lift the prestigious trophy. The Celtic fans honoured the team, known as the "Lisbon Lions", with a stunning full 360-degree card display around Celtic Park. FC Copenhagen were also nominated after winning the league in their final game against Brondby, when players handed the trophy to the fans, who then passed the trophy along to a wheelchair-bound supporter and lifted him in the air. Awards night preview: Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to retain his crown as FIFA men's player of the year in London on Monday night. The Real Madrid and Portugal superstar is up against Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Paris St Germain's Neymar for the award he won last year. The ceremony, which takes place at the London Palladium, is the second since the FIFA award split from France Football's Ballon d'Or prize. Ronaldo has scored 44 goals for club and country so far in 2017 and scored twice in the Champions League final in June, as Real won the competition for a record-extending 12th time. Messi has hit 50 goals for Barca and Argentina while Neymar, the world's most expensive player after he left Barcelona for PSG in the summer, has 25 goals to his name for Barca, PSG and Brazil. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is in the running for the top men's coach award along with Ronaldo's boss at Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, and Juventus chief Massimiliano Allegri. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud's 'scorpion kick' volley against Crystal Palace in January has been nominated for the Puskas Award for best goal. The 31-year-old's effort has been shortlisted along with goals from Venezuela's Deyna Castellanos and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. Castellanos is also nominated for the women's player of the year award alongside last year's winner Carli Lloyd of the United States and Holland's Lieke Martens. The winners are decided by a jury of club and international coaches, media representatives and fans. PA  

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Fifa player of the year award in London

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Best Fifa Men's Player Lieke Martens wins Best Fifa Women's Player Fifa XI is: Buffon; Marcelo, Bonucci, Ramos, Alves; Iniesta, Modric, Kroos; Neymar, Ronaldo, Messi Celtic win Fifa Fans Award Sarina Wiegman wins Best Fifa Women's Coach Zinedine Zidane wins Best Male Coach Gigi Buffon wins Best Goalkeeper  Olivier Giroud wins Puskas Award for best goal By PA: Real Madrid's Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo was crowned the best soccer player in the world for the second year running at Fifa's The Best awards gala on Monday. The four-time Ballon d'Or winner won a La Liga and Champions League double with the Madrid club this year, striking twice against Juventus in the European Cup final to help Real become the first team to retain the trophy in its current format. 'I'm 32 and I'm the best player in the world', Ronaldo reflects on winning award 00:39 Barcelona's Argentina forward Lionel Messi, who has won the Ballon d'or five times, and Paris St Germain's Brazil forward Neymar were runners up for the award voted for by national team coaches and captains plus the media and fans. The Best Fifa Men's Player award and the Ballon d'or, which is voted for only by the media, are now separate awards. Real Madrid's French coach Zinedine Zidane won the manager of the year trophy for his part in the club's success. Zidane was awarded Best Men's Coach Credit: FIFA Five Real players were named in the best XI of the year, with Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos joining Ronaldo, while Messi, Neymar, Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Dani Alves (PSG), Leonardo Bonucci (AC Milan) and Andres Iniesta (Barcelona) were also selected. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud won the Puskas Award for the best goal of the year, which was the Frenchman's scorpion kick against Crystal Palace, and Buffon was declared best goalkeeper. Holland's Lieke Martens won best female player of the year, while the Dutch women's national team coach Sarina Weigman was voted best manager after the team's triumph at Euro 2017. 9:33PM Who voted for Harry Kane? British Virgin Islands, France, Montserrat (who voted Suarez, Kane, Kante just to be different), Bahamas, Wales, Cambodia and Vanuatu.  Of course. The nation of Vanuatu. If anyone reading this is from Vanuatu, hello! 9:28PM How the international captains voted Here's the interesting bit... how footballers actually voted. Jordan Henderson (England): Ronaldo, Messi, Suarez. Huge Lloris (France): Ronaldo, Ramos, Kane. Manuel Neuer (Germany): Kroos, Lewandowski,Vidal (Kroos is very good tbf) Leo Messi (Argentina): Suarez, Iniesta, Neymar Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal): Modric, Ramos, Marcelo Dani Alves: Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo 9:03PM Cristiano Ronaldo meeting Maradona Credit: AFP   9:01PM A way to make Kasabian acceptable If they had played this:  Everything would be OK. Ronaldo is off to listen to this in the back of a giant limousine. 8:59PM Is this better than a Ballon d'Or? Is it the same? Does anyone know for sure what really counts as the actual award these days? 8:58PM Cristiano Ronaldo says "I want to mention Leo and Neymar to be here. Real Madrid supporters, my teammates, my coach, they support all the year so I have to say thank you to them.  "I'm really glad. This is a great moment for me. I know I have fans all over the world so thank you for the support. I appreciate that. "And I think I say everything. It's great to be here around these great players, this amazing player and I'm so happy guys. Thank you everybody and good night." 8:55PM CRISTIANO RONALDO WINS! Credit: FIFA He is the Best FIFA Men's Player! Credit: AFP   8:54PM The nominees   8:53PM Maradona's not quite on the ball Credit: FIFA He tries to open the envelope and reveal the winner before they've shown the video. Ronaldo gives him a nudge and tells him there's a video.  "Aaaaaaaaah!" he says. 8:51PM Ronaldo and Diego Maradona to present Best Men's Award That's a fairly decent attacking duo. 8:51PM Lieke Martens wins Best FIFA Women's Player! Martens was of course hugely influential in Holland's Euro 2017 win. "My dad and mum, this one is for you!" she says in her acceptance speech, also from yesterday because she is doing real football work instead of larking about in London. 8:49PM Best Women's Player Award It's the penultimate award of the evening. Hidetoshi Nakata - who looks cool - and Celia Sasic, who played for Germany, are here to present.  Deyna Castellanos, Carli Lloyd and Lieke Martens, who is ridiculously good, and my pick for the prize.  8:46PM The best team in the world!   8:45PM Music is subjective If you happen to love Kasabian, that's absolutely fine, by the way. I like a lot of music that many, many people do not, for instance. And I've never written a song that's gotten close to selling many millions of copies either. Though did once get a two out of five review in The List for an album. But those were younger days. 8:43PM They should make a band out of footballers What is the need for Kasabian here? Get Petr Cech on drums, Alexis Sanchez on piano, Gary Neville on guitar and... I dunno. Literally anyone singing. Patrice Evra on vocals. And they have to play 'Africa' by Toto because that song is ace. 8:41PM Oh the banter How long did it take Neymar to get ready? 20 minutes apparently. "I don't believe a word of it!" says the presenter. Dani Alves took less time. Just look how delighted Messi is to be involved with this. The greatest player of all time, forced to respond to jokes in a foreign language. And even worse, now he has to listen to Kasabian. Imagine. You're made to do go on international television, barely understand what's happening and are asked questions about doing your hair. And then Kasabian. 8:38PM Ronaldo's catchphrase for tonight "Talent without work is nothing." 8:37PM Bonucci is sat next to Dani Alves You may or may not be aware that Leonardo Bonucci and Dani Alves played alongside each other in the Champions League final against Real Madrid. There are rumours there may have been some sort of disagreement in the dressing room during that match... but now they are sitting next to each other and very friendly. 8:34PM Ronaldo on his team achievement Credit: EPA "Great achievement. I feel so proud, it takes many hours of work and dedication. To be on this stage 11 times it's a lot. Thank you to people who are voting me." 8:33PM World XI go offstage the wrong way They need a manager. 8:33PM This means nothing People who play Ultimate Team are probably pretty pumped about this FIFA dream team. If you save all your money up, you never know, you might find one of these guys in a pack for FIFA 18. SPEND YOUR MONEY! Or, you can have fun and play Pro Evo. It's really great this year.  8:28PM Best team in the world Here we go. David Suazo (he's from Honduras and used to play for Inter Milan) and Frank Lampard (come on) present the award. Credit: AFP In goal, it's Gigi Buffon. Right-back Dani Alves. Left-back Marcelo. Centre-back Sergio Ramos. Centre-back Leonardo Bonucci. Centre-midfield Luka Modric. Centre-midfield Toni Kroos. Centre-midfield Andre Iniesta (I love Iniesta but...) Right forward Lionel Messi Left forward Neymar Credit: AFP Striker Cristiano Ronaldo That's a 4-3-3 then. Solid. Not bad. 8:20PM Sarina Wiegman wins Best FIFA Women's Coach Wiegman led Holland to win Euro 2017 and had them playing some really entertaining football along the way. A deserved winner, just like all the other ones. She can't be there tonight to accept her award because she's doing actual football work, preparing for a World Cup qualifier, rather than sitting around the Paladium schmoozing.  Here is the Holland squad celebrating when they found out on Sunday: Beste coach van de wereld! Gefeliciteerd Sarina!!! pic.twitter.com/xHP5cM5rvR— OranjeLeeuwinnen (@oranjevrouwen) October 23, 2017   8:18PM Best FIFA Women's Coach Award Arsenal captain Alex Scott and Ruud Gullit present this one. There's some glorious rehearsed banter: Credit: PA Gullit: "Dutch women's football is at the very top of its game." Scott: "And the men?" Gullit: "Uuuh can we continue please?" Nils Nielsen, Gerard Precheur, Sarina Wiegman are the nominees.  And the winner is... 8:14PM And now a video of Pele Because it's his birthday, obviously. 8:14PM Best FIFA Fans Award winner is... Celtic They were the first British club to win the European Cup, and now they're the first to win the FIFA fans award. Will it occupy the same bit of that rather large trophy cabinet? Perhaps not, but a lovely gesture all the same.  Chairman of Celtic, Ian Bankier  Credit: AFP   8:12PM Elba presents the fans award while pretending to be cold He's dressed as an Arsenal fan, standing in the royal circle, or stalls... I'm not a theatre guy, sorry. But it's the bit where Statler and Waldorf  (the two grumpy old men from the Muppets) go. Credit: GETTY IMAGES Sammy Eto'o is now here to present The FIFA Fan Award, which almost certainly comes from a good place, but feels a little disingenuous. Mostly because it's FIFA. Let's all think of the fans, the millionaires say.  And the winner is... 8:05PM Buffon says Buffon and Schmeichel are delighted to welcome their new child into the world "I want to try to speak (in English)!" "For me, I am very happy because it is a great honour to receive this award... at my age. I'm proud of it but I want to say thanks to my club, my coach, my teammates because they help me to make it possible and I want to say thanks to all the person (sic) who voted for me and I think the last year has been a fantastic season for Juventus, and a personal season. It wasn't enough to win in Europe and for this year I hope that we can to play better and with the national team and Juventus because I will like to finish with the soccer with a fantastic victory." Has Buffon just confirmed that he's going to retire at the end of the season? 8:02PM The Best FIFA goalkeeper is Gigi Buffon! Deserved! What a man, what a player! Buffon has beaten Manuel Neuer and Keylor Navas to be crowned the world's best goalkeeper. 8:01PM Olivier Giroud collecting his award Credit: FIFA   8:00PM Zinedine Zidane wins best FIFA football coach award "Sorry, my English is very bad".  And then he speaks in French, which unfortunately is not something I know well enough to translate for you. I apologise. Credit: FIFA   7:55PM The best FIFA football coach award It's a choice between Antonio Conte, who won the Premier League with a Chelsea side who probably shouldn't have won and inspired the world to play 3-4-3. Massimiliano Allegri, another Italian, who did rather well with Juventus, winning Serie A again. And Zinedine Zidane, who won La Liga and the Champions League... again. And it's Zizou! 7:54PM Idris Elba taking a selfie with Neymar Credit: REUTERS If this wasn't scripted, it is an absolutely superb bit of brand management by Elba. They're going to know who he is tomorrow!  7:52PM Olivier Giroud wins the Puskas Award Some people are trying to sing the 'Hey Jude' Giroud song. "I am delighted to receive this trophy in front of legends of football and would like to thank people who voted for me. I would like to congratulate the other nominees who scored amazing goals too and I would like to thank my teammates, without them I couldn't score maybe this goal. And also my family."  He's quite emotional.  "I would like to dedicate this trophy to my dad". 7:50PM The winner is... Credit: FIFA  OLIVIER GIROUD! 7:48PM Puskas Award part 2 Conte is forced to speak on the microphone and even in front of an enormous hall of people, goes to his quiet pre-match interview voice. It's quite funny. Conte's favourite is Giroud's, and SO IS NEYMAR!  And Leo Messi - the greatest player ever, of all time - is diplomatic and doesn't give one choice.  Ronaldo does the same thing: "it's hard to choose one goal".  And to present the award will be Catherine Zeta-Jones and Diego Forlan.  7:45PM Puskas Award for best goal After showing this video: They interview Harry Kane. The crowd boos (because a large portion of them seem to be Arsenal fans). Maybe not actually, now Frank Lampard is in the spotlight and he gets a round of applause. Lampard says his favourite goal is Giroud's, Kane says it's the South African goalkeeper's. He has to say that though. The repercussions for supporting something Arsenal are just too high. Schmeichel agrees with Mr Lampard. 7:40PM Elba is doing selfies Credit: AFP Tonight's host is wandering around the front row getting selfies with Neymar, Messi and Ronaldo, doing some jokes. Then he goes to Olivier Giroud. It's good to see that even in awards ceremonies, Giroud still has to come off the bench to be involved.  7:38PM Idris Elba going for the jokes Solid opening. The setup references that this is an international broadcast, so if you're from South America, 'como estas'. If you're from China, 'ni hao' (sp) and if you're from Hackney, "alright bruv".   7:36PM But first, it's Stomp! I'm doing this face. Some people are bashing bins around on the stage as they show highlights of... some football. You can't see what football because there are people bashing bins around on stage. Now they're bouncing footballs. Diego Maradona looks fairly unimpressed.  But they've timed one of the bits to coincide with the ball hitting the back of the net and a scream of "GOAL!" which is quite nice. And now they're replicating acrobatic soccer skills and celebrations. The crowd goes mildly wild and politely applauds. Cue Martin Tyler: "I swear you'll never see anything like this ever again!" 7:32PM Idris Elba is here Star of The Wire, the US Office and those Sky Movies adverts, here comes Idris Elba wearing a really nice tuxedo. James Bond wears a tuxedo. It's an audition! 7:29PM Ronaldo seems confident Credit: AFP I think they've lined up this so it's Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo, which isn't the order I'd have them in. Surely Ronaldo plays through the middle of a front three? 7:27PM Confirmation: Ronaldo and Messi are football friends Credit: AP   7:26PM Here's the guy who really wants you to know he's here Credit: AFP Yaaaaaay it's... that guy. Gianni Infantino, the newest president of FIFA, is shaking hands and being friendly to people.   7:23PM Ronaldo is here!  Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez Credit: GETTY IMAGES Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez are here and have done the walk along the... green carpet. I've just thought of a way they can decide who actually wins the top prize between this guy, Messi and Neymar. Stay with me... Penalty shootout. And like in Game of Thrones, they can all choose a person to stand in for them as goalkeeper. Seaman is there, Schmeichel and Buffon too. And that's it.  7:22PM Claudio Ranieri Credit: FIFA  Doing a fine job at Nantes just now, grabbing those 1-0 wins to help them climb the table. Everyone likes Ranieri. 7:19PM Antonio Conte says "I think that it's very important to stay here and fight for this award. It is amazing with Real Madrid, they won the Champions League and the league but it is amazing for me to stay here and to fight for this award." God I hope he means that literally. Can you imagine? Conte windmilling his way through the main hall, battering Peter Schmeichel and Luka Modric in a whirlwind of fury. 7:17PM Dream strike partnernship Credit: AP These two would destroy worlds.  7:15PM I just want someone to love me as much as Marcelo loves this woman Credit: GETTY IMAGES Can you feel it? Light beams of warmth coming out of his eyes. 7:11PM Dani Alves has come dressed as a futuristic pirate Credit: REUTERS "STOP RIGHT THERE! SPACE POLICE! Agent Daniel Alves and you've got a loooooooot of talking to do, punk." 7:09PM Harry Kane and Katie Goodland There he is! Harry gives a little bit to the presenters about how nice it is to be invited. He's so nice. "It makes me feel very proud. For me it’s about improving every year. Messi, Ronaldo set the standard for all of us so just to get up there and be involved is fantastic. The stadium, the atmosphere (at Real Madrid) was amazing. To get a result… I'm very proud." 7:06PM What would you rather win? This is a great question. Kay Murray (I think) essentially asks Gigi Buffon whether he is happy having won the World Cup and not the Champions League. Which would you rather win? If you were a player. Not as a fan. It's difficult isn't it? On the one hand, Scotland winning the World Cup would be amazing BUT I'm leaning towards Aberdeen being crowned European champions. 6:59PM Photos of Messi at the Best FIFA Awards Leo Messi and wife Antonella Credit: AP Credit: PA   6:58PM All the stars are here! Credit: OA  That's Marcelo, here's David Trezeguet: Credit: FIFA And here's Philip Schofield: Credit: PA If you aren't from the UK, you might not know who this man is so let's try and explain. Philip Schofield, or Scholey F as he likes to be known, is a giant of British television. He's perhaps the nicest man alive to also be a TV presenter and used to best friends with a gopher, the whereabouts of which are unknown. What happened to that gopher, you ask? Nobody is sure. All we know for certain is that until its lifeless body is discovered washed up on that little beach next to the South Bank on the Thames, we must assume it is alive.  6:52PM No questions for Messi The FIFA TV presenters have been told they are not allowed to ask Leo Messi any questions - not even in Spanish. What kind of world is this? We're all just waiting to hear what the great man will say about tonight's event and have been denied. We'll never know how he's looking forward to it, and may the best man win, and that London is very nice and that he's glad he's scored today but more pleased that the team got three points, and they just have to go again in the next game. In Spanish. But no! 6:47PM Leo Messi is here *high pitch scream* ARRRRHRHGGHHGHGHGHGHGHGH. And I can confirm he is wearing a normal suit. Nothing shiny and no LED lights. Disappointing. 6:47PM Frank Lampard is here "(Real Madrid) are going down as one of the best club teams in history. " I agree Frank. They're really good. "(Conte's) in the running (for best manager). He's done an unbelievable job at Chelsea" 6:45PM Messi looks terrified in his press photo shoot Credit: FIFA There are a few promo shoots featuring the key players. Messi is trying to look cool but is also wearing a hoody and sadly, that is almost impossible to do.  Credit: FIFA   6:39PM PHILIP SCHOFIELD IS HERE Oh now this is kicking off. "Oldham fan. My Granddad used to play pies at the ground as a lad. I was a constant disappointment for him because we (his brother) were rubbish. I just lacked the sporting mind, I think. I kick a ball around the garden with my nephews. I was asked all the way down Ronaldo or Messi... it's a tricky one. "Messi." There you have it. Philip Schofield believes Messi will win. Why do they need this event now? It's done, people! 6:37PM Patrick Kluivert is tonight's magician Credit: FIFA It's either that, or Kluivert's album cover has been leaked onto the picture database I'm currently enjoying. I think this one would be called "Still Crazy" or "These Nights".   Like that. Available on iTunes, but don't bother. You can stream it for free and it's not all that. 6:32PM Down with this sort of thing Credit: PA M8, mate, maaaaaaaaate what a fantastic shirt. Oooooooh that'll really stick it to them. Look what it says "for crying out loud" and oh my word, it's hand drawn! This is rock and roll. There is NOTHING more rock n roll than attending the overly elaborate celebration of individuals in a team sport governed by a disgraced international body than wearing a shirt with WRITING ON IT. Well done Kasabian, you truly represent all that is cool about football. 6:30PM MICHAEL DOUGLAS SUPPORTS SWANSEA Catherine Zeta-Jones says:  "My husband... Michael Douglas is a Swansea City fan." Confirmation there from Zeta-Jones, who claims to have supported Swansea since before they were back in the Premier League, as though that makes her cool or something. Alright, Catherine. Chill out.  Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I don't watch movies, I watch sport," she says. And that is because she doesn't know how sport is going to end. Imagine then, if you will, a Liverpool vs Newcastle match directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The twist - and there is a twist - is that Stan Collymore was the mascot the whole time. And the mascot is the Queen. And the Queen scores the winning goal, liberating a fictional country which is supposed to be from somewhere near Afghanistan. 6:26PM All the stars are here Credit: PA It's not a long trek for Granit Xhaka to be here as the awards are being held in London.  Credit: PA And here's star Valencia right-back Eamonn Holmes, who has flown in to hang out with all his La Liga pals like... Sergio Ramos, who will probably be here at some point. Credit: EPA That's why he was in London. Maradona is on his best behaviour and looking very nice, but as yet hasn't dribbled past a single person on the red carpet. 6:21PM Welcome! HELLO EVERYONE! Welcome to this most exciting of events. It's like the Oscars... but with David Seaman! Credit: PA  Seaman won't be winning any awards tonight, especially since he doesn't have a moustache anymore, and instead must watch as the likes of Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar sit on some expensive chairs and feign being incredibly pleased that one of the other two has won the Best Best FIFA Best Best Football Player Man Award. There are other awards too. Who will win them? Let's find out together. 6:15PM What's all this then? It's the 2017 Best Fifa Football Awards, the second to be held, where - among other awards - world player of the year is crowned. The breakaway event was started after Fifa's Ballon d'Or partnership with France Football ended. The Ballon d'Or is still awarded by the publication each year, while Fifa hands out its own awards in tonight's event. When is it? It's on Monday October 23 - ie today. What time does the event start? It's a 7.30pm BST start at the London Palladium. What TV channel is it on? You can watch the event, hosted by Idris Elba, on Fifa's YouTube channel. Alternatively, you can follow the event as it happens right here, or catch the highlights on ITV at 10.45pm. Ronaldo with last year's award and Sir Alex Ferguson Credit: Getty Images Which awards are up for grabs, and who is shortlisted? The Best Fifa Men's Player Three players have been nominated for the award from an initial shortlist of 24. Last year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo, has scored 45 goals in 48 appearances this calendar year, including 34 goals for club and 11 for country. These incredible individual statistics are bolstered by Ronaldo winning the Champions League and La Liga in the 2016/17 campaign. Lionel Messi is another unsurprising feature within the best player award, with 49 goals and 11 assists in 50 appearances in 2017. The most expensive player in the world, Neymar is the outside bet to be crowned the greatest footballer on earth. The Best Fifa football coach award The best coach award is separated into male and female categories.  Juventus boss, Massimiliano Allegri, after winning the league and Coppa Italia last season. Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, who in his first season in English football won the Premier League, setting a new record along the way achieving 30 wins in a single season. Finally Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane makes the list after winning the Champions League and Los Blancos' first league title for five years. In the women's section, the the top three comprise of Denmark’s manager Nils Nielsen, who guided her side to the final against Holland in this year European Championships. Lyon coach Gerard Precheur is nominated after winning the Champions League, the French League Cup and the French Cup, while Sarina Wiegman also features after leading Holland to the 2017 European championships.  The Best FIFA goalkeeper award Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus is nominated, having gone 600 minutes without conceding in the Champions League, while Keylor Navas of Real Madrid won his second consecutive Champions League along with a La Liga title. Manuel Neuer makes up the three-man short list. The Puskas Award The Puskas award is for the best goal of the year. This year the three finalists include Deyna Castellanos of Venezuela women's side, Olivier Giroud for his goal for Arsenal, below, and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. The Best Fifa Fan award Borussia Dortmund make the final three after supporters came together to offer shelter to Monaco fans displaced by their Champions League match being rescheduled after a bomb attack on the Dortmund team bus.  Celtic are included through their final match of the league season which coincided with the 50th anniversary of winning the European Cup in 1967, which made them the first British club to lift the prestigious trophy. The Celtic fans honoured the team, known as the "Lisbon Lions", with a stunning full 360-degree card display around Celtic Park. FC Copenhagen were also nominated after winning the league in their final game against Brondby, when players handed the trophy to the fans, who then passed the trophy along to a wheelchair-bound supporter and lifted him in the air. Awards night preview: Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to retain his crown as FIFA men's player of the year in London on Monday night. The Real Madrid and Portugal superstar is up against Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Paris St Germain's Neymar for the award he won last year. The ceremony, which takes place at the London Palladium, is the second since the FIFA award split from France Football's Ballon d'Or prize. Ronaldo has scored 44 goals for club and country so far in 2017 and scored twice in the Champions League final in June, as Real won the competition for a record-extending 12th time. Messi has hit 50 goals for Barca and Argentina while Neymar, the world's most expensive player after he left Barcelona for PSG in the summer, has 25 goals to his name for Barca, PSG and Brazil. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is in the running for the top men's coach award along with Ronaldo's boss at Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, and Juventus chief Massimiliano Allegri. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud's 'scorpion kick' volley against Crystal Palace in January has been nominated for the Puskas Award for best goal. The 31-year-old's effort has been shortlisted along with goals from Venezuela's Deyna Castellanos and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. Castellanos is also nominated for the women's player of the year award alongside last year's winner Carli Lloyd of the United States and Holland's Lieke Martens. The winners are decided by a jury of club and international coaches, media representatives and fans. PA  

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Fifa player of the year award in London

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Best Fifa Men's Player Lieke Martens wins Best Fifa Women's Player Fifa XI is: Buffon; Marcelo, Bonucci, Ramos, Alves; Iniesta, Modric, Kroos; Neymar, Ronaldo, Messi Celtic win Fifa Fans Award Sarina Wiegman wins Best Fifa Women's Coach Zinedine Zidane wins Best Male Coach Gigi Buffon wins Best Goalkeeper  Olivier Giroud wins Puskas Award for best goal By PA: Real Madrid's Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo was crowned the best soccer player in the world for the second year running at Fifa's The Best awards gala on Monday. The four-time Ballon d'Or winner won a La Liga and Champions League double with the Madrid club this year, striking twice against Juventus in the European Cup final to help Real become the first team to retain the trophy in its current format. 'I'm 32 and I'm the best player in the world', Ronaldo reflects on winning award 00:39 Barcelona's Argentina forward Lionel Messi, who has won the Ballon d'or five times, and Paris St Germain's Brazil forward Neymar were runners up for the award voted for by national team coaches and captains plus the media and fans. The Best Fifa Men's Player award and the Ballon d'or, which is voted for only by the media, are now separate awards. Real Madrid's French coach Zinedine Zidane won the manager of the year trophy for his part in the club's success. Zidane was awarded Best Men's Coach Credit: FIFA Five Real players were named in the best XI of the year, with Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos joining Ronaldo, while Messi, Neymar, Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Dani Alves (PSG), Leonardo Bonucci (AC Milan) and Andres Iniesta (Barcelona) were also selected. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud won the Puskas Award for the best goal of the year, which was the Frenchman's scorpion kick against Crystal Palace, and Buffon was declared best goalkeeper. Holland's Lieke Martens won best female player of the year, while the Dutch women's national team coach Sarina Weigman was voted best manager after the team's triumph at Euro 2017. 9:33PM Who voted for Harry Kane? British Virgin Islands, France, Montserrat (who voted Suarez, Kane, Kante just to be different), Bahamas, Wales, Cambodia and Vanuatu.  Of course. The nation of Vanuatu. If anyone reading this is from Vanuatu, hello! 9:28PM How the international captains voted Here's the interesting bit... how footballers actually voted. Jordan Henderson (England): Ronaldo, Messi, Suarez. Huge Lloris (France): Ronaldo, Ramos, Kane. Manuel Neuer (Germany): Kroos, Lewandowski,Vidal (Kroos is very good tbf) Leo Messi (Argentina): Suarez, Iniesta, Neymar Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal): Modric, Ramos, Marcelo Dani Alves: Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo 9:03PM Cristiano Ronaldo meeting Maradona Credit: AFP   9:01PM A way to make Kasabian acceptable If they had played this:  Everything would be OK. Ronaldo is off to listen to this in the back of a giant limousine. 8:59PM Is this better than a Ballon d'Or? Is it the same? Does anyone know for sure what really counts as the actual award these days? 8:58PM Cristiano Ronaldo says "I want to mention Leo and Neymar to be here. Real Madrid supporters, my teammates, my coach, they support all the year so I have to say thank you to them.  "I'm really glad. This is a great moment for me. I know I have fans all over the world so thank you for the support. I appreciate that. "And I think I say everything. It's great to be here around these great players, this amazing player and I'm so happy guys. Thank you everybody and good night." 8:55PM CRISTIANO RONALDO WINS! Credit: FIFA He is the Best FIFA Men's Player! Credit: AFP   8:54PM The nominees   8:53PM Maradona's not quite on the ball Credit: FIFA He tries to open the envelope and reveal the winner before they've shown the video. Ronaldo gives him a nudge and tells him there's a video.  "Aaaaaaaaah!" he says. 8:51PM Ronaldo and Diego Maradona to present Best Men's Award That's a fairly decent attacking duo. 8:51PM Lieke Martens wins Best FIFA Women's Player! Martens was of course hugely influential in Holland's Euro 2017 win. "My dad and mum, this one is for you!" she says in her acceptance speech, also from yesterday because she is doing real football work instead of larking about in London. 8:49PM Best Women's Player Award It's the penultimate award of the evening. Hidetoshi Nakata - who looks cool - and Celia Sasic, who played for Germany, are here to present.  Deyna Castellanos, Carli Lloyd and Lieke Martens, who is ridiculously good, and my pick for the prize.  8:46PM The best team in the world!   8:45PM Music is subjective If you happen to love Kasabian, that's absolutely fine, by the way. I like a lot of music that many, many people do not, for instance. And I've never written a song that's gotten close to selling many millions of copies either. Though did once get a two out of five review in The List for an album. But those were younger days. 8:43PM They should make a band out of footballers What is the need for Kasabian here? Get Petr Cech on drums, Alexis Sanchez on piano, Gary Neville on guitar and... I dunno. Literally anyone singing. Patrice Evra on vocals. And they have to play 'Africa' by Toto because that song is ace. 8:41PM Oh the banter How long did it take Neymar to get ready? 20 minutes apparently. "I don't believe a word of it!" says the presenter. Dani Alves took less time. Just look how delighted Messi is to be involved with this. The greatest player of all time, forced to respond to jokes in a foreign language. And even worse, now he has to listen to Kasabian. Imagine. You're made to do go on international television, barely understand what's happening and are asked questions about doing your hair. And then Kasabian. 8:38PM Ronaldo's catchphrase for tonight "Talent without work is nothing." 8:37PM Bonucci is sat next to Dani Alves You may or may not be aware that Leonardo Bonucci and Dani Alves played alongside each other in the Champions League final against Real Madrid. There are rumours there may have been some sort of disagreement in the dressing room during that match... but now they are sitting next to each other and very friendly. 8:34PM Ronaldo on his team achievement Credit: EPA "Great achievement. I feel so proud, it takes many hours of work and dedication. To be on this stage 11 times it's a lot. Thank you to people who are voting me." 8:33PM World XI go offstage the wrong way They need a manager. 8:33PM This means nothing People who play Ultimate Team are probably pretty pumped about this FIFA dream team. If you save all your money up, you never know, you might find one of these guys in a pack for FIFA 18. SPEND YOUR MONEY! Or, you can have fun and play Pro Evo. It's really great this year.  8:28PM Best team in the world Here we go. David Suazo (he's from Honduras and used to play for Inter Milan) and Frank Lampard (come on) present the award. Credit: AFP In goal, it's Gigi Buffon. Right-back Dani Alves. Left-back Marcelo. Centre-back Sergio Ramos. Centre-back Leonardo Bonucci. Centre-midfield Luka Modric. Centre-midfield Toni Kroos. Centre-midfield Andre Iniesta (I love Iniesta but...) Right forward Lionel Messi Left forward Neymar Credit: AFP Striker Cristiano Ronaldo That's a 4-3-3 then. Solid. Not bad. 8:20PM Sarina Wiegman wins Best FIFA Women's Coach Wiegman led Holland to win Euro 2017 and had them playing some really entertaining football along the way. A deserved winner, just like all the other ones. She can't be there tonight to accept her award because she's doing actual football work, preparing for a World Cup qualifier, rather than sitting around the Paladium schmoozing.  Here is the Holland squad celebrating when they found out on Sunday: Beste coach van de wereld! Gefeliciteerd Sarina!!! pic.twitter.com/xHP5cM5rvR— OranjeLeeuwinnen (@oranjevrouwen) October 23, 2017   8:18PM Best FIFA Women's Coach Award Arsenal captain Alex Scott and Ruud Gullit present this one. There's some glorious rehearsed banter: Credit: PA Gullit: "Dutch women's football is at the very top of its game." Scott: "And the men?" Gullit: "Uuuh can we continue please?" Nils Nielsen, Gerard Precheur, Sarina Wiegman are the nominees.  And the winner is... 8:14PM And now a video of Pele Because it's his birthday, obviously. 8:14PM Best FIFA Fans Award winner is... Celtic They were the first British club to win the European Cup, and now they're the first to win the FIFA fans award. Will it occupy the same bit of that rather large trophy cabinet? Perhaps not, but a lovely gesture all the same.  Chairman of Celtic, Ian Bankier  Credit: AFP   8:12PM Elba presents the fans award while pretending to be cold He's dressed as an Arsenal fan, standing in the royal circle, or stalls... I'm not a theatre guy, sorry. But it's the bit where Statler and Waldorf  (the two grumpy old men from the Muppets) go. Credit: GETTY IMAGES Sammy Eto'o is now here to present The FIFA Fan Award, which almost certainly comes from a good place, but feels a little disingenuous. Mostly because it's FIFA. Let's all think of the fans, the millionaires say.  And the winner is... 8:05PM Buffon says Buffon and Schmeichel are delighted to welcome their new child into the world "I want to try to speak (in English)!" "For me, I am very happy because it is a great honour to receive this award... at my age. I'm proud of it but I want to say thanks to my club, my coach, my teammates because they help me to make it possible and I want to say thanks to all the person (sic) who voted for me and I think the last year has been a fantastic season for Juventus, and a personal season. It wasn't enough to win in Europe and for this year I hope that we can to play better and with the national team and Juventus because I will like to finish with the soccer with a fantastic victory." Has Buffon just confirmed that he's going to retire at the end of the season? 8:02PM The Best FIFA goalkeeper is Gigi Buffon! Deserved! What a man, what a player! Buffon has beaten Manuel Neuer and Keylor Navas to be crowned the world's best goalkeeper. 8:01PM Olivier Giroud collecting his award Credit: FIFA   8:00PM Zinedine Zidane wins best FIFA football coach award "Sorry, my English is very bad".  And then he speaks in French, which unfortunately is not something I know well enough to translate for you. I apologise. Credit: FIFA   7:55PM The best FIFA football coach award It's a choice between Antonio Conte, who won the Premier League with a Chelsea side who probably shouldn't have won and inspired the world to play 3-4-3. Massimiliano Allegri, another Italian, who did rather well with Juventus, winning Serie A again. And Zinedine Zidane, who won La Liga and the Champions League... again. And it's Zizou! 7:54PM Idris Elba taking a selfie with Neymar Credit: REUTERS If this wasn't scripted, it is an absolutely superb bit of brand management by Elba. They're going to know who he is tomorrow!  7:52PM Olivier Giroud wins the Puskas Award Some people are trying to sing the 'Hey Jude' Giroud song. "I am delighted to receive this trophy in front of legends of football and would like to thank people who voted for me. I would like to congratulate the other nominees who scored amazing goals too and I would like to thank my teammates, without them I couldn't score maybe this goal. And also my family."  He's quite emotional.  "I would like to dedicate this trophy to my dad". 7:50PM The winner is... Credit: FIFA  OLIVIER GIROUD! 7:48PM Puskas Award part 2 Conte is forced to speak on the microphone and even in front of an enormous hall of people, goes to his quiet pre-match interview voice. It's quite funny. Conte's favourite is Giroud's, and SO IS NEYMAR!  And Leo Messi - the greatest player ever, of all time - is diplomatic and doesn't give one choice.  Ronaldo does the same thing: "it's hard to choose one goal".  And to present the award will be Catherine Zeta-Jones and Diego Forlan.  7:45PM Puskas Award for best goal After showing this video: They interview Harry Kane. The crowd boos (because a large portion of them seem to be Arsenal fans). Maybe not actually, now Frank Lampard is in the spotlight and he gets a round of applause. Lampard says his favourite goal is Giroud's, Kane says it's the South African goalkeeper's. He has to say that though. The repercussions for supporting something Arsenal are just too high. Schmeichel agrees with Mr Lampard. 7:40PM Elba is doing selfies Credit: AFP Tonight's host is wandering around the front row getting selfies with Neymar, Messi and Ronaldo, doing some jokes. Then he goes to Olivier Giroud. It's good to see that even in awards ceremonies, Giroud still has to come off the bench to be involved.  7:38PM Idris Elba going for the jokes Solid opening. The setup references that this is an international broadcast, so if you're from South America, 'como estas'. If you're from China, 'ni hao' (sp) and if you're from Hackney, "alright bruv".   7:36PM But first, it's Stomp! I'm doing this face. Some people are bashing bins around on the stage as they show highlights of... some football. You can't see what football because there are people bashing bins around on stage. Now they're bouncing footballs. Diego Maradona looks fairly unimpressed.  But they've timed one of the bits to coincide with the ball hitting the back of the net and a scream of "GOAL!" which is quite nice. And now they're replicating acrobatic soccer skills and celebrations. The crowd goes mildly wild and politely applauds. Cue Martin Tyler: "I swear you'll never see anything like this ever again!" 7:32PM Idris Elba is here Star of The Wire, the US Office and those Sky Movies adverts, here comes Idris Elba wearing a really nice tuxedo. James Bond wears a tuxedo. It's an audition! 7:29PM Ronaldo seems confident Credit: AFP I think they've lined up this so it's Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo, which isn't the order I'd have them in. Surely Ronaldo plays through the middle of a front three? 7:27PM Confirmation: Ronaldo and Messi are football friends Credit: AP   7:26PM Here's the guy who really wants you to know he's here Credit: AFP Yaaaaaay it's... that guy. Gianni Infantino, the newest president of FIFA, is shaking hands and being friendly to people.   7:23PM Ronaldo is here!  Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez Credit: GETTY IMAGES Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez are here and have done the walk along the... green carpet. I've just thought of a way they can decide who actually wins the top prize between this guy, Messi and Neymar. Stay with me... Penalty shootout. And like in Game of Thrones, they can all choose a person to stand in for them as goalkeeper. Seaman is there, Schmeichel and Buffon too. And that's it.  7:22PM Claudio Ranieri Credit: FIFA  Doing a fine job at Nantes just now, grabbing those 1-0 wins to help them climb the table. Everyone likes Ranieri. 7:19PM Antonio Conte says "I think that it's very important to stay here and fight for this award. It is amazing with Real Madrid, they won the Champions League and the league but it is amazing for me to stay here and to fight for this award." God I hope he means that literally. Can you imagine? Conte windmilling his way through the main hall, battering Peter Schmeichel and Luka Modric in a whirlwind of fury. 7:17PM Dream strike partnernship Credit: AP These two would destroy worlds.  7:15PM I just want someone to love me as much as Marcelo loves this woman Credit: GETTY IMAGES Can you feel it? Light beams of warmth coming out of his eyes. 7:11PM Dani Alves has come dressed as a futuristic pirate Credit: REUTERS "STOP RIGHT THERE! SPACE POLICE! Agent Daniel Alves and you've got a loooooooot of talking to do, punk." 7:09PM Harry Kane and Katie Goodland There he is! Harry gives a little bit to the presenters about how nice it is to be invited. He's so nice. "It makes me feel very proud. For me it’s about improving every year. Messi, Ronaldo set the standard for all of us so just to get up there and be involved is fantastic. The stadium, the atmosphere (at Real Madrid) was amazing. To get a result… I'm very proud." 7:06PM What would you rather win? This is a great question. Kay Murray (I think) essentially asks Gigi Buffon whether he is happy having won the World Cup and not the Champions League. Which would you rather win? If you were a player. Not as a fan. It's difficult isn't it? On the one hand, Scotland winning the World Cup would be amazing BUT I'm leaning towards Aberdeen being crowned European champions. 6:59PM Photos of Messi at the Best FIFA Awards Leo Messi and wife Antonella Credit: AP Credit: PA   6:58PM All the stars are here! Credit: OA  That's Marcelo, here's David Trezeguet: Credit: FIFA And here's Philip Schofield: Credit: PA If you aren't from the UK, you might not know who this man is so let's try and explain. Philip Schofield, or Scholey F as he likes to be known, is a giant of British television. He's perhaps the nicest man alive to also be a TV presenter and used to best friends with a gopher, the whereabouts of which are unknown. What happened to that gopher, you ask? Nobody is sure. All we know for certain is that until its lifeless body is discovered washed up on that little beach next to the South Bank on the Thames, we must assume it is alive.  6:52PM No questions for Messi The FIFA TV presenters have been told they are not allowed to ask Leo Messi any questions - not even in Spanish. What kind of world is this? We're all just waiting to hear what the great man will say about tonight's event and have been denied. We'll never know how he's looking forward to it, and may the best man win, and that London is very nice and that he's glad he's scored today but more pleased that the team got three points, and they just have to go again in the next game. In Spanish. But no! 6:47PM Leo Messi is here *high pitch scream* ARRRRHRHGGHHGHGHGHGHGHGH. And I can confirm he is wearing a normal suit. Nothing shiny and no LED lights. Disappointing. 6:47PM Frank Lampard is here "(Real Madrid) are going down as one of the best club teams in history. " I agree Frank. They're really good. "(Conte's) in the running (for best manager). He's done an unbelievable job at Chelsea" 6:45PM Messi looks terrified in his press photo shoot Credit: FIFA There are a few promo shoots featuring the key players. Messi is trying to look cool but is also wearing a hoody and sadly, that is almost impossible to do.  Credit: FIFA   6:39PM PHILIP SCHOFIELD IS HERE Oh now this is kicking off. "Oldham fan. My Granddad used to play pies at the ground as a lad. I was a constant disappointment for him because we (his brother) were rubbish. I just lacked the sporting mind, I think. I kick a ball around the garden with my nephews. I was asked all the way down Ronaldo or Messi... it's a tricky one. "Messi." There you have it. Philip Schofield believes Messi will win. Why do they need this event now? It's done, people! 6:37PM Patrick Kluivert is tonight's magician Credit: FIFA It's either that, or Kluivert's album cover has been leaked onto the picture database I'm currently enjoying. I think this one would be called "Still Crazy" or "These Nights".   Like that. Available on iTunes, but don't bother. You can stream it for free and it's not all that. 6:32PM Down with this sort of thing Credit: PA M8, mate, maaaaaaaaate what a fantastic shirt. Oooooooh that'll really stick it to them. Look what it says "for crying out loud" and oh my word, it's hand drawn! This is rock and roll. There is NOTHING more rock n roll than attending the overly elaborate celebration of individuals in a team sport governed by a disgraced international body than wearing a shirt with WRITING ON IT. Well done Kasabian, you truly represent all that is cool about football. 6:30PM MICHAEL DOUGLAS SUPPORTS SWANSEA Catherine Zeta-Jones says:  "My husband... Michael Douglas is a Swansea City fan." Confirmation there from Zeta-Jones, who claims to have supported Swansea since before they were back in the Premier League, as though that makes her cool or something. Alright, Catherine. Chill out.  Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I don't watch movies, I watch sport," she says. And that is because she doesn't know how sport is going to end. Imagine then, if you will, a Liverpool vs Newcastle match directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The twist - and there is a twist - is that Stan Collymore was the mascot the whole time. And the mascot is the Queen. And the Queen scores the winning goal, liberating a fictional country which is supposed to be from somewhere near Afghanistan. 6:26PM All the stars are here Credit: PA It's not a long trek for Granit Xhaka to be here as the awards are being held in London.  Credit: PA And here's star Valencia right-back Eamonn Holmes, who has flown in to hang out with all his La Liga pals like... Sergio Ramos, who will probably be here at some point. Credit: EPA That's why he was in London. Maradona is on his best behaviour and looking very nice, but as yet hasn't dribbled past a single person on the red carpet. 6:21PM Welcome! HELLO EVERYONE! Welcome to this most exciting of events. It's like the Oscars... but with David Seaman! Credit: PA  Seaman won't be winning any awards tonight, especially since he doesn't have a moustache anymore, and instead must watch as the likes of Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar sit on some expensive chairs and feign being incredibly pleased that one of the other two has won the Best Best FIFA Best Best Football Player Man Award. There are other awards too. Who will win them? Let's find out together. 6:15PM What's all this then? It's the 2017 Best Fifa Football Awards, the second to be held, where - among other awards - world player of the year is crowned. The breakaway event was started after Fifa's Ballon d'Or partnership with France Football ended. The Ballon d'Or is still awarded by the publication each year, while Fifa hands out its own awards in tonight's event. When is it? It's on Monday October 23 - ie today. What time does the event start? It's a 7.30pm BST start at the London Palladium. What TV channel is it on? You can watch the event, hosted by Idris Elba, on Fifa's YouTube channel. Alternatively, you can follow the event as it happens right here, or catch the highlights on ITV at 10.45pm. Ronaldo with last year's award and Sir Alex Ferguson Credit: Getty Images Which awards are up for grabs, and who is shortlisted? The Best Fifa Men's Player Three players have been nominated for the award from an initial shortlist of 24. Last year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo, has scored 45 goals in 48 appearances this calendar year, including 34 goals for club and 11 for country. These incredible individual statistics are bolstered by Ronaldo winning the Champions League and La Liga in the 2016/17 campaign. Lionel Messi is another unsurprising feature within the best player award, with 49 goals and 11 assists in 50 appearances in 2017. The most expensive player in the world, Neymar is the outside bet to be crowned the greatest footballer on earth. The Best Fifa football coach award The best coach award is separated into male and female categories.  Juventus boss, Massimiliano Allegri, after winning the league and Coppa Italia last season. Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, who in his first season in English football won the Premier League, setting a new record along the way achieving 30 wins in a single season. Finally Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane makes the list after winning the Champions League and Los Blancos' first league title for five years. In the women's section, the the top three comprise of Denmark’s manager Nils Nielsen, who guided her side to the final against Holland in this year European Championships. Lyon coach Gerard Precheur is nominated after winning the Champions League, the French League Cup and the French Cup, while Sarina Wiegman also features after leading Holland to the 2017 European championships.  The Best FIFA goalkeeper award Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus is nominated, having gone 600 minutes without conceding in the Champions League, while Keylor Navas of Real Madrid won his second consecutive Champions League along with a La Liga title. Manuel Neuer makes up the three-man short list. The Puskas Award The Puskas award is for the best goal of the year. This year the three finalists include Deyna Castellanos of Venezuela women's side, Olivier Giroud for his goal for Arsenal, below, and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. The Best Fifa Fan award Borussia Dortmund make the final three after supporters came together to offer shelter to Monaco fans displaced by their Champions League match being rescheduled after a bomb attack on the Dortmund team bus.  Celtic are included through their final match of the league season which coincided with the 50th anniversary of winning the European Cup in 1967, which made them the first British club to lift the prestigious trophy. The Celtic fans honoured the team, known as the "Lisbon Lions", with a stunning full 360-degree card display around Celtic Park. FC Copenhagen were also nominated after winning the league in their final game against Brondby, when players handed the trophy to the fans, who then passed the trophy along to a wheelchair-bound supporter and lifted him in the air. Awards night preview: Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to retain his crown as FIFA men's player of the year in London on Monday night. The Real Madrid and Portugal superstar is up against Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Paris St Germain's Neymar for the award he won last year. The ceremony, which takes place at the London Palladium, is the second since the FIFA award split from France Football's Ballon d'Or prize. Ronaldo has scored 44 goals for club and country so far in 2017 and scored twice in the Champions League final in June, as Real won the competition for a record-extending 12th time. Messi has hit 50 goals for Barca and Argentina while Neymar, the world's most expensive player after he left Barcelona for PSG in the summer, has 25 goals to his name for Barca, PSG and Brazil. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is in the running for the top men's coach award along with Ronaldo's boss at Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, and Juventus chief Massimiliano Allegri. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud's 'scorpion kick' volley against Crystal Palace in January has been nominated for the Puskas Award for best goal. The 31-year-old's effort has been shortlisted along with goals from Venezuela's Deyna Castellanos and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. Castellanos is also nominated for the women's player of the year award alongside last year's winner Carli Lloyd of the United States and Holland's Lieke Martens. The winners are decided by a jury of club and international coaches, media representatives and fans. PA  

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Fifa player of the year award in London

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Best Fifa Men's Player Lieke Martens wins Best Fifa Women's Player Fifa XI is: Buffon; Marcelo, Bonucci, Ramos, Alves; Iniesta, Modric, Kroos; Neymar, Ronaldo, Messi Celtic win Fifa Fans Award Sarina Wiegman wins Best Fifa Women's Coach Zinedine Zidane wins Best Male Coach Gigi Buffon wins Best Goalkeeper  Olivier Giroud wins Puskas Award for best goal By PA: Real Madrid's Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo was crowned the best soccer player in the world for the second year running at Fifa's The Best awards gala on Monday. The four-time Ballon d'Or winner won a La Liga and Champions League double with the Madrid club this year, striking twice against Juventus in the European Cup final to help Real become the first team to retain the trophy in its current format. 'I'm 32 and I'm the best player in the world', Ronaldo reflects on winning award 00:39 Barcelona's Argentina forward Lionel Messi, who has won the Ballon d'or five times, and Paris St Germain's Brazil forward Neymar were runners up for the award voted for by national team coaches and captains plus the media and fans. The Best Fifa Men's Player award and the Ballon d'or, which is voted for only by the media, are now separate awards. Real Madrid's French coach Zinedine Zidane won the manager of the year trophy for his part in the club's success. Zidane was awarded Best Men's Coach Credit: FIFA Five Real players were named in the best XI of the year, with Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos joining Ronaldo, while Messi, Neymar, Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Dani Alves (PSG), Leonardo Bonucci (AC Milan) and Andres Iniesta (Barcelona) were also selected. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud won the Puskas Award for the best goal of the year, which was the Frenchman's scorpion kick against Crystal Palace, and Buffon was declared best goalkeeper. Holland's Lieke Martens won best female player of the year, while the Dutch women's national team coach Sarina Weigman was voted best manager after the team's triumph at Euro 2017. 9:33PM Who voted for Harry Kane? British Virgin Islands, France, Montserrat (who voted Suarez, Kane, Kante just to be different), Bahamas, Wales, Cambodia and Vanuatu.  Of course. The nation of Vanuatu. If anyone reading this is from Vanuatu, hello! 9:28PM How the international captains voted Here's the interesting bit... how footballers actually voted. Jordan Henderson (England): Ronaldo, Messi, Suarez. Huge Lloris (France): Ronaldo, Ramos, Kane. Manuel Neuer (Germany): Kroos, Lewandowski,Vidal (Kroos is very good tbf) Leo Messi (Argentina): Suarez, Iniesta, Neymar Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal): Modric, Ramos, Marcelo Dani Alves: Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo 9:03PM Cristiano Ronaldo meeting Maradona Credit: AFP   9:01PM A way to make Kasabian acceptable If they had played this:  Everything would be OK. Ronaldo is off to listen to this in the back of a giant limousine. 8:59PM Is this better than a Ballon d'Or? Is it the same? Does anyone know for sure what really counts as the actual award these days? 8:58PM Cristiano Ronaldo says "I want to mention Leo and Neymar to be here. Real Madrid supporters, my teammates, my coach, they support all the year so I have to say thank you to them.  "I'm really glad. This is a great moment for me. I know I have fans all over the world so thank you for the support. I appreciate that. "And I think I say everything. It's great to be here around these great players, this amazing player and I'm so happy guys. Thank you everybody and good night." 8:55PM CRISTIANO RONALDO WINS! Credit: FIFA He is the Best FIFA Men's Player! Credit: AFP   8:54PM The nominees   8:53PM Maradona's not quite on the ball Credit: FIFA He tries to open the envelope and reveal the winner before they've shown the video. Ronaldo gives him a nudge and tells him there's a video.  "Aaaaaaaaah!" he says. 8:51PM Ronaldo and Diego Maradona to present Best Men's Award That's a fairly decent attacking duo. 8:51PM Lieke Martens wins Best FIFA Women's Player! Martens was of course hugely influential in Holland's Euro 2017 win. "My dad and mum, this one is for you!" she says in her acceptance speech, also from yesterday because she is doing real football work instead of larking about in London. 8:49PM Best Women's Player Award It's the penultimate award of the evening. Hidetoshi Nakata - who looks cool - and Celia Sasic, who played for Germany, are here to present.  Deyna Castellanos, Carli Lloyd and Lieke Martens, who is ridiculously good, and my pick for the prize.  8:46PM The best team in the world!   8:45PM Music is subjective If you happen to love Kasabian, that's absolutely fine, by the way. I like a lot of music that many, many people do not, for instance. And I've never written a song that's gotten close to selling many millions of copies either. Though did once get a two out of five review in The List for an album. But those were younger days. 8:43PM They should make a band out of footballers What is the need for Kasabian here? Get Petr Cech on drums, Alexis Sanchez on piano, Gary Neville on guitar and... I dunno. Literally anyone singing. Patrice Evra on vocals. And they have to play 'Africa' by Toto because that song is ace. 8:41PM Oh the banter How long did it take Neymar to get ready? 20 minutes apparently. "I don't believe a word of it!" says the presenter. Dani Alves took less time. Just look how delighted Messi is to be involved with this. The greatest player of all time, forced to respond to jokes in a foreign language. And even worse, now he has to listen to Kasabian. Imagine. You're made to do go on international television, barely understand what's happening and are asked questions about doing your hair. And then Kasabian. 8:38PM Ronaldo's catchphrase for tonight "Talent without work is nothing." 8:37PM Bonucci is sat next to Dani Alves You may or may not be aware that Leonardo Bonucci and Dani Alves played alongside each other in the Champions League final against Real Madrid. There are rumours there may have been some sort of disagreement in the dressing room during that match... but now they are sitting next to each other and very friendly. 8:34PM Ronaldo on his team achievement Credit: EPA "Great achievement. I feel so proud, it takes many hours of work and dedication. To be on this stage 11 times it's a lot. Thank you to people who are voting me." 8:33PM World XI go offstage the wrong way They need a manager. 8:33PM This means nothing People who play Ultimate Team are probably pretty pumped about this FIFA dream team. If you save all your money up, you never know, you might find one of these guys in a pack for FIFA 18. SPEND YOUR MONEY! Or, you can have fun and play Pro Evo. It's really great this year.  8:28PM Best team in the world Here we go. David Suazo (he's from Honduras and used to play for Inter Milan) and Frank Lampard (come on) present the award. Credit: AFP In goal, it's Gigi Buffon. Right-back Dani Alves. Left-back Marcelo. Centre-back Sergio Ramos. Centre-back Leonardo Bonucci. Centre-midfield Luka Modric. Centre-midfield Toni Kroos. Centre-midfield Andre Iniesta (I love Iniesta but...) Right forward Lionel Messi Left forward Neymar Credit: AFP Striker Cristiano Ronaldo That's a 4-3-3 then. Solid. Not bad. 8:20PM Sarina Wiegman wins Best FIFA Women's Coach Wiegman led Holland to win Euro 2017 and had them playing some really entertaining football along the way. A deserved winner, just like all the other ones. She can't be there tonight to accept her award because she's doing actual football work, preparing for a World Cup qualifier, rather than sitting around the Paladium schmoozing.  Here is the Holland squad celebrating when they found out on Sunday: Beste coach van de wereld! Gefeliciteerd Sarina!!! pic.twitter.com/xHP5cM5rvR— OranjeLeeuwinnen (@oranjevrouwen) October 23, 2017   8:18PM Best FIFA Women's Coach Award Arsenal captain Alex Scott and Ruud Gullit present this one. There's some glorious rehearsed banter: Credit: PA Gullit: "Dutch women's football is at the very top of its game." Scott: "And the men?" Gullit: "Uuuh can we continue please?" Nils Nielsen, Gerard Precheur, Sarina Wiegman are the nominees.  And the winner is... 8:14PM And now a video of Pele Because it's his birthday, obviously. 8:14PM Best FIFA Fans Award winner is... Celtic They were the first British club to win the European Cup, and now they're the first to win the FIFA fans award. Will it occupy the same bit of that rather large trophy cabinet? Perhaps not, but a lovely gesture all the same.  Chairman of Celtic, Ian Bankier  Credit: AFP   8:12PM Elba presents the fans award while pretending to be cold He's dressed as an Arsenal fan, standing in the royal circle, or stalls... I'm not a theatre guy, sorry. But it's the bit where Statler and Waldorf  (the two grumpy old men from the Muppets) go. Credit: GETTY IMAGES Sammy Eto'o is now here to present The FIFA Fan Award, which almost certainly comes from a good place, but feels a little disingenuous. Mostly because it's FIFA. Let's all think of the fans, the millionaires say.  And the winner is... 8:05PM Buffon says Buffon and Schmeichel are delighted to welcome their new child into the world "I want to try to speak (in English)!" "For me, I am very happy because it is a great honour to receive this award... at my age. I'm proud of it but I want to say thanks to my club, my coach, my teammates because they help me to make it possible and I want to say thanks to all the person (sic) who voted for me and I think the last year has been a fantastic season for Juventus, and a personal season. It wasn't enough to win in Europe and for this year I hope that we can to play better and with the national team and Juventus because I will like to finish with the soccer with a fantastic victory." Has Buffon just confirmed that he's going to retire at the end of the season? 8:02PM The Best FIFA goalkeeper is Gigi Buffon! Deserved! What a man, what a player! Buffon has beaten Manuel Neuer and Keylor Navas to be crowned the world's best goalkeeper. 8:01PM Olivier Giroud collecting his award Credit: FIFA   8:00PM Zinedine Zidane wins best FIFA football coach award "Sorry, my English is very bad".  And then he speaks in French, which unfortunately is not something I know well enough to translate for you. I apologise. Credit: FIFA   7:55PM The best FIFA football coach award It's a choice between Antonio Conte, who won the Premier League with a Chelsea side who probably shouldn't have won and inspired the world to play 3-4-3. Massimiliano Allegri, another Italian, who did rather well with Juventus, winning Serie A again. And Zinedine Zidane, who won La Liga and the Champions League... again. And it's Zizou! 7:54PM Idris Elba taking a selfie with Neymar Credit: REUTERS If this wasn't scripted, it is an absolutely superb bit of brand management by Elba. They're going to know who he is tomorrow!  7:52PM Olivier Giroud wins the Puskas Award Some people are trying to sing the 'Hey Jude' Giroud song. "I am delighted to receive this trophy in front of legends of football and would like to thank people who voted for me. I would like to congratulate the other nominees who scored amazing goals too and I would like to thank my teammates, without them I couldn't score maybe this goal. And also my family."  He's quite emotional.  "I would like to dedicate this trophy to my dad". 7:50PM The winner is... Credit: FIFA  OLIVIER GIROUD! 7:48PM Puskas Award part 2 Conte is forced to speak on the microphone and even in front of an enormous hall of people, goes to his quiet pre-match interview voice. It's quite funny. Conte's favourite is Giroud's, and SO IS NEYMAR!  And Leo Messi - the greatest player ever, of all time - is diplomatic and doesn't give one choice.  Ronaldo does the same thing: "it's hard to choose one goal".  And to present the award will be Catherine Zeta-Jones and Diego Forlan.  7:45PM Puskas Award for best goal After showing this video: They interview Harry Kane. The crowd boos (because a large portion of them seem to be Arsenal fans). Maybe not actually, now Frank Lampard is in the spotlight and he gets a round of applause. Lampard says his favourite goal is Giroud's, Kane says it's the South African goalkeeper's. He has to say that though. The repercussions for supporting something Arsenal are just too high. Schmeichel agrees with Mr Lampard. 7:40PM Elba is doing selfies Credit: AFP Tonight's host is wandering around the front row getting selfies with Neymar, Messi and Ronaldo, doing some jokes. Then he goes to Olivier Giroud. It's good to see that even in awards ceremonies, Giroud still has to come off the bench to be involved.  7:38PM Idris Elba going for the jokes Solid opening. The setup references that this is an international broadcast, so if you're from South America, 'como estas'. If you're from China, 'ni hao' (sp) and if you're from Hackney, "alright bruv".   7:36PM But first, it's Stomp! I'm doing this face. Some people are bashing bins around on the stage as they show highlights of... some football. You can't see what football because there are people bashing bins around on stage. Now they're bouncing footballs. Diego Maradona looks fairly unimpressed.  But they've timed one of the bits to coincide with the ball hitting the back of the net and a scream of "GOAL!" which is quite nice. And now they're replicating acrobatic soccer skills and celebrations. The crowd goes mildly wild and politely applauds. Cue Martin Tyler: "I swear you'll never see anything like this ever again!" 7:32PM Idris Elba is here Star of The Wire, the US Office and those Sky Movies adverts, here comes Idris Elba wearing a really nice tuxedo. James Bond wears a tuxedo. It's an audition! 7:29PM Ronaldo seems confident Credit: AFP I think they've lined up this so it's Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo, which isn't the order I'd have them in. Surely Ronaldo plays through the middle of a front three? 7:27PM Confirmation: Ronaldo and Messi are football friends Credit: AP   7:26PM Here's the guy who really wants you to know he's here Credit: AFP Yaaaaaay it's... that guy. Gianni Infantino, the newest president of FIFA, is shaking hands and being friendly to people.   7:23PM Ronaldo is here!  Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez Credit: GETTY IMAGES Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez are here and have done the walk along the... green carpet. I've just thought of a way they can decide who actually wins the top prize between this guy, Messi and Neymar. Stay with me... Penalty shootout. And like in Game of Thrones, they can all choose a person to stand in for them as goalkeeper. Seaman is there, Schmeichel and Buffon too. And that's it.  7:22PM Claudio Ranieri Credit: FIFA  Doing a fine job at Nantes just now, grabbing those 1-0 wins to help them climb the table. Everyone likes Ranieri. 7:19PM Antonio Conte says "I think that it's very important to stay here and fight for this award. It is amazing with Real Madrid, they won the Champions League and the league but it is amazing for me to stay here and to fight for this award." God I hope he means that literally. Can you imagine? Conte windmilling his way through the main hall, battering Peter Schmeichel and Luka Modric in a whirlwind of fury. 7:17PM Dream strike partnernship Credit: AP These two would destroy worlds.  7:15PM I just want someone to love me as much as Marcelo loves this woman Credit: GETTY IMAGES Can you feel it? Light beams of warmth coming out of his eyes. 7:11PM Dani Alves has come dressed as a futuristic pirate Credit: REUTERS "STOP RIGHT THERE! SPACE POLICE! Agent Daniel Alves and you've got a loooooooot of talking to do, punk." 7:09PM Harry Kane and Katie Goodland There he is! Harry gives a little bit to the presenters about how nice it is to be invited. He's so nice. "It makes me feel very proud. For me it’s about improving every year. Messi, Ronaldo set the standard for all of us so just to get up there and be involved is fantastic. The stadium, the atmosphere (at Real Madrid) was amazing. To get a result… I'm very proud." 7:06PM What would you rather win? This is a great question. Kay Murray (I think) essentially asks Gigi Buffon whether he is happy having won the World Cup and not the Champions League. Which would you rather win? If you were a player. Not as a fan. It's difficult isn't it? On the one hand, Scotland winning the World Cup would be amazing BUT I'm leaning towards Aberdeen being crowned European champions. 6:59PM Photos of Messi at the Best FIFA Awards Leo Messi and wife Antonella Credit: AP Credit: PA   6:58PM All the stars are here! Credit: OA  That's Marcelo, here's David Trezeguet: Credit: FIFA And here's Philip Schofield: Credit: PA If you aren't from the UK, you might not know who this man is so let's try and explain. Philip Schofield, or Scholey F as he likes to be known, is a giant of British television. He's perhaps the nicest man alive to also be a TV presenter and used to best friends with a gopher, the whereabouts of which are unknown. What happened to that gopher, you ask? Nobody is sure. All we know for certain is that until its lifeless body is discovered washed up on that little beach next to the South Bank on the Thames, we must assume it is alive.  6:52PM No questions for Messi The FIFA TV presenters have been told they are not allowed to ask Leo Messi any questions - not even in Spanish. What kind of world is this? We're all just waiting to hear what the great man will say about tonight's event and have been denied. We'll never know how he's looking forward to it, and may the best man win, and that London is very nice and that he's glad he's scored today but more pleased that the team got three points, and they just have to go again in the next game. In Spanish. But no! 6:47PM Leo Messi is here *high pitch scream* ARRRRHRHGGHHGHGHGHGHGHGH. And I can confirm he is wearing a normal suit. Nothing shiny and no LED lights. Disappointing. 6:47PM Frank Lampard is here "(Real Madrid) are going down as one of the best club teams in history. " I agree Frank. They're really good. "(Conte's) in the running (for best manager). He's done an unbelievable job at Chelsea" 6:45PM Messi looks terrified in his press photo shoot Credit: FIFA There are a few promo shoots featuring the key players. Messi is trying to look cool but is also wearing a hoody and sadly, that is almost impossible to do.  Credit: FIFA   6:39PM PHILIP SCHOFIELD IS HERE Oh now this is kicking off. "Oldham fan. My Granddad used to play pies at the ground as a lad. I was a constant disappointment for him because we (his brother) were rubbish. I just lacked the sporting mind, I think. I kick a ball around the garden with my nephews. I was asked all the way down Ronaldo or Messi... it's a tricky one. "Messi." There you have it. Philip Schofield believes Messi will win. Why do they need this event now? It's done, people! 6:37PM Patrick Kluivert is tonight's magician Credit: FIFA It's either that, or Kluivert's album cover has been leaked onto the picture database I'm currently enjoying. I think this one would be called "Still Crazy" or "These Nights".   Like that. Available on iTunes, but don't bother. You can stream it for free and it's not all that. 6:32PM Down with this sort of thing Credit: PA M8, mate, maaaaaaaaate what a fantastic shirt. Oooooooh that'll really stick it to them. Look what it says "for crying out loud" and oh my word, it's hand drawn! This is rock and roll. There is NOTHING more rock n roll than attending the overly elaborate celebration of individuals in a team sport governed by a disgraced international body than wearing a shirt with WRITING ON IT. Well done Kasabian, you truly represent all that is cool about football. 6:30PM MICHAEL DOUGLAS SUPPORTS SWANSEA Catherine Zeta-Jones says:  "My husband... Michael Douglas is a Swansea City fan." Confirmation there from Zeta-Jones, who claims to have supported Swansea since before they were back in the Premier League, as though that makes her cool or something. Alright, Catherine. Chill out.  Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I don't watch movies, I watch sport," she says. And that is because she doesn't know how sport is going to end. Imagine then, if you will, a Liverpool vs Newcastle match directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The twist - and there is a twist - is that Stan Collymore was the mascot the whole time. And the mascot is the Queen. And the Queen scores the winning goal, liberating a fictional country which is supposed to be from somewhere near Afghanistan. 6:26PM All the stars are here Credit: PA It's not a long trek for Granit Xhaka to be here as the awards are being held in London.  Credit: PA And here's star Valencia right-back Eamonn Holmes, who has flown in to hang out with all his La Liga pals like... Sergio Ramos, who will probably be here at some point. Credit: EPA That's why he was in London. Maradona is on his best behaviour and looking very nice, but as yet hasn't dribbled past a single person on the red carpet. 6:21PM Welcome! HELLO EVERYONE! Welcome to this most exciting of events. It's like the Oscars... but with David Seaman! Credit: PA  Seaman won't be winning any awards tonight, especially since he doesn't have a moustache anymore, and instead must watch as the likes of Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar sit on some expensive chairs and feign being incredibly pleased that one of the other two has won the Best Best FIFA Best Best Football Player Man Award. There are other awards too. Who will win them? Let's find out together. 6:15PM What's all this then? It's the 2017 Best Fifa Football Awards, the second to be held, where - among other awards - world player of the year is crowned. The breakaway event was started after Fifa's Ballon d'Or partnership with France Football ended. The Ballon d'Or is still awarded by the publication each year, while Fifa hands out its own awards in tonight's event. When is it? It's on Monday October 23 - ie today. What time does the event start? It's a 7.30pm BST start at the London Palladium. What TV channel is it on? You can watch the event, hosted by Idris Elba, on Fifa's YouTube channel. Alternatively, you can follow the event as it happens right here, or catch the highlights on ITV at 10.45pm. Ronaldo with last year's award and Sir Alex Ferguson Credit: Getty Images Which awards are up for grabs, and who is shortlisted? The Best Fifa Men's Player Three players have been nominated for the award from an initial shortlist of 24. Last year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo, has scored 45 goals in 48 appearances this calendar year, including 34 goals for club and 11 for country. These incredible individual statistics are bolstered by Ronaldo winning the Champions League and La Liga in the 2016/17 campaign. Lionel Messi is another unsurprising feature within the best player award, with 49 goals and 11 assists in 50 appearances in 2017. The most expensive player in the world, Neymar is the outside bet to be crowned the greatest footballer on earth. The Best Fifa football coach award The best coach award is separated into male and female categories.  Juventus boss, Massimiliano Allegri, after winning the league and Coppa Italia last season. Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, who in his first season in English football won the Premier League, setting a new record along the way achieving 30 wins in a single season. Finally Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane makes the list after winning the Champions League and Los Blancos' first league title for five years. In the women's section, the the top three comprise of Denmark’s manager Nils Nielsen, who guided her side to the final against Holland in this year European Championships. Lyon coach Gerard Precheur is nominated after winning the Champions League, the French League Cup and the French Cup, while Sarina Wiegman also features after leading Holland to the 2017 European championships.  The Best FIFA goalkeeper award Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus is nominated, having gone 600 minutes without conceding in the Champions League, while Keylor Navas of Real Madrid won his second consecutive Champions League along with a La Liga title. Manuel Neuer makes up the three-man short list. The Puskas Award The Puskas award is for the best goal of the year. This year the three finalists include Deyna Castellanos of Venezuela women's side, Olivier Giroud for his goal for Arsenal, below, and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. The Best Fifa Fan award Borussia Dortmund make the final three after supporters came together to offer shelter to Monaco fans displaced by their Champions League match being rescheduled after a bomb attack on the Dortmund team bus.  Celtic are included through their final match of the league season which coincided with the 50th anniversary of winning the European Cup in 1967, which made them the first British club to lift the prestigious trophy. The Celtic fans honoured the team, known as the "Lisbon Lions", with a stunning full 360-degree card display around Celtic Park. FC Copenhagen were also nominated after winning the league in their final game against Brondby, when players handed the trophy to the fans, who then passed the trophy along to a wheelchair-bound supporter and lifted him in the air. Awards night preview: Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to retain his crown as FIFA men's player of the year in London on Monday night. The Real Madrid and Portugal superstar is up against Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Paris St Germain's Neymar for the award he won last year. The ceremony, which takes place at the London Palladium, is the second since the FIFA award split from France Football's Ballon d'Or prize. Ronaldo has scored 44 goals for club and country so far in 2017 and scored twice in the Champions League final in June, as Real won the competition for a record-extending 12th time. Messi has hit 50 goals for Barca and Argentina while Neymar, the world's most expensive player after he left Barcelona for PSG in the summer, has 25 goals to his name for Barca, PSG and Brazil. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is in the running for the top men's coach award along with Ronaldo's boss at Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, and Juventus chief Massimiliano Allegri. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud's 'scorpion kick' volley against Crystal Palace in January has been nominated for the Puskas Award for best goal. The 31-year-old's effort has been shortlisted along with goals from Venezuela's Deyna Castellanos and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. Castellanos is also nominated for the women's player of the year award alongside last year's winner Carli Lloyd of the United States and Holland's Lieke Martens. The winners are decided by a jury of club and international coaches, media representatives and fans. PA  

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Fifa player of the year award in London

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Best Fifa Men's Player Lieke Martens wins Best Fifa Women's Player Fifa XI is: Buffon; Marcelo, Bonucci, Ramos, Alves; Iniesta, Modric, Kroos; Neymar, Ronaldo, Messi Celtic win Fifa Fans Award Sarina Wiegman wins Best Fifa Women's Coach Zinedine Zidane wins Best Male Coach Gigi Buffon wins Best Goalkeeper  Olivier Giroud wins Puskas Award for best goal By PA: Real Madrid's Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo was crowned the best soccer player in the world for the second year running at Fifa's The Best awards gala on Monday. The four-time Ballon d'Or winner won a La Liga and Champions League double with the Madrid club this year, striking twice against Juventus in the European Cup final to help Real become the first team to retain the trophy in its current format. 'I'm 32 and I'm the best player in the world', Ronaldo reflects on winning award 00:39 Barcelona's Argentina forward Lionel Messi, who has won the Ballon d'or five times, and Paris St Germain's Brazil forward Neymar were runners up for the award voted for by national team coaches and captains plus the media and fans. The Best Fifa Men's Player award and the Ballon d'or, which is voted for only by the media, are now separate awards. Real Madrid's French coach Zinedine Zidane won the manager of the year trophy for his part in the club's success. Zidane was awarded Best Men's Coach Credit: FIFA Five Real players were named in the best XI of the year, with Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos joining Ronaldo, while Messi, Neymar, Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Dani Alves (PSG), Leonardo Bonucci (AC Milan) and Andres Iniesta (Barcelona) were also selected. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud won the Puskas Award for the best goal of the year, which was the Frenchman's scorpion kick against Crystal Palace, and Buffon was declared best goalkeeper. Holland's Lieke Martens won best female player of the year, while the Dutch women's national team coach Sarina Weigman was voted best manager after the team's triumph at Euro 2017. 9:33PM Who voted for Harry Kane? British Virgin Islands, France, Montserrat (who voted Suarez, Kane, Kante just to be different), Bahamas, Wales, Cambodia and Vanuatu.  Of course. The nation of Vanuatu. If anyone reading this is from Vanuatu, hello! 9:28PM How the international captains voted Here's the interesting bit... how footballers actually voted. Jordan Henderson (England): Ronaldo, Messi, Suarez. Huge Lloris (France): Ronaldo, Ramos, Kane. Manuel Neuer (Germany): Kroos, Lewandowski,Vidal (Kroos is very good tbf) Leo Messi (Argentina): Suarez, Iniesta, Neymar Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal): Modric, Ramos, Marcelo Dani Alves: Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo 9:03PM Cristiano Ronaldo meeting Maradona Credit: AFP   9:01PM A way to make Kasabian acceptable If they had played this:  Everything would be OK. Ronaldo is off to listen to this in the back of a giant limousine. 8:59PM Is this better than a Ballon d'Or? Is it the same? Does anyone know for sure what really counts as the actual award these days? 8:58PM Cristiano Ronaldo says "I want to mention Leo and Neymar to be here. Real Madrid supporters, my teammates, my coach, they support all the year so I have to say thank you to them.  "I'm really glad. This is a great moment for me. I know I have fans all over the world so thank you for the support. I appreciate that. "And I think I say everything. It's great to be here around these great players, this amazing player and I'm so happy guys. Thank you everybody and good night." 8:55PM CRISTIANO RONALDO WINS! Credit: FIFA He is the Best FIFA Men's Player! Credit: AFP   8:54PM The nominees   8:53PM Maradona's not quite on the ball Credit: FIFA He tries to open the envelope and reveal the winner before they've shown the video. Ronaldo gives him a nudge and tells him there's a video.  "Aaaaaaaaah!" he says. 8:51PM Ronaldo and Diego Maradona to present Best Men's Award That's a fairly decent attacking duo. 8:51PM Lieke Martens wins Best FIFA Women's Player! Martens was of course hugely influential in Holland's Euro 2017 win. "My dad and mum, this one is for you!" she says in her acceptance speech, also from yesterday because she is doing real football work instead of larking about in London. 8:49PM Best Women's Player Award It's the penultimate award of the evening. Hidetoshi Nakata - who looks cool - and Celia Sasic, who played for Germany, are here to present.  Deyna Castellanos, Carli Lloyd and Lieke Martens, who is ridiculously good, and my pick for the prize.  8:46PM The best team in the world!   8:45PM Music is subjective If you happen to love Kasabian, that's absolutely fine, by the way. I like a lot of music that many, many people do not, for instance. And I've never written a song that's gotten close to selling many millions of copies either. Though did once get a two out of five review in The List for an album. But those were younger days. 8:43PM They should make a band out of footballers What is the need for Kasabian here? Get Petr Cech on drums, Alexis Sanchez on piano, Gary Neville on guitar and... I dunno. Literally anyone singing. Patrice Evra on vocals. And they have to play 'Africa' by Toto because that song is ace. 8:41PM Oh the banter How long did it take Neymar to get ready? 20 minutes apparently. "I don't believe a word of it!" says the presenter. Dani Alves took less time. Just look how delighted Messi is to be involved with this. The greatest player of all time, forced to respond to jokes in a foreign language. And even worse, now he has to listen to Kasabian. Imagine. You're made to do go on international television, barely understand what's happening and are asked questions about doing your hair. And then Kasabian. 8:38PM Ronaldo's catchphrase for tonight "Talent without work is nothing." 8:37PM Bonucci is sat next to Dani Alves You may or may not be aware that Leonardo Bonucci and Dani Alves played alongside each other in the Champions League final against Real Madrid. There are rumours there may have been some sort of disagreement in the dressing room during that match... but now they are sitting next to each other and very friendly. 8:34PM Ronaldo on his team achievement Credit: EPA "Great achievement. I feel so proud, it takes many hours of work and dedication. To be on this stage 11 times it's a lot. Thank you to people who are voting me." 8:33PM World XI go offstage the wrong way They need a manager. 8:33PM This means nothing People who play Ultimate Team are probably pretty pumped about this FIFA dream team. If you save all your money up, you never know, you might find one of these guys in a pack for FIFA 18. SPEND YOUR MONEY! Or, you can have fun and play Pro Evo. It's really great this year.  8:28PM Best team in the world Here we go. David Suazo (he's from Honduras and used to play for Inter Milan) and Frank Lampard (come on) present the award. Credit: AFP In goal, it's Gigi Buffon. Right-back Dani Alves. Left-back Marcelo. Centre-back Sergio Ramos. Centre-back Leonardo Bonucci. Centre-midfield Luka Modric. Centre-midfield Toni Kroos. Centre-midfield Andre Iniesta (I love Iniesta but...) Right forward Lionel Messi Left forward Neymar Credit: AFP Striker Cristiano Ronaldo That's a 4-3-3 then. Solid. Not bad. 8:20PM Sarina Wiegman wins Best FIFA Women's Coach Wiegman led Holland to win Euro 2017 and had them playing some really entertaining football along the way. A deserved winner, just like all the other ones. She can't be there tonight to accept her award because she's doing actual football work, preparing for a World Cup qualifier, rather than sitting around the Paladium schmoozing.  Here is the Holland squad celebrating when they found out on Sunday: Beste coach van de wereld! Gefeliciteerd Sarina!!! pic.twitter.com/xHP5cM5rvR— OranjeLeeuwinnen (@oranjevrouwen) October 23, 2017   8:18PM Best FIFA Women's Coach Award Arsenal captain Alex Scott and Ruud Gullit present this one. There's some glorious rehearsed banter: Credit: PA Gullit: "Dutch women's football is at the very top of its game." Scott: "And the men?" Gullit: "Uuuh can we continue please?" Nils Nielsen, Gerard Precheur, Sarina Wiegman are the nominees.  And the winner is... 8:14PM And now a video of Pele Because it's his birthday, obviously. 8:14PM Best FIFA Fans Award winner is... Celtic They were the first British club to win the European Cup, and now they're the first to win the FIFA fans award. Will it occupy the same bit of that rather large trophy cabinet? Perhaps not, but a lovely gesture all the same.  Chairman of Celtic, Ian Bankier  Credit: AFP   8:12PM Elba presents the fans award while pretending to be cold He's dressed as an Arsenal fan, standing in the royal circle, or stalls... I'm not a theatre guy, sorry. But it's the bit where Statler and Waldorf  (the two grumpy old men from the Muppets) go. Credit: GETTY IMAGES Sammy Eto'o is now here to present The FIFA Fan Award, which almost certainly comes from a good place, but feels a little disingenuous. Mostly because it's FIFA. Let's all think of the fans, the millionaires say.  And the winner is... 8:05PM Buffon says Buffon and Schmeichel are delighted to welcome their new child into the world "I want to try to speak (in English)!" "For me, I am very happy because it is a great honour to receive this award... at my age. I'm proud of it but I want to say thanks to my club, my coach, my teammates because they help me to make it possible and I want to say thanks to all the person (sic) who voted for me and I think the last year has been a fantastic season for Juventus, and a personal season. It wasn't enough to win in Europe and for this year I hope that we can to play better and with the national team and Juventus because I will like to finish with the soccer with a fantastic victory." Has Buffon just confirmed that he's going to retire at the end of the season? 8:02PM The Best FIFA goalkeeper is Gigi Buffon! Deserved! What a man, what a player! Buffon has beaten Manuel Neuer and Keylor Navas to be crowned the world's best goalkeeper. 8:01PM Olivier Giroud collecting his award Credit: FIFA   8:00PM Zinedine Zidane wins best FIFA football coach award "Sorry, my English is very bad".  And then he speaks in French, which unfortunately is not something I know well enough to translate for you. I apologise. Credit: FIFA   7:55PM The best FIFA football coach award It's a choice between Antonio Conte, who won the Premier League with a Chelsea side who probably shouldn't have won and inspired the world to play 3-4-3. Massimiliano Allegri, another Italian, who did rather well with Juventus, winning Serie A again. And Zinedine Zidane, who won La Liga and the Champions League... again. And it's Zizou! 7:54PM Idris Elba taking a selfie with Neymar Credit: REUTERS If this wasn't scripted, it is an absolutely superb bit of brand management by Elba. They're going to know who he is tomorrow!  7:52PM Olivier Giroud wins the Puskas Award Some people are trying to sing the 'Hey Jude' Giroud song. "I am delighted to receive this trophy in front of legends of football and would like to thank people who voted for me. I would like to congratulate the other nominees who scored amazing goals too and I would like to thank my teammates, without them I couldn't score maybe this goal. And also my family."  He's quite emotional.  "I would like to dedicate this trophy to my dad". 7:50PM The winner is... Credit: FIFA  OLIVIER GIROUD! 7:48PM Puskas Award part 2 Conte is forced to speak on the microphone and even in front of an enormous hall of people, goes to his quiet pre-match interview voice. It's quite funny. Conte's favourite is Giroud's, and SO IS NEYMAR!  And Leo Messi - the greatest player ever, of all time - is diplomatic and doesn't give one choice.  Ronaldo does the same thing: "it's hard to choose one goal".  And to present the award will be Catherine Zeta-Jones and Diego Forlan.  7:45PM Puskas Award for best goal After showing this video: They interview Harry Kane. The crowd boos (because a large portion of them seem to be Arsenal fans). Maybe not actually, now Frank Lampard is in the spotlight and he gets a round of applause. Lampard says his favourite goal is Giroud's, Kane says it's the South African goalkeeper's. He has to say that though. The repercussions for supporting something Arsenal are just too high. Schmeichel agrees with Mr Lampard. 7:40PM Elba is doing selfies Credit: AFP Tonight's host is wandering around the front row getting selfies with Neymar, Messi and Ronaldo, doing some jokes. Then he goes to Olivier Giroud. It's good to see that even in awards ceremonies, Giroud still has to come off the bench to be involved.  7:38PM Idris Elba going for the jokes Solid opening. The setup references that this is an international broadcast, so if you're from South America, 'como estas'. If you're from China, 'ni hao' (sp) and if you're from Hackney, "alright bruv".   7:36PM But first, it's Stomp! I'm doing this face. Some people are bashing bins around on the stage as they show highlights of... some football. You can't see what football because there are people bashing bins around on stage. Now they're bouncing footballs. Diego Maradona looks fairly unimpressed.  But they've timed one of the bits to coincide with the ball hitting the back of the net and a scream of "GOAL!" which is quite nice. And now they're replicating acrobatic soccer skills and celebrations. The crowd goes mildly wild and politely applauds. Cue Martin Tyler: "I swear you'll never see anything like this ever again!" 7:32PM Idris Elba is here Star of The Wire, the US Office and those Sky Movies adverts, here comes Idris Elba wearing a really nice tuxedo. James Bond wears a tuxedo. It's an audition! 7:29PM Ronaldo seems confident Credit: AFP I think they've lined up this so it's Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo, which isn't the order I'd have them in. Surely Ronaldo plays through the middle of a front three? 7:27PM Confirmation: Ronaldo and Messi are football friends Credit: AP   7:26PM Here's the guy who really wants you to know he's here Credit: AFP Yaaaaaay it's... that guy. Gianni Infantino, the newest president of FIFA, is shaking hands and being friendly to people.   7:23PM Ronaldo is here!  Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez Credit: GETTY IMAGES Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez are here and have done the walk along the... green carpet. I've just thought of a way they can decide who actually wins the top prize between this guy, Messi and Neymar. Stay with me... Penalty shootout. And like in Game of Thrones, they can all choose a person to stand in for them as goalkeeper. Seaman is there, Schmeichel and Buffon too. And that's it.  7:22PM Claudio Ranieri Credit: FIFA  Doing a fine job at Nantes just now, grabbing those 1-0 wins to help them climb the table. Everyone likes Ranieri. 7:19PM Antonio Conte says "I think that it's very important to stay here and fight for this award. It is amazing with Real Madrid, they won the Champions League and the league but it is amazing for me to stay here and to fight for this award." God I hope he means that literally. Can you imagine? Conte windmilling his way through the main hall, battering Peter Schmeichel and Luka Modric in a whirlwind of fury. 7:17PM Dream strike partnernship Credit: AP These two would destroy worlds.  7:15PM I just want someone to love me as much as Marcelo loves this woman Credit: GETTY IMAGES Can you feel it? Light beams of warmth coming out of his eyes. 7:11PM Dani Alves has come dressed as a futuristic pirate Credit: REUTERS "STOP RIGHT THERE! SPACE POLICE! Agent Daniel Alves and you've got a loooooooot of talking to do, punk." 7:09PM Harry Kane and Katie Goodland There he is! Harry gives a little bit to the presenters about how nice it is to be invited. He's so nice. "It makes me feel very proud. For me it’s about improving every year. Messi, Ronaldo set the standard for all of us so just to get up there and be involved is fantastic. The stadium, the atmosphere (at Real Madrid) was amazing. To get a result… I'm very proud." 7:06PM What would you rather win? This is a great question. Kay Murray (I think) essentially asks Gigi Buffon whether he is happy having won the World Cup and not the Champions League. Which would you rather win? If you were a player. Not as a fan. It's difficult isn't it? On the one hand, Scotland winning the World Cup would be amazing BUT I'm leaning towards Aberdeen being crowned European champions. 6:59PM Photos of Messi at the Best FIFA Awards Leo Messi and wife Antonella Credit: AP Credit: PA   6:58PM All the stars are here! Credit: OA  That's Marcelo, here's David Trezeguet: Credit: FIFA And here's Philip Schofield: Credit: PA If you aren't from the UK, you might not know who this man is so let's try and explain. Philip Schofield, or Scholey F as he likes to be known, is a giant of British television. He's perhaps the nicest man alive to also be a TV presenter and used to best friends with a gopher, the whereabouts of which are unknown. What happened to that gopher, you ask? Nobody is sure. All we know for certain is that until its lifeless body is discovered washed up on that little beach next to the South Bank on the Thames, we must assume it is alive.  6:52PM No questions for Messi The FIFA TV presenters have been told they are not allowed to ask Leo Messi any questions - not even in Spanish. What kind of world is this? We're all just waiting to hear what the great man will say about tonight's event and have been denied. We'll never know how he's looking forward to it, and may the best man win, and that London is very nice and that he's glad he's scored today but more pleased that the team got three points, and they just have to go again in the next game. In Spanish. But no! 6:47PM Leo Messi is here *high pitch scream* ARRRRHRHGGHHGHGHGHGHGHGH. And I can confirm he is wearing a normal suit. Nothing shiny and no LED lights. Disappointing. 6:47PM Frank Lampard is here "(Real Madrid) are going down as one of the best club teams in history. " I agree Frank. They're really good. "(Conte's) in the running (for best manager). He's done an unbelievable job at Chelsea" 6:45PM Messi looks terrified in his press photo shoot Credit: FIFA There are a few promo shoots featuring the key players. Messi is trying to look cool but is also wearing a hoody and sadly, that is almost impossible to do.  Credit: FIFA   6:39PM PHILIP SCHOFIELD IS HERE Oh now this is kicking off. "Oldham fan. My Granddad used to play pies at the ground as a lad. I was a constant disappointment for him because we (his brother) were rubbish. I just lacked the sporting mind, I think. I kick a ball around the garden with my nephews. I was asked all the way down Ronaldo or Messi... it's a tricky one. "Messi." There you have it. Philip Schofield believes Messi will win. Why do they need this event now? It's done, people! 6:37PM Patrick Kluivert is tonight's magician Credit: FIFA It's either that, or Kluivert's album cover has been leaked onto the picture database I'm currently enjoying. I think this one would be called "Still Crazy" or "These Nights".   Like that. Available on iTunes, but don't bother. You can stream it for free and it's not all that. 6:32PM Down with this sort of thing Credit: PA M8, mate, maaaaaaaaate what a fantastic shirt. Oooooooh that'll really stick it to them. Look what it says "for crying out loud" and oh my word, it's hand drawn! This is rock and roll. There is NOTHING more rock n roll than attending the overly elaborate celebration of individuals in a team sport governed by a disgraced international body than wearing a shirt with WRITING ON IT. Well done Kasabian, you truly represent all that is cool about football. 6:30PM MICHAEL DOUGLAS SUPPORTS SWANSEA Catherine Zeta-Jones says:  "My husband... Michael Douglas is a Swansea City fan." Confirmation there from Zeta-Jones, who claims to have supported Swansea since before they were back in the Premier League, as though that makes her cool or something. Alright, Catherine. Chill out.  Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I don't watch movies, I watch sport," she says. And that is because she doesn't know how sport is going to end. Imagine then, if you will, a Liverpool vs Newcastle match directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The twist - and there is a twist - is that Stan Collymore was the mascot the whole time. And the mascot is the Queen. And the Queen scores the winning goal, liberating a fictional country which is supposed to be from somewhere near Afghanistan. 6:26PM All the stars are here Credit: PA It's not a long trek for Granit Xhaka to be here as the awards are being held in London.  Credit: PA And here's star Valencia right-back Eamonn Holmes, who has flown in to hang out with all his La Liga pals like... Sergio Ramos, who will probably be here at some point. Credit: EPA That's why he was in London. Maradona is on his best behaviour and looking very nice, but as yet hasn't dribbled past a single person on the red carpet. 6:21PM Welcome! HELLO EVERYONE! Welcome to this most exciting of events. It's like the Oscars... but with David Seaman! Credit: PA  Seaman won't be winning any awards tonight, especially since he doesn't have a moustache anymore, and instead must watch as the likes of Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar sit on some expensive chairs and feign being incredibly pleased that one of the other two has won the Best Best FIFA Best Best Football Player Man Award. There are other awards too. Who will win them? Let's find out together. 6:15PM What's all this then? It's the 2017 Best Fifa Football Awards, the second to be held, where - among other awards - world player of the year is crowned. The breakaway event was started after Fifa's Ballon d'Or partnership with France Football ended. The Ballon d'Or is still awarded by the publication each year, while Fifa hands out its own awards in tonight's event. When is it? It's on Monday October 23 - ie today. What time does the event start? It's a 7.30pm BST start at the London Palladium. What TV channel is it on? You can watch the event, hosted by Idris Elba, on Fifa's YouTube channel. Alternatively, you can follow the event as it happens right here, or catch the highlights on ITV at 10.45pm. Ronaldo with last year's award and Sir Alex Ferguson Credit: Getty Images Which awards are up for grabs, and who is shortlisted? The Best Fifa Men's Player Three players have been nominated for the award from an initial shortlist of 24. Last year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo, has scored 45 goals in 48 appearances this calendar year, including 34 goals for club and 11 for country. These incredible individual statistics are bolstered by Ronaldo winning the Champions League and La Liga in the 2016/17 campaign. Lionel Messi is another unsurprising feature within the best player award, with 49 goals and 11 assists in 50 appearances in 2017. The most expensive player in the world, Neymar is the outside bet to be crowned the greatest footballer on earth. The Best Fifa football coach award The best coach award is separated into male and female categories.  Juventus boss, Massimiliano Allegri, after winning the league and Coppa Italia last season. Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, who in his first season in English football won the Premier League, setting a new record along the way achieving 30 wins in a single season. Finally Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane makes the list after winning the Champions League and Los Blancos' first league title for five years. In the women's section, the the top three comprise of Denmark’s manager Nils Nielsen, who guided her side to the final against Holland in this year European Championships. Lyon coach Gerard Precheur is nominated after winning the Champions League, the French League Cup and the French Cup, while Sarina Wiegman also features after leading Holland to the 2017 European championships.  The Best FIFA goalkeeper award Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus is nominated, having gone 600 minutes without conceding in the Champions League, while Keylor Navas of Real Madrid won his second consecutive Champions League along with a La Liga title. Manuel Neuer makes up the three-man short list. The Puskas Award The Puskas award is for the best goal of the year. This year the three finalists include Deyna Castellanos of Venezuela women's side, Olivier Giroud for his goal for Arsenal, below, and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. The Best Fifa Fan award Borussia Dortmund make the final three after supporters came together to offer shelter to Monaco fans displaced by their Champions League match being rescheduled after a bomb attack on the Dortmund team bus.  Celtic are included through their final match of the league season which coincided with the 50th anniversary of winning the European Cup in 1967, which made them the first British club to lift the prestigious trophy. The Celtic fans honoured the team, known as the "Lisbon Lions", with a stunning full 360-degree card display around Celtic Park. FC Copenhagen were also nominated after winning the league in their final game against Brondby, when players handed the trophy to the fans, who then passed the trophy along to a wheelchair-bound supporter and lifted him in the air. Awards night preview: Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to retain his crown as FIFA men's player of the year in London on Monday night. The Real Madrid and Portugal superstar is up against Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Paris St Germain's Neymar for the award he won last year. The ceremony, which takes place at the London Palladium, is the second since the FIFA award split from France Football's Ballon d'Or prize. Ronaldo has scored 44 goals for club and country so far in 2017 and scored twice in the Champions League final in June, as Real won the competition for a record-extending 12th time. Messi has hit 50 goals for Barca and Argentina while Neymar, the world's most expensive player after he left Barcelona for PSG in the summer, has 25 goals to his name for Barca, PSG and Brazil. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is in the running for the top men's coach award along with Ronaldo's boss at Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, and Juventus chief Massimiliano Allegri. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud's 'scorpion kick' volley against Crystal Palace in January has been nominated for the Puskas Award for best goal. The 31-year-old's effort has been shortlisted along with goals from Venezuela's Deyna Castellanos and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. Castellanos is also nominated for the women's player of the year award alongside last year's winner Carli Lloyd of the United States and Holland's Lieke Martens. The winners are decided by a jury of club and international coaches, media representatives and fans. PA  

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Fifa player of the year award in London

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Best Fifa Men's Player Lieke Martens wins Best Fifa Women's Player Fifa XI is: Buffon; Marcelo, Bonucci, Ramos, Alves; Iniesta, Modric, Kroos; Neymar, Ronaldo, Messi Celtic win Fifa Fans Award Sarina Wiegman wins Best Fifa Women's Coach Zinedine Zidane wins Best Male Coach Gigi Buffon wins Best Goalkeeper  Olivier Giroud wins Puskas Award for best goal By PA: Real Madrid's Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo was crowned the best soccer player in the world for the second year running at Fifa's The Best awards gala on Monday. The four-time Ballon d'Or winner won a La Liga and Champions League double with the Madrid club this year, striking twice against Juventus in the European Cup final to help Real become the first team to retain the trophy in its current format. 'I'm 32 and I'm the best player in the world', Ronaldo reflects on winning award 00:39 Barcelona's Argentina forward Lionel Messi, who has won the Ballon d'or five times, and Paris St Germain's Brazil forward Neymar were runners up for the award voted for by national team coaches and captains plus the media and fans. The Best Fifa Men's Player award and the Ballon d'or, which is voted for only by the media, are now separate awards. Real Madrid's French coach Zinedine Zidane won the manager of the year trophy for his part in the club's success. Zidane was awarded Best Men's Coach Credit: FIFA Five Real players were named in the best XI of the year, with Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos joining Ronaldo, while Messi, Neymar, Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Dani Alves (PSG), Leonardo Bonucci (AC Milan) and Andres Iniesta (Barcelona) were also selected. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud won the Puskas Award for the best goal of the year, which was the Frenchman's scorpion kick against Crystal Palace, and Buffon was declared best goalkeeper. Holland's Lieke Martens won best female player of the year, while the Dutch women's national team coach Sarina Weigman was voted best manager after the team's triumph at Euro 2017. 9:33PM Who voted for Harry Kane? British Virgin Islands, France, Montserrat (who voted Suarez, Kane, Kante just to be different), Bahamas, Wales, Cambodia and Vanuatu.  Of course. The nation of Vanuatu. If anyone reading this is from Vanuatu, hello! 9:28PM How the international captains voted Here's the interesting bit... how footballers actually voted. Jordan Henderson (England): Ronaldo, Messi, Suarez. Huge Lloris (France): Ronaldo, Ramos, Kane. Manuel Neuer (Germany): Kroos, Lewandowski,Vidal (Kroos is very good tbf) Leo Messi (Argentina): Suarez, Iniesta, Neymar Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal): Modric, Ramos, Marcelo Dani Alves: Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo 9:03PM Cristiano Ronaldo meeting Maradona Credit: AFP   9:01PM A way to make Kasabian acceptable If they had played this:  Everything would be OK. Ronaldo is off to listen to this in the back of a giant limousine. 8:59PM Is this better than a Ballon d'Or? Is it the same? Does anyone know for sure what really counts as the actual award these days? 8:58PM Cristiano Ronaldo says "I want to mention Leo and Neymar to be here. Real Madrid supporters, my teammates, my coach, they support all the year so I have to say thank you to them.  "I'm really glad. This is a great moment for me. I know I have fans all over the world so thank you for the support. I appreciate that. "And I think I say everything. It's great to be here around these great players, this amazing player and I'm so happy guys. Thank you everybody and good night." 8:55PM CRISTIANO RONALDO WINS! Credit: FIFA He is the Best FIFA Men's Player! Credit: AFP   8:54PM The nominees   8:53PM Maradona's not quite on the ball Credit: FIFA He tries to open the envelope and reveal the winner before they've shown the video. Ronaldo gives him a nudge and tells him there's a video.  "Aaaaaaaaah!" he says. 8:51PM Ronaldo and Diego Maradona to present Best Men's Award That's a fairly decent attacking duo. 8:51PM Lieke Martens wins Best FIFA Women's Player! Martens was of course hugely influential in Holland's Euro 2017 win. "My dad and mum, this one is for you!" she says in her acceptance speech, also from yesterday because she is doing real football work instead of larking about in London. 8:49PM Best Women's Player Award It's the penultimate award of the evening. Hidetoshi Nakata - who looks cool - and Celia Sasic, who played for Germany, are here to present.  Deyna Castellanos, Carli Lloyd and Lieke Martens, who is ridiculously good, and my pick for the prize.  8:46PM The best team in the world!   8:45PM Music is subjective If you happen to love Kasabian, that's absolutely fine, by the way. I like a lot of music that many, many people do not, for instance. And I've never written a song that's gotten close to selling many millions of copies either. Though did once get a two out of five review in The List for an album. But those were younger days. 8:43PM They should make a band out of footballers What is the need for Kasabian here? Get Petr Cech on drums, Alexis Sanchez on piano, Gary Neville on guitar and... I dunno. Literally anyone singing. Patrice Evra on vocals. And they have to play 'Africa' by Toto because that song is ace. 8:41PM Oh the banter How long did it take Neymar to get ready? 20 minutes apparently. "I don't believe a word of it!" says the presenter. Dani Alves took less time. Just look how delighted Messi is to be involved with this. The greatest player of all time, forced to respond to jokes in a foreign language. And even worse, now he has to listen to Kasabian. Imagine. You're made to do go on international television, barely understand what's happening and are asked questions about doing your hair. And then Kasabian. 8:38PM Ronaldo's catchphrase for tonight "Talent without work is nothing." 8:37PM Bonucci is sat next to Dani Alves You may or may not be aware that Leonardo Bonucci and Dani Alves played alongside each other in the Champions League final against Real Madrid. There are rumours there may have been some sort of disagreement in the dressing room during that match... but now they are sitting next to each other and very friendly. 8:34PM Ronaldo on his team achievement Credit: EPA "Great achievement. I feel so proud, it takes many hours of work and dedication. To be on this stage 11 times it's a lot. Thank you to people who are voting me." 8:33PM World XI go offstage the wrong way They need a manager. 8:33PM This means nothing People who play Ultimate Team are probably pretty pumped about this FIFA dream team. If you save all your money up, you never know, you might find one of these guys in a pack for FIFA 18. SPEND YOUR MONEY! Or, you can have fun and play Pro Evo. It's really great this year.  8:28PM Best team in the world Here we go. David Suazo (he's from Honduras and used to play for Inter Milan) and Frank Lampard (come on) present the award. Credit: AFP In goal, it's Gigi Buffon. Right-back Dani Alves. Left-back Marcelo. Centre-back Sergio Ramos. Centre-back Leonardo Bonucci. Centre-midfield Luka Modric. Centre-midfield Toni Kroos. Centre-midfield Andre Iniesta (I love Iniesta but...) Right forward Lionel Messi Left forward Neymar Credit: AFP Striker Cristiano Ronaldo That's a 4-3-3 then. Solid. Not bad. 8:20PM Sarina Wiegman wins Best FIFA Women's Coach Wiegman led Holland to win Euro 2017 and had them playing some really entertaining football along the way. A deserved winner, just like all the other ones. She can't be there tonight to accept her award because she's doing actual football work, preparing for a World Cup qualifier, rather than sitting around the Paladium schmoozing.  Here is the Holland squad celebrating when they found out on Sunday: Beste coach van de wereld! Gefeliciteerd Sarina!!! pic.twitter.com/xHP5cM5rvR— OranjeLeeuwinnen (@oranjevrouwen) October 23, 2017   8:18PM Best FIFA Women's Coach Award Arsenal captain Alex Scott and Ruud Gullit present this one. There's some glorious rehearsed banter: Credit: PA Gullit: "Dutch women's football is at the very top of its game." Scott: "And the men?" Gullit: "Uuuh can we continue please?" Nils Nielsen, Gerard Precheur, Sarina Wiegman are the nominees.  And the winner is... 8:14PM And now a video of Pele Because it's his birthday, obviously. 8:14PM Best FIFA Fans Award winner is... Celtic They were the first British club to win the European Cup, and now they're the first to win the FIFA fans award. Will it occupy the same bit of that rather large trophy cabinet? Perhaps not, but a lovely gesture all the same.  Chairman of Celtic, Ian Bankier  Credit: AFP   8:12PM Elba presents the fans award while pretending to be cold He's dressed as an Arsenal fan, standing in the royal circle, or stalls... I'm not a theatre guy, sorry. But it's the bit where Statler and Waldorf  (the two grumpy old men from the Muppets) go. Credit: GETTY IMAGES Sammy Eto'o is now here to present The FIFA Fan Award, which almost certainly comes from a good place, but feels a little disingenuous. Mostly because it's FIFA. Let's all think of the fans, the millionaires say.  And the winner is... 8:05PM Buffon says Buffon and Schmeichel are delighted to welcome their new child into the world "I want to try to speak (in English)!" "For me, I am very happy because it is a great honour to receive this award... at my age. I'm proud of it but I want to say thanks to my club, my coach, my teammates because they help me to make it possible and I want to say thanks to all the person (sic) who voted for me and I think the last year has been a fantastic season for Juventus, and a personal season. It wasn't enough to win in Europe and for this year I hope that we can to play better and with the national team and Juventus because I will like to finish with the soccer with a fantastic victory." Has Buffon just confirmed that he's going to retire at the end of the season? 8:02PM The Best FIFA goalkeeper is Gigi Buffon! Deserved! What a man, what a player! Buffon has beaten Manuel Neuer and Keylor Navas to be crowned the world's best goalkeeper. 8:01PM Olivier Giroud collecting his award Credit: FIFA   8:00PM Zinedine Zidane wins best FIFA football coach award "Sorry, my English is very bad".  And then he speaks in French, which unfortunately is not something I know well enough to translate for you. I apologise. Credit: FIFA   7:55PM The best FIFA football coach award It's a choice between Antonio Conte, who won the Premier League with a Chelsea side who probably shouldn't have won and inspired the world to play 3-4-3. Massimiliano Allegri, another Italian, who did rather well with Juventus, winning Serie A again. And Zinedine Zidane, who won La Liga and the Champions League... again. And it's Zizou! 7:54PM Idris Elba taking a selfie with Neymar Credit: REUTERS If this wasn't scripted, it is an absolutely superb bit of brand management by Elba. They're going to know who he is tomorrow!  7:52PM Olivier Giroud wins the Puskas Award Some people are trying to sing the 'Hey Jude' Giroud song. "I am delighted to receive this trophy in front of legends of football and would like to thank people who voted for me. I would like to congratulate the other nominees who scored amazing goals too and I would like to thank my teammates, without them I couldn't score maybe this goal. And also my family."  He's quite emotional.  "I would like to dedicate this trophy to my dad". 7:50PM The winner is... Credit: FIFA  OLIVIER GIROUD! 7:48PM Puskas Award part 2 Conte is forced to speak on the microphone and even in front of an enormous hall of people, goes to his quiet pre-match interview voice. It's quite funny. Conte's favourite is Giroud's, and SO IS NEYMAR!  And Leo Messi - the greatest player ever, of all time - is diplomatic and doesn't give one choice.  Ronaldo does the same thing: "it's hard to choose one goal".  And to present the award will be Catherine Zeta-Jones and Diego Forlan.  7:45PM Puskas Award for best goal After showing this video: They interview Harry Kane. The crowd boos (because a large portion of them seem to be Arsenal fans). Maybe not actually, now Frank Lampard is in the spotlight and he gets a round of applause. Lampard says his favourite goal is Giroud's, Kane says it's the South African goalkeeper's. He has to say that though. The repercussions for supporting something Arsenal are just too high. Schmeichel agrees with Mr Lampard. 7:40PM Elba is doing selfies Credit: AFP Tonight's host is wandering around the front row getting selfies with Neymar, Messi and Ronaldo, doing some jokes. Then he goes to Olivier Giroud. It's good to see that even in awards ceremonies, Giroud still has to come off the bench to be involved.  7:38PM Idris Elba going for the jokes Solid opening. The setup references that this is an international broadcast, so if you're from South America, 'como estas'. If you're from China, 'ni hao' (sp) and if you're from Hackney, "alright bruv".   7:36PM But first, it's Stomp! I'm doing this face. Some people are bashing bins around on the stage as they show highlights of... some football. You can't see what football because there are people bashing bins around on stage. Now they're bouncing footballs. Diego Maradona looks fairly unimpressed.  But they've timed one of the bits to coincide with the ball hitting the back of the net and a scream of "GOAL!" which is quite nice. And now they're replicating acrobatic soccer skills and celebrations. The crowd goes mildly wild and politely applauds. Cue Martin Tyler: "I swear you'll never see anything like this ever again!" 7:32PM Idris Elba is here Star of The Wire, the US Office and those Sky Movies adverts, here comes Idris Elba wearing a really nice tuxedo. James Bond wears a tuxedo. It's an audition! 7:29PM Ronaldo seems confident Credit: AFP I think they've lined up this so it's Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo, which isn't the order I'd have them in. Surely Ronaldo plays through the middle of a front three? 7:27PM Confirmation: Ronaldo and Messi are football friends Credit: AP   7:26PM Here's the guy who really wants you to know he's here Credit: AFP Yaaaaaay it's... that guy. Gianni Infantino, the newest president of FIFA, is shaking hands and being friendly to people.   7:23PM Ronaldo is here!  Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez Credit: GETTY IMAGES Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez are here and have done the walk along the... green carpet. I've just thought of a way they can decide who actually wins the top prize between this guy, Messi and Neymar. Stay with me... Penalty shootout. And like in Game of Thrones, they can all choose a person to stand in for them as goalkeeper. Seaman is there, Schmeichel and Buffon too. And that's it.  7:22PM Claudio Ranieri Credit: FIFA  Doing a fine job at Nantes just now, grabbing those 1-0 wins to help them climb the table. Everyone likes Ranieri. 7:19PM Antonio Conte says "I think that it's very important to stay here and fight for this award. It is amazing with Real Madrid, they won the Champions League and the league but it is amazing for me to stay here and to fight for this award." God I hope he means that literally. Can you imagine? Conte windmilling his way through the main hall, battering Peter Schmeichel and Luka Modric in a whirlwind of fury. 7:17PM Dream strike partnernship Credit: AP These two would destroy worlds.  7:15PM I just want someone to love me as much as Marcelo loves this woman Credit: GETTY IMAGES Can you feel it? Light beams of warmth coming out of his eyes. 7:11PM Dani Alves has come dressed as a futuristic pirate Credit: REUTERS "STOP RIGHT THERE! SPACE POLICE! Agent Daniel Alves and you've got a loooooooot of talking to do, punk." 7:09PM Harry Kane and Katie Goodland There he is! Harry gives a little bit to the presenters about how nice it is to be invited. He's so nice. "It makes me feel very proud. For me it’s about improving every year. Messi, Ronaldo set the standard for all of us so just to get up there and be involved is fantastic. The stadium, the atmosphere (at Real Madrid) was amazing. To get a result… I'm very proud." 7:06PM What would you rather win? This is a great question. Kay Murray (I think) essentially asks Gigi Buffon whether he is happy having won the World Cup and not the Champions League. Which would you rather win? If you were a player. Not as a fan. It's difficult isn't it? On the one hand, Scotland winning the World Cup would be amazing BUT I'm leaning towards Aberdeen being crowned European champions. 6:59PM Photos of Messi at the Best FIFA Awards Leo Messi and wife Antonella Credit: AP Credit: PA   6:58PM All the stars are here! Credit: OA  That's Marcelo, here's David Trezeguet: Credit: FIFA And here's Philip Schofield: Credit: PA If you aren't from the UK, you might not know who this man is so let's try and explain. Philip Schofield, or Scholey F as he likes to be known, is a giant of British television. He's perhaps the nicest man alive to also be a TV presenter and used to best friends with a gopher, the whereabouts of which are unknown. What happened to that gopher, you ask? Nobody is sure. All we know for certain is that until its lifeless body is discovered washed up on that little beach next to the South Bank on the Thames, we must assume it is alive.  6:52PM No questions for Messi The FIFA TV presenters have been told they are not allowed to ask Leo Messi any questions - not even in Spanish. What kind of world is this? We're all just waiting to hear what the great man will say about tonight's event and have been denied. We'll never know how he's looking forward to it, and may the best man win, and that London is very nice and that he's glad he's scored today but more pleased that the team got three points, and they just have to go again in the next game. In Spanish. But no! 6:47PM Leo Messi is here *high pitch scream* ARRRRHRHGGHHGHGHGHGHGHGH. And I can confirm he is wearing a normal suit. Nothing shiny and no LED lights. Disappointing. 6:47PM Frank Lampard is here "(Real Madrid) are going down as one of the best club teams in history. " I agree Frank. They're really good. "(Conte's) in the running (for best manager). He's done an unbelievable job at Chelsea" 6:45PM Messi looks terrified in his press photo shoot Credit: FIFA There are a few promo shoots featuring the key players. Messi is trying to look cool but is also wearing a hoody and sadly, that is almost impossible to do.  Credit: FIFA   6:39PM PHILIP SCHOFIELD IS HERE Oh now this is kicking off. "Oldham fan. My Granddad used to play pies at the ground as a lad. I was a constant disappointment for him because we (his brother) were rubbish. I just lacked the sporting mind, I think. I kick a ball around the garden with my nephews. I was asked all the way down Ronaldo or Messi... it's a tricky one. "Messi." There you have it. Philip Schofield believes Messi will win. Why do they need this event now? It's done, people! 6:37PM Patrick Kluivert is tonight's magician Credit: FIFA It's either that, or Kluivert's album cover has been leaked onto the picture database I'm currently enjoying. I think this one would be called "Still Crazy" or "These Nights".   Like that. Available on iTunes, but don't bother. You can stream it for free and it's not all that. 6:32PM Down with this sort of thing Credit: PA M8, mate, maaaaaaaaate what a fantastic shirt. Oooooooh that'll really stick it to them. Look what it says "for crying out loud" and oh my word, it's hand drawn! This is rock and roll. There is NOTHING more rock n roll than attending the overly elaborate celebration of individuals in a team sport governed by a disgraced international body than wearing a shirt with WRITING ON IT. Well done Kasabian, you truly represent all that is cool about football. 6:30PM MICHAEL DOUGLAS SUPPORTS SWANSEA Catherine Zeta-Jones says:  "My husband... Michael Douglas is a Swansea City fan." Confirmation there from Zeta-Jones, who claims to have supported Swansea since before they were back in the Premier League, as though that makes her cool or something. Alright, Catherine. Chill out.  Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I don't watch movies, I watch sport," she says. And that is because she doesn't know how sport is going to end. Imagine then, if you will, a Liverpool vs Newcastle match directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The twist - and there is a twist - is that Stan Collymore was the mascot the whole time. And the mascot is the Queen. And the Queen scores the winning goal, liberating a fictional country which is supposed to be from somewhere near Afghanistan. 6:26PM All the stars are here Credit: PA It's not a long trek for Granit Xhaka to be here as the awards are being held in London.  Credit: PA And here's star Valencia right-back Eamonn Holmes, who has flown in to hang out with all his La Liga pals like... Sergio Ramos, who will probably be here at some point. Credit: EPA That's why he was in London. Maradona is on his best behaviour and looking very nice, but as yet hasn't dribbled past a single person on the red carpet. 6:21PM Welcome! HELLO EVERYONE! Welcome to this most exciting of events. It's like the Oscars... but with David Seaman! Credit: PA  Seaman won't be winning any awards tonight, especially since he doesn't have a moustache anymore, and instead must watch as the likes of Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar sit on some expensive chairs and feign being incredibly pleased that one of the other two has won the Best Best FIFA Best Best Football Player Man Award. There are other awards too. Who will win them? Let's find out together. 6:15PM What's all this then? It's the 2017 Best Fifa Football Awards, the second to be held, where - among other awards - world player of the year is crowned. The breakaway event was started after Fifa's Ballon d'Or partnership with France Football ended. The Ballon d'Or is still awarded by the publication each year, while Fifa hands out its own awards in tonight's event. When is it? It's on Monday October 23 - ie today. What time does the event start? It's a 7.30pm BST start at the London Palladium. What TV channel is it on? You can watch the event, hosted by Idris Elba, on Fifa's YouTube channel. Alternatively, you can follow the event as it happens right here, or catch the highlights on ITV at 10.45pm. Ronaldo with last year's award and Sir Alex Ferguson Credit: Getty Images Which awards are up for grabs, and who is shortlisted? The Best Fifa Men's Player Three players have been nominated for the award from an initial shortlist of 24. Last year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo, has scored 45 goals in 48 appearances this calendar year, including 34 goals for club and 11 for country. These incredible individual statistics are bolstered by Ronaldo winning the Champions League and La Liga in the 2016/17 campaign. Lionel Messi is another unsurprising feature within the best player award, with 49 goals and 11 assists in 50 appearances in 2017. The most expensive player in the world, Neymar is the outside bet to be crowned the greatest footballer on earth. The Best Fifa football coach award The best coach award is separated into male and female categories.  Juventus boss, Massimiliano Allegri, after winning the league and Coppa Italia last season. Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, who in his first season in English football won the Premier League, setting a new record along the way achieving 30 wins in a single season. Finally Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane makes the list after winning the Champions League and Los Blancos' first league title for five years. In the women's section, the the top three comprise of Denmark’s manager Nils Nielsen, who guided her side to the final against Holland in this year European Championships. Lyon coach Gerard Precheur is nominated after winning the Champions League, the French League Cup and the French Cup, while Sarina Wiegman also features after leading Holland to the 2017 European championships.  The Best FIFA goalkeeper award Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus is nominated, having gone 600 minutes without conceding in the Champions League, while Keylor Navas of Real Madrid won his second consecutive Champions League along with a La Liga title. Manuel Neuer makes up the three-man short list. The Puskas Award The Puskas award is for the best goal of the year. This year the three finalists include Deyna Castellanos of Venezuela women's side, Olivier Giroud for his goal for Arsenal, below, and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. The Best Fifa Fan award Borussia Dortmund make the final three after supporters came together to offer shelter to Monaco fans displaced by their Champions League match being rescheduled after a bomb attack on the Dortmund team bus.  Celtic are included through their final match of the league season which coincided with the 50th anniversary of winning the European Cup in 1967, which made them the first British club to lift the prestigious trophy. The Celtic fans honoured the team, known as the "Lisbon Lions", with a stunning full 360-degree card display around Celtic Park. FC Copenhagen were also nominated after winning the league in their final game against Brondby, when players handed the trophy to the fans, who then passed the trophy along to a wheelchair-bound supporter and lifted him in the air. Awards night preview: Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to retain his crown as FIFA men's player of the year in London on Monday night. The Real Madrid and Portugal superstar is up against Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Paris St Germain's Neymar for the award he won last year. The ceremony, which takes place at the London Palladium, is the second since the FIFA award split from France Football's Ballon d'Or prize. Ronaldo has scored 44 goals for club and country so far in 2017 and scored twice in the Champions League final in June, as Real won the competition for a record-extending 12th time. Messi has hit 50 goals for Barca and Argentina while Neymar, the world's most expensive player after he left Barcelona for PSG in the summer, has 25 goals to his name for Barca, PSG and Brazil. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is in the running for the top men's coach award along with Ronaldo's boss at Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, and Juventus chief Massimiliano Allegri. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud's 'scorpion kick' volley against Crystal Palace in January has been nominated for the Puskas Award for best goal. The 31-year-old's effort has been shortlisted along with goals from Venezuela's Deyna Castellanos and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. Castellanos is also nominated for the women's player of the year award alongside last year's winner Carli Lloyd of the United States and Holland's Lieke Martens. The winners are decided by a jury of club and international coaches, media representatives and fans. PA  

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Fifa player of the year award in London

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Best Fifa Men's Player Lieke Martens wins Best Fifa Women's Player Fifa XI is: Buffon; Marcelo, Bonucci, Ramos, Alves; Iniesta, Modric, Kroos; Neymar, Ronaldo, Messi Celtic win Fifa Fans Award Sarina Wiegman wins Best Fifa Women's Coach Zinedine Zidane wins Best Male Coach Gigi Buffon wins Best Goalkeeper  Olivier Giroud wins Puskas Award for best goal By PA: Real Madrid's Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo was crowned the best soccer player in the world for the second year running at Fifa's The Best awards gala on Monday. The four-time Ballon d'Or winner won a La Liga and Champions League double with the Madrid club this year, striking twice against Juventus in the European Cup final to help Real become the first team to retain the trophy in its current format. 'I'm 32 and I'm the best player in the world', Ronaldo reflects on winning award 00:39 Barcelona's Argentina forward Lionel Messi, who has won the Ballon d'or five times, and Paris St Germain's Brazil forward Neymar were runners up for the award voted for by national team coaches and captains plus the media and fans. The Best Fifa Men's Player award and the Ballon d'or, which is voted for only by the media, are now separate awards. Real Madrid's French coach Zinedine Zidane won the manager of the year trophy for his part in the club's success. Zidane was awarded Best Men's Coach Credit: FIFA Five Real players were named in the best XI of the year, with Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos joining Ronaldo, while Messi, Neymar, Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Dani Alves (PSG), Leonardo Bonucci (AC Milan) and Andres Iniesta (Barcelona) were also selected. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud won the Puskas Award for the best goal of the year, which was the Frenchman's scorpion kick against Crystal Palace, and Buffon was declared best goalkeeper. Holland's Lieke Martens won best female player of the year, while the Dutch women's national team coach Sarina Weigman was voted best manager after the team's triumph at Euro 2017. 9:33PM Who voted for Harry Kane? British Virgin Islands, France, Montserrat (who voted Suarez, Kane, Kante just to be different), Bahamas, Wales, Cambodia and Vanuatu.  Of course. The nation of Vanuatu. If anyone reading this is from Vanuatu, hello! 9:28PM How the international captains voted Here's the interesting bit... how footballers actually voted. Jordan Henderson (England): Ronaldo, Messi, Suarez. Huge Lloris (France): Ronaldo, Ramos, Kane. Manuel Neuer (Germany): Kroos, Lewandowski,Vidal (Kroos is very good tbf) Leo Messi (Argentina): Suarez, Iniesta, Neymar Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal): Modric, Ramos, Marcelo Dani Alves: Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo 9:03PM Cristiano Ronaldo meeting Maradona Credit: AFP   9:01PM A way to make Kasabian acceptable If they had played this:  Everything would be OK. Ronaldo is off to listen to this in the back of a giant limousine. 8:59PM Is this better than a Ballon d'Or? Is it the same? Does anyone know for sure what really counts as the actual award these days? 8:58PM Cristiano Ronaldo says "I want to mention Leo and Neymar to be here. Real Madrid supporters, my teammates, my coach, they support all the year so I have to say thank you to them.  "I'm really glad. This is a great moment for me. I know I have fans all over the world so thank you for the support. I appreciate that. "And I think I say everything. It's great to be here around these great players, this amazing player and I'm so happy guys. Thank you everybody and good night." 8:55PM CRISTIANO RONALDO WINS! Credit: FIFA He is the Best FIFA Men's Player! Credit: AFP   8:54PM The nominees   8:53PM Maradona's not quite on the ball Credit: FIFA He tries to open the envelope and reveal the winner before they've shown the video. Ronaldo gives him a nudge and tells him there's a video.  "Aaaaaaaaah!" he says. 8:51PM Ronaldo and Diego Maradona to present Best Men's Award That's a fairly decent attacking duo. 8:51PM Lieke Martens wins Best FIFA Women's Player! Martens was of course hugely influential in Holland's Euro 2017 win. "My dad and mum, this one is for you!" she says in her acceptance speech, also from yesterday because she is doing real football work instead of larking about in London. 8:49PM Best Women's Player Award It's the penultimate award of the evening. Hidetoshi Nakata - who looks cool - and Celia Sasic, who played for Germany, are here to present.  Deyna Castellanos, Carli Lloyd and Lieke Martens, who is ridiculously good, and my pick for the prize.  8:46PM The best team in the world!   8:45PM Music is subjective If you happen to love Kasabian, that's absolutely fine, by the way. I like a lot of music that many, many people do not, for instance. And I've never written a song that's gotten close to selling many millions of copies either. Though did once get a two out of five review in The List for an album. But those were younger days. 8:43PM They should make a band out of footballers What is the need for Kasabian here? Get Petr Cech on drums, Alexis Sanchez on piano, Gary Neville on guitar and... I dunno. Literally anyone singing. Patrice Evra on vocals. And they have to play 'Africa' by Toto because that song is ace. 8:41PM Oh the banter How long did it take Neymar to get ready? 20 minutes apparently. "I don't believe a word of it!" says the presenter. Dani Alves took less time. Just look how delighted Messi is to be involved with this. The greatest player of all time, forced to respond to jokes in a foreign language. And even worse, now he has to listen to Kasabian. Imagine. You're made to do go on international television, barely understand what's happening and are asked questions about doing your hair. And then Kasabian. 8:38PM Ronaldo's catchphrase for tonight "Talent without work is nothing." 8:37PM Bonucci is sat next to Dani Alves You may or may not be aware that Leonardo Bonucci and Dani Alves played alongside each other in the Champions League final against Real Madrid. There are rumours there may have been some sort of disagreement in the dressing room during that match... but now they are sitting next to each other and very friendly. 8:34PM Ronaldo on his team achievement Credit: EPA "Great achievement. I feel so proud, it takes many hours of work and dedication. To be on this stage 11 times it's a lot. Thank you to people who are voting me." 8:33PM World XI go offstage the wrong way They need a manager. 8:33PM This means nothing People who play Ultimate Team are probably pretty pumped about this FIFA dream team. If you save all your money up, you never know, you might find one of these guys in a pack for FIFA 18. SPEND YOUR MONEY! Or, you can have fun and play Pro Evo. It's really great this year.  8:28PM Best team in the world Here we go. David Suazo (he's from Honduras and used to play for Inter Milan) and Frank Lampard (come on) present the award. Credit: AFP In goal, it's Gigi Buffon. Right-back Dani Alves. Left-back Marcelo. Centre-back Sergio Ramos. Centre-back Leonardo Bonucci. Centre-midfield Luka Modric. Centre-midfield Toni Kroos. Centre-midfield Andre Iniesta (I love Iniesta but...) Right forward Lionel Messi Left forward Neymar Credit: AFP Striker Cristiano Ronaldo That's a 4-3-3 then. Solid. Not bad. 8:20PM Sarina Wiegman wins Best FIFA Women's Coach Wiegman led Holland to win Euro 2017 and had them playing some really entertaining football along the way. A deserved winner, just like all the other ones. She can't be there tonight to accept her award because she's doing actual football work, preparing for a World Cup qualifier, rather than sitting around the Paladium schmoozing.  Here is the Holland squad celebrating when they found out on Sunday: Beste coach van de wereld! Gefeliciteerd Sarina!!! pic.twitter.com/xHP5cM5rvR— OranjeLeeuwinnen (@oranjevrouwen) October 23, 2017   8:18PM Best FIFA Women's Coach Award Arsenal captain Alex Scott and Ruud Gullit present this one. There's some glorious rehearsed banter: Credit: PA Gullit: "Dutch women's football is at the very top of its game." Scott: "And the men?" Gullit: "Uuuh can we continue please?" Nils Nielsen, Gerard Precheur, Sarina Wiegman are the nominees.  And the winner is... 8:14PM And now a video of Pele Because it's his birthday, obviously. 8:14PM Best FIFA Fans Award winner is... Celtic They were the first British club to win the European Cup, and now they're the first to win the FIFA fans award. Will it occupy the same bit of that rather large trophy cabinet? Perhaps not, but a lovely gesture all the same.  Chairman of Celtic, Ian Bankier  Credit: AFP   8:12PM Elba presents the fans award while pretending to be cold He's dressed as an Arsenal fan, standing in the royal circle, or stalls... I'm not a theatre guy, sorry. But it's the bit where Statler and Waldorf  (the two grumpy old men from the Muppets) go. Credit: GETTY IMAGES Sammy Eto'o is now here to present The FIFA Fan Award, which almost certainly comes from a good place, but feels a little disingenuous. Mostly because it's FIFA. Let's all think of the fans, the millionaires say.  And the winner is... 8:05PM Buffon says Buffon and Schmeichel are delighted to welcome their new child into the world "I want to try to speak (in English)!" "For me, I am very happy because it is a great honour to receive this award... at my age. I'm proud of it but I want to say thanks to my club, my coach, my teammates because they help me to make it possible and I want to say thanks to all the person (sic) who voted for me and I think the last year has been a fantastic season for Juventus, and a personal season. It wasn't enough to win in Europe and for this year I hope that we can to play better and with the national team and Juventus because I will like to finish with the soccer with a fantastic victory." Has Buffon just confirmed that he's going to retire at the end of the season? 8:02PM The Best FIFA goalkeeper is Gigi Buffon! Deserved! What a man, what a player! Buffon has beaten Manuel Neuer and Keylor Navas to be crowned the world's best goalkeeper. 8:01PM Olivier Giroud collecting his award Credit: FIFA   8:00PM Zinedine Zidane wins best FIFA football coach award "Sorry, my English is very bad".  And then he speaks in French, which unfortunately is not something I know well enough to translate for you. I apologise. Credit: FIFA   7:55PM The best FIFA football coach award It's a choice between Antonio Conte, who won the Premier League with a Chelsea side who probably shouldn't have won and inspired the world to play 3-4-3. Massimiliano Allegri, another Italian, who did rather well with Juventus, winning Serie A again. And Zinedine Zidane, who won La Liga and the Champions League... again. And it's Zizou! 7:54PM Idris Elba taking a selfie with Neymar Credit: REUTERS If this wasn't scripted, it is an absolutely superb bit of brand management by Elba. They're going to know who he is tomorrow!  7:52PM Olivier Giroud wins the Puskas Award Some people are trying to sing the 'Hey Jude' Giroud song. "I am delighted to receive this trophy in front of legends of football and would like to thank people who voted for me. I would like to congratulate the other nominees who scored amazing goals too and I would like to thank my teammates, without them I couldn't score maybe this goal. And also my family."  He's quite emotional.  "I would like to dedicate this trophy to my dad". 7:50PM The winner is... Credit: FIFA  OLIVIER GIROUD! 7:48PM Puskas Award part 2 Conte is forced to speak on the microphone and even in front of an enormous hall of people, goes to his quiet pre-match interview voice. It's quite funny. Conte's favourite is Giroud's, and SO IS NEYMAR!  And Leo Messi - the greatest player ever, of all time - is diplomatic and doesn't give one choice.  Ronaldo does the same thing: "it's hard to choose one goal".  And to present the award will be Catherine Zeta-Jones and Diego Forlan.  7:45PM Puskas Award for best goal After showing this video: They interview Harry Kane. The crowd boos (because a large portion of them seem to be Arsenal fans). Maybe not actually, now Frank Lampard is in the spotlight and he gets a round of applause. Lampard says his favourite goal is Giroud's, Kane says it's the South African goalkeeper's. He has to say that though. The repercussions for supporting something Arsenal are just too high. Schmeichel agrees with Mr Lampard. 7:40PM Elba is doing selfies Credit: AFP Tonight's host is wandering around the front row getting selfies with Neymar, Messi and Ronaldo, doing some jokes. Then he goes to Olivier Giroud. It's good to see that even in awards ceremonies, Giroud still has to come off the bench to be involved.  7:38PM Idris Elba going for the jokes Solid opening. The setup references that this is an international broadcast, so if you're from South America, 'como estas'. If you're from China, 'ni hao' (sp) and if you're from Hackney, "alright bruv".   7:36PM But first, it's Stomp! I'm doing this face. Some people are bashing bins around on the stage as they show highlights of... some football. You can't see what football because there are people bashing bins around on stage. Now they're bouncing footballs. Diego Maradona looks fairly unimpressed.  But they've timed one of the bits to coincide with the ball hitting the back of the net and a scream of "GOAL!" which is quite nice. And now they're replicating acrobatic soccer skills and celebrations. The crowd goes mildly wild and politely applauds. Cue Martin Tyler: "I swear you'll never see anything like this ever again!" 7:32PM Idris Elba is here Star of The Wire, the US Office and those Sky Movies adverts, here comes Idris Elba wearing a really nice tuxedo. James Bond wears a tuxedo. It's an audition! 7:29PM Ronaldo seems confident Credit: AFP I think they've lined up this so it's Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo, which isn't the order I'd have them in. Surely Ronaldo plays through the middle of a front three? 7:27PM Confirmation: Ronaldo and Messi are football friends Credit: AP   7:26PM Here's the guy who really wants you to know he's here Credit: AFP Yaaaaaay it's... that guy. Gianni Infantino, the newest president of FIFA, is shaking hands and being friendly to people.   7:23PM Ronaldo is here!  Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez Credit: GETTY IMAGES Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez are here and have done the walk along the... green carpet. I've just thought of a way they can decide who actually wins the top prize between this guy, Messi and Neymar. Stay with me... Penalty shootout. And like in Game of Thrones, they can all choose a person to stand in for them as goalkeeper. Seaman is there, Schmeichel and Buffon too. And that's it.  7:22PM Claudio Ranieri Credit: FIFA  Doing a fine job at Nantes just now, grabbing those 1-0 wins to help them climb the table. Everyone likes Ranieri. 7:19PM Antonio Conte says "I think that it's very important to stay here and fight for this award. It is amazing with Real Madrid, they won the Champions League and the league but it is amazing for me to stay here and to fight for this award." God I hope he means that literally. Can you imagine? Conte windmilling his way through the main hall, battering Peter Schmeichel and Luka Modric in a whirlwind of fury. 7:17PM Dream strike partnernship Credit: AP These two would destroy worlds.  7:15PM I just want someone to love me as much as Marcelo loves this woman Credit: GETTY IMAGES Can you feel it? Light beams of warmth coming out of his eyes. 7:11PM Dani Alves has come dressed as a futuristic pirate Credit: REUTERS "STOP RIGHT THERE! SPACE POLICE! Agent Daniel Alves and you've got a loooooooot of talking to do, punk." 7:09PM Harry Kane and Katie Goodland There he is! Harry gives a little bit to the presenters about how nice it is to be invited. He's so nice. "It makes me feel very proud. For me it’s about improving every year. Messi, Ronaldo set the standard for all of us so just to get up there and be involved is fantastic. The stadium, the atmosphere (at Real Madrid) was amazing. To get a result… I'm very proud." 7:06PM What would you rather win? This is a great question. Kay Murray (I think) essentially asks Gigi Buffon whether he is happy having won the World Cup and not the Champions League. Which would you rather win? If you were a player. Not as a fan. It's difficult isn't it? On the one hand, Scotland winning the World Cup would be amazing BUT I'm leaning towards Aberdeen being crowned European champions. 6:59PM Photos of Messi at the Best FIFA Awards Leo Messi and wife Antonella Credit: AP Credit: PA   6:58PM All the stars are here! Credit: OA  That's Marcelo, here's David Trezeguet: Credit: FIFA And here's Philip Schofield: Credit: PA If you aren't from the UK, you might not know who this man is so let's try and explain. Philip Schofield, or Scholey F as he likes to be known, is a giant of British television. He's perhaps the nicest man alive to also be a TV presenter and used to best friends with a gopher, the whereabouts of which are unknown. What happened to that gopher, you ask? Nobody is sure. All we know for certain is that until its lifeless body is discovered washed up on that little beach next to the South Bank on the Thames, we must assume it is alive.  6:52PM No questions for Messi The FIFA TV presenters have been told they are not allowed to ask Leo Messi any questions - not even in Spanish. What kind of world is this? We're all just waiting to hear what the great man will say about tonight's event and have been denied. We'll never know how he's looking forward to it, and may the best man win, and that London is very nice and that he's glad he's scored today but more pleased that the team got three points, and they just have to go again in the next game. In Spanish. But no! 6:47PM Leo Messi is here *high pitch scream* ARRRRHRHGGHHGHGHGHGHGHGH. And I can confirm he is wearing a normal suit. Nothing shiny and no LED lights. Disappointing. 6:47PM Frank Lampard is here "(Real Madrid) are going down as one of the best club teams in history. " I agree Frank. They're really good. "(Conte's) in the running (for best manager). He's done an unbelievable job at Chelsea" 6:45PM Messi looks terrified in his press photo shoot Credit: FIFA There are a few promo shoots featuring the key players. Messi is trying to look cool but is also wearing a hoody and sadly, that is almost impossible to do.  Credit: FIFA   6:39PM PHILIP SCHOFIELD IS HERE Oh now this is kicking off. "Oldham fan. My Granddad used to play pies at the ground as a lad. I was a constant disappointment for him because we (his brother) were rubbish. I just lacked the sporting mind, I think. I kick a ball around the garden with my nephews. I was asked all the way down Ronaldo or Messi... it's a tricky one. "Messi." There you have it. Philip Schofield believes Messi will win. Why do they need this event now? It's done, people! 6:37PM Patrick Kluivert is tonight's magician Credit: FIFA It's either that, or Kluivert's album cover has been leaked onto the picture database I'm currently enjoying. I think this one would be called "Still Crazy" or "These Nights".   Like that. Available on iTunes, but don't bother. You can stream it for free and it's not all that. 6:32PM Down with this sort of thing Credit: PA M8, mate, maaaaaaaaate what a fantastic shirt. Oooooooh that'll really stick it to them. Look what it says "for crying out loud" and oh my word, it's hand drawn! This is rock and roll. There is NOTHING more rock n roll than attending the overly elaborate celebration of individuals in a team sport governed by a disgraced international body than wearing a shirt with WRITING ON IT. Well done Kasabian, you truly represent all that is cool about football. 6:30PM MICHAEL DOUGLAS SUPPORTS SWANSEA Catherine Zeta-Jones says:  "My husband... Michael Douglas is a Swansea City fan." Confirmation there from Zeta-Jones, who claims to have supported Swansea since before they were back in the Premier League, as though that makes her cool or something. Alright, Catherine. Chill out.  Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I don't watch movies, I watch sport," she says. And that is because she doesn't know how sport is going to end. Imagine then, if you will, a Liverpool vs Newcastle match directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The twist - and there is a twist - is that Stan Collymore was the mascot the whole time. And the mascot is the Queen. And the Queen scores the winning goal, liberating a fictional country which is supposed to be from somewhere near Afghanistan. 6:26PM All the stars are here Credit: PA It's not a long trek for Granit Xhaka to be here as the awards are being held in London.  Credit: PA And here's star Valencia right-back Eamonn Holmes, who has flown in to hang out with all his La Liga pals like... Sergio Ramos, who will probably be here at some point. Credit: EPA That's why he was in London. Maradona is on his best behaviour and looking very nice, but as yet hasn't dribbled past a single person on the red carpet. 6:21PM Welcome! HELLO EVERYONE! Welcome to this most exciting of events. It's like the Oscars... but with David Seaman! Credit: PA  Seaman won't be winning any awards tonight, especially since he doesn't have a moustache anymore, and instead must watch as the likes of Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar sit on some expensive chairs and feign being incredibly pleased that one of the other two has won the Best Best FIFA Best Best Football Player Man Award. There are other awards too. Who will win them? Let's find out together. 6:15PM What's all this then? It's the 2017 Best Fifa Football Awards, the second to be held, where - among other awards - world player of the year is crowned. The breakaway event was started after Fifa's Ballon d'Or partnership with France Football ended. The Ballon d'Or is still awarded by the publication each year, while Fifa hands out its own awards in tonight's event. When is it? It's on Monday October 23 - ie today. What time does the event start? It's a 7.30pm BST start at the London Palladium. What TV channel is it on? You can watch the event, hosted by Idris Elba, on Fifa's YouTube channel. Alternatively, you can follow the event as it happens right here, or catch the highlights on ITV at 10.45pm. Ronaldo with last year's award and Sir Alex Ferguson Credit: Getty Images Which awards are up for grabs, and who is shortlisted? The Best Fifa Men's Player Three players have been nominated for the award from an initial shortlist of 24. Last year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo, has scored 45 goals in 48 appearances this calendar year, including 34 goals for club and 11 for country. These incredible individual statistics are bolstered by Ronaldo winning the Champions League and La Liga in the 2016/17 campaign. Lionel Messi is another unsurprising feature within the best player award, with 49 goals and 11 assists in 50 appearances in 2017. The most expensive player in the world, Neymar is the outside bet to be crowned the greatest footballer on earth. The Best Fifa football coach award The best coach award is separated into male and female categories.  Juventus boss, Massimiliano Allegri, after winning the league and Coppa Italia last season. Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, who in his first season in English football won the Premier League, setting a new record along the way achieving 30 wins in a single season. Finally Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane makes the list after winning the Champions League and Los Blancos' first league title for five years. In the women's section, the the top three comprise of Denmark’s manager Nils Nielsen, who guided her side to the final against Holland in this year European Championships. Lyon coach Gerard Precheur is nominated after winning the Champions League, the French League Cup and the French Cup, while Sarina Wiegman also features after leading Holland to the 2017 European championships.  The Best FIFA goalkeeper award Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus is nominated, having gone 600 minutes without conceding in the Champions League, while Keylor Navas of Real Madrid won his second consecutive Champions League along with a La Liga title. Manuel Neuer makes up the three-man short list. The Puskas Award The Puskas award is for the best goal of the year. This year the three finalists include Deyna Castellanos of Venezuela women's side, Olivier Giroud for his goal for Arsenal, below, and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. The Best Fifa Fan award Borussia Dortmund make the final three after supporters came together to offer shelter to Monaco fans displaced by their Champions League match being rescheduled after a bomb attack on the Dortmund team bus.  Celtic are included through their final match of the league season which coincided with the 50th anniversary of winning the European Cup in 1967, which made them the first British club to lift the prestigious trophy. The Celtic fans honoured the team, known as the "Lisbon Lions", with a stunning full 360-degree card display around Celtic Park. FC Copenhagen were also nominated after winning the league in their final game against Brondby, when players handed the trophy to the fans, who then passed the trophy along to a wheelchair-bound supporter and lifted him in the air. Awards night preview: Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to retain his crown as FIFA men's player of the year in London on Monday night. The Real Madrid and Portugal superstar is up against Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Paris St Germain's Neymar for the award he won last year. The ceremony, which takes place at the London Palladium, is the second since the FIFA award split from France Football's Ballon d'Or prize. Ronaldo has scored 44 goals for club and country so far in 2017 and scored twice in the Champions League final in June, as Real won the competition for a record-extending 12th time. Messi has hit 50 goals for Barca and Argentina while Neymar, the world's most expensive player after he left Barcelona for PSG in the summer, has 25 goals to his name for Barca, PSG and Brazil. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is in the running for the top men's coach award along with Ronaldo's boss at Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, and Juventus chief Massimiliano Allegri. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud's 'scorpion kick' volley against Crystal Palace in January has been nominated for the Puskas Award for best goal. The 31-year-old's effort has been shortlisted along with goals from Venezuela's Deyna Castellanos and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. Castellanos is also nominated for the women's player of the year award alongside last year's winner Carli Lloyd of the United States and Holland's Lieke Martens. The winners are decided by a jury of club and international coaches, media representatives and fans. PA  

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Fifa player of the year award in London

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Best Fifa Men's Player Lieke Martens wins Best Fifa Women's Player Fifa XI is: Buffon; Marcelo, Bonucci, Ramos, Alves; Iniesta, Modric, Kroos; Neymar, Ronaldo, Messi Celtic win Fifa Fans Award Sarina Wiegman wins Best Fifa Women's Coach Zinedine Zidane wins Best Male Coach Gigi Buffon wins Best Goalkeeper  Olivier Giroud wins Puskas Award for best goal By PA: Real Madrid's Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo was crowned the best soccer player in the world for the second year running at Fifa's The Best awards gala on Monday. The four-time Ballon d'Or winner won a La Liga and Champions League double with the Madrid club this year, striking twice against Juventus in the European Cup final to help Real become the first team to retain the trophy in its current format. 'I'm 32 and I'm the best player in the world', Ronaldo reflects on winning award 00:39 Barcelona's Argentina forward Lionel Messi, who has won the Ballon d'or five times, and Paris St Germain's Brazil forward Neymar were runners up for the award voted for by national team coaches and captains plus the media and fans. The Best Fifa Men's Player award and the Ballon d'or, which is voted for only by the media, are now separate awards. Real Madrid's French coach Zinedine Zidane won the manager of the year trophy for his part in the club's success. Zidane was awarded Best Men's Coach Credit: FIFA Five Real players were named in the best XI of the year, with Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos joining Ronaldo, while Messi, Neymar, Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Dani Alves (PSG), Leonardo Bonucci (AC Milan) and Andres Iniesta (Barcelona) were also selected. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud won the Puskas Award for the best goal of the year, which was the Frenchman's scorpion kick against Crystal Palace, and Buffon was declared best goalkeeper. Holland's Lieke Martens won best female player of the year, while the Dutch women's national team coach Sarina Weigman was voted best manager after the team's triumph at Euro 2017. 9:33PM Who voted for Harry Kane? British Virgin Islands, France, Montserrat (who voted Suarez, Kane, Kante just to be different), Bahamas, Wales, Cambodia and Vanuatu.  Of course. The nation of Vanuatu. If anyone reading this is from Vanuatu, hello! 9:28PM How the international captains voted Here's the interesting bit... how footballers actually voted. Jordan Henderson (England): Ronaldo, Messi, Suarez. Huge Lloris (France): Ronaldo, Ramos, Kane. Manuel Neuer (Germany): Kroos, Lewandowski,Vidal (Kroos is very good tbf) Leo Messi (Argentina): Suarez, Iniesta, Neymar Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal): Modric, Ramos, Marcelo Dani Alves: Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo 9:03PM Cristiano Ronaldo meeting Maradona Credit: AFP   9:01PM A way to make Kasabian acceptable If they had played this:  Everything would be OK. Ronaldo is off to listen to this in the back of a giant limousine. 8:59PM Is this better than a Ballon d'Or? Is it the same? Does anyone know for sure what really counts as the actual award these days? 8:58PM Cristiano Ronaldo says "I want to mention Leo and Neymar to be here. Real Madrid supporters, my teammates, my coach, they support all the year so I have to say thank you to them.  "I'm really glad. This is a great moment for me. I know I have fans all over the world so thank you for the support. I appreciate that. "And I think I say everything. It's great to be here around these great players, this amazing player and I'm so happy guys. Thank you everybody and good night." 8:55PM CRISTIANO RONALDO WINS! Credit: FIFA He is the Best FIFA Men's Player! Credit: AFP   8:54PM The nominees   8:53PM Maradona's not quite on the ball Credit: FIFA He tries to open the envelope and reveal the winner before they've shown the video. Ronaldo gives him a nudge and tells him there's a video.  "Aaaaaaaaah!" he says. 8:51PM Ronaldo and Diego Maradona to present Best Men's Award That's a fairly decent attacking duo. 8:51PM Lieke Martens wins Best FIFA Women's Player! Martens was of course hugely influential in Holland's Euro 2017 win. "My dad and mum, this one is for you!" she says in her acceptance speech, also from yesterday because she is doing real football work instead of larking about in London. 8:49PM Best Women's Player Award It's the penultimate award of the evening. Hidetoshi Nakata - who looks cool - and Celia Sasic, who played for Germany, are here to present.  Deyna Castellanos, Carli Lloyd and Lieke Martens, who is ridiculously good, and my pick for the prize.  8:46PM The best team in the world!   8:45PM Music is subjective If you happen to love Kasabian, that's absolutely fine, by the way. I like a lot of music that many, many people do not, for instance. And I've never written a song that's gotten close to selling many millions of copies either. Though did once get a two out of five review in The List for an album. But those were younger days. 8:43PM They should make a band out of footballers What is the need for Kasabian here? Get Petr Cech on drums, Alexis Sanchez on piano, Gary Neville on guitar and... I dunno. Literally anyone singing. Patrice Evra on vocals. And they have to play 'Africa' by Toto because that song is ace. 8:41PM Oh the banter How long did it take Neymar to get ready? 20 minutes apparently. "I don't believe a word of it!" says the presenter. Dani Alves took less time. Just look how delighted Messi is to be involved with this. The greatest player of all time, forced to respond to jokes in a foreign language. And even worse, now he has to listen to Kasabian. Imagine. You're made to do go on international television, barely understand what's happening and are asked questions about doing your hair. And then Kasabian. 8:38PM Ronaldo's catchphrase for tonight "Talent without work is nothing." 8:37PM Bonucci is sat next to Dani Alves You may or may not be aware that Leonardo Bonucci and Dani Alves played alongside each other in the Champions League final against Real Madrid. There are rumours there may have been some sort of disagreement in the dressing room during that match... but now they are sitting next to each other and very friendly. 8:34PM Ronaldo on his team achievement Credit: EPA "Great achievement. I feel so proud, it takes many hours of work and dedication. To be on this stage 11 times it's a lot. Thank you to people who are voting me." 8:33PM World XI go offstage the wrong way They need a manager. 8:33PM This means nothing People who play Ultimate Team are probably pretty pumped about this FIFA dream team. If you save all your money up, you never know, you might find one of these guys in a pack for FIFA 18. SPEND YOUR MONEY! Or, you can have fun and play Pro Evo. It's really great this year.  8:28PM Best team in the world Here we go. David Suazo (he's from Honduras and used to play for Inter Milan) and Frank Lampard (come on) present the award. Credit: AFP In goal, it's Gigi Buffon. Right-back Dani Alves. Left-back Marcelo. Centre-back Sergio Ramos. Centre-back Leonardo Bonucci. Centre-midfield Luka Modric. Centre-midfield Toni Kroos. Centre-midfield Andre Iniesta (I love Iniesta but...) Right forward Lionel Messi Left forward Neymar Credit: AFP Striker Cristiano Ronaldo That's a 4-3-3 then. Solid. Not bad. 8:20PM Sarina Wiegman wins Best FIFA Women's Coach Wiegman led Holland to win Euro 2017 and had them playing some really entertaining football along the way. A deserved winner, just like all the other ones. She can't be there tonight to accept her award because she's doing actual football work, preparing for a World Cup qualifier, rather than sitting around the Paladium schmoozing.  Here is the Holland squad celebrating when they found out on Sunday: Beste coach van de wereld! Gefeliciteerd Sarina!!! pic.twitter.com/xHP5cM5rvR— OranjeLeeuwinnen (@oranjevrouwen) October 23, 2017   8:18PM Best FIFA Women's Coach Award Arsenal captain Alex Scott and Ruud Gullit present this one. There's some glorious rehearsed banter: Credit: PA Gullit: "Dutch women's football is at the very top of its game." Scott: "And the men?" Gullit: "Uuuh can we continue please?" Nils Nielsen, Gerard Precheur, Sarina Wiegman are the nominees.  And the winner is... 8:14PM And now a video of Pele Because it's his birthday, obviously. 8:14PM Best FIFA Fans Award winner is... Celtic They were the first British club to win the European Cup, and now they're the first to win the FIFA fans award. Will it occupy the same bit of that rather large trophy cabinet? Perhaps not, but a lovely gesture all the same.  Chairman of Celtic, Ian Bankier  Credit: AFP   8:12PM Elba presents the fans award while pretending to be cold He's dressed as an Arsenal fan, standing in the royal circle, or stalls... I'm not a theatre guy, sorry. But it's the bit where Statler and Waldorf  (the two grumpy old men from the Muppets) go. Credit: GETTY IMAGES Sammy Eto'o is now here to present The FIFA Fan Award, which almost certainly comes from a good place, but feels a little disingenuous. Mostly because it's FIFA. Let's all think of the fans, the millionaires say.  And the winner is... 8:05PM Buffon says Buffon and Schmeichel are delighted to welcome their new child into the world "I want to try to speak (in English)!" "For me, I am very happy because it is a great honour to receive this award... at my age. I'm proud of it but I want to say thanks to my club, my coach, my teammates because they help me to make it possible and I want to say thanks to all the person (sic) who voted for me and I think the last year has been a fantastic season for Juventus, and a personal season. It wasn't enough to win in Europe and for this year I hope that we can to play better and with the national team and Juventus because I will like to finish with the soccer with a fantastic victory." Has Buffon just confirmed that he's going to retire at the end of the season? 8:02PM The Best FIFA goalkeeper is Gigi Buffon! Deserved! What a man, what a player! Buffon has beaten Manuel Neuer and Keylor Navas to be crowned the world's best goalkeeper. 8:01PM Olivier Giroud collecting his award Credit: FIFA   8:00PM Zinedine Zidane wins best FIFA football coach award "Sorry, my English is very bad".  And then he speaks in French, which unfortunately is not something I know well enough to translate for you. I apologise. Credit: FIFA   7:55PM The best FIFA football coach award It's a choice between Antonio Conte, who won the Premier League with a Chelsea side who probably shouldn't have won and inspired the world to play 3-4-3. Massimiliano Allegri, another Italian, who did rather well with Juventus, winning Serie A again. And Zinedine Zidane, who won La Liga and the Champions League... again. And it's Zizou! 7:54PM Idris Elba taking a selfie with Neymar Credit: REUTERS If this wasn't scripted, it is an absolutely superb bit of brand management by Elba. They're going to know who he is tomorrow!  7:52PM Olivier Giroud wins the Puskas Award Some people are trying to sing the 'Hey Jude' Giroud song. "I am delighted to receive this trophy in front of legends of football and would like to thank people who voted for me. I would like to congratulate the other nominees who scored amazing goals too and I would like to thank my teammates, without them I couldn't score maybe this goal. And also my family."  He's quite emotional.  "I would like to dedicate this trophy to my dad". 7:50PM The winner is... Credit: FIFA  OLIVIER GIROUD! 7:48PM Puskas Award part 2 Conte is forced to speak on the microphone and even in front of an enormous hall of people, goes to his quiet pre-match interview voice. It's quite funny. Conte's favourite is Giroud's, and SO IS NEYMAR!  And Leo Messi - the greatest player ever, of all time - is diplomatic and doesn't give one choice.  Ronaldo does the same thing: "it's hard to choose one goal".  And to present the award will be Catherine Zeta-Jones and Diego Forlan.  7:45PM Puskas Award for best goal After showing this video: They interview Harry Kane. The crowd boos (because a large portion of them seem to be Arsenal fans). Maybe not actually, now Frank Lampard is in the spotlight and he gets a round of applause. Lampard says his favourite goal is Giroud's, Kane says it's the South African goalkeeper's. He has to say that though. The repercussions for supporting something Arsenal are just too high. Schmeichel agrees with Mr Lampard. 7:40PM Elba is doing selfies Credit: AFP Tonight's host is wandering around the front row getting selfies with Neymar, Messi and Ronaldo, doing some jokes. Then he goes to Olivier Giroud. It's good to see that even in awards ceremonies, Giroud still has to come off the bench to be involved.  7:38PM Idris Elba going for the jokes Solid opening. The setup references that this is an international broadcast, so if you're from South America, 'como estas'. If you're from China, 'ni hao' (sp) and if you're from Hackney, "alright bruv".   7:36PM But first, it's Stomp! I'm doing this face. Some people are bashing bins around on the stage as they show highlights of... some football. You can't see what football because there are people bashing bins around on stage. Now they're bouncing footballs. Diego Maradona looks fairly unimpressed.  But they've timed one of the bits to coincide with the ball hitting the back of the net and a scream of "GOAL!" which is quite nice. And now they're replicating acrobatic soccer skills and celebrations. The crowd goes mildly wild and politely applauds. Cue Martin Tyler: "I swear you'll never see anything like this ever again!" 7:32PM Idris Elba is here Star of The Wire, the US Office and those Sky Movies adverts, here comes Idris Elba wearing a really nice tuxedo. James Bond wears a tuxedo. It's an audition! 7:29PM Ronaldo seems confident Credit: AFP I think they've lined up this so it's Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo, which isn't the order I'd have them in. Surely Ronaldo plays through the middle of a front three? 7:27PM Confirmation: Ronaldo and Messi are football friends Credit: AP   7:26PM Here's the guy who really wants you to know he's here Credit: AFP Yaaaaaay it's... that guy. Gianni Infantino, the newest president of FIFA, is shaking hands and being friendly to people.   7:23PM Ronaldo is here!  Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez Credit: GETTY IMAGES Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez are here and have done the walk along the... green carpet. I've just thought of a way they can decide who actually wins the top prize between this guy, Messi and Neymar. Stay with me... Penalty shootout. And like in Game of Thrones, they can all choose a person to stand in for them as goalkeeper. Seaman is there, Schmeichel and Buffon too. And that's it.  7:22PM Claudio Ranieri Credit: FIFA  Doing a fine job at Nantes just now, grabbing those 1-0 wins to help them climb the table. Everyone likes Ranieri. 7:19PM Antonio Conte says "I think that it's very important to stay here and fight for this award. It is amazing with Real Madrid, they won the Champions League and the league but it is amazing for me to stay here and to fight for this award." God I hope he means that literally. Can you imagine? Conte windmilling his way through the main hall, battering Peter Schmeichel and Luka Modric in a whirlwind of fury. 7:17PM Dream strike partnernship Credit: AP These two would destroy worlds.  7:15PM I just want someone to love me as much as Marcelo loves this woman Credit: GETTY IMAGES Can you feel it? Light beams of warmth coming out of his eyes. 7:11PM Dani Alves has come dressed as a futuristic pirate Credit: REUTERS "STOP RIGHT THERE! SPACE POLICE! Agent Daniel Alves and you've got a loooooooot of talking to do, punk." 7:09PM Harry Kane and Katie Goodland There he is! Harry gives a little bit to the presenters about how nice it is to be invited. He's so nice. "It makes me feel very proud. For me it’s about improving every year. Messi, Ronaldo set the standard for all of us so just to get up there and be involved is fantastic. The stadium, the atmosphere (at Real Madrid) was amazing. To get a result… I'm very proud." 7:06PM What would you rather win? This is a great question. Kay Murray (I think) essentially asks Gigi Buffon whether he is happy having won the World Cup and not the Champions League. Which would you rather win? If you were a player. Not as a fan. It's difficult isn't it? On the one hand, Scotland winning the World Cup would be amazing BUT I'm leaning towards Aberdeen being crowned European champions. 6:59PM Photos of Messi at the Best FIFA Awards Leo Messi and wife Antonella Credit: AP Credit: PA   6:58PM All the stars are here! Credit: OA  That's Marcelo, here's David Trezeguet: Credit: FIFA And here's Philip Schofield: Credit: PA If you aren't from the UK, you might not know who this man is so let's try and explain. Philip Schofield, or Scholey F as he likes to be known, is a giant of British television. He's perhaps the nicest man alive to also be a TV presenter and used to best friends with a gopher, the whereabouts of which are unknown. What happened to that gopher, you ask? Nobody is sure. All we know for certain is that until its lifeless body is discovered washed up on that little beach next to the South Bank on the Thames, we must assume it is alive.  6:52PM No questions for Messi The FIFA TV presenters have been told they are not allowed to ask Leo Messi any questions - not even in Spanish. What kind of world is this? We're all just waiting to hear what the great man will say about tonight's event and have been denied. We'll never know how he's looking forward to it, and may the best man win, and that London is very nice and that he's glad he's scored today but more pleased that the team got three points, and they just have to go again in the next game. In Spanish. But no! 6:47PM Leo Messi is here *high pitch scream* ARRRRHRHGGHHGHGHGHGHGHGH. And I can confirm he is wearing a normal suit. Nothing shiny and no LED lights. Disappointing. 6:47PM Frank Lampard is here "(Real Madrid) are going down as one of the best club teams in history. " I agree Frank. They're really good. "(Conte's) in the running (for best manager). He's done an unbelievable job at Chelsea" 6:45PM Messi looks terrified in his press photo shoot Credit: FIFA There are a few promo shoots featuring the key players. Messi is trying to look cool but is also wearing a hoody and sadly, that is almost impossible to do.  Credit: FIFA   6:39PM PHILIP SCHOFIELD IS HERE Oh now this is kicking off. "Oldham fan. My Granddad used to play pies at the ground as a lad. I was a constant disappointment for him because we (his brother) were rubbish. I just lacked the sporting mind, I think. I kick a ball around the garden with my nephews. I was asked all the way down Ronaldo or Messi... it's a tricky one. "Messi." There you have it. Philip Schofield believes Messi will win. Why do they need this event now? It's done, people! 6:37PM Patrick Kluivert is tonight's magician Credit: FIFA It's either that, or Kluivert's album cover has been leaked onto the picture database I'm currently enjoying. I think this one would be called "Still Crazy" or "These Nights".   Like that. Available on iTunes, but don't bother. You can stream it for free and it's not all that. 6:32PM Down with this sort of thing Credit: PA M8, mate, maaaaaaaaate what a fantastic shirt. Oooooooh that'll really stick it to them. Look what it says "for crying out loud" and oh my word, it's hand drawn! This is rock and roll. There is NOTHING more rock n roll than attending the overly elaborate celebration of individuals in a team sport governed by a disgraced international body than wearing a shirt with WRITING ON IT. Well done Kasabian, you truly represent all that is cool about football. 6:30PM MICHAEL DOUGLAS SUPPORTS SWANSEA Catherine Zeta-Jones says:  "My husband... Michael Douglas is a Swansea City fan." Confirmation there from Zeta-Jones, who claims to have supported Swansea since before they were back in the Premier League, as though that makes her cool or something. Alright, Catherine. Chill out.  Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I don't watch movies, I watch sport," she says. And that is because she doesn't know how sport is going to end. Imagine then, if you will, a Liverpool vs Newcastle match directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The twist - and there is a twist - is that Stan Collymore was the mascot the whole time. And the mascot is the Queen. And the Queen scores the winning goal, liberating a fictional country which is supposed to be from somewhere near Afghanistan. 6:26PM All the stars are here Credit: PA It's not a long trek for Granit Xhaka to be here as the awards are being held in London.  Credit: PA And here's star Valencia right-back Eamonn Holmes, who has flown in to hang out with all his La Liga pals like... Sergio Ramos, who will probably be here at some point. Credit: EPA That's why he was in London. Maradona is on his best behaviour and looking very nice, but as yet hasn't dribbled past a single person on the red carpet. 6:21PM Welcome! HELLO EVERYONE! Welcome to this most exciting of events. It's like the Oscars... but with David Seaman! Credit: PA  Seaman won't be winning any awards tonight, especially since he doesn't have a moustache anymore, and instead must watch as the likes of Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar sit on some expensive chairs and feign being incredibly pleased that one of the other two has won the Best Best FIFA Best Best Football Player Man Award. There are other awards too. Who will win them? Let's find out together. 6:15PM What's all this then? It's the 2017 Best Fifa Football Awards, the second to be held, where - among other awards - world player of the year is crowned. The breakaway event was started after Fifa's Ballon d'Or partnership with France Football ended. The Ballon d'Or is still awarded by the publication each year, while Fifa hands out its own awards in tonight's event. When is it? It's on Monday October 23 - ie today. What time does the event start? It's a 7.30pm BST start at the London Palladium. What TV channel is it on? You can watch the event, hosted by Idris Elba, on Fifa's YouTube channel. Alternatively, you can follow the event as it happens right here, or catch the highlights on ITV at 10.45pm. Ronaldo with last year's award and Sir Alex Ferguson Credit: Getty Images Which awards are up for grabs, and who is shortlisted? The Best Fifa Men's Player Three players have been nominated for the award from an initial shortlist of 24. Last year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo, has scored 45 goals in 48 appearances this calendar year, including 34 goals for club and 11 for country. These incredible individual statistics are bolstered by Ronaldo winning the Champions League and La Liga in the 2016/17 campaign. Lionel Messi is another unsurprising feature within the best player award, with 49 goals and 11 assists in 50 appearances in 2017. The most expensive player in the world, Neymar is the outside bet to be crowned the greatest footballer on earth. The Best Fifa football coach award The best coach award is separated into male and female categories.  Juventus boss, Massimiliano Allegri, after winning the league and Coppa Italia last season. Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, who in his first season in English football won the Premier League, setting a new record along the way achieving 30 wins in a single season. Finally Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane makes the list after winning the Champions League and Los Blancos' first league title for five years. In the women's section, the the top three comprise of Denmark’s manager Nils Nielsen, who guided her side to the final against Holland in this year European Championships. Lyon coach Gerard Precheur is nominated after winning the Champions League, the French League Cup and the French Cup, while Sarina Wiegman also features after leading Holland to the 2017 European championships.  The Best FIFA goalkeeper award Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus is nominated, having gone 600 minutes without conceding in the Champions League, while Keylor Navas of Real Madrid won his second consecutive Champions League along with a La Liga title. Manuel Neuer makes up the three-man short list. The Puskas Award The Puskas award is for the best goal of the year. This year the three finalists include Deyna Castellanos of Venezuela women's side, Olivier Giroud for his goal for Arsenal, below, and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. The Best Fifa Fan award Borussia Dortmund make the final three after supporters came together to offer shelter to Monaco fans displaced by their Champions League match being rescheduled after a bomb attack on the Dortmund team bus.  Celtic are included through their final match of the league season which coincided with the 50th anniversary of winning the European Cup in 1967, which made them the first British club to lift the prestigious trophy. The Celtic fans honoured the team, known as the "Lisbon Lions", with a stunning full 360-degree card display around Celtic Park. FC Copenhagen were also nominated after winning the league in their final game against Brondby, when players handed the trophy to the fans, who then passed the trophy along to a wheelchair-bound supporter and lifted him in the air. Awards night preview: Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to retain his crown as FIFA men's player of the year in London on Monday night. The Real Madrid and Portugal superstar is up against Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Paris St Germain's Neymar for the award he won last year. The ceremony, which takes place at the London Palladium, is the second since the FIFA award split from France Football's Ballon d'Or prize. Ronaldo has scored 44 goals for club and country so far in 2017 and scored twice in the Champions League final in June, as Real won the competition for a record-extending 12th time. Messi has hit 50 goals for Barca and Argentina while Neymar, the world's most expensive player after he left Barcelona for PSG in the summer, has 25 goals to his name for Barca, PSG and Brazil. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is in the running for the top men's coach award along with Ronaldo's boss at Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, and Juventus chief Massimiliano Allegri. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud's 'scorpion kick' volley against Crystal Palace in January has been nominated for the Puskas Award for best goal. The 31-year-old's effort has been shortlisted along with goals from Venezuela's Deyna Castellanos and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. Castellanos is also nominated for the women's player of the year award alongside last year's winner Carli Lloyd of the United States and Holland's Lieke Martens. The winners are decided by a jury of club and international coaches, media representatives and fans. PA  

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Fifa player of the year award in London

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Best Fifa Men's Player Lieke Martens wins Best Fifa Women's Player Fifa XI is: Buffon; Marcelo, Bonucci, Ramos, Alves; Iniesta, Modric, Kroos; Neymar, Ronaldo, Messi Celtic win Fifa Fans Award Sarina Wiegman wins Best Fifa Women's Coach Zinedine Zidane wins Best Male Coach Gigi Buffon wins Best Goalkeeper  Olivier Giroud wins Puskas Award for best goal By PA: Real Madrid's Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo was crowned the best soccer player in the world for the second year running at Fifa's The Best awards gala on Monday. The four-time Ballon d'Or winner won a La Liga and Champions League double with the Madrid club this year, striking twice against Juventus in the European Cup final to help Real become the first team to retain the trophy in its current format. 'I'm 32 and I'm the best player in the world', Ronaldo reflects on winning award 00:39 Barcelona's Argentina forward Lionel Messi, who has won the Ballon d'or five times, and Paris St Germain's Brazil forward Neymar were runners up for the award voted for by national team coaches and captains plus the media and fans. The Best Fifa Men's Player award and the Ballon d'or, which is voted for only by the media, are now separate awards. Real Madrid's French coach Zinedine Zidane won the manager of the year trophy for his part in the club's success. Zidane was awarded Best Men's Coach Credit: FIFA Five Real players were named in the best XI of the year, with Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos joining Ronaldo, while Messi, Neymar, Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Dani Alves (PSG), Leonardo Bonucci (AC Milan) and Andres Iniesta (Barcelona) were also selected. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud won the Puskas Award for the best goal of the year, which was the Frenchman's scorpion kick against Crystal Palace, and Buffon was declared best goalkeeper. Holland's Lieke Martens won best female player of the year, while the Dutch women's national team coach Sarina Weigman was voted best manager after the team's triumph at Euro 2017. 9:33PM Who voted for Harry Kane? British Virgin Islands, France, Montserrat (who voted Suarez, Kane, Kante just to be different), Bahamas, Wales, Cambodia and Vanuatu.  Of course. The nation of Vanuatu. If anyone reading this is from Vanuatu, hello! 9:28PM How the international captains voted Here's the interesting bit... how footballers actually voted. Jordan Henderson (England): Ronaldo, Messi, Suarez. Huge Lloris (France): Ronaldo, Ramos, Kane. Manuel Neuer (Germany): Kroos, Lewandowski,Vidal (Kroos is very good tbf) Leo Messi (Argentina): Suarez, Iniesta, Neymar Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal): Modric, Ramos, Marcelo Dani Alves: Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo 9:03PM Cristiano Ronaldo meeting Maradona Credit: AFP   9:01PM A way to make Kasabian acceptable If they had played this:  Everything would be OK. Ronaldo is off to listen to this in the back of a giant limousine. 8:59PM Is this better than a Ballon d'Or? Is it the same? Does anyone know for sure what really counts as the actual award these days? 8:58PM Cristiano Ronaldo says "I want to mention Leo and Neymar to be here. Real Madrid supporters, my teammates, my coach, they support all the year so I have to say thank you to them.  "I'm really glad. This is a great moment for me. I know I have fans all over the world so thank you for the support. I appreciate that. "And I think I say everything. It's great to be here around these great players, this amazing player and I'm so happy guys. Thank you everybody and good night." 8:55PM CRISTIANO RONALDO WINS! Credit: FIFA He is the Best FIFA Men's Player! Credit: AFP   8:54PM The nominees   8:53PM Maradona's not quite on the ball Credit: FIFA He tries to open the envelope and reveal the winner before they've shown the video. Ronaldo gives him a nudge and tells him there's a video.  "Aaaaaaaaah!" he says. 8:51PM Ronaldo and Diego Maradona to present Best Men's Award That's a fairly decent attacking duo. 8:51PM Lieke Martens wins Best FIFA Women's Player! Martens was of course hugely influential in Holland's Euro 2017 win. "My dad and mum, this one is for you!" she says in her acceptance speech, also from yesterday because she is doing real football work instead of larking about in London. 8:49PM Best Women's Player Award It's the penultimate award of the evening. Hidetoshi Nakata - who looks cool - and Celia Sasic, who played for Germany, are here to present.  Deyna Castellanos, Carli Lloyd and Lieke Martens, who is ridiculously good, and my pick for the prize.  8:46PM The best team in the world!   8:45PM Music is subjective If you happen to love Kasabian, that's absolutely fine, by the way. I like a lot of music that many, many people do not, for instance. And I've never written a song that's gotten close to selling many millions of copies either. Though did once get a two out of five review in The List for an album. But those were younger days. 8:43PM They should make a band out of footballers What is the need for Kasabian here? Get Petr Cech on drums, Alexis Sanchez on piano, Gary Neville on guitar and... I dunno. Literally anyone singing. Patrice Evra on vocals. And they have to play 'Africa' by Toto because that song is ace. 8:41PM Oh the banter How long did it take Neymar to get ready? 20 minutes apparently. "I don't believe a word of it!" says the presenter. Dani Alves took less time. Just look how delighted Messi is to be involved with this. The greatest player of all time, forced to respond to jokes in a foreign language. And even worse, now he has to listen to Kasabian. Imagine. You're made to do go on international television, barely understand what's happening and are asked questions about doing your hair. And then Kasabian. 8:38PM Ronaldo's catchphrase for tonight "Talent without work is nothing." 8:37PM Bonucci is sat next to Dani Alves You may or may not be aware that Leonardo Bonucci and Dani Alves played alongside each other in the Champions League final against Real Madrid. There are rumours there may have been some sort of disagreement in the dressing room during that match... but now they are sitting next to each other and very friendly. 8:34PM Ronaldo on his team achievement Credit: EPA "Great achievement. I feel so proud, it takes many hours of work and dedication. To be on this stage 11 times it's a lot. Thank you to people who are voting me." 8:33PM World XI go offstage the wrong way They need a manager. 8:33PM This means nothing People who play Ultimate Team are probably pretty pumped about this FIFA dream team. If you save all your money up, you never know, you might find one of these guys in a pack for FIFA 18. SPEND YOUR MONEY! Or, you can have fun and play Pro Evo. It's really great this year.  8:28PM Best team in the world Here we go. David Suazo (he's from Honduras and used to play for Inter Milan) and Frank Lampard (come on) present the award. Credit: AFP In goal, it's Gigi Buffon. Right-back Dani Alves. Left-back Marcelo. Centre-back Sergio Ramos. Centre-back Leonardo Bonucci. Centre-midfield Luka Modric. Centre-midfield Toni Kroos. Centre-midfield Andre Iniesta (I love Iniesta but...) Right forward Lionel Messi Left forward Neymar Credit: AFP Striker Cristiano Ronaldo That's a 4-3-3 then. Solid. Not bad. 8:20PM Sarina Wiegman wins Best FIFA Women's Coach Wiegman led Holland to win Euro 2017 and had them playing some really entertaining football along the way. A deserved winner, just like all the other ones. She can't be there tonight to accept her award because she's doing actual football work, preparing for a World Cup qualifier, rather than sitting around the Paladium schmoozing.  Here is the Holland squad celebrating when they found out on Sunday: Beste coach van de wereld! Gefeliciteerd Sarina!!! pic.twitter.com/xHP5cM5rvR— OranjeLeeuwinnen (@oranjevrouwen) October 23, 2017   8:18PM Best FIFA Women's Coach Award Arsenal captain Alex Scott and Ruud Gullit present this one. There's some glorious rehearsed banter: Credit: PA Gullit: "Dutch women's football is at the very top of its game." Scott: "And the men?" Gullit: "Uuuh can we continue please?" Nils Nielsen, Gerard Precheur, Sarina Wiegman are the nominees.  And the winner is... 8:14PM And now a video of Pele Because it's his birthday, obviously. 8:14PM Best FIFA Fans Award winner is... Celtic They were the first British club to win the European Cup, and now they're the first to win the FIFA fans award. Will it occupy the same bit of that rather large trophy cabinet? Perhaps not, but a lovely gesture all the same.  Chairman of Celtic, Ian Bankier  Credit: AFP   8:12PM Elba presents the fans award while pretending to be cold He's dressed as an Arsenal fan, standing in the royal circle, or stalls... I'm not a theatre guy, sorry. But it's the bit where Statler and Waldorf  (the two grumpy old men from the Muppets) go. Credit: GETTY IMAGES Sammy Eto'o is now here to present The FIFA Fan Award, which almost certainly comes from a good place, but feels a little disingenuous. Mostly because it's FIFA. Let's all think of the fans, the millionaires say.  And the winner is... 8:05PM Buffon says Buffon and Schmeichel are delighted to welcome their new child into the world "I want to try to speak (in English)!" "For me, I am very happy because it is a great honour to receive this award... at my age. I'm proud of it but I want to say thanks to my club, my coach, my teammates because they help me to make it possible and I want to say thanks to all the person (sic) who voted for me and I think the last year has been a fantastic season for Juventus, and a personal season. It wasn't enough to win in Europe and for this year I hope that we can to play better and with the national team and Juventus because I will like to finish with the soccer with a fantastic victory." Has Buffon just confirmed that he's going to retire at the end of the season? 8:02PM The Best FIFA goalkeeper is Gigi Buffon! Deserved! What a man, what a player! Buffon has beaten Manuel Neuer and Keylor Navas to be crowned the world's best goalkeeper. 8:01PM Olivier Giroud collecting his award Credit: FIFA   8:00PM Zinedine Zidane wins best FIFA football coach award "Sorry, my English is very bad".  And then he speaks in French, which unfortunately is not something I know well enough to translate for you. I apologise. Credit: FIFA   7:55PM The best FIFA football coach award It's a choice between Antonio Conte, who won the Premier League with a Chelsea side who probably shouldn't have won and inspired the world to play 3-4-3. Massimiliano Allegri, another Italian, who did rather well with Juventus, winning Serie A again. And Zinedine Zidane, who won La Liga and the Champions League... again. And it's Zizou! 7:54PM Idris Elba taking a selfie with Neymar Credit: REUTERS If this wasn't scripted, it is an absolutely superb bit of brand management by Elba. They're going to know who he is tomorrow!  7:52PM Olivier Giroud wins the Puskas Award Some people are trying to sing the 'Hey Jude' Giroud song. "I am delighted to receive this trophy in front of legends of football and would like to thank people who voted for me. I would like to congratulate the other nominees who scored amazing goals too and I would like to thank my teammates, without them I couldn't score maybe this goal. And also my family."  He's quite emotional.  "I would like to dedicate this trophy to my dad". 7:50PM The winner is... Credit: FIFA  OLIVIER GIROUD! 7:48PM Puskas Award part 2 Conte is forced to speak on the microphone and even in front of an enormous hall of people, goes to his quiet pre-match interview voice. It's quite funny. Conte's favourite is Giroud's, and SO IS NEYMAR!  And Leo Messi - the greatest player ever, of all time - is diplomatic and doesn't give one choice.  Ronaldo does the same thing: "it's hard to choose one goal".  And to present the award will be Catherine Zeta-Jones and Diego Forlan.  7:45PM Puskas Award for best goal After showing this video: They interview Harry Kane. The crowd boos (because a large portion of them seem to be Arsenal fans). Maybe not actually, now Frank Lampard is in the spotlight and he gets a round of applause. Lampard says his favourite goal is Giroud's, Kane says it's the South African goalkeeper's. He has to say that though. The repercussions for supporting something Arsenal are just too high. Schmeichel agrees with Mr Lampard. 7:40PM Elba is doing selfies Credit: AFP Tonight's host is wandering around the front row getting selfies with Neymar, Messi and Ronaldo, doing some jokes. Then he goes to Olivier Giroud. It's good to see that even in awards ceremonies, Giroud still has to come off the bench to be involved.  7:38PM Idris Elba going for the jokes Solid opening. The setup references that this is an international broadcast, so if you're from South America, 'como estas'. If you're from China, 'ni hao' (sp) and if you're from Hackney, "alright bruv".   7:36PM But first, it's Stomp! I'm doing this face. Some people are bashing bins around on the stage as they show highlights of... some football. You can't see what football because there are people bashing bins around on stage. Now they're bouncing footballs. Diego Maradona looks fairly unimpressed.  But they've timed one of the bits to coincide with the ball hitting the back of the net and a scream of "GOAL!" which is quite nice. And now they're replicating acrobatic soccer skills and celebrations. The crowd goes mildly wild and politely applauds. Cue Martin Tyler: "I swear you'll never see anything like this ever again!" 7:32PM Idris Elba is here Star of The Wire, the US Office and those Sky Movies adverts, here comes Idris Elba wearing a really nice tuxedo. James Bond wears a tuxedo. It's an audition! 7:29PM Ronaldo seems confident Credit: AFP I think they've lined up this so it's Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo, which isn't the order I'd have them in. Surely Ronaldo plays through the middle of a front three? 7:27PM Confirmation: Ronaldo and Messi are football friends Credit: AP   7:26PM Here's the guy who really wants you to know he's here Credit: AFP Yaaaaaay it's... that guy. Gianni Infantino, the newest president of FIFA, is shaking hands and being friendly to people.   7:23PM Ronaldo is here!  Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez Credit: GETTY IMAGES Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez are here and have done the walk along the... green carpet. I've just thought of a way they can decide who actually wins the top prize between this guy, Messi and Neymar. Stay with me... Penalty shootout. And like in Game of Thrones, they can all choose a person to stand in for them as goalkeeper. Seaman is there, Schmeichel and Buffon too. And that's it.  7:22PM Claudio Ranieri Credit: FIFA  Doing a fine job at Nantes just now, grabbing those 1-0 wins to help them climb the table. Everyone likes Ranieri. 7:19PM Antonio Conte says "I think that it's very important to stay here and fight for this award. It is amazing with Real Madrid, they won the Champions League and the league but it is amazing for me to stay here and to fight for this award." God I hope he means that literally. Can you imagine? Conte windmilling his way through the main hall, battering Peter Schmeichel and Luka Modric in a whirlwind of fury. 7:17PM Dream strike partnernship Credit: AP These two would destroy worlds.  7:15PM I just want someone to love me as much as Marcelo loves this woman Credit: GETTY IMAGES Can you feel it? Light beams of warmth coming out of his eyes. 7:11PM Dani Alves has come dressed as a futuristic pirate Credit: REUTERS "STOP RIGHT THERE! SPACE POLICE! Agent Daniel Alves and you've got a loooooooot of talking to do, punk." 7:09PM Harry Kane and Katie Goodland There he is! Harry gives a little bit to the presenters about how nice it is to be invited. He's so nice. "It makes me feel very proud. For me it’s about improving every year. Messi, Ronaldo set the standard for all of us so just to get up there and be involved is fantastic. The stadium, the atmosphere (at Real Madrid) was amazing. To get a result… I'm very proud." 7:06PM What would you rather win? This is a great question. Kay Murray (I think) essentially asks Gigi Buffon whether he is happy having won the World Cup and not the Champions League. Which would you rather win? If you were a player. Not as a fan. It's difficult isn't it? On the one hand, Scotland winning the World Cup would be amazing BUT I'm leaning towards Aberdeen being crowned European champions. 6:59PM Photos of Messi at the Best FIFA Awards Leo Messi and wife Antonella Credit: AP Credit: PA   6:58PM All the stars are here! Credit: OA  That's Marcelo, here's David Trezeguet: Credit: FIFA And here's Philip Schofield: Credit: PA If you aren't from the UK, you might not know who this man is so let's try and explain. Philip Schofield, or Scholey F as he likes to be known, is a giant of British television. He's perhaps the nicest man alive to also be a TV presenter and used to best friends with a gopher, the whereabouts of which are unknown. What happened to that gopher, you ask? Nobody is sure. All we know for certain is that until its lifeless body is discovered washed up on that little beach next to the South Bank on the Thames, we must assume it is alive.  6:52PM No questions for Messi The FIFA TV presenters have been told they are not allowed to ask Leo Messi any questions - not even in Spanish. What kind of world is this? We're all just waiting to hear what the great man will say about tonight's event and have been denied. We'll never know how he's looking forward to it, and may the best man win, and that London is very nice and that he's glad he's scored today but more pleased that the team got three points, and they just have to go again in the next game. In Spanish. But no! 6:47PM Leo Messi is here *high pitch scream* ARRRRHRHGGHHGHGHGHGHGHGH. And I can confirm he is wearing a normal suit. Nothing shiny and no LED lights. Disappointing. 6:47PM Frank Lampard is here "(Real Madrid) are going down as one of the best club teams in history. " I agree Frank. They're really good. "(Conte's) in the running (for best manager). He's done an unbelievable job at Chelsea" 6:45PM Messi looks terrified in his press photo shoot Credit: FIFA There are a few promo shoots featuring the key players. Messi is trying to look cool but is also wearing a hoody and sadly, that is almost impossible to do.  Credit: FIFA   6:39PM PHILIP SCHOFIELD IS HERE Oh now this is kicking off. "Oldham fan. My Granddad used to play pies at the ground as a lad. I was a constant disappointment for him because we (his brother) were rubbish. I just lacked the sporting mind, I think. I kick a ball around the garden with my nephews. I was asked all the way down Ronaldo or Messi... it's a tricky one. "Messi." There you have it. Philip Schofield believes Messi will win. Why do they need this event now? It's done, people! 6:37PM Patrick Kluivert is tonight's magician Credit: FIFA It's either that, or Kluivert's album cover has been leaked onto the picture database I'm currently enjoying. I think this one would be called "Still Crazy" or "These Nights".   Like that. Available on iTunes, but don't bother. You can stream it for free and it's not all that. 6:32PM Down with this sort of thing Credit: PA M8, mate, maaaaaaaaate what a fantastic shirt. Oooooooh that'll really stick it to them. Look what it says "for crying out loud" and oh my word, it's hand drawn! This is rock and roll. There is NOTHING more rock n roll than attending the overly elaborate celebration of individuals in a team sport governed by a disgraced international body than wearing a shirt with WRITING ON IT. Well done Kasabian, you truly represent all that is cool about football. 6:30PM MICHAEL DOUGLAS SUPPORTS SWANSEA Catherine Zeta-Jones says:  "My husband... Michael Douglas is a Swansea City fan." Confirmation there from Zeta-Jones, who claims to have supported Swansea since before they were back in the Premier League, as though that makes her cool or something. Alright, Catherine. Chill out.  Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I don't watch movies, I watch sport," she says. And that is because she doesn't know how sport is going to end. Imagine then, if you will, a Liverpool vs Newcastle match directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The twist - and there is a twist - is that Stan Collymore was the mascot the whole time. And the mascot is the Queen. And the Queen scores the winning goal, liberating a fictional country which is supposed to be from somewhere near Afghanistan. 6:26PM All the stars are here Credit: PA It's not a long trek for Granit Xhaka to be here as the awards are being held in London.  Credit: PA And here's star Valencia right-back Eamonn Holmes, who has flown in to hang out with all his La Liga pals like... Sergio Ramos, who will probably be here at some point. Credit: EPA That's why he was in London. Maradona is on his best behaviour and looking very nice, but as yet hasn't dribbled past a single person on the red carpet. 6:21PM Welcome! HELLO EVERYONE! Welcome to this most exciting of events. It's like the Oscars... but with David Seaman! Credit: PA  Seaman won't be winning any awards tonight, especially since he doesn't have a moustache anymore, and instead must watch as the likes of Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar sit on some expensive chairs and feign being incredibly pleased that one of the other two has won the Best Best FIFA Best Best Football Player Man Award. There are other awards too. Who will win them? Let's find out together. 6:15PM What's all this then? It's the 2017 Best Fifa Football Awards, the second to be held, where - among other awards - world player of the year is crowned. The breakaway event was started after Fifa's Ballon d'Or partnership with France Football ended. The Ballon d'Or is still awarded by the publication each year, while Fifa hands out its own awards in tonight's event. When is it? It's on Monday October 23 - ie today. What time does the event start? It's a 7.30pm BST start at the London Palladium. What TV channel is it on? You can watch the event, hosted by Idris Elba, on Fifa's YouTube channel. Alternatively, you can follow the event as it happens right here, or catch the highlights on ITV at 10.45pm. Ronaldo with last year's award and Sir Alex Ferguson Credit: Getty Images Which awards are up for grabs, and who is shortlisted? The Best Fifa Men's Player Three players have been nominated for the award from an initial shortlist of 24. Last year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo, has scored 45 goals in 48 appearances this calendar year, including 34 goals for club and 11 for country. These incredible individual statistics are bolstered by Ronaldo winning the Champions League and La Liga in the 2016/17 campaign. Lionel Messi is another unsurprising feature within the best player award, with 49 goals and 11 assists in 50 appearances in 2017. The most expensive player in the world, Neymar is the outside bet to be crowned the greatest footballer on earth. The Best Fifa football coach award The best coach award is separated into male and female categories.  Juventus boss, Massimiliano Allegri, after winning the league and Coppa Italia last season. Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, who in his first season in English football won the Premier League, setting a new record along the way achieving 30 wins in a single season. Finally Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane makes the list after winning the Champions League and Los Blancos' first league title for five years. In the women's section, the the top three comprise of Denmark’s manager Nils Nielsen, who guided her side to the final against Holland in this year European Championships. Lyon coach Gerard Precheur is nominated after winning the Champions League, the French League Cup and the French Cup, while Sarina Wiegman also features after leading Holland to the 2017 European championships.  The Best FIFA goalkeeper award Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus is nominated, having gone 600 minutes without conceding in the Champions League, while Keylor Navas of Real Madrid won his second consecutive Champions League along with a La Liga title. Manuel Neuer makes up the three-man short list. The Puskas Award The Puskas award is for the best goal of the year. This year the three finalists include Deyna Castellanos of Venezuela women's side, Olivier Giroud for his goal for Arsenal, below, and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. The Best Fifa Fan award Borussia Dortmund make the final three after supporters came together to offer shelter to Monaco fans displaced by their Champions League match being rescheduled after a bomb attack on the Dortmund team bus.  Celtic are included through their final match of the league season which coincided with the 50th anniversary of winning the European Cup in 1967, which made them the first British club to lift the prestigious trophy. The Celtic fans honoured the team, known as the "Lisbon Lions", with a stunning full 360-degree card display around Celtic Park. FC Copenhagen were also nominated after winning the league in their final game against Brondby, when players handed the trophy to the fans, who then passed the trophy along to a wheelchair-bound supporter and lifted him in the air. Awards night preview: Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to retain his crown as FIFA men's player of the year in London on Monday night. The Real Madrid and Portugal superstar is up against Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Paris St Germain's Neymar for the award he won last year. The ceremony, which takes place at the London Palladium, is the second since the FIFA award split from France Football's Ballon d'Or prize. Ronaldo has scored 44 goals for club and country so far in 2017 and scored twice in the Champions League final in June, as Real won the competition for a record-extending 12th time. Messi has hit 50 goals for Barca and Argentina while Neymar, the world's most expensive player after he left Barcelona for PSG in the summer, has 25 goals to his name for Barca, PSG and Brazil. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is in the running for the top men's coach award along with Ronaldo's boss at Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, and Juventus chief Massimiliano Allegri. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud's 'scorpion kick' volley against Crystal Palace in January has been nominated for the Puskas Award for best goal. The 31-year-old's effort has been shortlisted along with goals from Venezuela's Deyna Castellanos and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. Castellanos is also nominated for the women's player of the year award alongside last year's winner Carli Lloyd of the United States and Holland's Lieke Martens. The winners are decided by a jury of club and international coaches, media representatives and fans. PA  

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Fifa player of the year award in London

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Best Fifa Men's Player Lieke Martens wins Best Fifa Women's Player Fifa XI is: Buffon; Marcelo, Bonucci, Ramos, Alves; Iniesta, Modric, Kroos; Neymar, Ronaldo, Messi Celtic win Fifa Fans Award Sarina Wiegman wins Best Fifa Women's Coach Zinedine Zidane wins Best Male Coach Gigi Buffon wins Best Goalkeeper  Olivier Giroud wins Puskas Award for best goal By PA: Real Madrid's Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo was crowned the best soccer player in the world for the second year running at Fifa's The Best awards gala on Monday. The four-time Ballon d'Or winner won a La Liga and Champions League double with the Madrid club this year, striking twice against Juventus in the European Cup final to help Real become the first team to retain the trophy in its current format. 'I'm 32 and I'm the best player in the world', Ronaldo reflects on winning award 00:39 Barcelona's Argentina forward Lionel Messi, who has won the Ballon d'or five times, and Paris St Germain's Brazil forward Neymar were runners up for the award voted for by national team coaches and captains plus the media and fans. The Best Fifa Men's Player award and the Ballon d'or, which is voted for only by the media, are now separate awards. Real Madrid's French coach Zinedine Zidane won the manager of the year trophy for his part in the club's success. Zidane was awarded Best Men's Coach Credit: FIFA Five Real players were named in the best XI of the year, with Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos joining Ronaldo, while Messi, Neymar, Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Dani Alves (PSG), Leonardo Bonucci (AC Milan) and Andres Iniesta (Barcelona) were also selected. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud won the Puskas Award for the best goal of the year, which was the Frenchman's scorpion kick against Crystal Palace, and Buffon was declared best goalkeeper. Holland's Lieke Martens won best female player of the year, while the Dutch women's national team coach Sarina Weigman was voted best manager after the team's triumph at Euro 2017. 9:33PM Who voted for Harry Kane? British Virgin Islands, France, Montserrat (who voted Suarez, Kane, Kante just to be different), Bahamas, Wales, Cambodia and Vanuatu.  Of course. The nation of Vanuatu. If anyone reading this is from Vanuatu, hello! 9:28PM How the international captains voted Here's the interesting bit... how footballers actually voted. Jordan Henderson (England): Ronaldo, Messi, Suarez. Huge Lloris (France): Ronaldo, Ramos, Kane. Manuel Neuer (Germany): Kroos, Lewandowski,Vidal (Kroos is very good tbf) Leo Messi (Argentina): Suarez, Iniesta, Neymar Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal): Modric, Ramos, Marcelo Dani Alves: Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo 9:03PM Cristiano Ronaldo meeting Maradona Credit: AFP   9:01PM A way to make Kasabian acceptable If they had played this:  Everything would be OK. Ronaldo is off to listen to this in the back of a giant limousine. 8:59PM Is this better than a Ballon d'Or? Is it the same? Does anyone know for sure what really counts as the actual award these days? 8:58PM Cristiano Ronaldo says "I want to mention Leo and Neymar to be here. Real Madrid supporters, my teammates, my coach, they support all the year so I have to say thank you to them.  "I'm really glad. This is a great moment for me. I know I have fans all over the world so thank you for the support. I appreciate that. "And I think I say everything. It's great to be here around these great players, this amazing player and I'm so happy guys. Thank you everybody and good night." 8:55PM CRISTIANO RONALDO WINS! Credit: FIFA He is the Best FIFA Men's Player! Credit: AFP   8:54PM The nominees   8:53PM Maradona's not quite on the ball Credit: FIFA He tries to open the envelope and reveal the winner before they've shown the video. Ronaldo gives him a nudge and tells him there's a video.  "Aaaaaaaaah!" he says. 8:51PM Ronaldo and Diego Maradona to present Best Men's Award That's a fairly decent attacking duo. 8:51PM Lieke Martens wins Best FIFA Women's Player! Martens was of course hugely influential in Holland's Euro 2017 win. "My dad and mum, this one is for you!" she says in her acceptance speech, also from yesterday because she is doing real football work instead of larking about in London. 8:49PM Best Women's Player Award It's the penultimate award of the evening. Hidetoshi Nakata - who looks cool - and Celia Sasic, who played for Germany, are here to present.  Deyna Castellanos, Carli Lloyd and Lieke Martens, who is ridiculously good, and my pick for the prize.  8:46PM The best team in the world!   8:45PM Music is subjective If you happen to love Kasabian, that's absolutely fine, by the way. I like a lot of music that many, many people do not, for instance. And I've never written a song that's gotten close to selling many millions of copies either. Though did once get a two out of five review in The List for an album. But those were younger days. 8:43PM They should make a band out of footballers What is the need for Kasabian here? Get Petr Cech on drums, Alexis Sanchez on piano, Gary Neville on guitar and... I dunno. Literally anyone singing. Patrice Evra on vocals. And they have to play 'Africa' by Toto because that song is ace. 8:41PM Oh the banter How long did it take Neymar to get ready? 20 minutes apparently. "I don't believe a word of it!" says the presenter. Dani Alves took less time. Just look how delighted Messi is to be involved with this. The greatest player of all time, forced to respond to jokes in a foreign language. And even worse, now he has to listen to Kasabian. Imagine. You're made to do go on international television, barely understand what's happening and are asked questions about doing your hair. And then Kasabian. 8:38PM Ronaldo's catchphrase for tonight "Talent without work is nothing." 8:37PM Bonucci is sat next to Dani Alves You may or may not be aware that Leonardo Bonucci and Dani Alves played alongside each other in the Champions League final against Real Madrid. There are rumours there may have been some sort of disagreement in the dressing room during that match... but now they are sitting next to each other and very friendly. 8:34PM Ronaldo on his team achievement Credit: EPA "Great achievement. I feel so proud, it takes many hours of work and dedication. To be on this stage 11 times it's a lot. Thank you to people who are voting me." 8:33PM World XI go offstage the wrong way They need a manager. 8:33PM This means nothing People who play Ultimate Team are probably pretty pumped about this FIFA dream team. If you save all your money up, you never know, you might find one of these guys in a pack for FIFA 18. SPEND YOUR MONEY! Or, you can have fun and play Pro Evo. It's really great this year.  8:28PM Best team in the world Here we go. David Suazo (he's from Honduras and used to play for Inter Milan) and Frank Lampard (come on) present the award. Credit: AFP In goal, it's Gigi Buffon. Right-back Dani Alves. Left-back Marcelo. Centre-back Sergio Ramos. Centre-back Leonardo Bonucci. Centre-midfield Luka Modric. Centre-midfield Toni Kroos. Centre-midfield Andre Iniesta (I love Iniesta but...) Right forward Lionel Messi Left forward Neymar Credit: AFP Striker Cristiano Ronaldo That's a 4-3-3 then. Solid. Not bad. 8:20PM Sarina Wiegman wins Best FIFA Women's Coach Wiegman led Holland to win Euro 2017 and had them playing some really entertaining football along the way. A deserved winner, just like all the other ones. She can't be there tonight to accept her award because she's doing actual football work, preparing for a World Cup qualifier, rather than sitting around the Paladium schmoozing.  Here is the Holland squad celebrating when they found out on Sunday: Beste coach van de wereld! Gefeliciteerd Sarina!!! pic.twitter.com/xHP5cM5rvR— OranjeLeeuwinnen (@oranjevrouwen) October 23, 2017   8:18PM Best FIFA Women's Coach Award Arsenal captain Alex Scott and Ruud Gullit present this one. There's some glorious rehearsed banter: Credit: PA Gullit: "Dutch women's football is at the very top of its game." Scott: "And the men?" Gullit: "Uuuh can we continue please?" Nils Nielsen, Gerard Precheur, Sarina Wiegman are the nominees.  And the winner is... 8:14PM And now a video of Pele Because it's his birthday, obviously. 8:14PM Best FIFA Fans Award winner is... Celtic They were the first British club to win the European Cup, and now they're the first to win the FIFA fans award. Will it occupy the same bit of that rather large trophy cabinet? Perhaps not, but a lovely gesture all the same.  Chairman of Celtic, Ian Bankier  Credit: AFP   8:12PM Elba presents the fans award while pretending to be cold He's dressed as an Arsenal fan, standing in the royal circle, or stalls... I'm not a theatre guy, sorry. But it's the bit where Statler and Waldorf  (the two grumpy old men from the Muppets) go. Credit: GETTY IMAGES Sammy Eto'o is now here to present The FIFA Fan Award, which almost certainly comes from a good place, but feels a little disingenuous. Mostly because it's FIFA. Let's all think of the fans, the millionaires say.  And the winner is... 8:05PM Buffon says Buffon and Schmeichel are delighted to welcome their new child into the world "I want to try to speak (in English)!" "For me, I am very happy because it is a great honour to receive this award... at my age. I'm proud of it but I want to say thanks to my club, my coach, my teammates because they help me to make it possible and I want to say thanks to all the person (sic) who voted for me and I think the last year has been a fantastic season for Juventus, and a personal season. It wasn't enough to win in Europe and for this year I hope that we can to play better and with the national team and Juventus because I will like to finish with the soccer with a fantastic victory." Has Buffon just confirmed that he's going to retire at the end of the season? 8:02PM The Best FIFA goalkeeper is Gigi Buffon! Deserved! What a man, what a player! Buffon has beaten Manuel Neuer and Keylor Navas to be crowned the world's best goalkeeper. 8:01PM Olivier Giroud collecting his award Credit: FIFA   8:00PM Zinedine Zidane wins best FIFA football coach award "Sorry, my English is very bad".  And then he speaks in French, which unfortunately is not something I know well enough to translate for you. I apologise. Credit: FIFA   7:55PM The best FIFA football coach award It's a choice between Antonio Conte, who won the Premier League with a Chelsea side who probably shouldn't have won and inspired the world to play 3-4-3. Massimiliano Allegri, another Italian, who did rather well with Juventus, winning Serie A again. And Zinedine Zidane, who won La Liga and the Champions League... again. And it's Zizou! 7:54PM Idris Elba taking a selfie with Neymar Credit: REUTERS If this wasn't scripted, it is an absolutely superb bit of brand management by Elba. They're going to know who he is tomorrow!  7:52PM Olivier Giroud wins the Puskas Award Some people are trying to sing the 'Hey Jude' Giroud song. "I am delighted to receive this trophy in front of legends of football and would like to thank people who voted for me. I would like to congratulate the other nominees who scored amazing goals too and I would like to thank my teammates, without them I couldn't score maybe this goal. And also my family."  He's quite emotional.  "I would like to dedicate this trophy to my dad". 7:50PM The winner is... Credit: FIFA  OLIVIER GIROUD! 7:48PM Puskas Award part 2 Conte is forced to speak on the microphone and even in front of an enormous hall of people, goes to his quiet pre-match interview voice. It's quite funny. Conte's favourite is Giroud's, and SO IS NEYMAR!  And Leo Messi - the greatest player ever, of all time - is diplomatic and doesn't give one choice.  Ronaldo does the same thing: "it's hard to choose one goal".  And to present the award will be Catherine Zeta-Jones and Diego Forlan.  7:45PM Puskas Award for best goal After showing this video: They interview Harry Kane. The crowd boos (because a large portion of them seem to be Arsenal fans). Maybe not actually, now Frank Lampard is in the spotlight and he gets a round of applause. Lampard says his favourite goal is Giroud's, Kane says it's the South African goalkeeper's. He has to say that though. The repercussions for supporting something Arsenal are just too high. Schmeichel agrees with Mr Lampard. 7:40PM Elba is doing selfies Credit: AFP Tonight's host is wandering around the front row getting selfies with Neymar, Messi and Ronaldo, doing some jokes. Then he goes to Olivier Giroud. It's good to see that even in awards ceremonies, Giroud still has to come off the bench to be involved.  7:38PM Idris Elba going for the jokes Solid opening. The setup references that this is an international broadcast, so if you're from South America, 'como estas'. If you're from China, 'ni hao' (sp) and if you're from Hackney, "alright bruv".   7:36PM But first, it's Stomp! I'm doing this face. Some people are bashing bins around on the stage as they show highlights of... some football. You can't see what football because there are people bashing bins around on stage. Now they're bouncing footballs. Diego Maradona looks fairly unimpressed.  But they've timed one of the bits to coincide with the ball hitting the back of the net and a scream of "GOAL!" which is quite nice. And now they're replicating acrobatic soccer skills and celebrations. The crowd goes mildly wild and politely applauds. Cue Martin Tyler: "I swear you'll never see anything like this ever again!" 7:32PM Idris Elba is here Star of The Wire, the US Office and those Sky Movies adverts, here comes Idris Elba wearing a really nice tuxedo. James Bond wears a tuxedo. It's an audition! 7:29PM Ronaldo seems confident Credit: AFP I think they've lined up this so it's Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo, which isn't the order I'd have them in. Surely Ronaldo plays through the middle of a front three? 7:27PM Confirmation: Ronaldo and Messi are football friends Credit: AP   7:26PM Here's the guy who really wants you to know he's here Credit: AFP Yaaaaaay it's... that guy. Gianni Infantino, the newest president of FIFA, is shaking hands and being friendly to people.   7:23PM Ronaldo is here!  Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez Credit: GETTY IMAGES Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez are here and have done the walk along the... green carpet. I've just thought of a way they can decide who actually wins the top prize between this guy, Messi and Neymar. Stay with me... Penalty shootout. And like in Game of Thrones, they can all choose a person to stand in for them as goalkeeper. Seaman is there, Schmeichel and Buffon too. And that's it.  7:22PM Claudio Ranieri Credit: FIFA  Doing a fine job at Nantes just now, grabbing those 1-0 wins to help them climb the table. Everyone likes Ranieri. 7:19PM Antonio Conte says "I think that it's very important to stay here and fight for this award. It is amazing with Real Madrid, they won the Champions League and the league but it is amazing for me to stay here and to fight for this award." God I hope he means that literally. Can you imagine? Conte windmilling his way through the main hall, battering Peter Schmeichel and Luka Modric in a whirlwind of fury. 7:17PM Dream strike partnernship Credit: AP These two would destroy worlds.  7:15PM I just want someone to love me as much as Marcelo loves this woman Credit: GETTY IMAGES Can you feel it? Light beams of warmth coming out of his eyes. 7:11PM Dani Alves has come dressed as a futuristic pirate Credit: REUTERS "STOP RIGHT THERE! SPACE POLICE! Agent Daniel Alves and you've got a loooooooot of talking to do, punk." 7:09PM Harry Kane and Katie Goodland There he is! Harry gives a little bit to the presenters about how nice it is to be invited. He's so nice. "It makes me feel very proud. For me it’s about improving every year. Messi, Ronaldo set the standard for all of us so just to get up there and be involved is fantastic. The stadium, the atmosphere (at Real Madrid) was amazing. To get a result… I'm very proud." 7:06PM What would you rather win? This is a great question. Kay Murray (I think) essentially asks Gigi Buffon whether he is happy having won the World Cup and not the Champions League. Which would you rather win? If you were a player. Not as a fan. It's difficult isn't it? On the one hand, Scotland winning the World Cup would be amazing BUT I'm leaning towards Aberdeen being crowned European champions. 6:59PM Photos of Messi at the Best FIFA Awards Leo Messi and wife Antonella Credit: AP Credit: PA   6:58PM All the stars are here! Credit: OA  That's Marcelo, here's David Trezeguet: Credit: FIFA And here's Philip Schofield: Credit: PA If you aren't from the UK, you might not know who this man is so let's try and explain. Philip Schofield, or Scholey F as he likes to be known, is a giant of British television. He's perhaps the nicest man alive to also be a TV presenter and used to best friends with a gopher, the whereabouts of which are unknown. What happened to that gopher, you ask? Nobody is sure. All we know for certain is that until its lifeless body is discovered washed up on that little beach next to the South Bank on the Thames, we must assume it is alive.  6:52PM No questions for Messi The FIFA TV presenters have been told they are not allowed to ask Leo Messi any questions - not even in Spanish. What kind of world is this? We're all just waiting to hear what the great man will say about tonight's event and have been denied. We'll never know how he's looking forward to it, and may the best man win, and that London is very nice and that he's glad he's scored today but more pleased that the team got three points, and they just have to go again in the next game. In Spanish. But no! 6:47PM Leo Messi is here *high pitch scream* ARRRRHRHGGHHGHGHGHGHGHGH. And I can confirm he is wearing a normal suit. Nothing shiny and no LED lights. Disappointing. 6:47PM Frank Lampard is here "(Real Madrid) are going down as one of the best club teams in history. " I agree Frank. They're really good. "(Conte's) in the running (for best manager). He's done an unbelievable job at Chelsea" 6:45PM Messi looks terrified in his press photo shoot Credit: FIFA There are a few promo shoots featuring the key players. Messi is trying to look cool but is also wearing a hoody and sadly, that is almost impossible to do.  Credit: FIFA   6:39PM PHILIP SCHOFIELD IS HERE Oh now this is kicking off. "Oldham fan. My Granddad used to play pies at the ground as a lad. I was a constant disappointment for him because we (his brother) were rubbish. I just lacked the sporting mind, I think. I kick a ball around the garden with my nephews. I was asked all the way down Ronaldo or Messi... it's a tricky one. "Messi." There you have it. Philip Schofield believes Messi will win. Why do they need this event now? It's done, people! 6:37PM Patrick Kluivert is tonight's magician Credit: FIFA It's either that, or Kluivert's album cover has been leaked onto the picture database I'm currently enjoying. I think this one would be called "Still Crazy" or "These Nights".   Like that. Available on iTunes, but don't bother. You can stream it for free and it's not all that. 6:32PM Down with this sort of thing Credit: PA M8, mate, maaaaaaaaate what a fantastic shirt. Oooooooh that'll really stick it to them. Look what it says "for crying out loud" and oh my word, it's hand drawn! This is rock and roll. There is NOTHING more rock n roll than attending the overly elaborate celebration of individuals in a team sport governed by a disgraced international body than wearing a shirt with WRITING ON IT. Well done Kasabian, you truly represent all that is cool about football. 6:30PM MICHAEL DOUGLAS SUPPORTS SWANSEA Catherine Zeta-Jones says:  "My husband... Michael Douglas is a Swansea City fan." Confirmation there from Zeta-Jones, who claims to have supported Swansea since before they were back in the Premier League, as though that makes her cool or something. Alright, Catherine. Chill out.  Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I don't watch movies, I watch sport," she says. And that is because she doesn't know how sport is going to end. Imagine then, if you will, a Liverpool vs Newcastle match directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The twist - and there is a twist - is that Stan Collymore was the mascot the whole time. And the mascot is the Queen. And the Queen scores the winning goal, liberating a fictional country which is supposed to be from somewhere near Afghanistan. 6:26PM All the stars are here Credit: PA It's not a long trek for Granit Xhaka to be here as the awards are being held in London.  Credit: PA And here's star Valencia right-back Eamonn Holmes, who has flown in to hang out with all his La Liga pals like... Sergio Ramos, who will probably be here at some point. Credit: EPA That's why he was in London. Maradona is on his best behaviour and looking very nice, but as yet hasn't dribbled past a single person on the red carpet. 6:21PM Welcome! HELLO EVERYONE! Welcome to this most exciting of events. It's like the Oscars... but with David Seaman! Credit: PA  Seaman won't be winning any awards tonight, especially since he doesn't have a moustache anymore, and instead must watch as the likes of Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar sit on some expensive chairs and feign being incredibly pleased that one of the other two has won the Best Best FIFA Best Best Football Player Man Award. There are other awards too. Who will win them? Let's find out together. 6:15PM What's all this then? It's the 2017 Best Fifa Football Awards, the second to be held, where - among other awards - world player of the year is crowned. The breakaway event was started after Fifa's Ballon d'Or partnership with France Football ended. The Ballon d'Or is still awarded by the publication each year, while Fifa hands out its own awards in tonight's event. When is it? It's on Monday October 23 - ie today. What time does the event start? It's a 7.30pm BST start at the London Palladium. What TV channel is it on? You can watch the event, hosted by Idris Elba, on Fifa's YouTube channel. Alternatively, you can follow the event as it happens right here, or catch the highlights on ITV at 10.45pm. Ronaldo with last year's award and Sir Alex Ferguson Credit: Getty Images Which awards are up for grabs, and who is shortlisted? The Best Fifa Men's Player Three players have been nominated for the award from an initial shortlist of 24. Last year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo, has scored 45 goals in 48 appearances this calendar year, including 34 goals for club and 11 for country. These incredible individual statistics are bolstered by Ronaldo winning the Champions League and La Liga in the 2016/17 campaign. Lionel Messi is another unsurprising feature within the best player award, with 49 goals and 11 assists in 50 appearances in 2017. The most expensive player in the world, Neymar is the outside bet to be crowned the greatest footballer on earth. The Best Fifa football coach award The best coach award is separated into male and female categories.  Juventus boss, Massimiliano Allegri, after winning the league and Coppa Italia last season. Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, who in his first season in English football won the Premier League, setting a new record along the way achieving 30 wins in a single season. Finally Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane makes the list after winning the Champions League and Los Blancos' first league title for five years. In the women's section, the the top three comprise of Denmark’s manager Nils Nielsen, who guided her side to the final against Holland in this year European Championships. Lyon coach Gerard Precheur is nominated after winning the Champions League, the French League Cup and the French Cup, while Sarina Wiegman also features after leading Holland to the 2017 European championships.  The Best FIFA goalkeeper award Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus is nominated, having gone 600 minutes without conceding in the Champions League, while Keylor Navas of Real Madrid won his second consecutive Champions League along with a La Liga title. Manuel Neuer makes up the three-man short list. The Puskas Award The Puskas award is for the best goal of the year. This year the three finalists include Deyna Castellanos of Venezuela women's side, Olivier Giroud for his goal for Arsenal, below, and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. The Best Fifa Fan award Borussia Dortmund make the final three after supporters came together to offer shelter to Monaco fans displaced by their Champions League match being rescheduled after a bomb attack on the Dortmund team bus.  Celtic are included through their final match of the league season which coincided with the 50th anniversary of winning the European Cup in 1967, which made them the first British club to lift the prestigious trophy. The Celtic fans honoured the team, known as the "Lisbon Lions", with a stunning full 360-degree card display around Celtic Park. FC Copenhagen were also nominated after winning the league in their final game against Brondby, when players handed the trophy to the fans, who then passed the trophy along to a wheelchair-bound supporter and lifted him in the air. Awards night preview: Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to retain his crown as FIFA men's player of the year in London on Monday night. The Real Madrid and Portugal superstar is up against Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Paris St Germain's Neymar for the award he won last year. The ceremony, which takes place at the London Palladium, is the second since the FIFA award split from France Football's Ballon d'Or prize. Ronaldo has scored 44 goals for club and country so far in 2017 and scored twice in the Champions League final in June, as Real won the competition for a record-extending 12th time. Messi has hit 50 goals for Barca and Argentina while Neymar, the world's most expensive player after he left Barcelona for PSG in the summer, has 25 goals to his name for Barca, PSG and Brazil. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is in the running for the top men's coach award along with Ronaldo's boss at Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, and Juventus chief Massimiliano Allegri. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud's 'scorpion kick' volley against Crystal Palace in January has been nominated for the Puskas Award for best goal. The 31-year-old's effort has been shortlisted along with goals from Venezuela's Deyna Castellanos and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. Castellanos is also nominated for the women's player of the year award alongside last year's winner Carli Lloyd of the United States and Holland's Lieke Martens. The winners are decided by a jury of club and international coaches, media representatives and fans. PA  

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Fifa player of the year award in London

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Best Fifa Men's Player Lieke Martens wins Best Fifa Women's Player Fifa XI is: Buffon; Marcelo, Bonucci, Ramos, Alves; Iniesta, Modric, Kroos; Neymar, Ronaldo, Messi Celtic win Fifa Fans Award Sarina Wiegman wins Best Fifa Women's Coach Zinedine Zidane wins Best Male Coach Gigi Buffon wins Best Goalkeeper  Olivier Giroud wins Puskas Award for best goal By PA: Real Madrid's Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo was crowned the best soccer player in the world for the second year running at Fifa's The Best awards gala on Monday. The four-time Ballon d'Or winner won a La Liga and Champions League double with the Madrid club this year, striking twice against Juventus in the European Cup final to help Real become the first team to retain the trophy in its current format. 'I'm 32 and I'm the best player in the world', Ronaldo reflects on winning award 00:39 Barcelona's Argentina forward Lionel Messi, who has won the Ballon d'or five times, and Paris St Germain's Brazil forward Neymar were runners up for the award voted for by national team coaches and captains plus the media and fans. The Best Fifa Men's Player award and the Ballon d'or, which is voted for only by the media, are now separate awards. Real Madrid's French coach Zinedine Zidane won the manager of the year trophy for his part in the club's success. Zidane was awarded Best Men's Coach Credit: FIFA Five Real players were named in the best XI of the year, with Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos joining Ronaldo, while Messi, Neymar, Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Dani Alves (PSG), Leonardo Bonucci (AC Milan) and Andres Iniesta (Barcelona) were also selected. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud won the Puskas Award for the best goal of the year, which was the Frenchman's scorpion kick against Crystal Palace, and Buffon was declared best goalkeeper. Holland's Lieke Martens won best female player of the year, while the Dutch women's national team coach Sarina Weigman was voted best manager after the team's triumph at Euro 2017. 9:33PM Who voted for Harry Kane? British Virgin Islands, France, Montserrat (who voted Suarez, Kane, Kante just to be different), Bahamas, Wales, Cambodia and Vanuatu.  Of course. The nation of Vanuatu. If anyone reading this is from Vanuatu, hello! 9:28PM How the international captains voted Here's the interesting bit... how footballers actually voted. Jordan Henderson (England): Ronaldo, Messi, Suarez. Huge Lloris (France): Ronaldo, Ramos, Kane. Manuel Neuer (Germany): Kroos, Lewandowski,Vidal (Kroos is very good tbf) Leo Messi (Argentina): Suarez, Iniesta, Neymar Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal): Modric, Ramos, Marcelo Dani Alves: Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo 9:03PM Cristiano Ronaldo meeting Maradona Credit: AFP   9:01PM A way to make Kasabian acceptable If they had played this:  Everything would be OK. Ronaldo is off to listen to this in the back of a giant limousine. 8:59PM Is this better than a Ballon d'Or? Is it the same? Does anyone know for sure what really counts as the actual award these days? 8:58PM Cristiano Ronaldo says "I want to mention Leo and Neymar to be here. Real Madrid supporters, my teammates, my coach, they support all the year so I have to say thank you to them.  "I'm really glad. This is a great moment for me. I know I have fans all over the world so thank you for the support. I appreciate that. "And I think I say everything. It's great to be here around these great players, this amazing player and I'm so happy guys. Thank you everybody and good night." 8:55PM CRISTIANO RONALDO WINS! Credit: FIFA He is the Best FIFA Men's Player! Credit: AFP   8:54PM The nominees   8:53PM Maradona's not quite on the ball Credit: FIFA He tries to open the envelope and reveal the winner before they've shown the video. Ronaldo gives him a nudge and tells him there's a video.  "Aaaaaaaaah!" he says. 8:51PM Ronaldo and Diego Maradona to present Best Men's Award That's a fairly decent attacking duo. 8:51PM Lieke Martens wins Best FIFA Women's Player! Martens was of course hugely influential in Holland's Euro 2017 win. "My dad and mum, this one is for you!" she says in her acceptance speech, also from yesterday because she is doing real football work instead of larking about in London. 8:49PM Best Women's Player Award It's the penultimate award of the evening. Hidetoshi Nakata - who looks cool - and Celia Sasic, who played for Germany, are here to present.  Deyna Castellanos, Carli Lloyd and Lieke Martens, who is ridiculously good, and my pick for the prize.  8:46PM The best team in the world!   8:45PM Music is subjective If you happen to love Kasabian, that's absolutely fine, by the way. I like a lot of music that many, many people do not, for instance. And I've never written a song that's gotten close to selling many millions of copies either. Though did once get a two out of five review in The List for an album. But those were younger days. 8:43PM They should make a band out of footballers What is the need for Kasabian here? Get Petr Cech on drums, Alexis Sanchez on piano, Gary Neville on guitar and... I dunno. Literally anyone singing. Patrice Evra on vocals. And they have to play 'Africa' by Toto because that song is ace. 8:41PM Oh the banter How long did it take Neymar to get ready? 20 minutes apparently. "I don't believe a word of it!" says the presenter. Dani Alves took less time. Just look how delighted Messi is to be involved with this. The greatest player of all time, forced to respond to jokes in a foreign language. And even worse, now he has to listen to Kasabian. Imagine. You're made to do go on international television, barely understand what's happening and are asked questions about doing your hair. And then Kasabian. 8:38PM Ronaldo's catchphrase for tonight "Talent without work is nothing." 8:37PM Bonucci is sat next to Dani Alves You may or may not be aware that Leonardo Bonucci and Dani Alves played alongside each other in the Champions League final against Real Madrid. There are rumours there may have been some sort of disagreement in the dressing room during that match... but now they are sitting next to each other and very friendly. 8:34PM Ronaldo on his team achievement Credit: EPA "Great achievement. I feel so proud, it takes many hours of work and dedication. To be on this stage 11 times it's a lot. Thank you to people who are voting me." 8:33PM World XI go offstage the wrong way They need a manager. 8:33PM This means nothing People who play Ultimate Team are probably pretty pumped about this FIFA dream team. If you save all your money up, you never know, you might find one of these guys in a pack for FIFA 18. SPEND YOUR MONEY! Or, you can have fun and play Pro Evo. It's really great this year.  8:28PM Best team in the world Here we go. David Suazo (he's from Honduras and used to play for Inter Milan) and Frank Lampard (come on) present the award. Credit: AFP In goal, it's Gigi Buffon. Right-back Dani Alves. Left-back Marcelo. Centre-back Sergio Ramos. Centre-back Leonardo Bonucci. Centre-midfield Luka Modric. Centre-midfield Toni Kroos. Centre-midfield Andre Iniesta (I love Iniesta but...) Right forward Lionel Messi Left forward Neymar Credit: AFP Striker Cristiano Ronaldo That's a 4-3-3 then. Solid. Not bad. 8:20PM Sarina Wiegman wins Best FIFA Women's Coach Wiegman led Holland to win Euro 2017 and had them playing some really entertaining football along the way. A deserved winner, just like all the other ones. She can't be there tonight to accept her award because she's doing actual football work, preparing for a World Cup qualifier, rather than sitting around the Paladium schmoozing.  Here is the Holland squad celebrating when they found out on Sunday: Beste coach van de wereld! Gefeliciteerd Sarina!!! pic.twitter.com/xHP5cM5rvR— OranjeLeeuwinnen (@oranjevrouwen) October 23, 2017   8:18PM Best FIFA Women's Coach Award Arsenal captain Alex Scott and Ruud Gullit present this one. There's some glorious rehearsed banter: Credit: PA Gullit: "Dutch women's football is at the very top of its game." Scott: "And the men?" Gullit: "Uuuh can we continue please?" Nils Nielsen, Gerard Precheur, Sarina Wiegman are the nominees.  And the winner is... 8:14PM And now a video of Pele Because it's his birthday, obviously. 8:14PM Best FIFA Fans Award winner is... Celtic They were the first British club to win the European Cup, and now they're the first to win the FIFA fans award. Will it occupy the same bit of that rather large trophy cabinet? Perhaps not, but a lovely gesture all the same.  Chairman of Celtic, Ian Bankier  Credit: AFP   8:12PM Elba presents the fans award while pretending to be cold He's dressed as an Arsenal fan, standing in the royal circle, or stalls... I'm not a theatre guy, sorry. But it's the bit where Statler and Waldorf  (the two grumpy old men from the Muppets) go. Credit: GETTY IMAGES Sammy Eto'o is now here to present The FIFA Fan Award, which almost certainly comes from a good place, but feels a little disingenuous. Mostly because it's FIFA. Let's all think of the fans, the millionaires say.  And the winner is... 8:05PM Buffon says Buffon and Schmeichel are delighted to welcome their new child into the world "I want to try to speak (in English)!" "For me, I am very happy because it is a great honour to receive this award... at my age. I'm proud of it but I want to say thanks to my club, my coach, my teammates because they help me to make it possible and I want to say thanks to all the person (sic) who voted for me and I think the last year has been a fantastic season for Juventus, and a personal season. It wasn't enough to win in Europe and for this year I hope that we can to play better and with the national team and Juventus because I will like to finish with the soccer with a fantastic victory." Has Buffon just confirmed that he's going to retire at the end of the season? 8:02PM The Best FIFA goalkeeper is Gigi Buffon! Deserved! What a man, what a player! Buffon has beaten Manuel Neuer and Keylor Navas to be crowned the world's best goalkeeper. 8:01PM Olivier Giroud collecting his award Credit: FIFA   8:00PM Zinedine Zidane wins best FIFA football coach award "Sorry, my English is very bad".  And then he speaks in French, which unfortunately is not something I know well enough to translate for you. I apologise. Credit: FIFA   7:55PM The best FIFA football coach award It's a choice between Antonio Conte, who won the Premier League with a Chelsea side who probably shouldn't have won and inspired the world to play 3-4-3. Massimiliano Allegri, another Italian, who did rather well with Juventus, winning Serie A again. And Zinedine Zidane, who won La Liga and the Champions League... again. And it's Zizou! 7:54PM Idris Elba taking a selfie with Neymar Credit: REUTERS If this wasn't scripted, it is an absolutely superb bit of brand management by Elba. They're going to know who he is tomorrow!  7:52PM Olivier Giroud wins the Puskas Award Some people are trying to sing the 'Hey Jude' Giroud song. "I am delighted to receive this trophy in front of legends of football and would like to thank people who voted for me. I would like to congratulate the other nominees who scored amazing goals too and I would like to thank my teammates, without them I couldn't score maybe this goal. And also my family."  He's quite emotional.  "I would like to dedicate this trophy to my dad". 7:50PM The winner is... Credit: FIFA  OLIVIER GIROUD! 7:48PM Puskas Award part 2 Conte is forced to speak on the microphone and even in front of an enormous hall of people, goes to his quiet pre-match interview voice. It's quite funny. Conte's favourite is Giroud's, and SO IS NEYMAR!  And Leo Messi - the greatest player ever, of all time - is diplomatic and doesn't give one choice.  Ronaldo does the same thing: "it's hard to choose one goal".  And to present the award will be Catherine Zeta-Jones and Diego Forlan.  7:45PM Puskas Award for best goal After showing this video: They interview Harry Kane. The crowd boos (because a large portion of them seem to be Arsenal fans). Maybe not actually, now Frank Lampard is in the spotlight and he gets a round of applause. Lampard says his favourite goal is Giroud's, Kane says it's the South African goalkeeper's. He has to say that though. The repercussions for supporting something Arsenal are just too high. Schmeichel agrees with Mr Lampard. 7:40PM Elba is doing selfies Credit: AFP Tonight's host is wandering around the front row getting selfies with Neymar, Messi and Ronaldo, doing some jokes. Then he goes to Olivier Giroud. It's good to see that even in awards ceremonies, Giroud still has to come off the bench to be involved.  7:38PM Idris Elba going for the jokes Solid opening. The setup references that this is an international broadcast, so if you're from South America, 'como estas'. If you're from China, 'ni hao' (sp) and if you're from Hackney, "alright bruv".   7:36PM But first, it's Stomp! I'm doing this face. Some people are bashing bins around on the stage as they show highlights of... some football. You can't see what football because there are people bashing bins around on stage. Now they're bouncing footballs. Diego Maradona looks fairly unimpressed.  But they've timed one of the bits to coincide with the ball hitting the back of the net and a scream of "GOAL!" which is quite nice. And now they're replicating acrobatic soccer skills and celebrations. The crowd goes mildly wild and politely applauds. Cue Martin Tyler: "I swear you'll never see anything like this ever again!" 7:32PM Idris Elba is here Star of The Wire, the US Office and those Sky Movies adverts, here comes Idris Elba wearing a really nice tuxedo. James Bond wears a tuxedo. It's an audition! 7:29PM Ronaldo seems confident Credit: AFP I think they've lined up this so it's Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo, which isn't the order I'd have them in. Surely Ronaldo plays through the middle of a front three? 7:27PM Confirmation: Ronaldo and Messi are football friends Credit: AP   7:26PM Here's the guy who really wants you to know he's here Credit: AFP Yaaaaaay it's... that guy. Gianni Infantino, the newest president of FIFA, is shaking hands and being friendly to people.   7:23PM Ronaldo is here!  Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez Credit: GETTY IMAGES Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez are here and have done the walk along the... green carpet. I've just thought of a way they can decide who actually wins the top prize between this guy, Messi and Neymar. Stay with me... Penalty shootout. And like in Game of Thrones, they can all choose a person to stand in for them as goalkeeper. Seaman is there, Schmeichel and Buffon too. And that's it.  7:22PM Claudio Ranieri Credit: FIFA  Doing a fine job at Nantes just now, grabbing those 1-0 wins to help them climb the table. Everyone likes Ranieri. 7:19PM Antonio Conte says "I think that it's very important to stay here and fight for this award. It is amazing with Real Madrid, they won the Champions League and the league but it is amazing for me to stay here and to fight for this award." God I hope he means that literally. Can you imagine? Conte windmilling his way through the main hall, battering Peter Schmeichel and Luka Modric in a whirlwind of fury. 7:17PM Dream strike partnernship Credit: AP These two would destroy worlds.  7:15PM I just want someone to love me as much as Marcelo loves this woman Credit: GETTY IMAGES Can you feel it? Light beams of warmth coming out of his eyes. 7:11PM Dani Alves has come dressed as a futuristic pirate Credit: REUTERS "STOP RIGHT THERE! SPACE POLICE! Agent Daniel Alves and you've got a loooooooot of talking to do, punk." 7:09PM Harry Kane and Katie Goodland There he is! Harry gives a little bit to the presenters about how nice it is to be invited. He's so nice. "It makes me feel very proud. For me it’s about improving every year. Messi, Ronaldo set the standard for all of us so just to get up there and be involved is fantastic. The stadium, the atmosphere (at Real Madrid) was amazing. To get a result… I'm very proud." 7:06PM What would you rather win? This is a great question. Kay Murray (I think) essentially asks Gigi Buffon whether he is happy having won the World Cup and not the Champions League. Which would you rather win? If you were a player. Not as a fan. It's difficult isn't it? On the one hand, Scotland winning the World Cup would be amazing BUT I'm leaning towards Aberdeen being crowned European champions. 6:59PM Photos of Messi at the Best FIFA Awards Leo Messi and wife Antonella Credit: AP Credit: PA   6:58PM All the stars are here! Credit: OA  That's Marcelo, here's David Trezeguet: Credit: FIFA And here's Philip Schofield: Credit: PA If you aren't from the UK, you might not know who this man is so let's try and explain. Philip Schofield, or Scholey F as he likes to be known, is a giant of British television. He's perhaps the nicest man alive to also be a TV presenter and used to best friends with a gopher, the whereabouts of which are unknown. What happened to that gopher, you ask? Nobody is sure. All we know for certain is that until its lifeless body is discovered washed up on that little beach next to the South Bank on the Thames, we must assume it is alive.  6:52PM No questions for Messi The FIFA TV presenters have been told they are not allowed to ask Leo Messi any questions - not even in Spanish. What kind of world is this? We're all just waiting to hear what the great man will say about tonight's event and have been denied. We'll never know how he's looking forward to it, and may the best man win, and that London is very nice and that he's glad he's scored today but more pleased that the team got three points, and they just have to go again in the next game. In Spanish. But no! 6:47PM Leo Messi is here *high pitch scream* ARRRRHRHGGHHGHGHGHGHGHGH. And I can confirm he is wearing a normal suit. Nothing shiny and no LED lights. Disappointing. 6:47PM Frank Lampard is here "(Real Madrid) are going down as one of the best club teams in history. " I agree Frank. They're really good. "(Conte's) in the running (for best manager). He's done an unbelievable job at Chelsea" 6:45PM Messi looks terrified in his press photo shoot Credit: FIFA There are a few promo shoots featuring the key players. Messi is trying to look cool but is also wearing a hoody and sadly, that is almost impossible to do.  Credit: FIFA   6:39PM PHILIP SCHOFIELD IS HERE Oh now this is kicking off. "Oldham fan. My Granddad used to play pies at the ground as a lad. I was a constant disappointment for him because we (his brother) were rubbish. I just lacked the sporting mind, I think. I kick a ball around the garden with my nephews. I was asked all the way down Ronaldo or Messi... it's a tricky one. "Messi." There you have it. Philip Schofield believes Messi will win. Why do they need this event now? It's done, people! 6:37PM Patrick Kluivert is tonight's magician Credit: FIFA It's either that, or Kluivert's album cover has been leaked onto the picture database I'm currently enjoying. I think this one would be called "Still Crazy" or "These Nights".   Like that. Available on iTunes, but don't bother. You can stream it for free and it's not all that. 6:32PM Down with this sort of thing Credit: PA M8, mate, maaaaaaaaate what a fantastic shirt. Oooooooh that'll really stick it to them. Look what it says "for crying out loud" and oh my word, it's hand drawn! This is rock and roll. There is NOTHING more rock n roll than attending the overly elaborate celebration of individuals in a team sport governed by a disgraced international body than wearing a shirt with WRITING ON IT. Well done Kasabian, you truly represent all that is cool about football. 6:30PM MICHAEL DOUGLAS SUPPORTS SWANSEA Catherine Zeta-Jones says:  "My husband... Michael Douglas is a Swansea City fan." Confirmation there from Zeta-Jones, who claims to have supported Swansea since before they were back in the Premier League, as though that makes her cool or something. Alright, Catherine. Chill out.  Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I don't watch movies, I watch sport," she says. And that is because she doesn't know how sport is going to end. Imagine then, if you will, a Liverpool vs Newcastle match directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The twist - and there is a twist - is that Stan Collymore was the mascot the whole time. And the mascot is the Queen. And the Queen scores the winning goal, liberating a fictional country which is supposed to be from somewhere near Afghanistan. 6:26PM All the stars are here Credit: PA It's not a long trek for Granit Xhaka to be here as the awards are being held in London.  Credit: PA And here's star Valencia right-back Eamonn Holmes, who has flown in to hang out with all his La Liga pals like... Sergio Ramos, who will probably be here at some point. Credit: EPA That's why he was in London. Maradona is on his best behaviour and looking very nice, but as yet hasn't dribbled past a single person on the red carpet. 6:21PM Welcome! HELLO EVERYONE! Welcome to this most exciting of events. It's like the Oscars... but with David Seaman! Credit: PA  Seaman won't be winning any awards tonight, especially since he doesn't have a moustache anymore, and instead must watch as the likes of Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar sit on some expensive chairs and feign being incredibly pleased that one of the other two has won the Best Best FIFA Best Best Football Player Man Award. There are other awards too. Who will win them? Let's find out together. 6:15PM What's all this then? It's the 2017 Best Fifa Football Awards, the second to be held, where - among other awards - world player of the year is crowned. The breakaway event was started after Fifa's Ballon d'Or partnership with France Football ended. The Ballon d'Or is still awarded by the publication each year, while Fifa hands out its own awards in tonight's event. When is it? It's on Monday October 23 - ie today. What time does the event start? It's a 7.30pm BST start at the London Palladium. What TV channel is it on? You can watch the event, hosted by Idris Elba, on Fifa's YouTube channel. Alternatively, you can follow the event as it happens right here, or catch the highlights on ITV at 10.45pm. Ronaldo with last year's award and Sir Alex Ferguson Credit: Getty Images Which awards are up for grabs, and who is shortlisted? The Best Fifa Men's Player Three players have been nominated for the award from an initial shortlist of 24. Last year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo, has scored 45 goals in 48 appearances this calendar year, including 34 goals for club and 11 for country. These incredible individual statistics are bolstered by Ronaldo winning the Champions League and La Liga in the 2016/17 campaign. Lionel Messi is another unsurprising feature within the best player award, with 49 goals and 11 assists in 50 appearances in 2017. The most expensive player in the world, Neymar is the outside bet to be crowned the greatest footballer on earth. The Best Fifa football coach award The best coach award is separated into male and female categories.  Juventus boss, Massimiliano Allegri, after winning the league and Coppa Italia last season. Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, who in his first season in English football won the Premier League, setting a new record along the way achieving 30 wins in a single season. Finally Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane makes the list after winning the Champions League and Los Blancos' first league title for five years. In the women's section, the the top three comprise of Denmark’s manager Nils Nielsen, who guided her side to the final against Holland in this year European Championships. Lyon coach Gerard Precheur is nominated after winning the Champions League, the French League Cup and the French Cup, while Sarina Wiegman also features after leading Holland to the 2017 European championships.  The Best FIFA goalkeeper award Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus is nominated, having gone 600 minutes without conceding in the Champions League, while Keylor Navas of Real Madrid won his second consecutive Champions League along with a La Liga title. Manuel Neuer makes up the three-man short list. The Puskas Award The Puskas award is for the best goal of the year. This year the three finalists include Deyna Castellanos of Venezuela women's side, Olivier Giroud for his goal for Arsenal, below, and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. The Best Fifa Fan award Borussia Dortmund make the final three after supporters came together to offer shelter to Monaco fans displaced by their Champions League match being rescheduled after a bomb attack on the Dortmund team bus.  Celtic are included through their final match of the league season which coincided with the 50th anniversary of winning the European Cup in 1967, which made them the first British club to lift the prestigious trophy. The Celtic fans honoured the team, known as the "Lisbon Lions", with a stunning full 360-degree card display around Celtic Park. FC Copenhagen were also nominated after winning the league in their final game against Brondby, when players handed the trophy to the fans, who then passed the trophy along to a wheelchair-bound supporter and lifted him in the air. Awards night preview: Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to retain his crown as FIFA men's player of the year in London on Monday night. The Real Madrid and Portugal superstar is up against Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Paris St Germain's Neymar for the award he won last year. The ceremony, which takes place at the London Palladium, is the second since the FIFA award split from France Football's Ballon d'Or prize. Ronaldo has scored 44 goals for club and country so far in 2017 and scored twice in the Champions League final in June, as Real won the competition for a record-extending 12th time. Messi has hit 50 goals for Barca and Argentina while Neymar, the world's most expensive player after he left Barcelona for PSG in the summer, has 25 goals to his name for Barca, PSG and Brazil. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is in the running for the top men's coach award along with Ronaldo's boss at Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, and Juventus chief Massimiliano Allegri. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud's 'scorpion kick' volley against Crystal Palace in January has been nominated for the Puskas Award for best goal. The 31-year-old's effort has been shortlisted along with goals from Venezuela's Deyna Castellanos and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. Castellanos is also nominated for the women's player of the year award alongside last year's winner Carli Lloyd of the United States and Holland's Lieke Martens. The winners are decided by a jury of club and international coaches, media representatives and fans. PA  

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Fifa player of the year award in London

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Best Fifa Men's Player Lieke Martens wins Best Fifa Women's Player Fifa XI is: Buffon; Marcelo, Bonucci, Ramos, Alves; Iniesta, Modric, Kroos; Neymar, Ronaldo, Messi Celtic win Fifa Fans Award Sarina Wiegman wins Best Fifa Women's Coach Zinedine Zidane wins Best Male Coach Gigi Buffon wins Best Goalkeeper  Olivier Giroud wins Puskas Award for best goal By PA: Real Madrid's Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo was crowned the best soccer player in the world for the second year running at Fifa's The Best awards gala on Monday. The four-time Ballon d'Or winner won a La Liga and Champions League double with the Madrid club this year, striking twice against Juventus in the European Cup final to help Real become the first team to retain the trophy in its current format. 'I'm 32 and I'm the best player in the world', Ronaldo reflects on winning award 00:39 Barcelona's Argentina forward Lionel Messi, who has won the Ballon d'or five times, and Paris St Germain's Brazil forward Neymar were runners up for the award voted for by national team coaches and captains plus the media and fans. The Best Fifa Men's Player award and the Ballon d'or, which is voted for only by the media, are now separate awards. Real Madrid's French coach Zinedine Zidane won the manager of the year trophy for his part in the club's success. Zidane was awarded Best Men's Coach Credit: FIFA Five Real players were named in the best XI of the year, with Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos joining Ronaldo, while Messi, Neymar, Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Dani Alves (PSG), Leonardo Bonucci (AC Milan) and Andres Iniesta (Barcelona) were also selected. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud won the Puskas Award for the best goal of the year, which was the Frenchman's scorpion kick against Crystal Palace, and Buffon was declared best goalkeeper. Holland's Lieke Martens won best female player of the year, while the Dutch women's national team coach Sarina Weigman was voted best manager after the team's triumph at Euro 2017. 9:33PM Who voted for Harry Kane? British Virgin Islands, France, Montserrat (who voted Suarez, Kane, Kante just to be different), Bahamas, Wales, Cambodia and Vanuatu.  Of course. The nation of Vanuatu. If anyone reading this is from Vanuatu, hello! 9:28PM How the international captains voted Here's the interesting bit... how footballers actually voted. Jordan Henderson (England): Ronaldo, Messi, Suarez. Huge Lloris (France): Ronaldo, Ramos, Kane. Manuel Neuer (Germany): Kroos, Lewandowski,Vidal (Kroos is very good tbf) Leo Messi (Argentina): Suarez, Iniesta, Neymar Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal): Modric, Ramos, Marcelo Dani Alves: Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo 9:03PM Cristiano Ronaldo meeting Maradona Credit: AFP   9:01PM A way to make Kasabian acceptable If they had played this:  Everything would be OK. Ronaldo is off to listen to this in the back of a giant limousine. 8:59PM Is this better than a Ballon d'Or? Is it the same? Does anyone know for sure what really counts as the actual award these days? 8:58PM Cristiano Ronaldo says "I want to mention Leo and Neymar to be here. Real Madrid supporters, my teammates, my coach, they support all the year so I have to say thank you to them.  "I'm really glad. This is a great moment for me. I know I have fans all over the world so thank you for the support. I appreciate that. "And I think I say everything. It's great to be here around these great players, this amazing player and I'm so happy guys. Thank you everybody and good night." 8:55PM CRISTIANO RONALDO WINS! Credit: FIFA He is the Best FIFA Men's Player! Credit: AFP   8:54PM The nominees   8:53PM Maradona's not quite on the ball Credit: FIFA He tries to open the envelope and reveal the winner before they've shown the video. Ronaldo gives him a nudge and tells him there's a video.  "Aaaaaaaaah!" he says. 8:51PM Ronaldo and Diego Maradona to present Best Men's Award That's a fairly decent attacking duo. 8:51PM Lieke Martens wins Best FIFA Women's Player! Martens was of course hugely influential in Holland's Euro 2017 win. "My dad and mum, this one is for you!" she says in her acceptance speech, also from yesterday because she is doing real football work instead of larking about in London. 8:49PM Best Women's Player Award It's the penultimate award of the evening. Hidetoshi Nakata - who looks cool - and Celia Sasic, who played for Germany, are here to present.  Deyna Castellanos, Carli Lloyd and Lieke Martens, who is ridiculously good, and my pick for the prize.  8:46PM The best team in the world!   8:45PM Music is subjective If you happen to love Kasabian, that's absolutely fine, by the way. I like a lot of music that many, many people do not, for instance. And I've never written a song that's gotten close to selling many millions of copies either. Though did once get a two out of five review in The List for an album. But those were younger days. 8:43PM They should make a band out of footballers What is the need for Kasabian here? Get Petr Cech on drums, Alexis Sanchez on piano, Gary Neville on guitar and... I dunno. Literally anyone singing. Patrice Evra on vocals. And they have to play 'Africa' by Toto because that song is ace. 8:41PM Oh the banter How long did it take Neymar to get ready? 20 minutes apparently. "I don't believe a word of it!" says the presenter. Dani Alves took less time. Just look how delighted Messi is to be involved with this. The greatest player of all time, forced to respond to jokes in a foreign language. And even worse, now he has to listen to Kasabian. Imagine. You're made to do go on international television, barely understand what's happening and are asked questions about doing your hair. And then Kasabian. 8:38PM Ronaldo's catchphrase for tonight "Talent without work is nothing." 8:37PM Bonucci is sat next to Dani Alves You may or may not be aware that Leonardo Bonucci and Dani Alves played alongside each other in the Champions League final against Real Madrid. There are rumours there may have been some sort of disagreement in the dressing room during that match... but now they are sitting next to each other and very friendly. 8:34PM Ronaldo on his team achievement Credit: EPA "Great achievement. I feel so proud, it takes many hours of work and dedication. To be on this stage 11 times it's a lot. Thank you to people who are voting me." 8:33PM World XI go offstage the wrong way They need a manager. 8:33PM This means nothing People who play Ultimate Team are probably pretty pumped about this FIFA dream team. If you save all your money up, you never know, you might find one of these guys in a pack for FIFA 18. SPEND YOUR MONEY! Or, you can have fun and play Pro Evo. It's really great this year.  8:28PM Best team in the world Here we go. David Suazo (he's from Honduras and used to play for Inter Milan) and Frank Lampard (come on) present the award. Credit: AFP In goal, it's Gigi Buffon. Right-back Dani Alves. Left-back Marcelo. Centre-back Sergio Ramos. Centre-back Leonardo Bonucci. Centre-midfield Luka Modric. Centre-midfield Toni Kroos. Centre-midfield Andre Iniesta (I love Iniesta but...) Right forward Lionel Messi Left forward Neymar Credit: AFP Striker Cristiano Ronaldo That's a 4-3-3 then. Solid. Not bad. 8:20PM Sarina Wiegman wins Best FIFA Women's Coach Wiegman led Holland to win Euro 2017 and had them playing some really entertaining football along the way. A deserved winner, just like all the other ones. She can't be there tonight to accept her award because she's doing actual football work, preparing for a World Cup qualifier, rather than sitting around the Paladium schmoozing.  Here is the Holland squad celebrating when they found out on Sunday: Beste coach van de wereld! Gefeliciteerd Sarina!!! pic.twitter.com/xHP5cM5rvR— OranjeLeeuwinnen (@oranjevrouwen) October 23, 2017   8:18PM Best FIFA Women's Coach Award Arsenal captain Alex Scott and Ruud Gullit present this one. There's some glorious rehearsed banter: Credit: PA Gullit: "Dutch women's football is at the very top of its game." Scott: "And the men?" Gullit: "Uuuh can we continue please?" Nils Nielsen, Gerard Precheur, Sarina Wiegman are the nominees.  And the winner is... 8:14PM And now a video of Pele Because it's his birthday, obviously. 8:14PM Best FIFA Fans Award winner is... Celtic They were the first British club to win the European Cup, and now they're the first to win the FIFA fans award. Will it occupy the same bit of that rather large trophy cabinet? Perhaps not, but a lovely gesture all the same.  Chairman of Celtic, Ian Bankier  Credit: AFP   8:12PM Elba presents the fans award while pretending to be cold He's dressed as an Arsenal fan, standing in the royal circle, or stalls... I'm not a theatre guy, sorry. But it's the bit where Statler and Waldorf  (the two grumpy old men from the Muppets) go. Credit: GETTY IMAGES Sammy Eto'o is now here to present The FIFA Fan Award, which almost certainly comes from a good place, but feels a little disingenuous. Mostly because it's FIFA. Let's all think of the fans, the millionaires say.  And the winner is... 8:05PM Buffon says Buffon and Schmeichel are delighted to welcome their new child into the world "I want to try to speak (in English)!" "For me, I am very happy because it is a great honour to receive this award... at my age. I'm proud of it but I want to say thanks to my club, my coach, my teammates because they help me to make it possible and I want to say thanks to all the person (sic) who voted for me and I think the last year has been a fantastic season for Juventus, and a personal season. It wasn't enough to win in Europe and for this year I hope that we can to play better and with the national team and Juventus because I will like to finish with the soccer with a fantastic victory." Has Buffon just confirmed that he's going to retire at the end of the season? 8:02PM The Best FIFA goalkeeper is Gigi Buffon! Deserved! What a man, what a player! Buffon has beaten Manuel Neuer and Keylor Navas to be crowned the world's best goalkeeper. 8:01PM Olivier Giroud collecting his award Credit: FIFA   8:00PM Zinedine Zidane wins best FIFA football coach award "Sorry, my English is very bad".  And then he speaks in French, which unfortunately is not something I know well enough to translate for you. I apologise. Credit: FIFA   7:55PM The best FIFA football coach award It's a choice between Antonio Conte, who won the Premier League with a Chelsea side who probably shouldn't have won and inspired the world to play 3-4-3. Massimiliano Allegri, another Italian, who did rather well with Juventus, winning Serie A again. And Zinedine Zidane, who won La Liga and the Champions League... again. And it's Zizou! 7:54PM Idris Elba taking a selfie with Neymar Credit: REUTERS If this wasn't scripted, it is an absolutely superb bit of brand management by Elba. They're going to know who he is tomorrow!  7:52PM Olivier Giroud wins the Puskas Award Some people are trying to sing the 'Hey Jude' Giroud song. "I am delighted to receive this trophy in front of legends of football and would like to thank people who voted for me. I would like to congratulate the other nominees who scored amazing goals too and I would like to thank my teammates, without them I couldn't score maybe this goal. And also my family."  He's quite emotional.  "I would like to dedicate this trophy to my dad". 7:50PM The winner is... Credit: FIFA  OLIVIER GIROUD! 7:48PM Puskas Award part 2 Conte is forced to speak on the microphone and even in front of an enormous hall of people, goes to his quiet pre-match interview voice. It's quite funny. Conte's favourite is Giroud's, and SO IS NEYMAR!  And Leo Messi - the greatest player ever, of all time - is diplomatic and doesn't give one choice.  Ronaldo does the same thing: "it's hard to choose one goal".  And to present the award will be Catherine Zeta-Jones and Diego Forlan.  7:45PM Puskas Award for best goal After showing this video: They interview Harry Kane. The crowd boos (because a large portion of them seem to be Arsenal fans). Maybe not actually, now Frank Lampard is in the spotlight and he gets a round of applause. Lampard says his favourite goal is Giroud's, Kane says it's the South African goalkeeper's. He has to say that though. The repercussions for supporting something Arsenal are just too high. Schmeichel agrees with Mr Lampard. 7:40PM Elba is doing selfies Credit: AFP Tonight's host is wandering around the front row getting selfies with Neymar, Messi and Ronaldo, doing some jokes. Then he goes to Olivier Giroud. It's good to see that even in awards ceremonies, Giroud still has to come off the bench to be involved.  7:38PM Idris Elba going for the jokes Solid opening. The setup references that this is an international broadcast, so if you're from South America, 'como estas'. If you're from China, 'ni hao' (sp) and if you're from Hackney, "alright bruv".   7:36PM But first, it's Stomp! I'm doing this face. Some people are bashing bins around on the stage as they show highlights of... some football. You can't see what football because there are people bashing bins around on stage. Now they're bouncing footballs. Diego Maradona looks fairly unimpressed.  But they've timed one of the bits to coincide with the ball hitting the back of the net and a scream of "GOAL!" which is quite nice. And now they're replicating acrobatic soccer skills and celebrations. The crowd goes mildly wild and politely applauds. Cue Martin Tyler: "I swear you'll never see anything like this ever again!" 7:32PM Idris Elba is here Star of The Wire, the US Office and those Sky Movies adverts, here comes Idris Elba wearing a really nice tuxedo. James Bond wears a tuxedo. It's an audition! 7:29PM Ronaldo seems confident Credit: AFP I think they've lined up this so it's Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo, which isn't the order I'd have them in. Surely Ronaldo plays through the middle of a front three? 7:27PM Confirmation: Ronaldo and Messi are football friends Credit: AP   7:26PM Here's the guy who really wants you to know he's here Credit: AFP Yaaaaaay it's... that guy. Gianni Infantino, the newest president of FIFA, is shaking hands and being friendly to people.   7:23PM Ronaldo is here!  Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez Credit: GETTY IMAGES Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez are here and have done the walk along the... green carpet. I've just thought of a way they can decide who actually wins the top prize between this guy, Messi and Neymar. Stay with me... Penalty shootout. And like in Game of Thrones, they can all choose a person to stand in for them as goalkeeper. Seaman is there, Schmeichel and Buffon too. And that's it.  7:22PM Claudio Ranieri Credit: FIFA  Doing a fine job at Nantes just now, grabbing those 1-0 wins to help them climb the table. Everyone likes Ranieri. 7:19PM Antonio Conte says "I think that it's very important to stay here and fight for this award. It is amazing with Real Madrid, they won the Champions League and the league but it is amazing for me to stay here and to fight for this award." God I hope he means that literally. Can you imagine? Conte windmilling his way through the main hall, battering Peter Schmeichel and Luka Modric in a whirlwind of fury. 7:17PM Dream strike partnernship Credit: AP These two would destroy worlds.  7:15PM I just want someone to love me as much as Marcelo loves this woman Credit: GETTY IMAGES Can you feel it? Light beams of warmth coming out of his eyes. 7:11PM Dani Alves has come dressed as a futuristic pirate Credit: REUTERS "STOP RIGHT THERE! SPACE POLICE! Agent Daniel Alves and you've got a loooooooot of talking to do, punk." 7:09PM Harry Kane and Katie Goodland There he is! Harry gives a little bit to the presenters about how nice it is to be invited. He's so nice. "It makes me feel very proud. For me it’s about improving every year. Messi, Ronaldo set the standard for all of us so just to get up there and be involved is fantastic. The stadium, the atmosphere (at Real Madrid) was amazing. To get a result… I'm very proud." 7:06PM What would you rather win? This is a great question. Kay Murray (I think) essentially asks Gigi Buffon whether he is happy having won the World Cup and not the Champions League. Which would you rather win? If you were a player. Not as a fan. It's difficult isn't it? On the one hand, Scotland winning the World Cup would be amazing BUT I'm leaning towards Aberdeen being crowned European champions. 6:59PM Photos of Messi at the Best FIFA Awards Leo Messi and wife Antonella Credit: AP Credit: PA   6:58PM All the stars are here! Credit: OA  That's Marcelo, here's David Trezeguet: Credit: FIFA And here's Philip Schofield: Credit: PA If you aren't from the UK, you might not know who this man is so let's try and explain. Philip Schofield, or Scholey F as he likes to be known, is a giant of British television. He's perhaps the nicest man alive to also be a TV presenter and used to best friends with a gopher, the whereabouts of which are unknown. What happened to that gopher, you ask? Nobody is sure. All we know for certain is that until its lifeless body is discovered washed up on that little beach next to the South Bank on the Thames, we must assume it is alive.  6:52PM No questions for Messi The FIFA TV presenters have been told they are not allowed to ask Leo Messi any questions - not even in Spanish. What kind of world is this? We're all just waiting to hear what the great man will say about tonight's event and have been denied. We'll never know how he's looking forward to it, and may the best man win, and that London is very nice and that he's glad he's scored today but more pleased that the team got three points, and they just have to go again in the next game. In Spanish. But no! 6:47PM Leo Messi is here *high pitch scream* ARRRRHRHGGHHGHGHGHGHGHGH. And I can confirm he is wearing a normal suit. Nothing shiny and no LED lights. Disappointing. 6:47PM Frank Lampard is here "(Real Madrid) are going down as one of the best club teams in history. " I agree Frank. They're really good. "(Conte's) in the running (for best manager). He's done an unbelievable job at Chelsea" 6:45PM Messi looks terrified in his press photo shoot Credit: FIFA There are a few promo shoots featuring the key players. Messi is trying to look cool but is also wearing a hoody and sadly, that is almost impossible to do.  Credit: FIFA   6:39PM PHILIP SCHOFIELD IS HERE Oh now this is kicking off. "Oldham fan. My Granddad used to play pies at the ground as a lad. I was a constant disappointment for him because we (his brother) were rubbish. I just lacked the sporting mind, I think. I kick a ball around the garden with my nephews. I was asked all the way down Ronaldo or Messi... it's a tricky one. "Messi." There you have it. Philip Schofield believes Messi will win. Why do they need this event now? It's done, people! 6:37PM Patrick Kluivert is tonight's magician Credit: FIFA It's either that, or Kluivert's album cover has been leaked onto the picture database I'm currently enjoying. I think this one would be called "Still Crazy" or "These Nights".   Like that. Available on iTunes, but don't bother. You can stream it for free and it's not all that. 6:32PM Down with this sort of thing Credit: PA M8, mate, maaaaaaaaate what a fantastic shirt. Oooooooh that'll really stick it to them. Look what it says "for crying out loud" and oh my word, it's hand drawn! This is rock and roll. There is NOTHING more rock n roll than attending the overly elaborate celebration of individuals in a team sport governed by a disgraced international body than wearing a shirt with WRITING ON IT. Well done Kasabian, you truly represent all that is cool about football. 6:30PM MICHAEL DOUGLAS SUPPORTS SWANSEA Catherine Zeta-Jones says:  "My husband... Michael Douglas is a Swansea City fan." Confirmation there from Zeta-Jones, who claims to have supported Swansea since before they were back in the Premier League, as though that makes her cool or something. Alright, Catherine. Chill out.  Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I don't watch movies, I watch sport," she says. And that is because she doesn't know how sport is going to end. Imagine then, if you will, a Liverpool vs Newcastle match directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The twist - and there is a twist - is that Stan Collymore was the mascot the whole time. And the mascot is the Queen. And the Queen scores the winning goal, liberating a fictional country which is supposed to be from somewhere near Afghanistan. 6:26PM All the stars are here Credit: PA It's not a long trek for Granit Xhaka to be here as the awards are being held in London.  Credit: PA And here's star Valencia right-back Eamonn Holmes, who has flown in to hang out with all his La Liga pals like... Sergio Ramos, who will probably be here at some point. Credit: EPA That's why he was in London. Maradona is on his best behaviour and looking very nice, but as yet hasn't dribbled past a single person on the red carpet. 6:21PM Welcome! HELLO EVERYONE! Welcome to this most exciting of events. It's like the Oscars... but with David Seaman! Credit: PA  Seaman won't be winning any awards tonight, especially since he doesn't have a moustache anymore, and instead must watch as the likes of Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar sit on some expensive chairs and feign being incredibly pleased that one of the other two has won the Best Best FIFA Best Best Football Player Man Award. There are other awards too. Who will win them? Let's find out together. 6:15PM What's all this then? It's the 2017 Best Fifa Football Awards, the second to be held, where - among other awards - world player of the year is crowned. The breakaway event was started after Fifa's Ballon d'Or partnership with France Football ended. The Ballon d'Or is still awarded by the publication each year, while Fifa hands out its own awards in tonight's event. When is it? It's on Monday October 23 - ie today. What time does the event start? It's a 7.30pm BST start at the London Palladium. What TV channel is it on? You can watch the event, hosted by Idris Elba, on Fifa's YouTube channel. Alternatively, you can follow the event as it happens right here, or catch the highlights on ITV at 10.45pm. Ronaldo with last year's award and Sir Alex Ferguson Credit: Getty Images Which awards are up for grabs, and who is shortlisted? The Best Fifa Men's Player Three players have been nominated for the award from an initial shortlist of 24. Last year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo, has scored 45 goals in 48 appearances this calendar year, including 34 goals for club and 11 for country. These incredible individual statistics are bolstered by Ronaldo winning the Champions League and La Liga in the 2016/17 campaign. Lionel Messi is another unsurprising feature within the best player award, with 49 goals and 11 assists in 50 appearances in 2017. The most expensive player in the world, Neymar is the outside bet to be crowned the greatest footballer on earth. The Best Fifa football coach award The best coach award is separated into male and female categories.  Juventus boss, Massimiliano Allegri, after winning the league and Coppa Italia last season. Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, who in his first season in English football won the Premier League, setting a new record along the way achieving 30 wins in a single season. Finally Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane makes the list after winning the Champions League and Los Blancos' first league title for five years. In the women's section, the the top three comprise of Denmark’s manager Nils Nielsen, who guided her side to the final against Holland in this year European Championships. Lyon coach Gerard Precheur is nominated after winning the Champions League, the French League Cup and the French Cup, while Sarina Wiegman also features after leading Holland to the 2017 European championships.  The Best FIFA goalkeeper award Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus is nominated, having gone 600 minutes without conceding in the Champions League, while Keylor Navas of Real Madrid won his second consecutive Champions League along with a La Liga title. Manuel Neuer makes up the three-man short list. The Puskas Award The Puskas award is for the best goal of the year. This year the three finalists include Deyna Castellanos of Venezuela women's side, Olivier Giroud for his goal for Arsenal, below, and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. The Best Fifa Fan award Borussia Dortmund make the final three after supporters came together to offer shelter to Monaco fans displaced by their Champions League match being rescheduled after a bomb attack on the Dortmund team bus.  Celtic are included through their final match of the league season which coincided with the 50th anniversary of winning the European Cup in 1967, which made them the first British club to lift the prestigious trophy. The Celtic fans honoured the team, known as the "Lisbon Lions", with a stunning full 360-degree card display around Celtic Park. FC Copenhagen were also nominated after winning the league in their final game against Brondby, when players handed the trophy to the fans, who then passed the trophy along to a wheelchair-bound supporter and lifted him in the air. Awards night preview: Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to retain his crown as FIFA men's player of the year in London on Monday night. The Real Madrid and Portugal superstar is up against Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Paris St Germain's Neymar for the award he won last year. The ceremony, which takes place at the London Palladium, is the second since the FIFA award split from France Football's Ballon d'Or prize. Ronaldo has scored 44 goals for club and country so far in 2017 and scored twice in the Champions League final in June, as Real won the competition for a record-extending 12th time. Messi has hit 50 goals for Barca and Argentina while Neymar, the world's most expensive player after he left Barcelona for PSG in the summer, has 25 goals to his name for Barca, PSG and Brazil. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is in the running for the top men's coach award along with Ronaldo's boss at Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, and Juventus chief Massimiliano Allegri. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud's 'scorpion kick' volley against Crystal Palace in January has been nominated for the Puskas Award for best goal. The 31-year-old's effort has been shortlisted along with goals from Venezuela's Deyna Castellanos and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. Castellanos is also nominated for the women's player of the year award alongside last year's winner Carli Lloyd of the United States and Holland's Lieke Martens. The winners are decided by a jury of club and international coaches, media representatives and fans. PA  

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Fifa player of the year award in London

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Best Fifa Men's Player Lieke Martens wins Best Fifa Women's Player Fifa XI is: Buffon; Marcelo, Bonucci, Ramos, Alves; Iniesta, Modric, Kroos; Neymar, Ronaldo, Messi Celtic win Fifa Fans Award Sarina Wiegman wins Best Fifa Women's Coach Zinedine Zidane wins Best Male Coach Gigi Buffon wins Best Goalkeeper  Olivier Giroud wins Puskas Award for best goal By PA: Real Madrid's Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo was crowned the best soccer player in the world for the second year running at Fifa's The Best awards gala on Monday. The four-time Ballon d'Or winner won a La Liga and Champions League double with the Madrid club this year, striking twice against Juventus in the European Cup final to help Real become the first team to retain the trophy in its current format. 'I'm 32 and I'm the best player in the world', Ronaldo reflects on winning award 00:39 Barcelona's Argentina forward Lionel Messi, who has won the Ballon d'or five times, and Paris St Germain's Brazil forward Neymar were runners up for the award voted for by national team coaches and captains plus the media and fans. The Best Fifa Men's Player award and the Ballon d'or, which is voted for only by the media, are now separate awards. Real Madrid's French coach Zinedine Zidane won the manager of the year trophy for his part in the club's success. Zidane was awarded Best Men's Coach Credit: FIFA Five Real players were named in the best XI of the year, with Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos joining Ronaldo, while Messi, Neymar, Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Dani Alves (PSG), Leonardo Bonucci (AC Milan) and Andres Iniesta (Barcelona) were also selected. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud won the Puskas Award for the best goal of the year, which was the Frenchman's scorpion kick against Crystal Palace, and Buffon was declared best goalkeeper. Holland's Lieke Martens won best female player of the year, while the Dutch women's national team coach Sarina Weigman was voted best manager after the team's triumph at Euro 2017. 9:33PM Who voted for Harry Kane? British Virgin Islands, France, Montserrat (who voted Suarez, Kane, Kante just to be different), Bahamas, Wales, Cambodia and Vanuatu.  Of course. The nation of Vanuatu. If anyone reading this is from Vanuatu, hello! 9:28PM How the international captains voted Here's the interesting bit... how footballers actually voted. Jordan Henderson (England): Ronaldo, Messi, Suarez. Huge Lloris (France): Ronaldo, Ramos, Kane. Manuel Neuer (Germany): Kroos, Lewandowski,Vidal (Kroos is very good tbf) Leo Messi (Argentina): Suarez, Iniesta, Neymar Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal): Modric, Ramos, Marcelo Dani Alves: Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo 9:03PM Cristiano Ronaldo meeting Maradona Credit: AFP   9:01PM A way to make Kasabian acceptable If they had played this:  Everything would be OK. Ronaldo is off to listen to this in the back of a giant limousine. 8:59PM Is this better than a Ballon d'Or? Is it the same? Does anyone know for sure what really counts as the actual award these days? 8:58PM Cristiano Ronaldo says "I want to mention Leo and Neymar to be here. Real Madrid supporters, my teammates, my coach, they support all the year so I have to say thank you to them.  "I'm really glad. This is a great moment for me. I know I have fans all over the world so thank you for the support. I appreciate that. "And I think I say everything. It's great to be here around these great players, this amazing player and I'm so happy guys. Thank you everybody and good night." 8:55PM CRISTIANO RONALDO WINS! Credit: FIFA He is the Best FIFA Men's Player! Credit: AFP   8:54PM The nominees   8:53PM Maradona's not quite on the ball Credit: FIFA He tries to open the envelope and reveal the winner before they've shown the video. Ronaldo gives him a nudge and tells him there's a video.  "Aaaaaaaaah!" he says. 8:51PM Ronaldo and Diego Maradona to present Best Men's Award That's a fairly decent attacking duo. 8:51PM Lieke Martens wins Best FIFA Women's Player! Martens was of course hugely influential in Holland's Euro 2017 win. "My dad and mum, this one is for you!" she says in her acceptance speech, also from yesterday because she is doing real football work instead of larking about in London. 8:49PM Best Women's Player Award It's the penultimate award of the evening. Hidetoshi Nakata - who looks cool - and Celia Sasic, who played for Germany, are here to present.  Deyna Castellanos, Carli Lloyd and Lieke Martens, who is ridiculously good, and my pick for the prize.  8:46PM The best team in the world!   8:45PM Music is subjective If you happen to love Kasabian, that's absolutely fine, by the way. I like a lot of music that many, many people do not, for instance. And I've never written a song that's gotten close to selling many millions of copies either. Though did once get a two out of five review in The List for an album. But those were younger days. 8:43PM They should make a band out of footballers What is the need for Kasabian here? Get Petr Cech on drums, Alexis Sanchez on piano, Gary Neville on guitar and... I dunno. Literally anyone singing. Patrice Evra on vocals. And they have to play 'Africa' by Toto because that song is ace. 8:41PM Oh the banter How long did it take Neymar to get ready? 20 minutes apparently. "I don't believe a word of it!" says the presenter. Dani Alves took less time. Just look how delighted Messi is to be involved with this. The greatest player of all time, forced to respond to jokes in a foreign language. And even worse, now he has to listen to Kasabian. Imagine. You're made to do go on international television, barely understand what's happening and are asked questions about doing your hair. And then Kasabian. 8:38PM Ronaldo's catchphrase for tonight "Talent without work is nothing." 8:37PM Bonucci is sat next to Dani Alves You may or may not be aware that Leonardo Bonucci and Dani Alves played alongside each other in the Champions League final against Real Madrid. There are rumours there may have been some sort of disagreement in the dressing room during that match... but now they are sitting next to each other and very friendly. 8:34PM Ronaldo on his team achievement Credit: EPA "Great achievement. I feel so proud, it takes many hours of work and dedication. To be on this stage 11 times it's a lot. Thank you to people who are voting me." 8:33PM World XI go offstage the wrong way They need a manager. 8:33PM This means nothing People who play Ultimate Team are probably pretty pumped about this FIFA dream team. If you save all your money up, you never know, you might find one of these guys in a pack for FIFA 18. SPEND YOUR MONEY! Or, you can have fun and play Pro Evo. It's really great this year.  8:28PM Best team in the world Here we go. David Suazo (he's from Honduras and used to play for Inter Milan) and Frank Lampard (come on) present the award. Credit: AFP In goal, it's Gigi Buffon. Right-back Dani Alves. Left-back Marcelo. Centre-back Sergio Ramos. Centre-back Leonardo Bonucci. Centre-midfield Luka Modric. Centre-midfield Toni Kroos. Centre-midfield Andre Iniesta (I love Iniesta but...) Right forward Lionel Messi Left forward Neymar Credit: AFP Striker Cristiano Ronaldo That's a 4-3-3 then. Solid. Not bad. 8:20PM Sarina Wiegman wins Best FIFA Women's Coach Wiegman led Holland to win Euro 2017 and had them playing some really entertaining football along the way. A deserved winner, just like all the other ones. She can't be there tonight to accept her award because she's doing actual football work, preparing for a World Cup qualifier, rather than sitting around the Paladium schmoozing.  Here is the Holland squad celebrating when they found out on Sunday: Beste coach van de wereld! Gefeliciteerd Sarina!!! pic.twitter.com/xHP5cM5rvR— OranjeLeeuwinnen (@oranjevrouwen) October 23, 2017   8:18PM Best FIFA Women's Coach Award Arsenal captain Alex Scott and Ruud Gullit present this one. There's some glorious rehearsed banter: Credit: PA Gullit: "Dutch women's football is at the very top of its game." Scott: "And the men?" Gullit: "Uuuh can we continue please?" Nils Nielsen, Gerard Precheur, Sarina Wiegman are the nominees.  And the winner is... 8:14PM And now a video of Pele Because it's his birthday, obviously. 8:14PM Best FIFA Fans Award winner is... Celtic They were the first British club to win the European Cup, and now they're the first to win the FIFA fans award. Will it occupy the same bit of that rather large trophy cabinet? Perhaps not, but a lovely gesture all the same.  Chairman of Celtic, Ian Bankier  Credit: AFP   8:12PM Elba presents the fans award while pretending to be cold He's dressed as an Arsenal fan, standing in the royal circle, or stalls... I'm not a theatre guy, sorry. But it's the bit where Statler and Waldorf  (the two grumpy old men from the Muppets) go. Credit: GETTY IMAGES Sammy Eto'o is now here to present The FIFA Fan Award, which almost certainly comes from a good place, but feels a little disingenuous. Mostly because it's FIFA. Let's all think of the fans, the millionaires say.  And the winner is... 8:05PM Buffon says Buffon and Schmeichel are delighted to welcome their new child into the world "I want to try to speak (in English)!" "For me, I am very happy because it is a great honour to receive this award... at my age. I'm proud of it but I want to say thanks to my club, my coach, my teammates because they help me to make it possible and I want to say thanks to all the person (sic) who voted for me and I think the last year has been a fantastic season for Juventus, and a personal season. It wasn't enough to win in Europe and for this year I hope that we can to play better and with the national team and Juventus because I will like to finish with the soccer with a fantastic victory." Has Buffon just confirmed that he's going to retire at the end of the season? 8:02PM The Best FIFA goalkeeper is Gigi Buffon! Deserved! What a man, what a player! Buffon has beaten Manuel Neuer and Keylor Navas to be crowned the world's best goalkeeper. 8:01PM Olivier Giroud collecting his award Credit: FIFA   8:00PM Zinedine Zidane wins best FIFA football coach award "Sorry, my English is very bad".  And then he speaks in French, which unfortunately is not something I know well enough to translate for you. I apologise. Credit: FIFA   7:55PM The best FIFA football coach award It's a choice between Antonio Conte, who won the Premier League with a Chelsea side who probably shouldn't have won and inspired the world to play 3-4-3. Massimiliano Allegri, another Italian, who did rather well with Juventus, winning Serie A again. And Zinedine Zidane, who won La Liga and the Champions League... again. And it's Zizou! 7:54PM Idris Elba taking a selfie with Neymar Credit: REUTERS If this wasn't scripted, it is an absolutely superb bit of brand management by Elba. They're going to know who he is tomorrow!  7:52PM Olivier Giroud wins the Puskas Award Some people are trying to sing the 'Hey Jude' Giroud song. "I am delighted to receive this trophy in front of legends of football and would like to thank people who voted for me. I would like to congratulate the other nominees who scored amazing goals too and I would like to thank my teammates, without them I couldn't score maybe this goal. And also my family."  He's quite emotional.  "I would like to dedicate this trophy to my dad". 7:50PM The winner is... Credit: FIFA  OLIVIER GIROUD! 7:48PM Puskas Award part 2 Conte is forced to speak on the microphone and even in front of an enormous hall of people, goes to his quiet pre-match interview voice. It's quite funny. Conte's favourite is Giroud's, and SO IS NEYMAR!  And Leo Messi - the greatest player ever, of all time - is diplomatic and doesn't give one choice.  Ronaldo does the same thing: "it's hard to choose one goal".  And to present the award will be Catherine Zeta-Jones and Diego Forlan.  7:45PM Puskas Award for best goal After showing this video: They interview Harry Kane. The crowd boos (because a large portion of them seem to be Arsenal fans). Maybe not actually, now Frank Lampard is in the spotlight and he gets a round of applause. Lampard says his favourite goal is Giroud's, Kane says it's the South African goalkeeper's. He has to say that though. The repercussions for supporting something Arsenal are just too high. Schmeichel agrees with Mr Lampard. 7:40PM Elba is doing selfies Credit: AFP Tonight's host is wandering around the front row getting selfies with Neymar, Messi and Ronaldo, doing some jokes. Then he goes to Olivier Giroud. It's good to see that even in awards ceremonies, Giroud still has to come off the bench to be involved.  7:38PM Idris Elba going for the jokes Solid opening. The setup references that this is an international broadcast, so if you're from South America, 'como estas'. If you're from China, 'ni hao' (sp) and if you're from Hackney, "alright bruv".   7:36PM But first, it's Stomp! I'm doing this face. Some people are bashing bins around on the stage as they show highlights of... some football. You can't see what football because there are people bashing bins around on stage. Now they're bouncing footballs. Diego Maradona looks fairly unimpressed.  But they've timed one of the bits to coincide with the ball hitting the back of the net and a scream of "GOAL!" which is quite nice. And now they're replicating acrobatic soccer skills and celebrations. The crowd goes mildly wild and politely applauds. Cue Martin Tyler: "I swear you'll never see anything like this ever again!" 7:32PM Idris Elba is here Star of The Wire, the US Office and those Sky Movies adverts, here comes Idris Elba wearing a really nice tuxedo. James Bond wears a tuxedo. It's an audition! 7:29PM Ronaldo seems confident Credit: AFP I think they've lined up this so it's Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo, which isn't the order I'd have them in. Surely Ronaldo plays through the middle of a front three? 7:27PM Confirmation: Ronaldo and Messi are football friends Credit: AP   7:26PM Here's the guy who really wants you to know he's here Credit: AFP Yaaaaaay it's... that guy. Gianni Infantino, the newest president of FIFA, is shaking hands and being friendly to people.   7:23PM Ronaldo is here!  Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez Credit: GETTY IMAGES Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez are here and have done the walk along the... green carpet. I've just thought of a way they can decide who actually wins the top prize between this guy, Messi and Neymar. Stay with me... Penalty shootout. And like in Game of Thrones, they can all choose a person to stand in for them as goalkeeper. Seaman is there, Schmeichel and Buffon too. And that's it.  7:22PM Claudio Ranieri Credit: FIFA  Doing a fine job at Nantes just now, grabbing those 1-0 wins to help them climb the table. Everyone likes Ranieri. 7:19PM Antonio Conte says "I think that it's very important to stay here and fight for this award. It is amazing with Real Madrid, they won the Champions League and the league but it is amazing for me to stay here and to fight for this award." God I hope he means that literally. Can you imagine? Conte windmilling his way through the main hall, battering Peter Schmeichel and Luka Modric in a whirlwind of fury. 7:17PM Dream strike partnernship Credit: AP These two would destroy worlds.  7:15PM I just want someone to love me as much as Marcelo loves this woman Credit: GETTY IMAGES Can you feel it? Light beams of warmth coming out of his eyes. 7:11PM Dani Alves has come dressed as a futuristic pirate Credit: REUTERS "STOP RIGHT THERE! SPACE POLICE! Agent Daniel Alves and you've got a loooooooot of talking to do, punk." 7:09PM Harry Kane and Katie Goodland There he is! Harry gives a little bit to the presenters about how nice it is to be invited. He's so nice. "It makes me feel very proud. For me it’s about improving every year. Messi, Ronaldo set the standard for all of us so just to get up there and be involved is fantastic. The stadium, the atmosphere (at Real Madrid) was amazing. To get a result… I'm very proud." 7:06PM What would you rather win? This is a great question. Kay Murray (I think) essentially asks Gigi Buffon whether he is happy having won the World Cup and not the Champions League. Which would you rather win? If you were a player. Not as a fan. It's difficult isn't it? On the one hand, Scotland winning the World Cup would be amazing BUT I'm leaning towards Aberdeen being crowned European champions. 6:59PM Photos of Messi at the Best FIFA Awards Leo Messi and wife Antonella Credit: AP Credit: PA   6:58PM All the stars are here! Credit: OA  That's Marcelo, here's David Trezeguet: Credit: FIFA And here's Philip Schofield: Credit: PA If you aren't from the UK, you might not know who this man is so let's try and explain. Philip Schofield, or Scholey F as he likes to be known, is a giant of British television. He's perhaps the nicest man alive to also be a TV presenter and used to best friends with a gopher, the whereabouts of which are unknown. What happened to that gopher, you ask? Nobody is sure. All we know for certain is that until its lifeless body is discovered washed up on that little beach next to the South Bank on the Thames, we must assume it is alive.  6:52PM No questions for Messi The FIFA TV presenters have been told they are not allowed to ask Leo Messi any questions - not even in Spanish. What kind of world is this? We're all just waiting to hear what the great man will say about tonight's event and have been denied. We'll never know how he's looking forward to it, and may the best man win, and that London is very nice and that he's glad he's scored today but more pleased that the team got three points, and they just have to go again in the next game. In Spanish. But no! 6:47PM Leo Messi is here *high pitch scream* ARRRRHRHGGHHGHGHGHGHGHGH. And I can confirm he is wearing a normal suit. Nothing shiny and no LED lights. Disappointing. 6:47PM Frank Lampard is here "(Real Madrid) are going down as one of the best club teams in history. " I agree Frank. They're really good. "(Conte's) in the running (for best manager). He's done an unbelievable job at Chelsea" 6:45PM Messi looks terrified in his press photo shoot Credit: FIFA There are a few promo shoots featuring the key players. Messi is trying to look cool but is also wearing a hoody and sadly, that is almost impossible to do.  Credit: FIFA   6:39PM PHILIP SCHOFIELD IS HERE Oh now this is kicking off. "Oldham fan. My Granddad used to play pies at the ground as a lad. I was a constant disappointment for him because we (his brother) were rubbish. I just lacked the sporting mind, I think. I kick a ball around the garden with my nephews. I was asked all the way down Ronaldo or Messi... it's a tricky one. "Messi." There you have it. Philip Schofield believes Messi will win. Why do they need this event now? It's done, people! 6:37PM Patrick Kluivert is tonight's magician Credit: FIFA It's either that, or Kluivert's album cover has been leaked onto the picture database I'm currently enjoying. I think this one would be called "Still Crazy" or "These Nights".   Like that. Available on iTunes, but don't bother. You can stream it for free and it's not all that. 6:32PM Down with this sort of thing Credit: PA M8, mate, maaaaaaaaate what a fantastic shirt. Oooooooh that'll really stick it to them. Look what it says "for crying out loud" and oh my word, it's hand drawn! This is rock and roll. There is NOTHING more rock n roll than attending the overly elaborate celebration of individuals in a team sport governed by a disgraced international body than wearing a shirt with WRITING ON IT. Well done Kasabian, you truly represent all that is cool about football. 6:30PM MICHAEL DOUGLAS SUPPORTS SWANSEA Catherine Zeta-Jones says:  "My husband... Michael Douglas is a Swansea City fan." Confirmation there from Zeta-Jones, who claims to have supported Swansea since before they were back in the Premier League, as though that makes her cool or something. Alright, Catherine. Chill out.  Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I don't watch movies, I watch sport," she says. And that is because she doesn't know how sport is going to end. Imagine then, if you will, a Liverpool vs Newcastle match directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The twist - and there is a twist - is that Stan Collymore was the mascot the whole time. And the mascot is the Queen. And the Queen scores the winning goal, liberating a fictional country which is supposed to be from somewhere near Afghanistan. 6:26PM All the stars are here Credit: PA It's not a long trek for Granit Xhaka to be here as the awards are being held in London.  Credit: PA And here's star Valencia right-back Eamonn Holmes, who has flown in to hang out with all his La Liga pals like... Sergio Ramos, who will probably be here at some point. Credit: EPA That's why he was in London. Maradona is on his best behaviour and looking very nice, but as yet hasn't dribbled past a single person on the red carpet. 6:21PM Welcome! HELLO EVERYONE! Welcome to this most exciting of events. It's like the Oscars... but with David Seaman! Credit: PA  Seaman won't be winning any awards tonight, especially since he doesn't have a moustache anymore, and instead must watch as the likes of Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar sit on some expensive chairs and feign being incredibly pleased that one of the other two has won the Best Best FIFA Best Best Football Player Man Award. There are other awards too. Who will win them? Let's find out together. 6:15PM What's all this then? It's the 2017 Best Fifa Football Awards, the second to be held, where - among other awards - world player of the year is crowned. The breakaway event was started after Fifa's Ballon d'Or partnership with France Football ended. The Ballon d'Or is still awarded by the publication each year, while Fifa hands out its own awards in tonight's event. When is it? It's on Monday October 23 - ie today. What time does the event start? It's a 7.30pm BST start at the London Palladium. What TV channel is it on? You can watch the event, hosted by Idris Elba, on Fifa's YouTube channel. Alternatively, you can follow the event as it happens right here, or catch the highlights on ITV at 10.45pm. Ronaldo with last year's award and Sir Alex Ferguson Credit: Getty Images Which awards are up for grabs, and who is shortlisted? The Best Fifa Men's Player Three players have been nominated for the award from an initial shortlist of 24. Last year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo, has scored 45 goals in 48 appearances this calendar year, including 34 goals for club and 11 for country. These incredible individual statistics are bolstered by Ronaldo winning the Champions League and La Liga in the 2016/17 campaign. Lionel Messi is another unsurprising feature within the best player award, with 49 goals and 11 assists in 50 appearances in 2017. The most expensive player in the world, Neymar is the outside bet to be crowned the greatest footballer on earth. The Best Fifa football coach award The best coach award is separated into male and female categories.  Juventus boss, Massimiliano Allegri, after winning the league and Coppa Italia last season. Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, who in his first season in English football won the Premier League, setting a new record along the way achieving 30 wins in a single season. Finally Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane makes the list after winning the Champions League and Los Blancos' first league title for five years. In the women's section, the the top three comprise of Denmark’s manager Nils Nielsen, who guided her side to the final against Holland in this year European Championships. Lyon coach Gerard Precheur is nominated after winning the Champions League, the French League Cup and the French Cup, while Sarina Wiegman also features after leading Holland to the 2017 European championships.  The Best FIFA goalkeeper award Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus is nominated, having gone 600 minutes without conceding in the Champions League, while Keylor Navas of Real Madrid won his second consecutive Champions League along with a La Liga title. Manuel Neuer makes up the three-man short list. The Puskas Award The Puskas award is for the best goal of the year. This year the three finalists include Deyna Castellanos of Venezuela women's side, Olivier Giroud for his goal for Arsenal, below, and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. The Best Fifa Fan award Borussia Dortmund make the final three after supporters came together to offer shelter to Monaco fans displaced by their Champions League match being rescheduled after a bomb attack on the Dortmund team bus.  Celtic are included through their final match of the league season which coincided with the 50th anniversary of winning the European Cup in 1967, which made them the first British club to lift the prestigious trophy. The Celtic fans honoured the team, known as the "Lisbon Lions", with a stunning full 360-degree card display around Celtic Park. FC Copenhagen were also nominated after winning the league in their final game against Brondby, when players handed the trophy to the fans, who then passed the trophy along to a wheelchair-bound supporter and lifted him in the air. Awards night preview: Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to retain his crown as FIFA men's player of the year in London on Monday night. The Real Madrid and Portugal superstar is up against Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Paris St Germain's Neymar for the award he won last year. The ceremony, which takes place at the London Palladium, is the second since the FIFA award split from France Football's Ballon d'Or prize. Ronaldo has scored 44 goals for club and country so far in 2017 and scored twice in the Champions League final in June, as Real won the competition for a record-extending 12th time. Messi has hit 50 goals for Barca and Argentina while Neymar, the world's most expensive player after he left Barcelona for PSG in the summer, has 25 goals to his name for Barca, PSG and Brazil. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is in the running for the top men's coach award along with Ronaldo's boss at Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, and Juventus chief Massimiliano Allegri. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud's 'scorpion kick' volley against Crystal Palace in January has been nominated for the Puskas Award for best goal. The 31-year-old's effort has been shortlisted along with goals from Venezuela's Deyna Castellanos and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. Castellanos is also nominated for the women's player of the year award alongside last year's winner Carli Lloyd of the United States and Holland's Lieke Martens. The winners are decided by a jury of club and international coaches, media representatives and fans. PA  

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Fifa player of the year award in London

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Best Fifa Men's Player Lieke Martens wins Best Fifa Women's Player Fifa XI is: Buffon; Marcelo, Bonucci, Ramos, Alves; Iniesta, Modric, Kroos; Neymar, Ronaldo, Messi Celtic win Fifa Fans Award Sarina Wiegman wins Best Fifa Women's Coach Zinedine Zidane wins Best Male Coach Gigi Buffon wins Best Goalkeeper  Olivier Giroud wins Puskas Award for best goal By PA: Real Madrid's Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo was crowned the best soccer player in the world for the second year running at Fifa's The Best awards gala on Monday. The four-time Ballon d'Or winner won a La Liga and Champions League double with the Madrid club this year, striking twice against Juventus in the European Cup final to help Real become the first team to retain the trophy in its current format. 'I'm 32 and I'm the best player in the world', Ronaldo reflects on winning award 00:39 Barcelona's Argentina forward Lionel Messi, who has won the Ballon d'or five times, and Paris St Germain's Brazil forward Neymar were runners up for the award voted for by national team coaches and captains plus the media and fans. The Best Fifa Men's Player award and the Ballon d'or, which is voted for only by the media, are now separate awards. Real Madrid's French coach Zinedine Zidane won the manager of the year trophy for his part in the club's success. Zidane was awarded Best Men's Coach Credit: FIFA Five Real players were named in the best XI of the year, with Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos joining Ronaldo, while Messi, Neymar, Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Dani Alves (PSG), Leonardo Bonucci (AC Milan) and Andres Iniesta (Barcelona) were also selected. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud won the Puskas Award for the best goal of the year, which was the Frenchman's scorpion kick against Crystal Palace, and Buffon was declared best goalkeeper. Holland's Lieke Martens won best female player of the year, while the Dutch women's national team coach Sarina Weigman was voted best manager after the team's triumph at Euro 2017. 9:33PM Who voted for Harry Kane? British Virgin Islands, France, Montserrat (who voted Suarez, Kane, Kante just to be different), Bahamas, Wales, Cambodia and Vanuatu.  Of course. The nation of Vanuatu. If anyone reading this is from Vanuatu, hello! 9:28PM How the international captains voted Here's the interesting bit... how footballers actually voted. Jordan Henderson (England): Ronaldo, Messi, Suarez. Huge Lloris (France): Ronaldo, Ramos, Kane. Manuel Neuer (Germany): Kroos, Lewandowski,Vidal (Kroos is very good tbf) Leo Messi (Argentina): Suarez, Iniesta, Neymar Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal): Modric, Ramos, Marcelo Dani Alves: Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo 9:03PM Cristiano Ronaldo meeting Maradona Credit: AFP   9:01PM A way to make Kasabian acceptable If they had played this:  Everything would be OK. Ronaldo is off to listen to this in the back of a giant limousine. 8:59PM Is this better than a Ballon d'Or? Is it the same? Does anyone know for sure what really counts as the actual award these days? 8:58PM Cristiano Ronaldo says "I want to mention Leo and Neymar to be here. Real Madrid supporters, my teammates, my coach, they support all the year so I have to say thank you to them.  "I'm really glad. This is a great moment for me. I know I have fans all over the world so thank you for the support. I appreciate that. "And I think I say everything. It's great to be here around these great players, this amazing player and I'm so happy guys. Thank you everybody and good night." 8:55PM CRISTIANO RONALDO WINS! Credit: FIFA He is the Best FIFA Men's Player! Credit: AFP   8:54PM The nominees   8:53PM Maradona's not quite on the ball Credit: FIFA He tries to open the envelope and reveal the winner before they've shown the video. Ronaldo gives him a nudge and tells him there's a video.  "Aaaaaaaaah!" he says. 8:51PM Ronaldo and Diego Maradona to present Best Men's Award That's a fairly decent attacking duo. 8:51PM Lieke Martens wins Best FIFA Women's Player! Martens was of course hugely influential in Holland's Euro 2017 win. "My dad and mum, this one is for you!" she says in her acceptance speech, also from yesterday because she is doing real football work instead of larking about in London. 8:49PM Best Women's Player Award It's the penultimate award of the evening. Hidetoshi Nakata - who looks cool - and Celia Sasic, who played for Germany, are here to present.  Deyna Castellanos, Carli Lloyd and Lieke Martens, who is ridiculously good, and my pick for the prize.  8:46PM The best team in the world!   8:45PM Music is subjective If you happen to love Kasabian, that's absolutely fine, by the way. I like a lot of music that many, many people do not, for instance. And I've never written a song that's gotten close to selling many millions of copies either. Though did once get a two out of five review in The List for an album. But those were younger days. 8:43PM They should make a band out of footballers What is the need for Kasabian here? Get Petr Cech on drums, Alexis Sanchez on piano, Gary Neville on guitar and... I dunno. Literally anyone singing. Patrice Evra on vocals. And they have to play 'Africa' by Toto because that song is ace. 8:41PM Oh the banter How long did it take Neymar to get ready? 20 minutes apparently. "I don't believe a word of it!" says the presenter. Dani Alves took less time. Just look how delighted Messi is to be involved with this. The greatest player of all time, forced to respond to jokes in a foreign language. And even worse, now he has to listen to Kasabian. Imagine. You're made to do go on international television, barely understand what's happening and are asked questions about doing your hair. And then Kasabian. 8:38PM Ronaldo's catchphrase for tonight "Talent without work is nothing." 8:37PM Bonucci is sat next to Dani Alves You may or may not be aware that Leonardo Bonucci and Dani Alves played alongside each other in the Champions League final against Real Madrid. There are rumours there may have been some sort of disagreement in the dressing room during that match... but now they are sitting next to each other and very friendly. 8:34PM Ronaldo on his team achievement Credit: EPA "Great achievement. I feel so proud, it takes many hours of work and dedication. To be on this stage 11 times it's a lot. Thank you to people who are voting me." 8:33PM World XI go offstage the wrong way They need a manager. 8:33PM This means nothing People who play Ultimate Team are probably pretty pumped about this FIFA dream team. If you save all your money up, you never know, you might find one of these guys in a pack for FIFA 18. SPEND YOUR MONEY! Or, you can have fun and play Pro Evo. It's really great this year.  8:28PM Best team in the world Here we go. David Suazo (he's from Honduras and used to play for Inter Milan) and Frank Lampard (come on) present the award. Credit: AFP In goal, it's Gigi Buffon. Right-back Dani Alves. Left-back Marcelo. Centre-back Sergio Ramos. Centre-back Leonardo Bonucci. Centre-midfield Luka Modric. Centre-midfield Toni Kroos. Centre-midfield Andre Iniesta (I love Iniesta but...) Right forward Lionel Messi Left forward Neymar Credit: AFP Striker Cristiano Ronaldo That's a 4-3-3 then. Solid. Not bad. 8:20PM Sarina Wiegman wins Best FIFA Women's Coach Wiegman led Holland to win Euro 2017 and had them playing some really entertaining football along the way. A deserved winner, just like all the other ones. She can't be there tonight to accept her award because she's doing actual football work, preparing for a World Cup qualifier, rather than sitting around the Paladium schmoozing.  Here is the Holland squad celebrating when they found out on Sunday: Beste coach van de wereld! Gefeliciteerd Sarina!!! pic.twitter.com/xHP5cM5rvR— OranjeLeeuwinnen (@oranjevrouwen) October 23, 2017   8:18PM Best FIFA Women's Coach Award Arsenal captain Alex Scott and Ruud Gullit present this one. There's some glorious rehearsed banter: Credit: PA Gullit: "Dutch women's football is at the very top of its game." Scott: "And the men?" Gullit: "Uuuh can we continue please?" Nils Nielsen, Gerard Precheur, Sarina Wiegman are the nominees.  And the winner is... 8:14PM And now a video of Pele Because it's his birthday, obviously. 8:14PM Best FIFA Fans Award winner is... Celtic They were the first British club to win the European Cup, and now they're the first to win the FIFA fans award. Will it occupy the same bit of that rather large trophy cabinet? Perhaps not, but a lovely gesture all the same.  Chairman of Celtic, Ian Bankier  Credit: AFP   8:12PM Elba presents the fans award while pretending to be cold He's dressed as an Arsenal fan, standing in the royal circle, or stalls... I'm not a theatre guy, sorry. But it's the bit where Statler and Waldorf  (the two grumpy old men from the Muppets) go. Credit: GETTY IMAGES Sammy Eto'o is now here to present The FIFA Fan Award, which almost certainly comes from a good place, but feels a little disingenuous. Mostly because it's FIFA. Let's all think of the fans, the millionaires say.  And the winner is... 8:05PM Buffon says Buffon and Schmeichel are delighted to welcome their new child into the world "I want to try to speak (in English)!" "For me, I am very happy because it is a great honour to receive this award... at my age. I'm proud of it but I want to say thanks to my club, my coach, my teammates because they help me to make it possible and I want to say thanks to all the person (sic) who voted for me and I think the last year has been a fantastic season for Juventus, and a personal season. It wasn't enough to win in Europe and for this year I hope that we can to play better and with the national team and Juventus because I will like to finish with the soccer with a fantastic victory." Has Buffon just confirmed that he's going to retire at the end of the season? 8:02PM The Best FIFA goalkeeper is Gigi Buffon! Deserved! What a man, what a player! Buffon has beaten Manuel Neuer and Keylor Navas to be crowned the world's best goalkeeper. 8:01PM Olivier Giroud collecting his award Credit: FIFA   8:00PM Zinedine Zidane wins best FIFA football coach award "Sorry, my English is very bad".  And then he speaks in French, which unfortunately is not something I know well enough to translate for you. I apologise. Credit: FIFA   7:55PM The best FIFA football coach award It's a choice between Antonio Conte, who won the Premier League with a Chelsea side who probably shouldn't have won and inspired the world to play 3-4-3. Massimiliano Allegri, another Italian, who did rather well with Juventus, winning Serie A again. And Zinedine Zidane, who won La Liga and the Champions League... again. And it's Zizou! 7:54PM Idris Elba taking a selfie with Neymar Credit: REUTERS If this wasn't scripted, it is an absolutely superb bit of brand management by Elba. They're going to know who he is tomorrow!  7:52PM Olivier Giroud wins the Puskas Award Some people are trying to sing the 'Hey Jude' Giroud song. "I am delighted to receive this trophy in front of legends of football and would like to thank people who voted for me. I would like to congratulate the other nominees who scored amazing goals too and I would like to thank my teammates, without them I couldn't score maybe this goal. And also my family."  He's quite emotional.  "I would like to dedicate this trophy to my dad". 7:50PM The winner is... Credit: FIFA  OLIVIER GIROUD! 7:48PM Puskas Award part 2 Conte is forced to speak on the microphone and even in front of an enormous hall of people, goes to his quiet pre-match interview voice. It's quite funny. Conte's favourite is Giroud's, and SO IS NEYMAR!  And Leo Messi - the greatest player ever, of all time - is diplomatic and doesn't give one choice.  Ronaldo does the same thing: "it's hard to choose one goal".  And to present the award will be Catherine Zeta-Jones and Diego Forlan.  7:45PM Puskas Award for best goal After showing this video: They interview Harry Kane. The crowd boos (because a large portion of them seem to be Arsenal fans). Maybe not actually, now Frank Lampard is in the spotlight and he gets a round of applause. Lampard says his favourite goal is Giroud's, Kane says it's the South African goalkeeper's. He has to say that though. The repercussions for supporting something Arsenal are just too high. Schmeichel agrees with Mr Lampard. 7:40PM Elba is doing selfies Credit: AFP Tonight's host is wandering around the front row getting selfies with Neymar, Messi and Ronaldo, doing some jokes. Then he goes to Olivier Giroud. It's good to see that even in awards ceremonies, Giroud still has to come off the bench to be involved.  7:38PM Idris Elba going for the jokes Solid opening. The setup references that this is an international broadcast, so if you're from South America, 'como estas'. If you're from China, 'ni hao' (sp) and if you're from Hackney, "alright bruv".   7:36PM But first, it's Stomp! I'm doing this face. Some people are bashing bins around on the stage as they show highlights of... some football. You can't see what football because there are people bashing bins around on stage. Now they're bouncing footballs. Diego Maradona looks fairly unimpressed.  But they've timed one of the bits to coincide with the ball hitting the back of the net and a scream of "GOAL!" which is quite nice. And now they're replicating acrobatic soccer skills and celebrations. The crowd goes mildly wild and politely applauds. Cue Martin Tyler: "I swear you'll never see anything like this ever again!" 7:32PM Idris Elba is here Star of The Wire, the US Office and those Sky Movies adverts, here comes Idris Elba wearing a really nice tuxedo. James Bond wears a tuxedo. It's an audition! 7:29PM Ronaldo seems confident Credit: AFP I think they've lined up this so it's Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo, which isn't the order I'd have them in. Surely Ronaldo plays through the middle of a front three? 7:27PM Confirmation: Ronaldo and Messi are football friends Credit: AP   7:26PM Here's the guy who really wants you to know he's here Credit: AFP Yaaaaaay it's... that guy. Gianni Infantino, the newest president of FIFA, is shaking hands and being friendly to people.   7:23PM Ronaldo is here!  Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez Credit: GETTY IMAGES Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez are here and have done the walk along the... green carpet. I've just thought of a way they can decide who actually wins the top prize between this guy, Messi and Neymar. Stay with me... Penalty shootout. And like in Game of Thrones, they can all choose a person to stand in for them as goalkeeper. Seaman is there, Schmeichel and Buffon too. And that's it.  7:22PM Claudio Ranieri Credit: FIFA  Doing a fine job at Nantes just now, grabbing those 1-0 wins to help them climb the table. Everyone likes Ranieri. 7:19PM Antonio Conte says "I think that it's very important to stay here and fight for this award. It is amazing with Real Madrid, they won the Champions League and the league but it is amazing for me to stay here and to fight for this award." God I hope he means that literally. Can you imagine? Conte windmilling his way through the main hall, battering Peter Schmeichel and Luka Modric in a whirlwind of fury. 7:17PM Dream strike partnernship Credit: AP These two would destroy worlds.  7:15PM I just want someone to love me as much as Marcelo loves this woman Credit: GETTY IMAGES Can you feel it? Light beams of warmth coming out of his eyes. 7:11PM Dani Alves has come dressed as a futuristic pirate Credit: REUTERS "STOP RIGHT THERE! SPACE POLICE! Agent Daniel Alves and you've got a loooooooot of talking to do, punk." 7:09PM Harry Kane and Katie Goodland There he is! Harry gives a little bit to the presenters about how nice it is to be invited. He's so nice. "It makes me feel very proud. For me it’s about improving every year. Messi, Ronaldo set the standard for all of us so just to get up there and be involved is fantastic. The stadium, the atmosphere (at Real Madrid) was amazing. To get a result… I'm very proud." 7:06PM What would you rather win? This is a great question. Kay Murray (I think) essentially asks Gigi Buffon whether he is happy having won the World Cup and not the Champions League. Which would you rather win? If you were a player. Not as a fan. It's difficult isn't it? On the one hand, Scotland winning the World Cup would be amazing BUT I'm leaning towards Aberdeen being crowned European champions. 6:59PM Photos of Messi at the Best FIFA Awards Leo Messi and wife Antonella Credit: AP Credit: PA   6:58PM All the stars are here! Credit: OA  That's Marcelo, here's David Trezeguet: Credit: FIFA And here's Philip Schofield: Credit: PA If you aren't from the UK, you might not know who this man is so let's try and explain. Philip Schofield, or Scholey F as he likes to be known, is a giant of British television. He's perhaps the nicest man alive to also be a TV presenter and used to best friends with a gopher, the whereabouts of which are unknown. What happened to that gopher, you ask? Nobody is sure. All we know for certain is that until its lifeless body is discovered washed up on that little beach next to the South Bank on the Thames, we must assume it is alive.  6:52PM No questions for Messi The FIFA TV presenters have been told they are not allowed to ask Leo Messi any questions - not even in Spanish. What kind of world is this? We're all just waiting to hear what the great man will say about tonight's event and have been denied. We'll never know how he's looking forward to it, and may the best man win, and that London is very nice and that he's glad he's scored today but more pleased that the team got three points, and they just have to go again in the next game. In Spanish. But no! 6:47PM Leo Messi is here *high pitch scream* ARRRRHRHGGHHGHGHGHGHGHGH. And I can confirm he is wearing a normal suit. Nothing shiny and no LED lights. Disappointing. 6:47PM Frank Lampard is here "(Real Madrid) are going down as one of the best club teams in history. " I agree Frank. They're really good. "(Conte's) in the running (for best manager). He's done an unbelievable job at Chelsea" 6:45PM Messi looks terrified in his press photo shoot Credit: FIFA There are a few promo shoots featuring the key players. Messi is trying to look cool but is also wearing a hoody and sadly, that is almost impossible to do.  Credit: FIFA   6:39PM PHILIP SCHOFIELD IS HERE Oh now this is kicking off. "Oldham fan. My Granddad used to play pies at the ground as a lad. I was a constant disappointment for him because we (his brother) were rubbish. I just lacked the sporting mind, I think. I kick a ball around the garden with my nephews. I was asked all the way down Ronaldo or Messi... it's a tricky one. "Messi." There you have it. Philip Schofield believes Messi will win. Why do they need this event now? It's done, people! 6:37PM Patrick Kluivert is tonight's magician Credit: FIFA It's either that, or Kluivert's album cover has been leaked onto the picture database I'm currently enjoying. I think this one would be called "Still Crazy" or "These Nights".   Like that. Available on iTunes, but don't bother. You can stream it for free and it's not all that. 6:32PM Down with this sort of thing Credit: PA M8, mate, maaaaaaaaate what a fantastic shirt. Oooooooh that'll really stick it to them. Look what it says "for crying out loud" and oh my word, it's hand drawn! This is rock and roll. There is NOTHING more rock n roll than attending the overly elaborate celebration of individuals in a team sport governed by a disgraced international body than wearing a shirt with WRITING ON IT. Well done Kasabian, you truly represent all that is cool about football. 6:30PM MICHAEL DOUGLAS SUPPORTS SWANSEA Catherine Zeta-Jones says:  "My husband... Michael Douglas is a Swansea City fan." Confirmation there from Zeta-Jones, who claims to have supported Swansea since before they were back in the Premier League, as though that makes her cool or something. Alright, Catherine. Chill out.  Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I don't watch movies, I watch sport," she says. And that is because she doesn't know how sport is going to end. Imagine then, if you will, a Liverpool vs Newcastle match directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The twist - and there is a twist - is that Stan Collymore was the mascot the whole time. And the mascot is the Queen. And the Queen scores the winning goal, liberating a fictional country which is supposed to be from somewhere near Afghanistan. 6:26PM All the stars are here Credit: PA It's not a long trek for Granit Xhaka to be here as the awards are being held in London.  Credit: PA And here's star Valencia right-back Eamonn Holmes, who has flown in to hang out with all his La Liga pals like... Sergio Ramos, who will probably be here at some point. Credit: EPA That's why he was in London. Maradona is on his best behaviour and looking very nice, but as yet hasn't dribbled past a single person on the red carpet. 6:21PM Welcome! HELLO EVERYONE! Welcome to this most exciting of events. It's like the Oscars... but with David Seaman! Credit: PA  Seaman won't be winning any awards tonight, especially since he doesn't have a moustache anymore, and instead must watch as the likes of Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar sit on some expensive chairs and feign being incredibly pleased that one of the other two has won the Best Best FIFA Best Best Football Player Man Award. There are other awards too. Who will win them? Let's find out together. 6:15PM What's all this then? It's the 2017 Best Fifa Football Awards, the second to be held, where - among other awards - world player of the year is crowned. The breakaway event was started after Fifa's Ballon d'Or partnership with France Football ended. The Ballon d'Or is still awarded by the publication each year, while Fifa hands out its own awards in tonight's event. When is it? It's on Monday October 23 - ie today. What time does the event start? It's a 7.30pm BST start at the London Palladium. What TV channel is it on? You can watch the event, hosted by Idris Elba, on Fifa's YouTube channel. Alternatively, you can follow the event as it happens right here, or catch the highlights on ITV at 10.45pm. Ronaldo with last year's award and Sir Alex Ferguson Credit: Getty Images Which awards are up for grabs, and who is shortlisted? The Best Fifa Men's Player Three players have been nominated for the award from an initial shortlist of 24. Last year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo, has scored 45 goals in 48 appearances this calendar year, including 34 goals for club and 11 for country. These incredible individual statistics are bolstered by Ronaldo winning the Champions League and La Liga in the 2016/17 campaign. Lionel Messi is another unsurprising feature within the best player award, with 49 goals and 11 assists in 50 appearances in 2017. The most expensive player in the world, Neymar is the outside bet to be crowned the greatest footballer on earth. The Best Fifa football coach award The best coach award is separated into male and female categories.  Juventus boss, Massimiliano Allegri, after winning the league and Coppa Italia last season. Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, who in his first season in English football won the Premier League, setting a new record along the way achieving 30 wins in a single season. Finally Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane makes the list after winning the Champions League and Los Blancos' first league title for five years. In the women's section, the the top three comprise of Denmark’s manager Nils Nielsen, who guided her side to the final against Holland in this year European Championships. Lyon coach Gerard Precheur is nominated after winning the Champions League, the French League Cup and the French Cup, while Sarina Wiegman also features after leading Holland to the 2017 European championships.  The Best FIFA goalkeeper award Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus is nominated, having gone 600 minutes without conceding in the Champions League, while Keylor Navas of Real Madrid won his second consecutive Champions League along with a La Liga title. Manuel Neuer makes up the three-man short list. The Puskas Award The Puskas award is for the best goal of the year. This year the three finalists include Deyna Castellanos of Venezuela women's side, Olivier Giroud for his goal for Arsenal, below, and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. The Best Fifa Fan award Borussia Dortmund make the final three after supporters came together to offer shelter to Monaco fans displaced by their Champions League match being rescheduled after a bomb attack on the Dortmund team bus.  Celtic are included through their final match of the league season which coincided with the 50th anniversary of winning the European Cup in 1967, which made them the first British club to lift the prestigious trophy. The Celtic fans honoured the team, known as the "Lisbon Lions", with a stunning full 360-degree card display around Celtic Park. FC Copenhagen were also nominated after winning the league in their final game against Brondby, when players handed the trophy to the fans, who then passed the trophy along to a wheelchair-bound supporter and lifted him in the air. Awards night preview: Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to retain his crown as FIFA men's player of the year in London on Monday night. The Real Madrid and Portugal superstar is up against Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Paris St Germain's Neymar for the award he won last year. The ceremony, which takes place at the London Palladium, is the second since the FIFA award split from France Football's Ballon d'Or prize. Ronaldo has scored 44 goals for club and country so far in 2017 and scored twice in the Champions League final in June, as Real won the competition for a record-extending 12th time. Messi has hit 50 goals for Barca and Argentina while Neymar, the world's most expensive player after he left Barcelona for PSG in the summer, has 25 goals to his name for Barca, PSG and Brazil. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is in the running for the top men's coach award along with Ronaldo's boss at Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, and Juventus chief Massimiliano Allegri. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud's 'scorpion kick' volley against Crystal Palace in January has been nominated for the Puskas Award for best goal. The 31-year-old's effort has been shortlisted along with goals from Venezuela's Deyna Castellanos and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. Castellanos is also nominated for the women's player of the year award alongside last year's winner Carli Lloyd of the United States and Holland's Lieke Martens. The winners are decided by a jury of club and international coaches, media representatives and fans. PA  

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Fifa player of the year award in London

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Best Fifa Men's Player Lieke Martens wins Best Fifa Women's Player Fifa XI is: Buffon; Marcelo, Bonucci, Ramos, Alves; Iniesta, Modric, Kroos; Neymar, Ronaldo, Messi Celtic win Fifa Fans Award Sarina Wiegman wins Best Fifa Women's Coach Zinedine Zidane wins Best Male Coach Gigi Buffon wins Best Goalkeeper  Olivier Giroud wins Puskas Award for best goal By PA: Real Madrid's Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo was crowned the best soccer player in the world for the second year running at Fifa's The Best awards gala on Monday. The four-time Ballon d'Or winner won a La Liga and Champions League double with the Madrid club this year, striking twice against Juventus in the European Cup final to help Real become the first team to retain the trophy in its current format. 'I'm 32 and I'm the best player in the world', Ronaldo reflects on winning award 00:39 Barcelona's Argentina forward Lionel Messi, who has won the Ballon d'or five times, and Paris St Germain's Brazil forward Neymar were runners up for the award voted for by national team coaches and captains plus the media and fans. The Best Fifa Men's Player award and the Ballon d'or, which is voted for only by the media, are now separate awards. Real Madrid's French coach Zinedine Zidane won the manager of the year trophy for his part in the club's success. Zidane was awarded Best Men's Coach Credit: FIFA Five Real players were named in the best XI of the year, with Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos joining Ronaldo, while Messi, Neymar, Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Dani Alves (PSG), Leonardo Bonucci (AC Milan) and Andres Iniesta (Barcelona) were also selected. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud won the Puskas Award for the best goal of the year, which was the Frenchman's scorpion kick against Crystal Palace, and Buffon was declared best goalkeeper. Holland's Lieke Martens won best female player of the year, while the Dutch women's national team coach Sarina Weigman was voted best manager after the team's triumph at Euro 2017. 9:33PM Who voted for Harry Kane? British Virgin Islands, France, Montserrat (who voted Suarez, Kane, Kante just to be different), Bahamas, Wales, Cambodia and Vanuatu.  Of course. The nation of Vanuatu. If anyone reading this is from Vanuatu, hello! 9:28PM How the international captains voted Here's the interesting bit... how footballers actually voted. Jordan Henderson (England): Ronaldo, Messi, Suarez. Huge Lloris (France): Ronaldo, Ramos, Kane. Manuel Neuer (Germany): Kroos, Lewandowski,Vidal (Kroos is very good tbf) Leo Messi (Argentina): Suarez, Iniesta, Neymar Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal): Modric, Ramos, Marcelo Dani Alves: Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo 9:03PM Cristiano Ronaldo meeting Maradona Credit: AFP   9:01PM A way to make Kasabian acceptable If they had played this:  Everything would be OK. Ronaldo is off to listen to this in the back of a giant limousine. 8:59PM Is this better than a Ballon d'Or? Is it the same? Does anyone know for sure what really counts as the actual award these days? 8:58PM Cristiano Ronaldo says "I want to mention Leo and Neymar to be here. Real Madrid supporters, my teammates, my coach, they support all the year so I have to say thank you to them.  "I'm really glad. This is a great moment for me. I know I have fans all over the world so thank you for the support. I appreciate that. "And I think I say everything. It's great to be here around these great players, this amazing player and I'm so happy guys. Thank you everybody and good night." 8:55PM CRISTIANO RONALDO WINS! Credit: FIFA He is the Best FIFA Men's Player! Credit: AFP   8:54PM The nominees   8:53PM Maradona's not quite on the ball Credit: FIFA He tries to open the envelope and reveal the winner before they've shown the video. Ronaldo gives him a nudge and tells him there's a video.  "Aaaaaaaaah!" he says. 8:51PM Ronaldo and Diego Maradona to present Best Men's Award That's a fairly decent attacking duo. 8:51PM Lieke Martens wins Best FIFA Women's Player! Martens was of course hugely influential in Holland's Euro 2017 win. "My dad and mum, this one is for you!" she says in her acceptance speech, also from yesterday because she is doing real football work instead of larking about in London. 8:49PM Best Women's Player Award It's the penultimate award of the evening. Hidetoshi Nakata - who looks cool - and Celia Sasic, who played for Germany, are here to present.  Deyna Castellanos, Carli Lloyd and Lieke Martens, who is ridiculously good, and my pick for the prize.  8:46PM The best team in the world!   8:45PM Music is subjective If you happen to love Kasabian, that's absolutely fine, by the way. I like a lot of music that many, many people do not, for instance. And I've never written a song that's gotten close to selling many millions of copies either. Though did once get a two out of five review in The List for an album. But those were younger days. 8:43PM They should make a band out of footballers What is the need for Kasabian here? Get Petr Cech on drums, Alexis Sanchez on piano, Gary Neville on guitar and... I dunno. Literally anyone singing. Patrice Evra on vocals. And they have to play 'Africa' by Toto because that song is ace. 8:41PM Oh the banter How long did it take Neymar to get ready? 20 minutes apparently. "I don't believe a word of it!" says the presenter. Dani Alves took less time. Just look how delighted Messi is to be involved with this. The greatest player of all time, forced to respond to jokes in a foreign language. And even worse, now he has to listen to Kasabian. Imagine. You're made to do go on international television, barely understand what's happening and are asked questions about doing your hair. And then Kasabian. 8:38PM Ronaldo's catchphrase for tonight "Talent without work is nothing." 8:37PM Bonucci is sat next to Dani Alves You may or may not be aware that Leonardo Bonucci and Dani Alves played alongside each other in the Champions League final against Real Madrid. There are rumours there may have been some sort of disagreement in the dressing room during that match... but now they are sitting next to each other and very friendly. 8:34PM Ronaldo on his team achievement Credit: EPA "Great achievement. I feel so proud, it takes many hours of work and dedication. To be on this stage 11 times it's a lot. Thank you to people who are voting me." 8:33PM World XI go offstage the wrong way They need a manager. 8:33PM This means nothing People who play Ultimate Team are probably pretty pumped about this FIFA dream team. If you save all your money up, you never know, you might find one of these guys in a pack for FIFA 18. SPEND YOUR MONEY! Or, you can have fun and play Pro Evo. It's really great this year.  8:28PM Best team in the world Here we go. David Suazo (he's from Honduras and used to play for Inter Milan) and Frank Lampard (come on) present the award. Credit: AFP In goal, it's Gigi Buffon. Right-back Dani Alves. Left-back Marcelo. Centre-back Sergio Ramos. Centre-back Leonardo Bonucci. Centre-midfield Luka Modric. Centre-midfield Toni Kroos. Centre-midfield Andre Iniesta (I love Iniesta but...) Right forward Lionel Messi Left forward Neymar Credit: AFP Striker Cristiano Ronaldo That's a 4-3-3 then. Solid. Not bad. 8:20PM Sarina Wiegman wins Best FIFA Women's Coach Wiegman led Holland to win Euro 2017 and had them playing some really entertaining football along the way. A deserved winner, just like all the other ones. She can't be there tonight to accept her award because she's doing actual football work, preparing for a World Cup qualifier, rather than sitting around the Paladium schmoozing.  Here is the Holland squad celebrating when they found out on Sunday: Beste coach van de wereld! Gefeliciteerd Sarina!!! pic.twitter.com/xHP5cM5rvR— OranjeLeeuwinnen (@oranjevrouwen) October 23, 2017   8:18PM Best FIFA Women's Coach Award Arsenal captain Alex Scott and Ruud Gullit present this one. There's some glorious rehearsed banter: Credit: PA Gullit: "Dutch women's football is at the very top of its game." Scott: "And the men?" Gullit: "Uuuh can we continue please?" Nils Nielsen, Gerard Precheur, Sarina Wiegman are the nominees.  And the winner is... 8:14PM And now a video of Pele Because it's his birthday, obviously. 8:14PM Best FIFA Fans Award winner is... Celtic They were the first British club to win the European Cup, and now they're the first to win the FIFA fans award. Will it occupy the same bit of that rather large trophy cabinet? Perhaps not, but a lovely gesture all the same.  Chairman of Celtic, Ian Bankier  Credit: AFP   8:12PM Elba presents the fans award while pretending to be cold He's dressed as an Arsenal fan, standing in the royal circle, or stalls... I'm not a theatre guy, sorry. But it's the bit where Statler and Waldorf  (the two grumpy old men from the Muppets) go. Credit: GETTY IMAGES Sammy Eto'o is now here to present The FIFA Fan Award, which almost certainly comes from a good place, but feels a little disingenuous. Mostly because it's FIFA. Let's all think of the fans, the millionaires say.  And the winner is... 8:05PM Buffon says Buffon and Schmeichel are delighted to welcome their new child into the world "I want to try to speak (in English)!" "For me, I am very happy because it is a great honour to receive this award... at my age. I'm proud of it but I want to say thanks to my club, my coach, my teammates because they help me to make it possible and I want to say thanks to all the person (sic) who voted for me and I think the last year has been a fantastic season for Juventus, and a personal season. It wasn't enough to win in Europe and for this year I hope that we can to play better and with the national team and Juventus because I will like to finish with the soccer with a fantastic victory." Has Buffon just confirmed that he's going to retire at the end of the season? 8:02PM The Best FIFA goalkeeper is Gigi Buffon! Deserved! What a man, what a player! Buffon has beaten Manuel Neuer and Keylor Navas to be crowned the world's best goalkeeper. 8:01PM Olivier Giroud collecting his award Credit: FIFA   8:00PM Zinedine Zidane wins best FIFA football coach award "Sorry, my English is very bad".  And then he speaks in French, which unfortunately is not something I know well enough to translate for you. I apologise. Credit: FIFA   7:55PM The best FIFA football coach award It's a choice between Antonio Conte, who won the Premier League with a Chelsea side who probably shouldn't have won and inspired the world to play 3-4-3. Massimiliano Allegri, another Italian, who did rather well with Juventus, winning Serie A again. And Zinedine Zidane, who won La Liga and the Champions League... again. And it's Zizou! 7:54PM Idris Elba taking a selfie with Neymar Credit: REUTERS If this wasn't scripted, it is an absolutely superb bit of brand management by Elba. They're going to know who he is tomorrow!  7:52PM Olivier Giroud wins the Puskas Award Some people are trying to sing the 'Hey Jude' Giroud song. "I am delighted to receive this trophy in front of legends of football and would like to thank people who voted for me. I would like to congratulate the other nominees who scored amazing goals too and I would like to thank my teammates, without them I couldn't score maybe this goal. And also my family."  He's quite emotional.  "I would like to dedicate this trophy to my dad". 7:50PM The winner is... Credit: FIFA  OLIVIER GIROUD! 7:48PM Puskas Award part 2 Conte is forced to speak on the microphone and even in front of an enormous hall of people, goes to his quiet pre-match interview voice. It's quite funny. Conte's favourite is Giroud's, and SO IS NEYMAR!  And Leo Messi - the greatest player ever, of all time - is diplomatic and doesn't give one choice.  Ronaldo does the same thing: "it's hard to choose one goal".  And to present the award will be Catherine Zeta-Jones and Diego Forlan.  7:45PM Puskas Award for best goal After showing this video: They interview Harry Kane. The crowd boos (because a large portion of them seem to be Arsenal fans). Maybe not actually, now Frank Lampard is in the spotlight and he gets a round of applause. Lampard says his favourite goal is Giroud's, Kane says it's the South African goalkeeper's. He has to say that though. The repercussions for supporting something Arsenal are just too high. Schmeichel agrees with Mr Lampard. 7:40PM Elba is doing selfies Credit: AFP Tonight's host is wandering around the front row getting selfies with Neymar, Messi and Ronaldo, doing some jokes. Then he goes to Olivier Giroud. It's good to see that even in awards ceremonies, Giroud still has to come off the bench to be involved.  7:38PM Idris Elba going for the jokes Solid opening. The setup references that this is an international broadcast, so if you're from South America, 'como estas'. If you're from China, 'ni hao' (sp) and if you're from Hackney, "alright bruv".   7:36PM But first, it's Stomp! I'm doing this face. Some people are bashing bins around on the stage as they show highlights of... some football. You can't see what football because there are people bashing bins around on stage. Now they're bouncing footballs. Diego Maradona looks fairly unimpressed.  But they've timed one of the bits to coincide with the ball hitting the back of the net and a scream of "GOAL!" which is quite nice. And now they're replicating acrobatic soccer skills and celebrations. The crowd goes mildly wild and politely applauds. Cue Martin Tyler: "I swear you'll never see anything like this ever again!" 7:32PM Idris Elba is here Star of The Wire, the US Office and those Sky Movies adverts, here comes Idris Elba wearing a really nice tuxedo. James Bond wears a tuxedo. It's an audition! 7:29PM Ronaldo seems confident Credit: AFP I think they've lined up this so it's Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo, which isn't the order I'd have them in. Surely Ronaldo plays through the middle of a front three? 7:27PM Confirmation: Ronaldo and Messi are football friends Credit: AP   7:26PM Here's the guy who really wants you to know he's here Credit: AFP Yaaaaaay it's... that guy. Gianni Infantino, the newest president of FIFA, is shaking hands and being friendly to people.   7:23PM Ronaldo is here!  Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez Credit: GETTY IMAGES Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez are here and have done the walk along the... green carpet. I've just thought of a way they can decide who actually wins the top prize between this guy, Messi and Neymar. Stay with me... Penalty shootout. And like in Game of Thrones, they can all choose a person to stand in for them as goalkeeper. Seaman is there, Schmeichel and Buffon too. And that's it.  7:22PM Claudio Ranieri Credit: FIFA  Doing a fine job at Nantes just now, grabbing those 1-0 wins to help them climb the table. Everyone likes Ranieri. 7:19PM Antonio Conte says "I think that it's very important to stay here and fight for this award. It is amazing with Real Madrid, they won the Champions League and the league but it is amazing for me to stay here and to fight for this award." God I hope he means that literally. Can you imagine? Conte windmilling his way through the main hall, battering Peter Schmeichel and Luka Modric in a whirlwind of fury. 7:17PM Dream strike partnernship Credit: AP These two would destroy worlds.  7:15PM I just want someone to love me as much as Marcelo loves this woman Credit: GETTY IMAGES Can you feel it? Light beams of warmth coming out of his eyes. 7:11PM Dani Alves has come dressed as a futuristic pirate Credit: REUTERS "STOP RIGHT THERE! SPACE POLICE! Agent Daniel Alves and you've got a loooooooot of talking to do, punk." 7:09PM Harry Kane and Katie Goodland There he is! Harry gives a little bit to the presenters about how nice it is to be invited. He's so nice. "It makes me feel very proud. For me it’s about improving every year. Messi, Ronaldo set the standard for all of us so just to get up there and be involved is fantastic. The stadium, the atmosphere (at Real Madrid) was amazing. To get a result… I'm very proud." 7:06PM What would you rather win? This is a great question. Kay Murray (I think) essentially asks Gigi Buffon whether he is happy having won the World Cup and not the Champions League. Which would you rather win? If you were a player. Not as a fan. It's difficult isn't it? On the one hand, Scotland winning the World Cup would be amazing BUT I'm leaning towards Aberdeen being crowned European champions. 6:59PM Photos of Messi at the Best FIFA Awards Leo Messi and wife Antonella Credit: AP Credit: PA   6:58PM All the stars are here! Credit: OA  That's Marcelo, here's David Trezeguet: Credit: FIFA And here's Philip Schofield: Credit: PA If you aren't from the UK, you might not know who this man is so let's try and explain. Philip Schofield, or Scholey F as he likes to be known, is a giant of British television. He's perhaps the nicest man alive to also be a TV presenter and used to best friends with a gopher, the whereabouts of which are unknown. What happened to that gopher, you ask? Nobody is sure. All we know for certain is that until its lifeless body is discovered washed up on that little beach next to the South Bank on the Thames, we must assume it is alive.  6:52PM No questions for Messi The FIFA TV presenters have been told they are not allowed to ask Leo Messi any questions - not even in Spanish. What kind of world is this? We're all just waiting to hear what the great man will say about tonight's event and have been denied. We'll never know how he's looking forward to it, and may the best man win, and that London is very nice and that he's glad he's scored today but more pleased that the team got three points, and they just have to go again in the next game. In Spanish. But no! 6:47PM Leo Messi is here *high pitch scream* ARRRRHRHGGHHGHGHGHGHGHGH. And I can confirm he is wearing a normal suit. Nothing shiny and no LED lights. Disappointing. 6:47PM Frank Lampard is here "(Real Madrid) are going down as one of the best club teams in history. " I agree Frank. They're really good. "(Conte's) in the running (for best manager). He's done an unbelievable job at Chelsea" 6:45PM Messi looks terrified in his press photo shoot Credit: FIFA There are a few promo shoots featuring the key players. Messi is trying to look cool but is also wearing a hoody and sadly, that is almost impossible to do.  Credit: FIFA   6:39PM PHILIP SCHOFIELD IS HERE Oh now this is kicking off. "Oldham fan. My Granddad used to play pies at the ground as a lad. I was a constant disappointment for him because we (his brother) were rubbish. I just lacked the sporting mind, I think. I kick a ball around the garden with my nephews. I was asked all the way down Ronaldo or Messi... it's a tricky one. "Messi." There you have it. Philip Schofield believes Messi will win. Why do they need this event now? It's done, people! 6:37PM Patrick Kluivert is tonight's magician Credit: FIFA It's either that, or Kluivert's album cover has been leaked onto the picture database I'm currently enjoying. I think this one would be called "Still Crazy" or "These Nights".   Like that. Available on iTunes, but don't bother. You can stream it for free and it's not all that. 6:32PM Down with this sort of thing Credit: PA M8, mate, maaaaaaaaate what a fantastic shirt. Oooooooh that'll really stick it to them. Look what it says "for crying out loud" and oh my word, it's hand drawn! This is rock and roll. There is NOTHING more rock n roll than attending the overly elaborate celebration of individuals in a team sport governed by a disgraced international body than wearing a shirt with WRITING ON IT. Well done Kasabian, you truly represent all that is cool about football. 6:30PM MICHAEL DOUGLAS SUPPORTS SWANSEA Catherine Zeta-Jones says:  "My husband... Michael Douglas is a Swansea City fan." Confirmation there from Zeta-Jones, who claims to have supported Swansea since before they were back in the Premier League, as though that makes her cool or something. Alright, Catherine. Chill out.  Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I don't watch movies, I watch sport," she says. And that is because she doesn't know how sport is going to end. Imagine then, if you will, a Liverpool vs Newcastle match directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The twist - and there is a twist - is that Stan Collymore was the mascot the whole time. And the mascot is the Queen. And the Queen scores the winning goal, liberating a fictional country which is supposed to be from somewhere near Afghanistan. 6:26PM All the stars are here Credit: PA It's not a long trek for Granit Xhaka to be here as the awards are being held in London.  Credit: PA And here's star Valencia right-back Eamonn Holmes, who has flown in to hang out with all his La Liga pals like... Sergio Ramos, who will probably be here at some point. Credit: EPA That's why he was in London. Maradona is on his best behaviour and looking very nice, but as yet hasn't dribbled past a single person on the red carpet. 6:21PM Welcome! HELLO EVERYONE! Welcome to this most exciting of events. It's like the Oscars... but with David Seaman! Credit: PA  Seaman won't be winning any awards tonight, especially since he doesn't have a moustache anymore, and instead must watch as the likes of Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar sit on some expensive chairs and feign being incredibly pleased that one of the other two has won the Best Best FIFA Best Best Football Player Man Award. There are other awards too. Who will win them? Let's find out together. 6:15PM What's all this then? It's the 2017 Best Fifa Football Awards, the second to be held, where - among other awards - world player of the year is crowned. The breakaway event was started after Fifa's Ballon d'Or partnership with France Football ended. The Ballon d'Or is still awarded by the publication each year, while Fifa hands out its own awards in tonight's event. When is it? It's on Monday October 23 - ie today. What time does the event start? It's a 7.30pm BST start at the London Palladium. What TV channel is it on? You can watch the event, hosted by Idris Elba, on Fifa's YouTube channel. Alternatively, you can follow the event as it happens right here, or catch the highlights on ITV at 10.45pm. Ronaldo with last year's award and Sir Alex Ferguson Credit: Getty Images Which awards are up for grabs, and who is shortlisted? The Best Fifa Men's Player Three players have been nominated for the award from an initial shortlist of 24. Last year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo, has scored 45 goals in 48 appearances this calendar year, including 34 goals for club and 11 for country. These incredible individual statistics are bolstered by Ronaldo winning the Champions League and La Liga in the 2016/17 campaign. Lionel Messi is another unsurprising feature within the best player award, with 49 goals and 11 assists in 50 appearances in 2017. The most expensive player in the world, Neymar is the outside bet to be crowned the greatest footballer on earth. The Best Fifa football coach award The best coach award is separated into male and female categories.  Juventus boss, Massimiliano Allegri, after winning the league and Coppa Italia last season. Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, who in his first season in English football won the Premier League, setting a new record along the way achieving 30 wins in a single season. Finally Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane makes the list after winning the Champions League and Los Blancos' first league title for five years. In the women's section, the the top three comprise of Denmark’s manager Nils Nielsen, who guided her side to the final against Holland in this year European Championships. Lyon coach Gerard Precheur is nominated after winning the Champions League, the French League Cup and the French Cup, while Sarina Wiegman also features after leading Holland to the 2017 European championships.  The Best FIFA goalkeeper award Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus is nominated, having gone 600 minutes without conceding in the Champions League, while Keylor Navas of Real Madrid won his second consecutive Champions League along with a La Liga title. Manuel Neuer makes up the three-man short list. The Puskas Award The Puskas award is for the best goal of the year. This year the three finalists include Deyna Castellanos of Venezuela women's side, Olivier Giroud for his goal for Arsenal, below, and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. The Best Fifa Fan award Borussia Dortmund make the final three after supporters came together to offer shelter to Monaco fans displaced by their Champions League match being rescheduled after a bomb attack on the Dortmund team bus.  Celtic are included through their final match of the league season which coincided with the 50th anniversary of winning the European Cup in 1967, which made them the first British club to lift the prestigious trophy. The Celtic fans honoured the team, known as the "Lisbon Lions", with a stunning full 360-degree card display around Celtic Park. FC Copenhagen were also nominated after winning the league in their final game against Brondby, when players handed the trophy to the fans, who then passed the trophy along to a wheelchair-bound supporter and lifted him in the air. Awards night preview: Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to retain his crown as FIFA men's player of the year in London on Monday night. The Real Madrid and Portugal superstar is up against Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Paris St Germain's Neymar for the award he won last year. The ceremony, which takes place at the London Palladium, is the second since the FIFA award split from France Football's Ballon d'Or prize. Ronaldo has scored 44 goals for club and country so far in 2017 and scored twice in the Champions League final in June, as Real won the competition for a record-extending 12th time. Messi has hit 50 goals for Barca and Argentina while Neymar, the world's most expensive player after he left Barcelona for PSG in the summer, has 25 goals to his name for Barca, PSG and Brazil. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is in the running for the top men's coach award along with Ronaldo's boss at Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, and Juventus chief Massimiliano Allegri. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud's 'scorpion kick' volley against Crystal Palace in January has been nominated for the Puskas Award for best goal. The 31-year-old's effort has been shortlisted along with goals from Venezuela's Deyna Castellanos and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. Castellanos is also nominated for the women's player of the year award alongside last year's winner Carli Lloyd of the United States and Holland's Lieke Martens. The winners are decided by a jury of club and international coaches, media representatives and fans. PA  

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Fifa player of the year award in London

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Best Fifa Men's Player Lieke Martens wins Best Fifa Women's Player Fifa XI is: Buffon; Marcelo, Bonucci, Ramos, Alves; Iniesta, Modric, Kroos; Neymar, Ronaldo, Messi Celtic win Fifa Fans Award Sarina Wiegman wins Best Fifa Women's Coach Zinedine Zidane wins Best Male Coach Gigi Buffon wins Best Goalkeeper  Olivier Giroud wins Puskas Award for best goal By PA: Real Madrid's Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo was crowned the best soccer player in the world for the second year running at Fifa's The Best awards gala on Monday. The four-time Ballon d'Or winner won a La Liga and Champions League double with the Madrid club this year, striking twice against Juventus in the European Cup final to help Real become the first team to retain the trophy in its current format. 'I'm 32 and I'm the best player in the world', Ronaldo reflects on winning award 00:39 Barcelona's Argentina forward Lionel Messi, who has won the Ballon d'or five times, and Paris St Germain's Brazil forward Neymar were runners up for the award voted for by national team coaches and captains plus the media and fans. The Best Fifa Men's Player award and the Ballon d'or, which is voted for only by the media, are now separate awards. Real Madrid's French coach Zinedine Zidane won the manager of the year trophy for his part in the club's success. Zidane was awarded Best Men's Coach Credit: FIFA Five Real players were named in the best XI of the year, with Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos joining Ronaldo, while Messi, Neymar, Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Dani Alves (PSG), Leonardo Bonucci (AC Milan) and Andres Iniesta (Barcelona) were also selected. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud won the Puskas Award for the best goal of the year, which was the Frenchman's scorpion kick against Crystal Palace, and Buffon was declared best goalkeeper. Holland's Lieke Martens won best female player of the year, while the Dutch women's national team coach Sarina Weigman was voted best manager after the team's triumph at Euro 2017. 9:33PM Who voted for Harry Kane? British Virgin Islands, France, Montserrat (who voted Suarez, Kane, Kante just to be different), Bahamas, Wales, Cambodia and Vanuatu.  Of course. The nation of Vanuatu. If anyone reading this is from Vanuatu, hello! 9:28PM How the international captains voted Here's the interesting bit... how footballers actually voted. Jordan Henderson (England): Ronaldo, Messi, Suarez. Huge Lloris (France): Ronaldo, Ramos, Kane. Manuel Neuer (Germany): Kroos, Lewandowski,Vidal (Kroos is very good tbf) Leo Messi (Argentina): Suarez, Iniesta, Neymar Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal): Modric, Ramos, Marcelo Dani Alves: Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo 9:03PM Cristiano Ronaldo meeting Maradona Credit: AFP   9:01PM A way to make Kasabian acceptable If they had played this:  Everything would be OK. Ronaldo is off to listen to this in the back of a giant limousine. 8:59PM Is this better than a Ballon d'Or? Is it the same? Does anyone know for sure what really counts as the actual award these days? 8:58PM Cristiano Ronaldo says "I want to mention Leo and Neymar to be here. Real Madrid supporters, my teammates, my coach, they support all the year so I have to say thank you to them.  "I'm really glad. This is a great moment for me. I know I have fans all over the world so thank you for the support. I appreciate that. "And I think I say everything. It's great to be here around these great players, this amazing player and I'm so happy guys. Thank you everybody and good night." 8:55PM CRISTIANO RONALDO WINS! Credit: FIFA He is the Best FIFA Men's Player! Credit: AFP   8:54PM The nominees   8:53PM Maradona's not quite on the ball Credit: FIFA He tries to open the envelope and reveal the winner before they've shown the video. Ronaldo gives him a nudge and tells him there's a video.  "Aaaaaaaaah!" he says. 8:51PM Ronaldo and Diego Maradona to present Best Men's Award That's a fairly decent attacking duo. 8:51PM Lieke Martens wins Best FIFA Women's Player! Martens was of course hugely influential in Holland's Euro 2017 win. "My dad and mum, this one is for you!" she says in her acceptance speech, also from yesterday because she is doing real football work instead of larking about in London. 8:49PM Best Women's Player Award It's the penultimate award of the evening. Hidetoshi Nakata - who looks cool - and Celia Sasic, who played for Germany, are here to present.  Deyna Castellanos, Carli Lloyd and Lieke Martens, who is ridiculously good, and my pick for the prize.  8:46PM The best team in the world!   8:45PM Music is subjective If you happen to love Kasabian, that's absolutely fine, by the way. I like a lot of music that many, many people do not, for instance. And I've never written a song that's gotten close to selling many millions of copies either. Though did once get a two out of five review in The List for an album. But those were younger days. 8:43PM They should make a band out of footballers What is the need for Kasabian here? Get Petr Cech on drums, Alexis Sanchez on piano, Gary Neville on guitar and... I dunno. Literally anyone singing. Patrice Evra on vocals. And they have to play 'Africa' by Toto because that song is ace. 8:41PM Oh the banter How long did it take Neymar to get ready? 20 minutes apparently. "I don't believe a word of it!" says the presenter. Dani Alves took less time. Just look how delighted Messi is to be involved with this. The greatest player of all time, forced to respond to jokes in a foreign language. And even worse, now he has to listen to Kasabian. Imagine. You're made to do go on international television, barely understand what's happening and are asked questions about doing your hair. And then Kasabian. 8:38PM Ronaldo's catchphrase for tonight "Talent without work is nothing." 8:37PM Bonucci is sat next to Dani Alves You may or may not be aware that Leonardo Bonucci and Dani Alves played alongside each other in the Champions League final against Real Madrid. There are rumours there may have been some sort of disagreement in the dressing room during that match... but now they are sitting next to each other and very friendly. 8:34PM Ronaldo on his team achievement Credit: EPA "Great achievement. I feel so proud, it takes many hours of work and dedication. To be on this stage 11 times it's a lot. Thank you to people who are voting me." 8:33PM World XI go offstage the wrong way They need a manager. 8:33PM This means nothing People who play Ultimate Team are probably pretty pumped about this FIFA dream team. If you save all your money up, you never know, you might find one of these guys in a pack for FIFA 18. SPEND YOUR MONEY! Or, you can have fun and play Pro Evo. It's really great this year.  8:28PM Best team in the world Here we go. David Suazo (he's from Honduras and used to play for Inter Milan) and Frank Lampard (come on) present the award. Credit: AFP In goal, it's Gigi Buffon. Right-back Dani Alves. Left-back Marcelo. Centre-back Sergio Ramos. Centre-back Leonardo Bonucci. Centre-midfield Luka Modric. Centre-midfield Toni Kroos. Centre-midfield Andre Iniesta (I love Iniesta but...) Right forward Lionel Messi Left forward Neymar Credit: AFP Striker Cristiano Ronaldo That's a 4-3-3 then. Solid. Not bad. 8:20PM Sarina Wiegman wins Best FIFA Women's Coach Wiegman led Holland to win Euro 2017 and had them playing some really entertaining football along the way. A deserved winner, just like all the other ones. She can't be there tonight to accept her award because she's doing actual football work, preparing for a World Cup qualifier, rather than sitting around the Paladium schmoozing.  Here is the Holland squad celebrating when they found out on Sunday: Beste coach van de wereld! Gefeliciteerd Sarina!!! pic.twitter.com/xHP5cM5rvR— OranjeLeeuwinnen (@oranjevrouwen) October 23, 2017   8:18PM Best FIFA Women's Coach Award Arsenal captain Alex Scott and Ruud Gullit present this one. There's some glorious rehearsed banter: Credit: PA Gullit: "Dutch women's football is at the very top of its game." Scott: "And the men?" Gullit: "Uuuh can we continue please?" Nils Nielsen, Gerard Precheur, Sarina Wiegman are the nominees.  And the winner is... 8:14PM And now a video of Pele Because it's his birthday, obviously. 8:14PM Best FIFA Fans Award winner is... Celtic They were the first British club to win the European Cup, and now they're the first to win the FIFA fans award. Will it occupy the same bit of that rather large trophy cabinet? Perhaps not, but a lovely gesture all the same.  Chairman of Celtic, Ian Bankier  Credit: AFP   8:12PM Elba presents the fans award while pretending to be cold He's dressed as an Arsenal fan, standing in the royal circle, or stalls... I'm not a theatre guy, sorry. But it's the bit where Statler and Waldorf  (the two grumpy old men from the Muppets) go. Credit: GETTY IMAGES Sammy Eto'o is now here to present The FIFA Fan Award, which almost certainly comes from a good place, but feels a little disingenuous. Mostly because it's FIFA. Let's all think of the fans, the millionaires say.  And the winner is... 8:05PM Buffon says Buffon and Schmeichel are delighted to welcome their new child into the world "I want to try to speak (in English)!" "For me, I am very happy because it is a great honour to receive this award... at my age. I'm proud of it but I want to say thanks to my club, my coach, my teammates because they help me to make it possible and I want to say thanks to all the person (sic) who voted for me and I think the last year has been a fantastic season for Juventus, and a personal season. It wasn't enough to win in Europe and for this year I hope that we can to play better and with the national team and Juventus because I will like to finish with the soccer with a fantastic victory." Has Buffon just confirmed that he's going to retire at the end of the season? 8:02PM The Best FIFA goalkeeper is Gigi Buffon! Deserved! What a man, what a player! Buffon has beaten Manuel Neuer and Keylor Navas to be crowned the world's best goalkeeper. 8:01PM Olivier Giroud collecting his award Credit: FIFA   8:00PM Zinedine Zidane wins best FIFA football coach award "Sorry, my English is very bad".  And then he speaks in French, which unfortunately is not something I know well enough to translate for you. I apologise. Credit: FIFA   7:55PM The best FIFA football coach award It's a choice between Antonio Conte, who won the Premier League with a Chelsea side who probably shouldn't have won and inspired the world to play 3-4-3. Massimiliano Allegri, another Italian, who did rather well with Juventus, winning Serie A again. And Zinedine Zidane, who won La Liga and the Champions League... again. And it's Zizou! 7:54PM Idris Elba taking a selfie with Neymar Credit: REUTERS If this wasn't scripted, it is an absolutely superb bit of brand management by Elba. They're going to know who he is tomorrow!  7:52PM Olivier Giroud wins the Puskas Award Some people are trying to sing the 'Hey Jude' Giroud song. "I am delighted to receive this trophy in front of legends of football and would like to thank people who voted for me. I would like to congratulate the other nominees who scored amazing goals too and I would like to thank my teammates, without them I couldn't score maybe this goal. And also my family."  He's quite emotional.  "I would like to dedicate this trophy to my dad". 7:50PM The winner is... Credit: FIFA  OLIVIER GIROUD! 7:48PM Puskas Award part 2 Conte is forced to speak on the microphone and even in front of an enormous hall of people, goes to his quiet pre-match interview voice. It's quite funny. Conte's favourite is Giroud's, and SO IS NEYMAR!  And Leo Messi - the greatest player ever, of all time - is diplomatic and doesn't give one choice.  Ronaldo does the same thing: "it's hard to choose one goal".  And to present the award will be Catherine Zeta-Jones and Diego Forlan.  7:45PM Puskas Award for best goal After showing this video: They interview Harry Kane. The crowd boos (because a large portion of them seem to be Arsenal fans). Maybe not actually, now Frank Lampard is in the spotlight and he gets a round of applause. Lampard says his favourite goal is Giroud's, Kane says it's the South African goalkeeper's. He has to say that though. The repercussions for supporting something Arsenal are just too high. Schmeichel agrees with Mr Lampard. 7:40PM Elba is doing selfies Credit: AFP Tonight's host is wandering around the front row getting selfies with Neymar, Messi and Ronaldo, doing some jokes. Then he goes to Olivier Giroud. It's good to see that even in awards ceremonies, Giroud still has to come off the bench to be involved.  7:38PM Idris Elba going for the jokes Solid opening. The setup references that this is an international broadcast, so if you're from South America, 'como estas'. If you're from China, 'ni hao' (sp) and if you're from Hackney, "alright bruv".   7:36PM But first, it's Stomp! I'm doing this face. Some people are bashing bins around on the stage as they show highlights of... some football. You can't see what football because there are people bashing bins around on stage. Now they're bouncing footballs. Diego Maradona looks fairly unimpressed.  But they've timed one of the bits to coincide with the ball hitting the back of the net and a scream of "GOAL!" which is quite nice. And now they're replicating acrobatic soccer skills and celebrations. The crowd goes mildly wild and politely applauds. Cue Martin Tyler: "I swear you'll never see anything like this ever again!" 7:32PM Idris Elba is here Star of The Wire, the US Office and those Sky Movies adverts, here comes Idris Elba wearing a really nice tuxedo. James Bond wears a tuxedo. It's an audition! 7:29PM Ronaldo seems confident Credit: AFP I think they've lined up this so it's Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo, which isn't the order I'd have them in. Surely Ronaldo plays through the middle of a front three? 7:27PM Confirmation: Ronaldo and Messi are football friends Credit: AP   7:26PM Here's the guy who really wants you to know he's here Credit: AFP Yaaaaaay it's... that guy. Gianni Infantino, the newest president of FIFA, is shaking hands and being friendly to people.   7:23PM Ronaldo is here!  Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez Credit: GETTY IMAGES Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez are here and have done the walk along the... green carpet. I've just thought of a way they can decide who actually wins the top prize between this guy, Messi and Neymar. Stay with me... Penalty shootout. And like in Game of Thrones, they can all choose a person to stand in for them as goalkeeper. Seaman is there, Schmeichel and Buffon too. And that's it.  7:22PM Claudio Ranieri Credit: FIFA  Doing a fine job at Nantes just now, grabbing those 1-0 wins to help them climb the table. Everyone likes Ranieri. 7:19PM Antonio Conte says "I think that it's very important to stay here and fight for this award. It is amazing with Real Madrid, they won the Champions League and the league but it is amazing for me to stay here and to fight for this award." God I hope he means that literally. Can you imagine? Conte windmilling his way through the main hall, battering Peter Schmeichel and Luka Modric in a whirlwind of fury. 7:17PM Dream strike partnernship Credit: AP These two would destroy worlds.  7:15PM I just want someone to love me as much as Marcelo loves this woman Credit: GETTY IMAGES Can you feel it? Light beams of warmth coming out of his eyes. 7:11PM Dani Alves has come dressed as a futuristic pirate Credit: REUTERS "STOP RIGHT THERE! SPACE POLICE! Agent Daniel Alves and you've got a loooooooot of talking to do, punk." 7:09PM Harry Kane and Katie Goodland There he is! Harry gives a little bit to the presenters about how nice it is to be invited. He's so nice. "It makes me feel very proud. For me it’s about improving every year. Messi, Ronaldo set the standard for all of us so just to get up there and be involved is fantastic. The stadium, the atmosphere (at Real Madrid) was amazing. To get a result… I'm very proud." 7:06PM What would you rather win? This is a great question. Kay Murray (I think) essentially asks Gigi Buffon whether he is happy having won the World Cup and not the Champions League. Which would you rather win? If you were a player. Not as a fan. It's difficult isn't it? On the one hand, Scotland winning the World Cup would be amazing BUT I'm leaning towards Aberdeen being crowned European champions. 6:59PM Photos of Messi at the Best FIFA Awards Leo Messi and wife Antonella Credit: AP Credit: PA   6:58PM All the stars are here! Credit: OA  That's Marcelo, here's David Trezeguet: Credit: FIFA And here's Philip Schofield: Credit: PA If you aren't from the UK, you might not know who this man is so let's try and explain. Philip Schofield, or Scholey F as he likes to be known, is a giant of British television. He's perhaps the nicest man alive to also be a TV presenter and used to best friends with a gopher, the whereabouts of which are unknown. What happened to that gopher, you ask? Nobody is sure. All we know for certain is that until its lifeless body is discovered washed up on that little beach next to the South Bank on the Thames, we must assume it is alive.  6:52PM No questions for Messi The FIFA TV presenters have been told they are not allowed to ask Leo Messi any questions - not even in Spanish. What kind of world is this? We're all just waiting to hear what the great man will say about tonight's event and have been denied. We'll never know how he's looking forward to it, and may the best man win, and that London is very nice and that he's glad he's scored today but more pleased that the team got three points, and they just have to go again in the next game. In Spanish. But no! 6:47PM Leo Messi is here *high pitch scream* ARRRRHRHGGHHGHGHGHGHGHGH. And I can confirm he is wearing a normal suit. Nothing shiny and no LED lights. Disappointing. 6:47PM Frank Lampard is here "(Real Madrid) are going down as one of the best club teams in history. " I agree Frank. They're really good. "(Conte's) in the running (for best manager). He's done an unbelievable job at Chelsea" 6:45PM Messi looks terrified in his press photo shoot Credit: FIFA There are a few promo shoots featuring the key players. Messi is trying to look cool but is also wearing a hoody and sadly, that is almost impossible to do.  Credit: FIFA   6:39PM PHILIP SCHOFIELD IS HERE Oh now this is kicking off. "Oldham fan. My Granddad used to play pies at the ground as a lad. I was a constant disappointment for him because we (his brother) were rubbish. I just lacked the sporting mind, I think. I kick a ball around the garden with my nephews. I was asked all the way down Ronaldo or Messi... it's a tricky one. "Messi." There you have it. Philip Schofield believes Messi will win. Why do they need this event now? It's done, people! 6:37PM Patrick Kluivert is tonight's magician Credit: FIFA It's either that, or Kluivert's album cover has been leaked onto the picture database I'm currently enjoying. I think this one would be called "Still Crazy" or "These Nights".   Like that. Available on iTunes, but don't bother. You can stream it for free and it's not all that. 6:32PM Down with this sort of thing Credit: PA M8, mate, maaaaaaaaate what a fantastic shirt. Oooooooh that'll really stick it to them. Look what it says "for crying out loud" and oh my word, it's hand drawn! This is rock and roll. There is NOTHING more rock n roll than attending the overly elaborate celebration of individuals in a team sport governed by a disgraced international body than wearing a shirt with WRITING ON IT. Well done Kasabian, you truly represent all that is cool about football. 6:30PM MICHAEL DOUGLAS SUPPORTS SWANSEA Catherine Zeta-Jones says:  "My husband... Michael Douglas is a Swansea City fan." Confirmation there from Zeta-Jones, who claims to have supported Swansea since before they were back in the Premier League, as though that makes her cool or something. Alright, Catherine. Chill out.  Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I don't watch movies, I watch sport," she says. And that is because she doesn't know how sport is going to end. Imagine then, if you will, a Liverpool vs Newcastle match directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The twist - and there is a twist - is that Stan Collymore was the mascot the whole time. And the mascot is the Queen. And the Queen scores the winning goal, liberating a fictional country which is supposed to be from somewhere near Afghanistan. 6:26PM All the stars are here Credit: PA It's not a long trek for Granit Xhaka to be here as the awards are being held in London.  Credit: PA And here's star Valencia right-back Eamonn Holmes, who has flown in to hang out with all his La Liga pals like... Sergio Ramos, who will probably be here at some point. Credit: EPA That's why he was in London. Maradona is on his best behaviour and looking very nice, but as yet hasn't dribbled past a single person on the red carpet. 6:21PM Welcome! HELLO EVERYONE! Welcome to this most exciting of events. It's like the Oscars... but with David Seaman! Credit: PA  Seaman won't be winning any awards tonight, especially since he doesn't have a moustache anymore, and instead must watch as the likes of Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar sit on some expensive chairs and feign being incredibly pleased that one of the other two has won the Best Best FIFA Best Best Football Player Man Award. There are other awards too. Who will win them? Let's find out together. 6:15PM What's all this then? It's the 2017 Best Fifa Football Awards, the second to be held, where - among other awards - world player of the year is crowned. The breakaway event was started after Fifa's Ballon d'Or partnership with France Football ended. The Ballon d'Or is still awarded by the publication each year, while Fifa hands out its own awards in tonight's event. When is it? It's on Monday October 23 - ie today. What time does the event start? It's a 7.30pm BST start at the London Palladium. What TV channel is it on? You can watch the event, hosted by Idris Elba, on Fifa's YouTube channel. Alternatively, you can follow the event as it happens right here, or catch the highlights on ITV at 10.45pm. Ronaldo with last year's award and Sir Alex Ferguson Credit: Getty Images Which awards are up for grabs, and who is shortlisted? The Best Fifa Men's Player Three players have been nominated for the award from an initial shortlist of 24. Last year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo, has scored 45 goals in 48 appearances this calendar year, including 34 goals for club and 11 for country. These incredible individual statistics are bolstered by Ronaldo winning the Champions League and La Liga in the 2016/17 campaign. Lionel Messi is another unsurprising feature within the best player award, with 49 goals and 11 assists in 50 appearances in 2017. The most expensive player in the world, Neymar is the outside bet to be crowned the greatest footballer on earth. The Best Fifa football coach award The best coach award is separated into male and female categories.  Juventus boss, Massimiliano Allegri, after winning the league and Coppa Italia last season. Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, who in his first season in English football won the Premier League, setting a new record along the way achieving 30 wins in a single season. Finally Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane makes the list after winning the Champions League and Los Blancos' first league title for five years. In the women's section, the the top three comprise of Denmark’s manager Nils Nielsen, who guided her side to the final against Holland in this year European Championships. Lyon coach Gerard Precheur is nominated after winning the Champions League, the French League Cup and the French Cup, while Sarina Wiegman also features after leading Holland to the 2017 European championships.  The Best FIFA goalkeeper award Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus is nominated, having gone 600 minutes without conceding in the Champions League, while Keylor Navas of Real Madrid won his second consecutive Champions League along with a La Liga title. Manuel Neuer makes up the three-man short list. The Puskas Award The Puskas award is for the best goal of the year. This year the three finalists include Deyna Castellanos of Venezuela women's side, Olivier Giroud for his goal for Arsenal, below, and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. The Best Fifa Fan award Borussia Dortmund make the final three after supporters came together to offer shelter to Monaco fans displaced by their Champions League match being rescheduled after a bomb attack on the Dortmund team bus.  Celtic are included through their final match of the league season which coincided with the 50th anniversary of winning the European Cup in 1967, which made them the first British club to lift the prestigious trophy. The Celtic fans honoured the team, known as the "Lisbon Lions", with a stunning full 360-degree card display around Celtic Park. FC Copenhagen were also nominated after winning the league in their final game against Brondby, when players handed the trophy to the fans, who then passed the trophy along to a wheelchair-bound supporter and lifted him in the air. Awards night preview: Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to retain his crown as FIFA men's player of the year in London on Monday night. The Real Madrid and Portugal superstar is up against Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Paris St Germain's Neymar for the award he won last year. The ceremony, which takes place at the London Palladium, is the second since the FIFA award split from France Football's Ballon d'Or prize. Ronaldo has scored 44 goals for club and country so far in 2017 and scored twice in the Champions League final in June, as Real won the competition for a record-extending 12th time. Messi has hit 50 goals for Barca and Argentina while Neymar, the world's most expensive player after he left Barcelona for PSG in the summer, has 25 goals to his name for Barca, PSG and Brazil. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is in the running for the top men's coach award along with Ronaldo's boss at Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, and Juventus chief Massimiliano Allegri. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud's 'scorpion kick' volley against Crystal Palace in January has been nominated for the Puskas Award for best goal. The 31-year-old's effort has been shortlisted along with goals from Venezuela's Deyna Castellanos and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. Castellanos is also nominated for the women's player of the year award alongside last year's winner Carli Lloyd of the United States and Holland's Lieke Martens. The winners are decided by a jury of club and international coaches, media representatives and fans. PA  

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Fifa player of the year award in London

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Best Fifa Men's Player Lieke Martens wins Best Fifa Women's Player Fifa XI is: Buffon; Marcelo, Bonucci, Ramos, Alves; Iniesta, Modric, Kroos; Neymar, Ronaldo, Messi Celtic win Fifa Fans Award Sarina Wiegman wins Best Fifa Women's Coach Zinedine Zidane wins Best Male Coach Gigi Buffon wins Best Goalkeeper  Olivier Giroud wins Puskas Award for best goal By PA: Real Madrid's Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo was crowned the best soccer player in the world for the second year running at Fifa's The Best awards gala on Monday. The four-time Ballon d'Or winner won a La Liga and Champions League double with the Madrid club this year, striking twice against Juventus in the European Cup final to help Real become the first team to retain the trophy in its current format. 'I'm 32 and I'm the best player in the world', Ronaldo reflects on winning award 00:39 Barcelona's Argentina forward Lionel Messi, who has won the Ballon d'or five times, and Paris St Germain's Brazil forward Neymar were runners up for the award voted for by national team coaches and captains plus the media and fans. The Best Fifa Men's Player award and the Ballon d'or, which is voted for only by the media, are now separate awards. Real Madrid's French coach Zinedine Zidane won the manager of the year trophy for his part in the club's success. Zidane was awarded Best Men's Coach Credit: FIFA Five Real players were named in the best XI of the year, with Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos joining Ronaldo, while Messi, Neymar, Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Dani Alves (PSG), Leonardo Bonucci (AC Milan) and Andres Iniesta (Barcelona) were also selected. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud won the Puskas Award for the best goal of the year, which was the Frenchman's scorpion kick against Crystal Palace, and Buffon was declared best goalkeeper. Holland's Lieke Martens won best female player of the year, while the Dutch women's national team coach Sarina Weigman was voted best manager after the team's triumph at Euro 2017. 9:33PM Who voted for Harry Kane? British Virgin Islands, France, Montserrat (who voted Suarez, Kane, Kante just to be different), Bahamas, Wales, Cambodia and Vanuatu.  Of course. The nation of Vanuatu. If anyone reading this is from Vanuatu, hello! 9:28PM How the international captains voted Here's the interesting bit... how footballers actually voted. Jordan Henderson (England): Ronaldo, Messi, Suarez. Huge Lloris (France): Ronaldo, Ramos, Kane. Manuel Neuer (Germany): Kroos, Lewandowski,Vidal (Kroos is very good tbf) Leo Messi (Argentina): Suarez, Iniesta, Neymar Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal): Modric, Ramos, Marcelo Dani Alves: Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo 9:03PM Cristiano Ronaldo meeting Maradona Credit: AFP   9:01PM A way to make Kasabian acceptable If they had played this:  Everything would be OK. Ronaldo is off to listen to this in the back of a giant limousine. 8:59PM Is this better than a Ballon d'Or? Is it the same? Does anyone know for sure what really counts as the actual award these days? 8:58PM Cristiano Ronaldo says "I want to mention Leo and Neymar to be here. Real Madrid supporters, my teammates, my coach, they support all the year so I have to say thank you to them.  "I'm really glad. This is a great moment for me. I know I have fans all over the world so thank you for the support. I appreciate that. "And I think I say everything. It's great to be here around these great players, this amazing player and I'm so happy guys. Thank you everybody and good night." 8:55PM CRISTIANO RONALDO WINS! Credit: FIFA He is the Best FIFA Men's Player! Credit: AFP   8:54PM The nominees   8:53PM Maradona's not quite on the ball Credit: FIFA He tries to open the envelope and reveal the winner before they've shown the video. Ronaldo gives him a nudge and tells him there's a video.  "Aaaaaaaaah!" he says. 8:51PM Ronaldo and Diego Maradona to present Best Men's Award That's a fairly decent attacking duo. 8:51PM Lieke Martens wins Best FIFA Women's Player! Martens was of course hugely influential in Holland's Euro 2017 win. "My dad and mum, this one is for you!" she says in her acceptance speech, also from yesterday because she is doing real football work instead of larking about in London. 8:49PM Best Women's Player Award It's the penultimate award of the evening. Hidetoshi Nakata - who looks cool - and Celia Sasic, who played for Germany, are here to present.  Deyna Castellanos, Carli Lloyd and Lieke Martens, who is ridiculously good, and my pick for the prize.  8:46PM The best team in the world!   8:45PM Music is subjective If you happen to love Kasabian, that's absolutely fine, by the way. I like a lot of music that many, many people do not, for instance. And I've never written a song that's gotten close to selling many millions of copies either. Though did once get a two out of five review in The List for an album. But those were younger days. 8:43PM They should make a band out of footballers What is the need for Kasabian here? Get Petr Cech on drums, Alexis Sanchez on piano, Gary Neville on guitar and... I dunno. Literally anyone singing. Patrice Evra on vocals. And they have to play 'Africa' by Toto because that song is ace. 8:41PM Oh the banter How long did it take Neymar to get ready? 20 minutes apparently. "I don't believe a word of it!" says the presenter. Dani Alves took less time. Just look how delighted Messi is to be involved with this. The greatest player of all time, forced to respond to jokes in a foreign language. And even worse, now he has to listen to Kasabian. Imagine. You're made to do go on international television, barely understand what's happening and are asked questions about doing your hair. And then Kasabian. 8:38PM Ronaldo's catchphrase for tonight "Talent without work is nothing." 8:37PM Bonucci is sat next to Dani Alves You may or may not be aware that Leonardo Bonucci and Dani Alves played alongside each other in the Champions League final against Real Madrid. There are rumours there may have been some sort of disagreement in the dressing room during that match... but now they are sitting next to each other and very friendly. 8:34PM Ronaldo on his team achievement Credit: EPA "Great achievement. I feel so proud, it takes many hours of work and dedication. To be on this stage 11 times it's a lot. Thank you to people who are voting me." 8:33PM World XI go offstage the wrong way They need a manager. 8:33PM This means nothing People who play Ultimate Team are probably pretty pumped about this FIFA dream team. If you save all your money up, you never know, you might find one of these guys in a pack for FIFA 18. SPEND YOUR MONEY! Or, you can have fun and play Pro Evo. It's really great this year.  8:28PM Best team in the world Here we go. David Suazo (he's from Honduras and used to play for Inter Milan) and Frank Lampard (come on) present the award. Credit: AFP In goal, it's Gigi Buffon. Right-back Dani Alves. Left-back Marcelo. Centre-back Sergio Ramos. Centre-back Leonardo Bonucci. Centre-midfield Luka Modric. Centre-midfield Toni Kroos. Centre-midfield Andre Iniesta (I love Iniesta but...) Right forward Lionel Messi Left forward Neymar Credit: AFP Striker Cristiano Ronaldo That's a 4-3-3 then. Solid. Not bad. 8:20PM Sarina Wiegman wins Best FIFA Women's Coach Wiegman led Holland to win Euro 2017 and had them playing some really entertaining football along the way. A deserved winner, just like all the other ones. She can't be there tonight to accept her award because she's doing actual football work, preparing for a World Cup qualifier, rather than sitting around the Paladium schmoozing.  Here is the Holland squad celebrating when they found out on Sunday: Beste coach van de wereld! Gefeliciteerd Sarina!!! pic.twitter.com/xHP5cM5rvR— OranjeLeeuwinnen (@oranjevrouwen) October 23, 2017   8:18PM Best FIFA Women's Coach Award Arsenal captain Alex Scott and Ruud Gullit present this one. There's some glorious rehearsed banter: Credit: PA Gullit: "Dutch women's football is at the very top of its game." Scott: "And the men?" Gullit: "Uuuh can we continue please?" Nils Nielsen, Gerard Precheur, Sarina Wiegman are the nominees.  And the winner is... 8:14PM And now a video of Pele Because it's his birthday, obviously. 8:14PM Best FIFA Fans Award winner is... Celtic They were the first British club to win the European Cup, and now they're the first to win the FIFA fans award. Will it occupy the same bit of that rather large trophy cabinet? Perhaps not, but a lovely gesture all the same.  Chairman of Celtic, Ian Bankier  Credit: AFP   8:12PM Elba presents the fans award while pretending to be cold He's dressed as an Arsenal fan, standing in the royal circle, or stalls... I'm not a theatre guy, sorry. But it's the bit where Statler and Waldorf  (the two grumpy old men from the Muppets) go. Credit: GETTY IMAGES Sammy Eto'o is now here to present The FIFA Fan Award, which almost certainly comes from a good place, but feels a little disingenuous. Mostly because it's FIFA. Let's all think of the fans, the millionaires say.  And the winner is... 8:05PM Buffon says Buffon and Schmeichel are delighted to welcome their new child into the world "I want to try to speak (in English)!" "For me, I am very happy because it is a great honour to receive this award... at my age. I'm proud of it but I want to say thanks to my club, my coach, my teammates because they help me to make it possible and I want to say thanks to all the person (sic) who voted for me and I think the last year has been a fantastic season for Juventus, and a personal season. It wasn't enough to win in Europe and for this year I hope that we can to play better and with the national team and Juventus because I will like to finish with the soccer with a fantastic victory." Has Buffon just confirmed that he's going to retire at the end of the season? 8:02PM The Best FIFA goalkeeper is Gigi Buffon! Deserved! What a man, what a player! Buffon has beaten Manuel Neuer and Keylor Navas to be crowned the world's best goalkeeper. 8:01PM Olivier Giroud collecting his award Credit: FIFA   8:00PM Zinedine Zidane wins best FIFA football coach award "Sorry, my English is very bad".  And then he speaks in French, which unfortunately is not something I know well enough to translate for you. I apologise. Credit: FIFA   7:55PM The best FIFA football coach award It's a choice between Antonio Conte, who won the Premier League with a Chelsea side who probably shouldn't have won and inspired the world to play 3-4-3. Massimiliano Allegri, another Italian, who did rather well with Juventus, winning Serie A again. And Zinedine Zidane, who won La Liga and the Champions League... again. And it's Zizou! 7:54PM Idris Elba taking a selfie with Neymar Credit: REUTERS If this wasn't scripted, it is an absolutely superb bit of brand management by Elba. They're going to know who he is tomorrow!  7:52PM Olivier Giroud wins the Puskas Award Some people are trying to sing the 'Hey Jude' Giroud song. "I am delighted to receive this trophy in front of legends of football and would like to thank people who voted for me. I would like to congratulate the other nominees who scored amazing goals too and I would like to thank my teammates, without them I couldn't score maybe this goal. And also my family."  He's quite emotional.  "I would like to dedicate this trophy to my dad". 7:50PM The winner is... Credit: FIFA  OLIVIER GIROUD! 7:48PM Puskas Award part 2 Conte is forced to speak on the microphone and even in front of an enormous hall of people, goes to his quiet pre-match interview voice. It's quite funny. Conte's favourite is Giroud's, and SO IS NEYMAR!  And Leo Messi - the greatest player ever, of all time - is diplomatic and doesn't give one choice.  Ronaldo does the same thing: "it's hard to choose one goal".  And to present the award will be Catherine Zeta-Jones and Diego Forlan.  7:45PM Puskas Award for best goal After showing this video: They interview Harry Kane. The crowd boos (because a large portion of them seem to be Arsenal fans). Maybe not actually, now Frank Lampard is in the spotlight and he gets a round of applause. Lampard says his favourite goal is Giroud's, Kane says it's the South African goalkeeper's. He has to say that though. The repercussions for supporting something Arsenal are just too high. Schmeichel agrees with Mr Lampard. 7:40PM Elba is doing selfies Credit: AFP Tonight's host is wandering around the front row getting selfies with Neymar, Messi and Ronaldo, doing some jokes. Then he goes to Olivier Giroud. It's good to see that even in awards ceremonies, Giroud still has to come off the bench to be involved.  7:38PM Idris Elba going for the jokes Solid opening. The setup references that this is an international broadcast, so if you're from South America, 'como estas'. If you're from China, 'ni hao' (sp) and if you're from Hackney, "alright bruv".   7:36PM But first, it's Stomp! I'm doing this face. Some people are bashing bins around on the stage as they show highlights of... some football. You can't see what football because there are people bashing bins around on stage. Now they're bouncing footballs. Diego Maradona looks fairly unimpressed.  But they've timed one of the bits to coincide with the ball hitting the back of the net and a scream of "GOAL!" which is quite nice. And now they're replicating acrobatic soccer skills and celebrations. The crowd goes mildly wild and politely applauds. Cue Martin Tyler: "I swear you'll never see anything like this ever again!" 7:32PM Idris Elba is here Star of The Wire, the US Office and those Sky Movies adverts, here comes Idris Elba wearing a really nice tuxedo. James Bond wears a tuxedo. It's an audition! 7:29PM Ronaldo seems confident Credit: AFP I think they've lined up this so it's Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo, which isn't the order I'd have them in. Surely Ronaldo plays through the middle of a front three? 7:27PM Confirmation: Ronaldo and Messi are football friends Credit: AP   7:26PM Here's the guy who really wants you to know he's here Credit: AFP Yaaaaaay it's... that guy. Gianni Infantino, the newest president of FIFA, is shaking hands and being friendly to people.   7:23PM Ronaldo is here!  Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez Credit: GETTY IMAGES Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez are here and have done the walk along the... green carpet. I've just thought of a way they can decide who actually wins the top prize between this guy, Messi and Neymar. Stay with me... Penalty shootout. And like in Game of Thrones, they can all choose a person to stand in for them as goalkeeper. Seaman is there, Schmeichel and Buffon too. And that's it.  7:22PM Claudio Ranieri Credit: FIFA  Doing a fine job at Nantes just now, grabbing those 1-0 wins to help them climb the table. Everyone likes Ranieri. 7:19PM Antonio Conte says "I think that it's very important to stay here and fight for this award. It is amazing with Real Madrid, they won the Champions League and the league but it is amazing for me to stay here and to fight for this award." God I hope he means that literally. Can you imagine? Conte windmilling his way through the main hall, battering Peter Schmeichel and Luka Modric in a whirlwind of fury. 7:17PM Dream strike partnernship Credit: AP These two would destroy worlds.  7:15PM I just want someone to love me as much as Marcelo loves this woman Credit: GETTY IMAGES Can you feel it? Light beams of warmth coming out of his eyes. 7:11PM Dani Alves has come dressed as a futuristic pirate Credit: REUTERS "STOP RIGHT THERE! SPACE POLICE! Agent Daniel Alves and you've got a loooooooot of talking to do, punk." 7:09PM Harry Kane and Katie Goodland There he is! Harry gives a little bit to the presenters about how nice it is to be invited. He's so nice. "It makes me feel very proud. For me it’s about improving every year. Messi, Ronaldo set the standard for all of us so just to get up there and be involved is fantastic. The stadium, the atmosphere (at Real Madrid) was amazing. To get a result… I'm very proud." 7:06PM What would you rather win? This is a great question. Kay Murray (I think) essentially asks Gigi Buffon whether he is happy having won the World Cup and not the Champions League. Which would you rather win? If you were a player. Not as a fan. It's difficult isn't it? On the one hand, Scotland winning the World Cup would be amazing BUT I'm leaning towards Aberdeen being crowned European champions. 6:59PM Photos of Messi at the Best FIFA Awards Leo Messi and wife Antonella Credit: AP Credit: PA   6:58PM All the stars are here! Credit: OA  That's Marcelo, here's David Trezeguet: Credit: FIFA And here's Philip Schofield: Credit: PA If you aren't from the UK, you might not know who this man is so let's try and explain. Philip Schofield, or Scholey F as he likes to be known, is a giant of British television. He's perhaps the nicest man alive to also be a TV presenter and used to best friends with a gopher, the whereabouts of which are unknown. What happened to that gopher, you ask? Nobody is sure. All we know for certain is that until its lifeless body is discovered washed up on that little beach next to the South Bank on the Thames, we must assume it is alive.  6:52PM No questions for Messi The FIFA TV presenters have been told they are not allowed to ask Leo Messi any questions - not even in Spanish. What kind of world is this? We're all just waiting to hear what the great man will say about tonight's event and have been denied. We'll never know how he's looking forward to it, and may the best man win, and that London is very nice and that he's glad he's scored today but more pleased that the team got three points, and they just have to go again in the next game. In Spanish. But no! 6:47PM Leo Messi is here *high pitch scream* ARRRRHRHGGHHGHGHGHGHGHGH. And I can confirm he is wearing a normal suit. Nothing shiny and no LED lights. Disappointing. 6:47PM Frank Lampard is here "(Real Madrid) are going down as one of the best club teams in history. " I agree Frank. They're really good. "(Conte's) in the running (for best manager). He's done an unbelievable job at Chelsea" 6:45PM Messi looks terrified in his press photo shoot Credit: FIFA There are a few promo shoots featuring the key players. Messi is trying to look cool but is also wearing a hoody and sadly, that is almost impossible to do.  Credit: FIFA   6:39PM PHILIP SCHOFIELD IS HERE Oh now this is kicking off. "Oldham fan. My Granddad used to play pies at the ground as a lad. I was a constant disappointment for him because we (his brother) were rubbish. I just lacked the sporting mind, I think. I kick a ball around the garden with my nephews. I was asked all the way down Ronaldo or Messi... it's a tricky one. "Messi." There you have it. Philip Schofield believes Messi will win. Why do they need this event now? It's done, people! 6:37PM Patrick Kluivert is tonight's magician Credit: FIFA It's either that, or Kluivert's album cover has been leaked onto the picture database I'm currently enjoying. I think this one would be called "Still Crazy" or "These Nights".   Like that. Available on iTunes, but don't bother. You can stream it for free and it's not all that. 6:32PM Down with this sort of thing Credit: PA M8, mate, maaaaaaaaate what a fantastic shirt. Oooooooh that'll really stick it to them. Look what it says "for crying out loud" and oh my word, it's hand drawn! This is rock and roll. There is NOTHING more rock n roll than attending the overly elaborate celebration of individuals in a team sport governed by a disgraced international body than wearing a shirt with WRITING ON IT. Well done Kasabian, you truly represent all that is cool about football. 6:30PM MICHAEL DOUGLAS SUPPORTS SWANSEA Catherine Zeta-Jones says:  "My husband... Michael Douglas is a Swansea City fan." Confirmation there from Zeta-Jones, who claims to have supported Swansea since before they were back in the Premier League, as though that makes her cool or something. Alright, Catherine. Chill out.  Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I don't watch movies, I watch sport," she says. And that is because she doesn't know how sport is going to end. Imagine then, if you will, a Liverpool vs Newcastle match directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The twist - and there is a twist - is that Stan Collymore was the mascot the whole time. And the mascot is the Queen. And the Queen scores the winning goal, liberating a fictional country which is supposed to be from somewhere near Afghanistan. 6:26PM All the stars are here Credit: PA It's not a long trek for Granit Xhaka to be here as the awards are being held in London.  Credit: PA And here's star Valencia right-back Eamonn Holmes, who has flown in to hang out with all his La Liga pals like... Sergio Ramos, who will probably be here at some point. Credit: EPA That's why he was in London. Maradona is on his best behaviour and looking very nice, but as yet hasn't dribbled past a single person on the red carpet. 6:21PM Welcome! HELLO EVERYONE! Welcome to this most exciting of events. It's like the Oscars... but with David Seaman! Credit: PA  Seaman won't be winning any awards tonight, especially since he doesn't have a moustache anymore, and instead must watch as the likes of Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar sit on some expensive chairs and feign being incredibly pleased that one of the other two has won the Best Best FIFA Best Best Football Player Man Award. There are other awards too. Who will win them? Let's find out together. 6:15PM What's all this then? It's the 2017 Best Fifa Football Awards, the second to be held, where - among other awards - world player of the year is crowned. The breakaway event was started after Fifa's Ballon d'Or partnership with France Football ended. The Ballon d'Or is still awarded by the publication each year, while Fifa hands out its own awards in tonight's event. When is it? It's on Monday October 23 - ie today. What time does the event start? It's a 7.30pm BST start at the London Palladium. What TV channel is it on? You can watch the event, hosted by Idris Elba, on Fifa's YouTube channel. Alternatively, you can follow the event as it happens right here, or catch the highlights on ITV at 10.45pm. Ronaldo with last year's award and Sir Alex Ferguson Credit: Getty Images Which awards are up for grabs, and who is shortlisted? The Best Fifa Men's Player Three players have been nominated for the award from an initial shortlist of 24. Last year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo, has scored 45 goals in 48 appearances this calendar year, including 34 goals for club and 11 for country. These incredible individual statistics are bolstered by Ronaldo winning the Champions League and La Liga in the 2016/17 campaign. Lionel Messi is another unsurprising feature within the best player award, with 49 goals and 11 assists in 50 appearances in 2017. The most expensive player in the world, Neymar is the outside bet to be crowned the greatest footballer on earth. The Best Fifa football coach award The best coach award is separated into male and female categories.  Juventus boss, Massimiliano Allegri, after winning the league and Coppa Italia last season. Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, who in his first season in English football won the Premier League, setting a new record along the way achieving 30 wins in a single season. Finally Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane makes the list after winning the Champions League and Los Blancos' first league title for five years. In the women's section, the the top three comprise of Denmark’s manager Nils Nielsen, who guided her side to the final against Holland in this year European Championships. Lyon coach Gerard Precheur is nominated after winning the Champions League, the French League Cup and the French Cup, while Sarina Wiegman also features after leading Holland to the 2017 European championships.  The Best FIFA goalkeeper award Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus is nominated, having gone 600 minutes without conceding in the Champions League, while Keylor Navas of Real Madrid won his second consecutive Champions League along with a La Liga title. Manuel Neuer makes up the three-man short list. The Puskas Award The Puskas award is for the best goal of the year. This year the three finalists include Deyna Castellanos of Venezuela women's side, Olivier Giroud for his goal for Arsenal, below, and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. The Best Fifa Fan award Borussia Dortmund make the final three after supporters came together to offer shelter to Monaco fans displaced by their Champions League match being rescheduled after a bomb attack on the Dortmund team bus.  Celtic are included through their final match of the league season which coincided with the 50th anniversary of winning the European Cup in 1967, which made them the first British club to lift the prestigious trophy. The Celtic fans honoured the team, known as the "Lisbon Lions", with a stunning full 360-degree card display around Celtic Park. FC Copenhagen were also nominated after winning the league in their final game against Brondby, when players handed the trophy to the fans, who then passed the trophy along to a wheelchair-bound supporter and lifted him in the air. Awards night preview: Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to retain his crown as FIFA men's player of the year in London on Monday night. The Real Madrid and Portugal superstar is up against Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Paris St Germain's Neymar for the award he won last year. The ceremony, which takes place at the London Palladium, is the second since the FIFA award split from France Football's Ballon d'Or prize. Ronaldo has scored 44 goals for club and country so far in 2017 and scored twice in the Champions League final in June, as Real won the competition for a record-extending 12th time. Messi has hit 50 goals for Barca and Argentina while Neymar, the world's most expensive player after he left Barcelona for PSG in the summer, has 25 goals to his name for Barca, PSG and Brazil. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is in the running for the top men's coach award along with Ronaldo's boss at Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, and Juventus chief Massimiliano Allegri. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud's 'scorpion kick' volley against Crystal Palace in January has been nominated for the Puskas Award for best goal. The 31-year-old's effort has been shortlisted along with goals from Venezuela's Deyna Castellanos and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. Castellanos is also nominated for the women's player of the year award alongside last year's winner Carli Lloyd of the United States and Holland's Lieke Martens. The winners are decided by a jury of club and international coaches, media representatives and fans. PA  

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Fifa player of the year award in London

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Best Fifa Men's Player Lieke Martens wins Best Fifa Women's Player Fifa XI is: Buffon; Marcelo, Bonucci, Ramos, Alves; Iniesta, Modric, Kroos; Neymar, Ronaldo, Messi Celtic win Fifa Fans Award Sarina Wiegman wins Best Fifa Women's Coach Zinedine Zidane wins Best Male Coach Gigi Buffon wins Best Goalkeeper  Olivier Giroud wins Puskas Award for best goal By PA: Real Madrid's Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo was crowned the best soccer player in the world for the second year running at Fifa's The Best awards gala on Monday. The four-time Ballon d'Or winner won a La Liga and Champions League double with the Madrid club this year, striking twice against Juventus in the European Cup final to help Real become the first team to retain the trophy in its current format. 'I'm 32 and I'm the best player in the world', Ronaldo reflects on winning award 00:39 Barcelona's Argentina forward Lionel Messi, who has won the Ballon d'or five times, and Paris St Germain's Brazil forward Neymar were runners up for the award voted for by national team coaches and captains plus the media and fans. The Best Fifa Men's Player award and the Ballon d'or, which is voted for only by the media, are now separate awards. Real Madrid's French coach Zinedine Zidane won the manager of the year trophy for his part in the club's success. Zidane was awarded Best Men's Coach Credit: FIFA Five Real players were named in the best XI of the year, with Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos joining Ronaldo, while Messi, Neymar, Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Dani Alves (PSG), Leonardo Bonucci (AC Milan) and Andres Iniesta (Barcelona) were also selected. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud won the Puskas Award for the best goal of the year, which was the Frenchman's scorpion kick against Crystal Palace, and Buffon was declared best goalkeeper. Holland's Lieke Martens won best female player of the year, while the Dutch women's national team coach Sarina Weigman was voted best manager after the team's triumph at Euro 2017. 9:33PM Who voted for Harry Kane? British Virgin Islands, France, Montserrat (who voted Suarez, Kane, Kante just to be different), Bahamas, Wales, Cambodia and Vanuatu.  Of course. The nation of Vanuatu. If anyone reading this is from Vanuatu, hello! 9:28PM How the international captains voted Here's the interesting bit... how footballers actually voted. Jordan Henderson (England): Ronaldo, Messi, Suarez. Huge Lloris (France): Ronaldo, Ramos, Kane. Manuel Neuer (Germany): Kroos, Lewandowski,Vidal (Kroos is very good tbf) Leo Messi (Argentina): Suarez, Iniesta, Neymar Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal): Modric, Ramos, Marcelo Dani Alves: Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo 9:03PM Cristiano Ronaldo meeting Maradona Credit: AFP   9:01PM A way to make Kasabian acceptable If they had played this:  Everything would be OK. Ronaldo is off to listen to this in the back of a giant limousine. 8:59PM Is this better than a Ballon d'Or? Is it the same? Does anyone know for sure what really counts as the actual award these days? 8:58PM Cristiano Ronaldo says "I want to mention Leo and Neymar to be here. Real Madrid supporters, my teammates, my coach, they support all the year so I have to say thank you to them.  "I'm really glad. This is a great moment for me. I know I have fans all over the world so thank you for the support. I appreciate that. "And I think I say everything. It's great to be here around these great players, this amazing player and I'm so happy guys. Thank you everybody and good night." 8:55PM CRISTIANO RONALDO WINS! Credit: FIFA He is the Best FIFA Men's Player! Credit: AFP   8:54PM The nominees   8:53PM Maradona's not quite on the ball Credit: FIFA He tries to open the envelope and reveal the winner before they've shown the video. Ronaldo gives him a nudge and tells him there's a video.  "Aaaaaaaaah!" he says. 8:51PM Ronaldo and Diego Maradona to present Best Men's Award That's a fairly decent attacking duo. 8:51PM Lieke Martens wins Best FIFA Women's Player! Martens was of course hugely influential in Holland's Euro 2017 win. "My dad and mum, this one is for you!" she says in her acceptance speech, also from yesterday because she is doing real football work instead of larking about in London. 8:49PM Best Women's Player Award It's the penultimate award of the evening. Hidetoshi Nakata - who looks cool - and Celia Sasic, who played for Germany, are here to present.  Deyna Castellanos, Carli Lloyd and Lieke Martens, who is ridiculously good, and my pick for the prize.  8:46PM The best team in the world!   8:45PM Music is subjective If you happen to love Kasabian, that's absolutely fine, by the way. I like a lot of music that many, many people do not, for instance. And I've never written a song that's gotten close to selling many millions of copies either. Though did once get a two out of five review in The List for an album. But those were younger days. 8:43PM They should make a band out of footballers What is the need for Kasabian here? Get Petr Cech on drums, Alexis Sanchez on piano, Gary Neville on guitar and... I dunno. Literally anyone singing. Patrice Evra on vocals. And they have to play 'Africa' by Toto because that song is ace. 8:41PM Oh the banter How long did it take Neymar to get ready? 20 minutes apparently. "I don't believe a word of it!" says the presenter. Dani Alves took less time. Just look how delighted Messi is to be involved with this. The greatest player of all time, forced to respond to jokes in a foreign language. And even worse, now he has to listen to Kasabian. Imagine. You're made to do go on international television, barely understand what's happening and are asked questions about doing your hair. And then Kasabian. 8:38PM Ronaldo's catchphrase for tonight "Talent without work is nothing." 8:37PM Bonucci is sat next to Dani Alves You may or may not be aware that Leonardo Bonucci and Dani Alves played alongside each other in the Champions League final against Real Madrid. There are rumours there may have been some sort of disagreement in the dressing room during that match... but now they are sitting next to each other and very friendly. 8:34PM Ronaldo on his team achievement Credit: EPA "Great achievement. I feel so proud, it takes many hours of work and dedication. To be on this stage 11 times it's a lot. Thank you to people who are voting me." 8:33PM World XI go offstage the wrong way They need a manager. 8:33PM This means nothing People who play Ultimate Team are probably pretty pumped about this FIFA dream team. If you save all your money up, you never know, you might find one of these guys in a pack for FIFA 18. SPEND YOUR MONEY! Or, you can have fun and play Pro Evo. It's really great this year.  8:28PM Best team in the world Here we go. David Suazo (he's from Honduras and used to play for Inter Milan) and Frank Lampard (come on) present the award. Credit: AFP In goal, it's Gigi Buffon. Right-back Dani Alves. Left-back Marcelo. Centre-back Sergio Ramos. Centre-back Leonardo Bonucci. Centre-midfield Luka Modric. Centre-midfield Toni Kroos. Centre-midfield Andre Iniesta (I love Iniesta but...) Right forward Lionel Messi Left forward Neymar Credit: AFP Striker Cristiano Ronaldo That's a 4-3-3 then. Solid. Not bad. 8:20PM Sarina Wiegman wins Best FIFA Women's Coach Wiegman led Holland to win Euro 2017 and had them playing some really entertaining football along the way. A deserved winner, just like all the other ones. She can't be there tonight to accept her award because she's doing actual football work, preparing for a World Cup qualifier, rather than sitting around the Paladium schmoozing.  Here is the Holland squad celebrating when they found out on Sunday: Beste coach van de wereld! Gefeliciteerd Sarina!!! pic.twitter.com/xHP5cM5rvR— OranjeLeeuwinnen (@oranjevrouwen) October 23, 2017   8:18PM Best FIFA Women's Coach Award Arsenal captain Alex Scott and Ruud Gullit present this one. There's some glorious rehearsed banter: Credit: PA Gullit: "Dutch women's football is at the very top of its game." Scott: "And the men?" Gullit: "Uuuh can we continue please?" Nils Nielsen, Gerard Precheur, Sarina Wiegman are the nominees.  And the winner is... 8:14PM And now a video of Pele Because it's his birthday, obviously. 8:14PM Best FIFA Fans Award winner is... Celtic They were the first British club to win the European Cup, and now they're the first to win the FIFA fans award. Will it occupy the same bit of that rather large trophy cabinet? Perhaps not, but a lovely gesture all the same.  Chairman of Celtic, Ian Bankier  Credit: AFP   8:12PM Elba presents the fans award while pretending to be cold He's dressed as an Arsenal fan, standing in the royal circle, or stalls... I'm not a theatre guy, sorry. But it's the bit where Statler and Waldorf  (the two grumpy old men from the Muppets) go. Credit: GETTY IMAGES Sammy Eto'o is now here to present The FIFA Fan Award, which almost certainly comes from a good place, but feels a little disingenuous. Mostly because it's FIFA. Let's all think of the fans, the millionaires say.  And the winner is... 8:05PM Buffon says Buffon and Schmeichel are delighted to welcome their new child into the world "I want to try to speak (in English)!" "For me, I am very happy because it is a great honour to receive this award... at my age. I'm proud of it but I want to say thanks to my club, my coach, my teammates because they help me to make it possible and I want to say thanks to all the person (sic) who voted for me and I think the last year has been a fantastic season for Juventus, and a personal season. It wasn't enough to win in Europe and for this year I hope that we can to play better and with the national team and Juventus because I will like to finish with the soccer with a fantastic victory." Has Buffon just confirmed that he's going to retire at the end of the season? 8:02PM The Best FIFA goalkeeper is Gigi Buffon! Deserved! What a man, what a player! Buffon has beaten Manuel Neuer and Keylor Navas to be crowned the world's best goalkeeper. 8:01PM Olivier Giroud collecting his award Credit: FIFA   8:00PM Zinedine Zidane wins best FIFA football coach award "Sorry, my English is very bad".  And then he speaks in French, which unfortunately is not something I know well enough to translate for you. I apologise. Credit: FIFA   7:55PM The best FIFA football coach award It's a choice between Antonio Conte, who won the Premier League with a Chelsea side who probably shouldn't have won and inspired the world to play 3-4-3. Massimiliano Allegri, another Italian, who did rather well with Juventus, winning Serie A again. And Zinedine Zidane, who won La Liga and the Champions League... again. And it's Zizou! 7:54PM Idris Elba taking a selfie with Neymar Credit: REUTERS If this wasn't scripted, it is an absolutely superb bit of brand management by Elba. They're going to know who he is tomorrow!  7:52PM Olivier Giroud wins the Puskas Award Some people are trying to sing the 'Hey Jude' Giroud song. "I am delighted to receive this trophy in front of legends of football and would like to thank people who voted for me. I would like to congratulate the other nominees who scored amazing goals too and I would like to thank my teammates, without them I couldn't score maybe this goal. And also my family."  He's quite emotional.  "I would like to dedicate this trophy to my dad". 7:50PM The winner is... Credit: FIFA  OLIVIER GIROUD! 7:48PM Puskas Award part 2 Conte is forced to speak on the microphone and even in front of an enormous hall of people, goes to his quiet pre-match interview voice. It's quite funny. Conte's favourite is Giroud's, and SO IS NEYMAR!  And Leo Messi - the greatest player ever, of all time - is diplomatic and doesn't give one choice.  Ronaldo does the same thing: "it's hard to choose one goal".  And to present the award will be Catherine Zeta-Jones and Diego Forlan.  7:45PM Puskas Award for best goal After showing this video: They interview Harry Kane. The crowd boos (because a large portion of them seem to be Arsenal fans). Maybe not actually, now Frank Lampard is in the spotlight and he gets a round of applause. Lampard says his favourite goal is Giroud's, Kane says it's the South African goalkeeper's. He has to say that though. The repercussions for supporting something Arsenal are just too high. Schmeichel agrees with Mr Lampard. 7:40PM Elba is doing selfies Credit: AFP Tonight's host is wandering around the front row getting selfies with Neymar, Messi and Ronaldo, doing some jokes. Then he goes to Olivier Giroud. It's good to see that even in awards ceremonies, Giroud still has to come off the bench to be involved.  7:38PM Idris Elba going for the jokes Solid opening. The setup references that this is an international broadcast, so if you're from South America, 'como estas'. If you're from China, 'ni hao' (sp) and if you're from Hackney, "alright bruv".   7:36PM But first, it's Stomp! I'm doing this face. Some people are bashing bins around on the stage as they show highlights of... some football. You can't see what football because there are people bashing bins around on stage. Now they're bouncing footballs. Diego Maradona looks fairly unimpressed.  But they've timed one of the bits to coincide with the ball hitting the back of the net and a scream of "GOAL!" which is quite nice. And now they're replicating acrobatic soccer skills and celebrations. The crowd goes mildly wild and politely applauds. Cue Martin Tyler: "I swear you'll never see anything like this ever again!" 7:32PM Idris Elba is here Star of The Wire, the US Office and those Sky Movies adverts, here comes Idris Elba wearing a really nice tuxedo. James Bond wears a tuxedo. It's an audition! 7:29PM Ronaldo seems confident Credit: AFP I think they've lined up this so it's Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo, which isn't the order I'd have them in. Surely Ronaldo plays through the middle of a front three? 7:27PM Confirmation: Ronaldo and Messi are football friends Credit: AP   7:26PM Here's the guy who really wants you to know he's here Credit: AFP Yaaaaaay it's... that guy. Gianni Infantino, the newest president of FIFA, is shaking hands and being friendly to people.   7:23PM Ronaldo is here!  Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez Credit: GETTY IMAGES Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez are here and have done the walk along the... green carpet. I've just thought of a way they can decide who actually wins the top prize between this guy, Messi and Neymar. Stay with me... Penalty shootout. And like in Game of Thrones, they can all choose a person to stand in for them as goalkeeper. Seaman is there, Schmeichel and Buffon too. And that's it.  7:22PM Claudio Ranieri Credit: FIFA  Doing a fine job at Nantes just now, grabbing those 1-0 wins to help them climb the table. Everyone likes Ranieri. 7:19PM Antonio Conte says "I think that it's very important to stay here and fight for this award. It is amazing with Real Madrid, they won the Champions League and the league but it is amazing for me to stay here and to fight for this award." God I hope he means that literally. Can you imagine? Conte windmilling his way through the main hall, battering Peter Schmeichel and Luka Modric in a whirlwind of fury. 7:17PM Dream strike partnernship Credit: AP These two would destroy worlds.  7:15PM I just want someone to love me as much as Marcelo loves this woman Credit: GETTY IMAGES Can you feel it? Light beams of warmth coming out of his eyes. 7:11PM Dani Alves has come dressed as a futuristic pirate Credit: REUTERS "STOP RIGHT THERE! SPACE POLICE! Agent Daniel Alves and you've got a loooooooot of talking to do, punk." 7:09PM Harry Kane and Katie Goodland There he is! Harry gives a little bit to the presenters about how nice it is to be invited. He's so nice. "It makes me feel very proud. For me it’s about improving every year. Messi, Ronaldo set the standard for all of us so just to get up there and be involved is fantastic. The stadium, the atmosphere (at Real Madrid) was amazing. To get a result… I'm very proud." 7:06PM What would you rather win? This is a great question. Kay Murray (I think) essentially asks Gigi Buffon whether he is happy having won the World Cup and not the Champions League. Which would you rather win? If you were a player. Not as a fan. It's difficult isn't it? On the one hand, Scotland winning the World Cup would be amazing BUT I'm leaning towards Aberdeen being crowned European champions. 6:59PM Photos of Messi at the Best FIFA Awards Leo Messi and wife Antonella Credit: AP Credit: PA   6:58PM All the stars are here! Credit: OA  That's Marcelo, here's David Trezeguet: Credit: FIFA And here's Philip Schofield: Credit: PA If you aren't from the UK, you might not know who this man is so let's try and explain. Philip Schofield, or Scholey F as he likes to be known, is a giant of British television. He's perhaps the nicest man alive to also be a TV presenter and used to best friends with a gopher, the whereabouts of which are unknown. What happened to that gopher, you ask? Nobody is sure. All we know for certain is that until its lifeless body is discovered washed up on that little beach next to the South Bank on the Thames, we must assume it is alive.  6:52PM No questions for Messi The FIFA TV presenters have been told they are not allowed to ask Leo Messi any questions - not even in Spanish. What kind of world is this? We're all just waiting to hear what the great man will say about tonight's event and have been denied. We'll never know how he's looking forward to it, and may the best man win, and that London is very nice and that he's glad he's scored today but more pleased that the team got three points, and they just have to go again in the next game. In Spanish. But no! 6:47PM Leo Messi is here *high pitch scream* ARRRRHRHGGHHGHGHGHGHGHGH. And I can confirm he is wearing a normal suit. Nothing shiny and no LED lights. Disappointing. 6:47PM Frank Lampard is here "(Real Madrid) are going down as one of the best club teams in history. " I agree Frank. They're really good. "(Conte's) in the running (for best manager). He's done an unbelievable job at Chelsea" 6:45PM Messi looks terrified in his press photo shoot Credit: FIFA There are a few promo shoots featuring the key players. Messi is trying to look cool but is also wearing a hoody and sadly, that is almost impossible to do.  Credit: FIFA   6:39PM PHILIP SCHOFIELD IS HERE Oh now this is kicking off. "Oldham fan. My Granddad used to play pies at the ground as a lad. I was a constant disappointment for him because we (his brother) were rubbish. I just lacked the sporting mind, I think. I kick a ball around the garden with my nephews. I was asked all the way down Ronaldo or Messi... it's a tricky one. "Messi." There you have it. Philip Schofield believes Messi will win. Why do they need this event now? It's done, people! 6:37PM Patrick Kluivert is tonight's magician Credit: FIFA It's either that, or Kluivert's album cover has been leaked onto the picture database I'm currently enjoying. I think this one would be called "Still Crazy" or "These Nights".   Like that. Available on iTunes, but don't bother. You can stream it for free and it's not all that. 6:32PM Down with this sort of thing Credit: PA M8, mate, maaaaaaaaate what a fantastic shirt. Oooooooh that'll really stick it to them. Look what it says "for crying out loud" and oh my word, it's hand drawn! This is rock and roll. There is NOTHING more rock n roll than attending the overly elaborate celebration of individuals in a team sport governed by a disgraced international body than wearing a shirt with WRITING ON IT. Well done Kasabian, you truly represent all that is cool about football. 6:30PM MICHAEL DOUGLAS SUPPORTS SWANSEA Catherine Zeta-Jones says:  "My husband... Michael Douglas is a Swansea City fan." Confirmation there from Zeta-Jones, who claims to have supported Swansea since before they were back in the Premier League, as though that makes her cool or something. Alright, Catherine. Chill out.  Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I don't watch movies, I watch sport," she says. And that is because she doesn't know how sport is going to end. Imagine then, if you will, a Liverpool vs Newcastle match directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The twist - and there is a twist - is that Stan Collymore was the mascot the whole time. And the mascot is the Queen. And the Queen scores the winning goal, liberating a fictional country which is supposed to be from somewhere near Afghanistan. 6:26PM All the stars are here Credit: PA It's not a long trek for Granit Xhaka to be here as the awards are being held in London.  Credit: PA And here's star Valencia right-back Eamonn Holmes, who has flown in to hang out with all his La Liga pals like... Sergio Ramos, who will probably be here at some point. Credit: EPA That's why he was in London. Maradona is on his best behaviour and looking very nice, but as yet hasn't dribbled past a single person on the red carpet. 6:21PM Welcome! HELLO EVERYONE! Welcome to this most exciting of events. It's like the Oscars... but with David Seaman! Credit: PA  Seaman won't be winning any awards tonight, especially since he doesn't have a moustache anymore, and instead must watch as the likes of Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar sit on some expensive chairs and feign being incredibly pleased that one of the other two has won the Best Best FIFA Best Best Football Player Man Award. There are other awards too. Who will win them? Let's find out together. 6:15PM What's all this then? It's the 2017 Best Fifa Football Awards, the second to be held, where - among other awards - world player of the year is crowned. The breakaway event was started after Fifa's Ballon d'Or partnership with France Football ended. The Ballon d'Or is still awarded by the publication each year, while Fifa hands out its own awards in tonight's event. When is it? It's on Monday October 23 - ie today. What time does the event start? It's a 7.30pm BST start at the London Palladium. What TV channel is it on? You can watch the event, hosted by Idris Elba, on Fifa's YouTube channel. Alternatively, you can follow the event as it happens right here, or catch the highlights on ITV at 10.45pm. Ronaldo with last year's award and Sir Alex Ferguson Credit: Getty Images Which awards are up for grabs, and who is shortlisted? The Best Fifa Men's Player Three players have been nominated for the award from an initial shortlist of 24. Last year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo, has scored 45 goals in 48 appearances this calendar year, including 34 goals for club and 11 for country. These incredible individual statistics are bolstered by Ronaldo winning the Champions League and La Liga in the 2016/17 campaign. Lionel Messi is another unsurprising feature within the best player award, with 49 goals and 11 assists in 50 appearances in 2017. The most expensive player in the world, Neymar is the outside bet to be crowned the greatest footballer on earth. The Best Fifa football coach award The best coach award is separated into male and female categories.  Juventus boss, Massimiliano Allegri, after winning the league and Coppa Italia last season. Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, who in his first season in English football won the Premier League, setting a new record along the way achieving 30 wins in a single season. Finally Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane makes the list after winning the Champions League and Los Blancos' first league title for five years. In the women's section, the the top three comprise of Denmark’s manager Nils Nielsen, who guided her side to the final against Holland in this year European Championships. Lyon coach Gerard Precheur is nominated after winning the Champions League, the French League Cup and the French Cup, while Sarina Wiegman also features after leading Holland to the 2017 European championships.  The Best FIFA goalkeeper award Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus is nominated, having gone 600 minutes without conceding in the Champions League, while Keylor Navas of Real Madrid won his second consecutive Champions League along with a La Liga title. Manuel Neuer makes up the three-man short list. The Puskas Award The Puskas award is for the best goal of the year. This year the three finalists include Deyna Castellanos of Venezuela women's side, Olivier Giroud for his goal for Arsenal, below, and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. The Best Fifa Fan award Borussia Dortmund make the final three after supporters came together to offer shelter to Monaco fans displaced by their Champions League match being rescheduled after a bomb attack on the Dortmund team bus.  Celtic are included through their final match of the league season which coincided with the 50th anniversary of winning the European Cup in 1967, which made them the first British club to lift the prestigious trophy. The Celtic fans honoured the team, known as the "Lisbon Lions", with a stunning full 360-degree card display around Celtic Park. FC Copenhagen were also nominated after winning the league in their final game against Brondby, when players handed the trophy to the fans, who then passed the trophy along to a wheelchair-bound supporter and lifted him in the air. Awards night preview: Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to retain his crown as FIFA men's player of the year in London on Monday night. The Real Madrid and Portugal superstar is up against Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Paris St Germain's Neymar for the award he won last year. The ceremony, which takes place at the London Palladium, is the second since the FIFA award split from France Football's Ballon d'Or prize. Ronaldo has scored 44 goals for club and country so far in 2017 and scored twice in the Champions League final in June, as Real won the competition for a record-extending 12th time. Messi has hit 50 goals for Barca and Argentina while Neymar, the world's most expensive player after he left Barcelona for PSG in the summer, has 25 goals to his name for Barca, PSG and Brazil. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is in the running for the top men's coach award along with Ronaldo's boss at Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, and Juventus chief Massimiliano Allegri. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud's 'scorpion kick' volley against Crystal Palace in January has been nominated for the Puskas Award for best goal. The 31-year-old's effort has been shortlisted along with goals from Venezuela's Deyna Castellanos and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. Castellanos is also nominated for the women's player of the year award alongside last year's winner Carli Lloyd of the United States and Holland's Lieke Martens. The winners are decided by a jury of club and international coaches, media representatives and fans. PA  

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Fifa player of the year award in London

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Best Fifa Men's Player Lieke Martens wins Best Fifa Women's Player Fifa XI is: Buffon; Marcelo, Bonucci, Ramos, Alves; Iniesta, Modric, Kroos; Neymar, Ronaldo, Messi Celtic win Fifa Fans Award Sarina Wiegman wins Best Fifa Women's Coach Zinedine Zidane wins Best Male Coach Gigi Buffon wins Best Goalkeeper  Olivier Giroud wins Puskas Award for best goal By PA: Real Madrid's Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo was crowned the best soccer player in the world for the second year running at Fifa's The Best awards gala on Monday. The four-time Ballon d'Or winner won a La Liga and Champions League double with the Madrid club this year, striking twice against Juventus in the European Cup final to help Real become the first team to retain the trophy in its current format. 'I'm 32 and I'm the best player in the world', Ronaldo reflects on winning award 00:39 Barcelona's Argentina forward Lionel Messi, who has won the Ballon d'or five times, and Paris St Germain's Brazil forward Neymar were runners up for the award voted for by national team coaches and captains plus the media and fans. The Best Fifa Men's Player award and the Ballon d'or, which is voted for only by the media, are now separate awards. Real Madrid's French coach Zinedine Zidane won the manager of the year trophy for his part in the club's success. Zidane was awarded Best Men's Coach Credit: FIFA Five Real players were named in the best XI of the year, with Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos joining Ronaldo, while Messi, Neymar, Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Dani Alves (PSG), Leonardo Bonucci (AC Milan) and Andres Iniesta (Barcelona) were also selected. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud won the Puskas Award for the best goal of the year, which was the Frenchman's scorpion kick against Crystal Palace, and Buffon was declared best goalkeeper. Holland's Lieke Martens won best female player of the year, while the Dutch women's national team coach Sarina Weigman was voted best manager after the team's triumph at Euro 2017. 9:33PM Who voted for Harry Kane? British Virgin Islands, France, Montserrat (who voted Suarez, Kane, Kante just to be different), Bahamas, Wales, Cambodia and Vanuatu.  Of course. The nation of Vanuatu. If anyone reading this is from Vanuatu, hello! 9:28PM How the international captains voted Here's the interesting bit... how footballers actually voted. Jordan Henderson (England): Ronaldo, Messi, Suarez. Huge Lloris (France): Ronaldo, Ramos, Kane. Manuel Neuer (Germany): Kroos, Lewandowski,Vidal (Kroos is very good tbf) Leo Messi (Argentina): Suarez, Iniesta, Neymar Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal): Modric, Ramos, Marcelo Dani Alves: Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo 9:03PM Cristiano Ronaldo meeting Maradona Credit: AFP   9:01PM A way to make Kasabian acceptable If they had played this:  Everything would be OK. Ronaldo is off to listen to this in the back of a giant limousine. 8:59PM Is this better than a Ballon d'Or? Is it the same? Does anyone know for sure what really counts as the actual award these days? 8:58PM Cristiano Ronaldo says "I want to mention Leo and Neymar to be here. Real Madrid supporters, my teammates, my coach, they support all the year so I have to say thank you to them.  "I'm really glad. This is a great moment for me. I know I have fans all over the world so thank you for the support. I appreciate that. "And I think I say everything. It's great to be here around these great players, this amazing player and I'm so happy guys. Thank you everybody and good night." 8:55PM CRISTIANO RONALDO WINS! Credit: FIFA He is the Best FIFA Men's Player! Credit: AFP   8:54PM The nominees   8:53PM Maradona's not quite on the ball Credit: FIFA He tries to open the envelope and reveal the winner before they've shown the video. Ronaldo gives him a nudge and tells him there's a video.  "Aaaaaaaaah!" he says. 8:51PM Ronaldo and Diego Maradona to present Best Men's Award That's a fairly decent attacking duo. 8:51PM Lieke Martens wins Best FIFA Women's Player! Martens was of course hugely influential in Holland's Euro 2017 win. "My dad and mum, this one is for you!" she says in her acceptance speech, also from yesterday because she is doing real football work instead of larking about in London. 8:49PM Best Women's Player Award It's the penultimate award of the evening. Hidetoshi Nakata - who looks cool - and Celia Sasic, who played for Germany, are here to present.  Deyna Castellanos, Carli Lloyd and Lieke Martens, who is ridiculously good, and my pick for the prize.  8:46PM The best team in the world!   8:45PM Music is subjective If you happen to love Kasabian, that's absolutely fine, by the way. I like a lot of music that many, many people do not, for instance. And I've never written a song that's gotten close to selling many millions of copies either. Though did once get a two out of five review in The List for an album. But those were younger days. 8:43PM They should make a band out of footballers What is the need for Kasabian here? Get Petr Cech on drums, Alexis Sanchez on piano, Gary Neville on guitar and... I dunno. Literally anyone singing. Patrice Evra on vocals. And they have to play 'Africa' by Toto because that song is ace. 8:41PM Oh the banter How long did it take Neymar to get ready? 20 minutes apparently. "I don't believe a word of it!" says the presenter. Dani Alves took less time. Just look how delighted Messi is to be involved with this. The greatest player of all time, forced to respond to jokes in a foreign language. And even worse, now he has to listen to Kasabian. Imagine. You're made to do go on international television, barely understand what's happening and are asked questions about doing your hair. And then Kasabian. 8:38PM Ronaldo's catchphrase for tonight "Talent without work is nothing." 8:37PM Bonucci is sat next to Dani Alves You may or may not be aware that Leonardo Bonucci and Dani Alves played alongside each other in the Champions League final against Real Madrid. There are rumours there may have been some sort of disagreement in the dressing room during that match... but now they are sitting next to each other and very friendly. 8:34PM Ronaldo on his team achievement Credit: EPA "Great achievement. I feel so proud, it takes many hours of work and dedication. To be on this stage 11 times it's a lot. Thank you to people who are voting me." 8:33PM World XI go offstage the wrong way They need a manager. 8:33PM This means nothing People who play Ultimate Team are probably pretty pumped about this FIFA dream team. If you save all your money up, you never know, you might find one of these guys in a pack for FIFA 18. SPEND YOUR MONEY! Or, you can have fun and play Pro Evo. It's really great this year.  8:28PM Best team in the world Here we go. David Suazo (he's from Honduras and used to play for Inter Milan) and Frank Lampard (come on) present the award. Credit: AFP In goal, it's Gigi Buffon. Right-back Dani Alves. Left-back Marcelo. Centre-back Sergio Ramos. Centre-back Leonardo Bonucci. Centre-midfield Luka Modric. Centre-midfield Toni Kroos. Centre-midfield Andre Iniesta (I love Iniesta but...) Right forward Lionel Messi Left forward Neymar Credit: AFP Striker Cristiano Ronaldo That's a 4-3-3 then. Solid. Not bad. 8:20PM Sarina Wiegman wins Best FIFA Women's Coach Wiegman led Holland to win Euro 2017 and had them playing some really entertaining football along the way. A deserved winner, just like all the other ones. She can't be there tonight to accept her award because she's doing actual football work, preparing for a World Cup qualifier, rather than sitting around the Paladium schmoozing.  Here is the Holland squad celebrating when they found out on Sunday: Beste coach van de wereld! Gefeliciteerd Sarina!!! pic.twitter.com/xHP5cM5rvR— OranjeLeeuwinnen (@oranjevrouwen) October 23, 2017   8:18PM Best FIFA Women's Coach Award Arsenal captain Alex Scott and Ruud Gullit present this one. There's some glorious rehearsed banter: Credit: PA Gullit: "Dutch women's football is at the very top of its game." Scott: "And the men?" Gullit: "Uuuh can we continue please?" Nils Nielsen, Gerard Precheur, Sarina Wiegman are the nominees.  And the winner is... 8:14PM And now a video of Pele Because it's his birthday, obviously. 8:14PM Best FIFA Fans Award winner is... Celtic They were the first British club to win the European Cup, and now they're the first to win the FIFA fans award. Will it occupy the same bit of that rather large trophy cabinet? Perhaps not, but a lovely gesture all the same.  Chairman of Celtic, Ian Bankier  Credit: AFP   8:12PM Elba presents the fans award while pretending to be cold He's dressed as an Arsenal fan, standing in the royal circle, or stalls... I'm not a theatre guy, sorry. But it's the bit where Statler and Waldorf  (the two grumpy old men from the Muppets) go. Credit: GETTY IMAGES Sammy Eto'o is now here to present The FIFA Fan Award, which almost certainly comes from a good place, but feels a little disingenuous. Mostly because it's FIFA. Let's all think of the fans, the millionaires say.  And the winner is... 8:05PM Buffon says Buffon and Schmeichel are delighted to welcome their new child into the world "I want to try to speak (in English)!" "For me, I am very happy because it is a great honour to receive this award... at my age. I'm proud of it but I want to say thanks to my club, my coach, my teammates because they help me to make it possible and I want to say thanks to all the person (sic) who voted for me and I think the last year has been a fantastic season for Juventus, and a personal season. It wasn't enough to win in Europe and for this year I hope that we can to play better and with the national team and Juventus because I will like to finish with the soccer with a fantastic victory." Has Buffon just confirmed that he's going to retire at the end of the season? 8:02PM The Best FIFA goalkeeper is Gigi Buffon! Deserved! What a man, what a player! Buffon has beaten Manuel Neuer and Keylor Navas to be crowned the world's best goalkeeper. 8:01PM Olivier Giroud collecting his award Credit: FIFA   8:00PM Zinedine Zidane wins best FIFA football coach award "Sorry, my English is very bad".  And then he speaks in French, which unfortunately is not something I know well enough to translate for you. I apologise. Credit: FIFA   7:55PM The best FIFA football coach award It's a choice between Antonio Conte, who won the Premier League with a Chelsea side who probably shouldn't have won and inspired the world to play 3-4-3. Massimiliano Allegri, another Italian, who did rather well with Juventus, winning Serie A again. And Zinedine Zidane, who won La Liga and the Champions League... again. And it's Zizou! 7:54PM Idris Elba taking a selfie with Neymar Credit: REUTERS If this wasn't scripted, it is an absolutely superb bit of brand management by Elba. They're going to know who he is tomorrow!  7:52PM Olivier Giroud wins the Puskas Award Some people are trying to sing the 'Hey Jude' Giroud song. "I am delighted to receive this trophy in front of legends of football and would like to thank people who voted for me. I would like to congratulate the other nominees who scored amazing goals too and I would like to thank my teammates, without them I couldn't score maybe this goal. And also my family."  He's quite emotional.  "I would like to dedicate this trophy to my dad". 7:50PM The winner is... Credit: FIFA  OLIVIER GIROUD! 7:48PM Puskas Award part 2 Conte is forced to speak on the microphone and even in front of an enormous hall of people, goes to his quiet pre-match interview voice. It's quite funny. Conte's favourite is Giroud's, and SO IS NEYMAR!  And Leo Messi - the greatest player ever, of all time - is diplomatic and doesn't give one choice.  Ronaldo does the same thing: "it's hard to choose one goal".  And to present the award will be Catherine Zeta-Jones and Diego Forlan.  7:45PM Puskas Award for best goal After showing this video: They interview Harry Kane. The crowd boos (because a large portion of them seem to be Arsenal fans). Maybe not actually, now Frank Lampard is in the spotlight and he gets a round of applause. Lampard says his favourite goal is Giroud's, Kane says it's the South African goalkeeper's. He has to say that though. The repercussions for supporting something Arsenal are just too high. Schmeichel agrees with Mr Lampard. 7:40PM Elba is doing selfies Credit: AFP Tonight's host is wandering around the front row getting selfies with Neymar, Messi and Ronaldo, doing some jokes. Then he goes to Olivier Giroud. It's good to see that even in awards ceremonies, Giroud still has to come off the bench to be involved.  7:38PM Idris Elba going for the jokes Solid opening. The setup references that this is an international broadcast, so if you're from South America, 'como estas'. If you're from China, 'ni hao' (sp) and if you're from Hackney, "alright bruv".   7:36PM But first, it's Stomp! I'm doing this face. Some people are bashing bins around on the stage as they show highlights of... some football. You can't see what football because there are people bashing bins around on stage. Now they're bouncing footballs. Diego Maradona looks fairly unimpressed.  But they've timed one of the bits to coincide with the ball hitting the back of the net and a scream of "GOAL!" which is quite nice. And now they're replicating acrobatic soccer skills and celebrations. The crowd goes mildly wild and politely applauds. Cue Martin Tyler: "I swear you'll never see anything like this ever again!" 7:32PM Idris Elba is here Star of The Wire, the US Office and those Sky Movies adverts, here comes Idris Elba wearing a really nice tuxedo. James Bond wears a tuxedo. It's an audition! 7:29PM Ronaldo seems confident Credit: AFP I think they've lined up this so it's Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo, which isn't the order I'd have them in. Surely Ronaldo plays through the middle of a front three? 7:27PM Confirmation: Ronaldo and Messi are football friends Credit: AP   7:26PM Here's the guy who really wants you to know he's here Credit: AFP Yaaaaaay it's... that guy. Gianni Infantino, the newest president of FIFA, is shaking hands and being friendly to people.   7:23PM Ronaldo is here!  Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez Credit: GETTY IMAGES Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez are here and have done the walk along the... green carpet. I've just thought of a way they can decide who actually wins the top prize between this guy, Messi and Neymar. Stay with me... Penalty shootout. And like in Game of Thrones, they can all choose a person to stand in for them as goalkeeper. Seaman is there, Schmeichel and Buffon too. And that's it.  7:22PM Claudio Ranieri Credit: FIFA  Doing a fine job at Nantes just now, grabbing those 1-0 wins to help them climb the table. Everyone likes Ranieri. 7:19PM Antonio Conte says "I think that it's very important to stay here and fight for this award. It is amazing with Real Madrid, they won the Champions League and the league but it is amazing for me to stay here and to fight for this award." God I hope he means that literally. Can you imagine? Conte windmilling his way through the main hall, battering Peter Schmeichel and Luka Modric in a whirlwind of fury. 7:17PM Dream strike partnernship Credit: AP These two would destroy worlds.  7:15PM I just want someone to love me as much as Marcelo loves this woman Credit: GETTY IMAGES Can you feel it? Light beams of warmth coming out of his eyes. 7:11PM Dani Alves has come dressed as a futuristic pirate Credit: REUTERS "STOP RIGHT THERE! SPACE POLICE! Agent Daniel Alves and you've got a loooooooot of talking to do, punk." 7:09PM Harry Kane and Katie Goodland There he is! Harry gives a little bit to the presenters about how nice it is to be invited. He's so nice. "It makes me feel very proud. For me it’s about improving every year. Messi, Ronaldo set the standard for all of us so just to get up there and be involved is fantastic. The stadium, the atmosphere (at Real Madrid) was amazing. To get a result… I'm very proud." 7:06PM What would you rather win? This is a great question. Kay Murray (I think) essentially asks Gigi Buffon whether he is happy having won the World Cup and not the Champions League. Which would you rather win? If you were a player. Not as a fan. It's difficult isn't it? On the one hand, Scotland winning the World Cup would be amazing BUT I'm leaning towards Aberdeen being crowned European champions. 6:59PM Photos of Messi at the Best FIFA Awards Leo Messi and wife Antonella Credit: AP Credit: PA   6:58PM All the stars are here! Credit: OA  That's Marcelo, here's David Trezeguet: Credit: FIFA And here's Philip Schofield: Credit: PA If you aren't from the UK, you might not know who this man is so let's try and explain. Philip Schofield, or Scholey F as he likes to be known, is a giant of British television. He's perhaps the nicest man alive to also be a TV presenter and used to best friends with a gopher, the whereabouts of which are unknown. What happened to that gopher, you ask? Nobody is sure. All we know for certain is that until its lifeless body is discovered washed up on that little beach next to the South Bank on the Thames, we must assume it is alive.  6:52PM No questions for Messi The FIFA TV presenters have been told they are not allowed to ask Leo Messi any questions - not even in Spanish. What kind of world is this? We're all just waiting to hear what the great man will say about tonight's event and have been denied. We'll never know how he's looking forward to it, and may the best man win, and that London is very nice and that he's glad he's scored today but more pleased that the team got three points, and they just have to go again in the next game. In Spanish. But no! 6:47PM Leo Messi is here *high pitch scream* ARRRRHRHGGHHGHGHGHGHGHGH. And I can confirm he is wearing a normal suit. Nothing shiny and no LED lights. Disappointing. 6:47PM Frank Lampard is here "(Real Madrid) are going down as one of the best club teams in history. " I agree Frank. They're really good. "(Conte's) in the running (for best manager). He's done an unbelievable job at Chelsea" 6:45PM Messi looks terrified in his press photo shoot Credit: FIFA There are a few promo shoots featuring the key players. Messi is trying to look cool but is also wearing a hoody and sadly, that is almost impossible to do.  Credit: FIFA   6:39PM PHILIP SCHOFIELD IS HERE Oh now this is kicking off. "Oldham fan. My Granddad used to play pies at the ground as a lad. I was a constant disappointment for him because we (his brother) were rubbish. I just lacked the sporting mind, I think. I kick a ball around the garden with my nephews. I was asked all the way down Ronaldo or Messi... it's a tricky one. "Messi." There you have it. Philip Schofield believes Messi will win. Why do they need this event now? It's done, people! 6:37PM Patrick Kluivert is tonight's magician Credit: FIFA It's either that, or Kluivert's album cover has been leaked onto the picture database I'm currently enjoying. I think this one would be called "Still Crazy" or "These Nights".   Like that. Available on iTunes, but don't bother. You can stream it for free and it's not all that. 6:32PM Down with this sort of thing Credit: PA M8, mate, maaaaaaaaate what a fantastic shirt. Oooooooh that'll really stick it to them. Look what it says "for crying out loud" and oh my word, it's hand drawn! This is rock and roll. There is NOTHING more rock n roll than attending the overly elaborate celebration of individuals in a team sport governed by a disgraced international body than wearing a shirt with WRITING ON IT. Well done Kasabian, you truly represent all that is cool about football. 6:30PM MICHAEL DOUGLAS SUPPORTS SWANSEA Catherine Zeta-Jones says:  "My husband... Michael Douglas is a Swansea City fan." Confirmation there from Zeta-Jones, who claims to have supported Swansea since before they were back in the Premier League, as though that makes her cool or something. Alright, Catherine. Chill out.  Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I don't watch movies, I watch sport," she says. And that is because she doesn't know how sport is going to end. Imagine then, if you will, a Liverpool vs Newcastle match directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The twist - and there is a twist - is that Stan Collymore was the mascot the whole time. And the mascot is the Queen. And the Queen scores the winning goal, liberating a fictional country which is supposed to be from somewhere near Afghanistan. 6:26PM All the stars are here Credit: PA It's not a long trek for Granit Xhaka to be here as the awards are being held in London.  Credit: PA And here's star Valencia right-back Eamonn Holmes, who has flown in to hang out with all his La Liga pals like... Sergio Ramos, who will probably be here at some point. Credit: EPA That's why he was in London. Maradona is on his best behaviour and looking very nice, but as yet hasn't dribbled past a single person on the red carpet. 6:21PM Welcome! HELLO EVERYONE! Welcome to this most exciting of events. It's like the Oscars... but with David Seaman! Credit: PA  Seaman won't be winning any awards tonight, especially since he doesn't have a moustache anymore, and instead must watch as the likes of Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar sit on some expensive chairs and feign being incredibly pleased that one of the other two has won the Best Best FIFA Best Best Football Player Man Award. There are other awards too. Who will win them? Let's find out together. 6:15PM What's all this then? It's the 2017 Best Fifa Football Awards, the second to be held, where - among other awards - world player of the year is crowned. The breakaway event was started after Fifa's Ballon d'Or partnership with France Football ended. The Ballon d'Or is still awarded by the publication each year, while Fifa hands out its own awards in tonight's event. When is it? It's on Monday October 23 - ie today. What time does the event start? It's a 7.30pm BST start at the London Palladium. What TV channel is it on? You can watch the event, hosted by Idris Elba, on Fifa's YouTube channel. Alternatively, you can follow the event as it happens right here, or catch the highlights on ITV at 10.45pm. Ronaldo with last year's award and Sir Alex Ferguson Credit: Getty Images Which awards are up for grabs, and who is shortlisted? The Best Fifa Men's Player Three players have been nominated for the award from an initial shortlist of 24. Last year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo, has scored 45 goals in 48 appearances this calendar year, including 34 goals for club and 11 for country. These incredible individual statistics are bolstered by Ronaldo winning the Champions League and La Liga in the 2016/17 campaign. Lionel Messi is another unsurprising feature within the best player award, with 49 goals and 11 assists in 50 appearances in 2017. The most expensive player in the world, Neymar is the outside bet to be crowned the greatest footballer on earth. The Best Fifa football coach award The best coach award is separated into male and female categories.  Juventus boss, Massimiliano Allegri, after winning the league and Coppa Italia last season. Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, who in his first season in English football won the Premier League, setting a new record along the way achieving 30 wins in a single season. Finally Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane makes the list after winning the Champions League and Los Blancos' first league title for five years. In the women's section, the the top three comprise of Denmark’s manager Nils Nielsen, who guided her side to the final against Holland in this year European Championships. Lyon coach Gerard Precheur is nominated after winning the Champions League, the French League Cup and the French Cup, while Sarina Wiegman also features after leading Holland to the 2017 European championships.  The Best FIFA goalkeeper award Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus is nominated, having gone 600 minutes without conceding in the Champions League, while Keylor Navas of Real Madrid won his second consecutive Champions League along with a La Liga title. Manuel Neuer makes up the three-man short list. The Puskas Award The Puskas award is for the best goal of the year. This year the three finalists include Deyna Castellanos of Venezuela women's side, Olivier Giroud for his goal for Arsenal, below, and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. The Best Fifa Fan award Borussia Dortmund make the final three after supporters came together to offer shelter to Monaco fans displaced by their Champions League match being rescheduled after a bomb attack on the Dortmund team bus.  Celtic are included through their final match of the league season which coincided with the 50th anniversary of winning the European Cup in 1967, which made them the first British club to lift the prestigious trophy. The Celtic fans honoured the team, known as the "Lisbon Lions", with a stunning full 360-degree card display around Celtic Park. FC Copenhagen were also nominated after winning the league in their final game against Brondby, when players handed the trophy to the fans, who then passed the trophy along to a wheelchair-bound supporter and lifted him in the air. Awards night preview: Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to retain his crown as FIFA men's player of the year in London on Monday night. The Real Madrid and Portugal superstar is up against Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Paris St Germain's Neymar for the award he won last year. The ceremony, which takes place at the London Palladium, is the second since the FIFA award split from France Football's Ballon d'Or prize. Ronaldo has scored 44 goals for club and country so far in 2017 and scored twice in the Champions League final in June, as Real won the competition for a record-extending 12th time. Messi has hit 50 goals for Barca and Argentina while Neymar, the world's most expensive player after he left Barcelona for PSG in the summer, has 25 goals to his name for Barca, PSG and Brazil. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is in the running for the top men's coach award along with Ronaldo's boss at Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, and Juventus chief Massimiliano Allegri. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud's 'scorpion kick' volley against Crystal Palace in January has been nominated for the Puskas Award for best goal. The 31-year-old's effort has been shortlisted along with goals from Venezuela's Deyna Castellanos and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. Castellanos is also nominated for the women's player of the year award alongside last year's winner Carli Lloyd of the United States and Holland's Lieke Martens. The winners are decided by a jury of club and international coaches, media representatives and fans. PA