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El atacante argentino del FC Barcelona Lionel Messi (C) remata sobre la portería del Celtic de Glasgow, en partido del grupo G de la Liga de Campeones jugado el 7 de noviembre de 2012 en Glasgow. (AFP | ian macnicol)

Ronaldo Lima expects Real Madrid to close gap in La Liga

Former Real Madrid stiker Ronaldo expects his former side to close the gap on Barcelona in the La Liga table

Ronaldo Lima expects Real Madrid to close gap in La Liga

Former Real Madrid stiker Ronaldo expects his former side to close the gap on Barcelona in the La Liga table

Ronaldo Lima expects Real Madrid to close gap in La Liga

Former Real Madrid stiker Ronaldo expects his former side to close the gap on Barcelona in the La Liga table

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Best FIFA Men's Player Award 2017

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. 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. The Netherlands' 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 Best FIFA Men's Player Award 2017

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. 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. The Netherlands' 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 Best FIFA Men's Player Award 2017

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. 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. The Netherlands' 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 Best FIFA Men's Player Award 2017

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. 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. The Netherlands' 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 Best FIFA Men's Player Award 2017

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. 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. The Netherlands' 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 Best FIFA Men's Player Award 2017

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. 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. The Netherlands' 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 Best FIFA Men's Player Award 2017

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. 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. The Netherlands' 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 Best FIFA Men's Player Award 2017

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. 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. The Netherlands' 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 Best FIFA Men's Player Award 2017

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. 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. The Netherlands' 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 Best FIFA Men's Player Award 2017

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. 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. The Netherlands' 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 Best FIFA Men's Player Award 2017

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. 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. The Netherlands' 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 Best FIFA Men's Player Award 2017

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. 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. The Netherlands' 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 Best FIFA Men's Player Award 2017

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. 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. The Netherlands' 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 Best FIFA Men's Player Award 2017

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. 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. The Netherlands' 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 Best FIFA Men's Player Award 2017

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. 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. The Netherlands' 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 Best FIFA Men's Player Award 2017

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. 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. The Netherlands' 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 Best FIFA Men's Player Award 2017

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. 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. The Netherlands' 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 Best FIFA Men's Player Award 2017

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. 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. The Netherlands' 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 Best FIFA Men's Player Award 2017

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. 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. The Netherlands' 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 Best FIFA Men's Player Award 2017

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. 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. The Netherlands' 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 Best FIFA Men's Player Award 2017

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. 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. The Netherlands' 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 Best FIFA Men's Player Award 2017

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. 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. The Netherlands' 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