Best Fifa Football Awards 2018: Live updates as Cristiano Ronaldo battles Luka Modric and Mo Salah

Best Fifa Awards 2018 is currently holding at the Royal Festival Hall, on London’s Southban. Winner of last year’s men’s player of the year, Cristiano Ronaldo is up against Luka Modric and Egyptian Mo Salah.

The Women’s player of the year between Ada Hegerberg,  Dzsenifer Marozsan and Marta.

Here are all of the winners from tonight:

Best Men’s Player: Luka Modric
Best Women’s Player: Marta
Best Men’s Coach: Didier Deschamps
Best Women’s Coach: Reynald Pedros
Puskas Award: Mohamed Salah
Best Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois
Best Fan: Peru fans at the World Cup
Fair Play Award: Lennart Thy

If you missed our live updates, you can check the timeline recaps below:

9:22PM Time to party?

That’s the end of the awards ceremony. Some players might be straight off to bed with training in the morning, others, you imagine, might be out a little longer in the capital.

Congratulations to Luka Modric, Marta and all the other award winners. Same time next year?

9:04PM The Best Fifa Men’s Player – Luka Modric

Luka Modric wins the men’s player of the year award

8:55PM The Best Fifa Men’s Player…

Almost time for the biggest award of the night. Ronaldo will not be picking up the award in person if he wins, but Modric or Salah are there tonight at the Royal Festival Hall. Can either of them break up the Ronaldo-Messi strangehold?

8:53PM The Best Fifa Women’s Player – Marta

Ada Hegerberg (Lyon & Norway)
Dzsenifer Marozsan (Lyon & Germany)
Marta (Orlando Pride & Brazil)

Last year it was Barcelona’s Dutch midfielder who took home the award. In 2018, it is Marta who is crowned the best Fifa Women’s Player.

Her cause was helped by 13 goals and six assists in helping Orlando Pride to NWSL play-offs. She also captained Brazil to Copa America Femenina title, winning all seven games at the finals.

The Fifa Fan Award – Peru supporters – World Cup

It’s the Peru fans who get the nod for this one, in an award voted for by the fans. Well played.

Back to the awards, next up is fan of the year

No one expected anyone to be backing Puerto Montt in Chile’s Primera B, with the visitors making a 3,000km round trip to face Coquimbo. But Sebastián Carrera stunned his own team by arriving to cheer them on, while the hosts had to open an entire tribune just for him. The only Puerto Montt fan to witness his side’s win, the team dedicated the triumph to him and his incredible loyalty.

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While dedication and passion were clear for all to see when fans of Japan and Senegal brought noise and colour to Russia 2018, they also went beyond the call of duty as fans. Showing unrivalled respect for fellow supporters and their hosts, the images of them cleaning stadiums after their team’s games drew huge praise from onlookers worldwide.

Travelling halfway around the globe to witness your country’s first appearance at a World Cup in 36 years is an achievement alone, but the 40,000 Peruvians who descended on Russia did more than just get behind their team. While every Blanquirroja game was a cauldron of noise thanks to them, their enthusiasm and openness saw them taken to the hearts of locals and rival fans alike, bringing red and white joy to the tournament.

Best Fifa Women’s Coach – Reynald Pedros

Reynald Pedros (Lyon)
Asako Takakura (Japan)
Sarina Wiegman (Netherlands)

It’s double French coaching success! Lyon’s Reynald Pedros wins the Best Fifa Women’s Coach award. He guided his side to the league and UEFA Women’s Champions League double and also the Coupe de France Feminine final. Lyon were also unbeaten in the league. A worthy winner.

8:06PM The Best Fifa Goalkeeper – Thibaut Courtois

Thibaut Courtois (Belgium & Real Madrid)
Kasper Schmeichel (Denmark & Leicester)
Hugo Lloris (France & Tottenham)

Former Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois beats Schmeichel and Lloris. It’s a short and sweet acceptance speech, including a thank you to his former Chelsea team-mates. Nice touch Thibaut.

8:01pm The Best Fifa Men’s Coach – Didier Deschamps

Zlatko Dalic (Croatia)
Didier Deschamps (France)
Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid)

From one Frenchman to another…

Arsene Wenger announces Didier Deschamps as the winner of the Best Fifa Men’s Coach.

He of course led France to World Cup glory this summer and became only the third man to do so as a player and coach.

7:58pm The Fifa Puskás Award – Mohamed Salah

It’s a good start to the evening for Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah. His Merseyside derby goal on Dec 10 2017 has been named the goal of the year. He wants another award tonight though, judging by his acceptance speech.

“I’m very happy and proud. I have to thank everyone who voted for me. I’m looking forward to another award tonight.”


Iyanu Sunkanmi

Iyanuoluwa is an Engineering graduate cum author at Kemi Filani News. Writing is something I enjoy doing alongside my Engineering tasks for the day! Email: [email protected]

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