Ifa’s The Best awards tonight will honor football stars in what has been a tumultuous year for the game.
The ceremony will recognize the best players, goalkeepers and coaches in both the men’s and women’s game, as well as crowning the best goal of the year with the Puskas Award.
Lionel Messi won the men’s award last year and is back on the shortlist, along with old rival Cristiano Ronaldo, but the pair are joined by Robert Lewandowski after his splendid season helped Bayern Munich to Champions League glory. .
Englishwoman Lucy Bronze is in contention for the female equivalent, flanked by French skipper Wendie Renard and Chelsea’s Pernille Harder.
In addition to the various individual awards, the Fifpro World XIs for men and women will be announced.
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The men’s Fifpro World XI is …
Alisson Becker, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk, Sergio Ramos, Alphonso Davies, Joshua Kimmich, Kevin de Bruyne, Thiago Alcantara, Lionel Messi, Robert Lewandowski, Cristiano Ronaldo
The women’s Fifpro World XI is …
Christiane Endler, Lucy Bronze, Wendie Renard, Millie Bright, Tobin Heath, Veronica Boquete, Barbara Bonansea, Megan Rapinoe, Delphine Cascarino, Vivianne Miedema, Pernille Harder.
We are now at Fifpro World XIs. Always the subject of numerous debates, these …
Time to take a break from the main awards now and the Fifa Fan Award.
The winner Marivaldo Francisco Da Silva, a Brazilian fan who walks 12 hours to watch his team every week because he doesn’t have access to public transport. Remarkable.
Arsene Wenger and Jurgen Klopp also take a moment to pay tribute to former Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier, who obviously passed away earlier this week.
Jurgen Klopp says he’s shocked – and I am a little bit too, because I thought Hansi Flick was done.
Arsene Wenger congratulates him on his award and last night’s victory over Tottenham.
FIFA’s best male manager is …
Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool)
The best FIFA female manager
And the winner is … Sarina Wiegman (Netherlands)
Arsene Wenger is here to help with coach rewards …
The son also joins the ceremony via video link. He jokes that the goal was his teammates’ fault for not giving him more chance to play a pass.
He just had to run the entire length of the field, right?