London will play host to the FIFA awards this evening as they attempt to rival the Ballon d’Or for the biggest individual accolade in football.
While the award for the Best FIFA Men’s Player will be the most significant award handed out, there are also a few other trophies of interest.
Cristiano Ronaldo is heavy favourite to claim the Best Player, while his manager, Zinedine Zidane, is likely to get his hands on the Best FIFA Football Coach Award.
Elsewhere, legendary goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is expected to win the Best FIFA Goalkeeper Award ahead of Manuel Neuer and Keylor Navas.
There is also the Puskas Award for the best goal scored. The three finalists are Deyna Castellanos of Venezuela women’s side, Olivier Giroud for his scorpion kick for Arsenal, and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke for his overhead kick.
There is also the Best FIFA Fan Award. Borussia Dortmund are in the running after their supporters came together to offer shelter for Monaco fans after their Champions League clash had to be rescheduled due to a bomb attack on their team coach.
Celtic are also in the final three for their final league match of the season – which coincided with the 50th anniversary of winning the European Cup in 1967. They produced a stunning card display honouring the “Lisbon Lions.”
Making up the top three is Copenhagen. After winning the league in their final match, the players handed the trophy to the fans, who then passed the trophy along to a wheelchair-bound supporter and lifted him in the air.
The Best FIFPro World XI
But what will cause the most debate on the night is The Best FIFPro XI.
FIFA will pick their best XI from the previous season and Spanish outlets have already seen it, it seems.
Marca have revealed the 11 players that have made the line-up.
Here it is:
Goalkeeper | Gianluigi Buffon | Juventus
Right-back | Dani Alves | PSG
Centre-back | Leonardo Bonucci | Juventus/Milan
Centre-back | Sergio Ramos | Real Madrid
Left-back | Marcelo | Real Madrid
Midfield | Luka Modric | Real Madrid
Midfield | Toni Kroos | Real Madrid
Midfield | Andres Iniesta | Barcelona
Forward | Neymar | Barcelona/PSG
Forward | Lionel Messi | Barcelona
Cristiano Ronaldo | Real Madrid
That’s not a bad line-up, is it?
Who will feel hard done by, though?
Well, the likes of Neuer, Gerard Pique, Isco, Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann will all be disappointed but, realistically, FIFA have got it spot on.