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The Best FIFA Football Award

The Best FIFA Football Awards will be staged in London’s Palladium Theatre this year on 23rd October . Football’s biggest names will be present in the hope of winning football’s most prestigious awards. The main headliner will be the men’s player award. Cristiano Ronaldo, who won the inaugural award last year, is a favourite to claim the honour after helping Real Madrid to a third Champions League title in four seasons and a first La Liga title in five years, as well as the FIFA Club World Cup.

The Portugal captain scored twice as Madrid beat Juventus 4-1 in the Champions League final, while also finishing top scorer in the competition with 12 goals.

Ronaldo’s long time rival for individual awards Lionel Messi also has a claim to “The Best” title. The Argentinian finished as La Liga’s top scorer with 37 goals — 12 ahead of Ronaldo — and helped Barcelona to Copa del Rey success in what was a largely disappointing season for the club.

The third candidate is Neymar, who finished third in the 2015 Ballon d’Or voting. The Brazil forward became the world’s most expensive player this summer when he left Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain in a €222 million deal.

The ceremony is adding new categories this year as well. Here is a list of all the awards and the nominees:

  • The Best FIFA Women’s Player: Deyna Castellanos (Venezuela U-17), Carli Lloyd (Manchester City/USA), and Lieke Martens (FC Rosengard & FC Barcelona/Netherlands)
  • The Best FIFA Men’s Coach: Massimiliano Allegri (Juventus), Antonio Conte (Chelsea), and Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid)
  • The Best FIFA Women’s Coach: Nils Nielsen (Denmark), Gerard Precheur (Olympique Lyonnais), and Sarina Wiegman (Netherlands)
  • The Best FIFA Goalkeeper: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus/Italy), Keylor Navas (Real Madrid/ Costa Rica), and Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich/Germany)
  • Puskás Award: Deyna Castellanos (Venezuela U-17), Olivier Giroud (Arsenal/France), and Oscarine Masuluke (Baroka/South Africa)
  • The Fan Award: Borussia Dortmund supporters, Celtic supporters, and FC Copenhagen supporters
  • The FIFA Fair Play Award & FIFPro XI award winners will be revealed at The Best FIFA Football Awards show.
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Louis Olvera
Louis grew up in a small town of Mexico called Ensenada in the state of Baja California. He now resides in San Diego, California. He completed his undergraduate degree at Seton Hall University located in South Orange, New Jersey with a focus on Broadcast Journalism. His broadcasting courses ranged in television and film but Louis’ main focus has always been with sportscasting. He was able to join clubs in the university like Pirate TV and Pirate Sports Network and be a major contributor and correspondent. His work consisted of creating digital content for Seton Hall University sports teams. Louis narrated, reported, produced, directed, and wrote for multiple matches and studio programs. In the summer of 2017, Louis wrote post match reports and opinion pieces on the Mexican National Team on the sports website during the FIFA Confederations Cup and the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Louis is now completing an MA in International Sports Journalism at St Mary’s University Twickenham. He is pursuing to improve his all around skills in sports journalism to one day achieve his goal in the broadcasting world.
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