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Making sense of the 2018 FIFA Awards | EQVVS

Tom Theakstone on Tue, Sep 25, 18

Ronaldinho wearing a Kangol hat, a live performance from Noel Gallagher and a waistcoat of Gareth Southgate wearing a waistcoat. No, it’s not a 90s acid trip, it’s the FIFA 2018 Football Awards. And here’s your guide to making sense of a strange, star-studded night in London.

Idris Elba hosts

The esteemed Hollywood actor and DJ hosted the ceremony at the Royal Festival Hall. Though known for his charismatic on-screen presence, Elba’s jokes fell a little flat with the multi-lingual crowd. However, Elba did steal the show as he paid tribute to the Gareth Southgate’s summer heroics in the only befitting way - with a waistcoat. Not just any waistcoat either, one that comprised of pictures of the England manager...wearing a waistcoat.
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To be fair, there aren't many people who could actually pull off waistcoat-on-waistcoat, but Idris Elba is one of them. Elsewhere, rapper Big Shaq opened with a football-themed version of his hit Man's Not Hot, before Noel Gallagher delivered Don't Look Back in Anger to a crowd that included iconic rivals such as Mo Salah and Sergio Ramos, and David Seaman and Ronaldinho. Yes, really.

Mo Salah sweeps the Puskas award for best goal

Last season saw some truly memorable goals. Ronaldo’s stunning overhead kick against Juventus, Bale’s ridiculous overhead kick against Liverpool, Peter Crouch’s tap-in against West Ham (anyone?). The winner though, was Mo Salah’s cracking goal vs Everton, leaving a few fans outside of Merseyside scratching their heads. A great goal, but there were other very strong contenders for the award, as pointed out by football fans pretty much everywhere. Rumour has it Egypt suffered a power surge when the online voting opened. Better luck next year, Peter.

Confirmed: Luka Modric is pretty good

Midfield magician and World Cup runner-up Luka Modric was finally in the discussion to be crowned the best footballer on the planet on the planet. And he was named exactly that, beating elite company like Christiano Ronaldo and Mo Salah to the award.
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One notable absentee from the top three slightly took away credibility from FIFA's award though, which is strange for an organization that has built a reputation for being trustworthy... What’s ‘outrage’ in Argentinian?

David De who?

Speaking of notable absentees, the shortlist for the best goalkeeper in the world, which comprised of three goalkeepers who spent last season playing in the Premier League, didn’t actually include arguably the best goalkeeper in the Premier League. The award went to Belgian Thibault Courtois, now at Real Madrid. It gets more confusing, so strap yourself in.

The Team of the...Year?

Although De Gea wasn’t named one of the top three goalkeepers in the world in the individual awards, he was given the number 1 spot in the FIFA Team of the Year. Meanwhile Lionel Messi, who wasn’t in the top three players, also made the team, whereas Mo Salah, who was in the top three, didn’t. Still with us? Other notable FIFA banter includes giving Goal of the Year to a goal that wasn’t even named Goal of the Month in the Premier League and including Dani Alves at right back in Team of the Year despite playing just 16 times in 2018.

A worthy award

There was one worthy award winner, though, as German striker Lennart Thy won the Fifa Fair Play Award for selflessly missing an Eredivisie game to donate stem cells to help save the life of a Leukaemia patient.
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So the ceremony finished with logic at least, but we're still hoping they introduce VAR to the awards next year. While you're here, don't forget to shop the latest drops from your favourite brands at EQVVS.

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