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Best Fifa Football Awards 2017 live updates: Will Messi, Ronaldo or Neymar win?

7:45PM Puskas Award for best goal After showing this video: They interview Harry Kane. The crowd boos (because a large portion of them seem to be Arsenal fans). Maybe not actually, now Frank Lampard is in the spotlight and he gets a round of applause. Lampard says his favourite goal is Giroud's, Kane says it's the South African goalkeeper's. He has to say that though. The repercussions for supporting something Arsenal are just too high. Schmeichel agrees with Mr Lampard. 7:40PM Elba is doing selfies Credit: AFP Tonight's host is wandering around the front row getting selfies with Neymar, Messi and Ronaldo, doing some jokes. Then he goes to Olivier Giroud. It's good to see that even in awards ceremonies, Giroud still has to come off the bench to be involved.  7:38PM Idris Elba going for the jokes Solid opening. The setup references that this is an international broadcast, so if you're from South America, 'como estas'. If you're from China, 'ni hao' (sp) and if you're from Hackney, "alright bruv".   7:36PM But first, it's Stomp! I'm doing this face. Some people are bashing bins around on the stage as they show highlights of... some football. You can't see what football because there are people bashing bins around on stage. Now they're bouncing footballs. Diego Maradona looks fairly unimpressed.  But they've timed one of the bits to coincide with the ball hitting the back of the net and a scream of "GOAL!" which is quite nice. And now they're replicating acrobatic soccer skills and celebrations. The crowd goes mildly wild and politely applauds. Cue Martin Tyler: "I swear you'll never see anything like this ever again!" 7:32PM Idris Elba is here Star of The Wire, the US Office and those Sky Movies adverts, here comes Idris Elba wearing a really nice tuxedo. James Bond wears a tuxedo. It's an audition! 7:29PM Ronaldo seems confident Credit: AFP I think they've lined up this so it's Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo, which isn't the order I'd have them in. Surely Ronaldo plays through the middle of a front three? 7:27PM Confirmation: Ronaldo and Messi are football friends Credit: AP   7:26PM Here's the guy who really wants you to know he's here Credit: AFP Yaaaaaay it's... that guy. Gianni Infantino, the newest president of FIFA, is shaking hands and being friendly to people.   7:23PM Ronaldo is here!  Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez Credit: GETTY IMAGES Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez are here and have done the walk along the... green carpet. I've just thought of a way they can decide who actually wins the top prize between this guy, Messi and Neymar. Stay with me... Penalty shootout. And like in Game of Thrones, they can all choose a person to stand in for them as goalkeeper. Seaman is there, Schmeichel and Buffon too. And that's it.  7:22PM Claudio Ranieri Credit: FIFA  Doing a fine job at Nantes just now, grabbing those 1-0 wins to help them climb the table. Everyone likes Ranieri. 7:19PM Antonio Conte says "I think that it's very important to stay here and fight for this award. It is amazing with Real Madrid, they won the Champions League and the league but it is amazing for me to stay here and to fight for this award." God I hope he means that literally. Can you imagine? Conte windmilling his way through the main hall, battering Peter Schmeichel and Luka Modric in a whirlwind of fury. 7:17PM Dream strike partnernship Credit: AP These two would destroy worlds.  7:15PM I just want someone to love me as much as Marcelo loves this woman Credit: GETTY IMAGES Can you feel it? Light beams of warmth coming out of his eyes. 7:11PM Dani Alves has come dressed as a futuristic pirate Credit: REUTERS "STOP RIGHT THERE! SPACE POLICE! Agent Daniel Alves and you've got a loooooooot of talking to do, punk." 7:09PM Harry Kane and Katie Goodland There he is! Harry gives a little bit to the presenters about how nice it is to be invited. He's so nice. "It makes me feel very proud. For me it’s about improving every year. Messi, Ronaldo set the standard for all of us so just to get up there and be involved is fantastic. The stadium, the atmosphere (at Real Madrid) was amazing. To get a result… I'm very proud." 7:06PM What would you rather win? This is a great question. Kay Murray (I think) essentially asks Gigi Buffon whether he is happy having won the World Cup and not the Champions League. Which would you rather win? If you were a player. Not as a fan. It's difficult isn't it? On the one hand, Scotland winning the World Cup would be amazing BUT I'm leaning towards Aberdeen being crowned European champions. 6:59PM Photos of Messi at the Best FIFA Awards Leo Messi and wife Antonella Credit: AP Credit: PA   6:58PM All the stars are here! Credit: OA  That's Marcelo, here's David Trezeguet: Credit: FIFA And here's Philip Schofield: Credit: PA If you aren't from the UK, you might not know who this man is so let's try and explain. Philip Schofield, or Scholey F as he likes to be known, is a giant of British television. He's perhaps the nicest man alive to also be a TV presenter and used to best friends with a gopher, the whereabouts of which are unknown. What happened to that gopher, you ask? Nobody is sure. All we know for certain is that until its lifeless body is discovered washed up on that little beach next to the South Bank on the Thames, we must assume it is alive.  6:52PM No questions for Messi The FIFA TV presenters have been told they are not allowed to ask Leo Messi any questions - not even in Spanish. What kind of world is this? We're all just waiting to hear what the great man will say about tonight's event and have been denied. We'll never know how he's looking forward to it, and may the best man win, and that London is very nice and that he's glad he's scored today but more pleased that the team got three points, and they just have to go again in the next game. In Spanish. But no! 6:47PM Leo Messi is here *high pitch scream* ARRRRHRHGGHHGHGHGHGHGHGH. And I can confirm he is wearing a normal suit. Nothing shiny and no LED lights. Disappointing. 6:47PM Frank Lampard is here "(Real Madrid) are going down as one of the best club teams in history. " I agree Frank. They're really good. "(Conte's) in the running (for best manager). He's done an unbelievable job at Chelsea" 6:45PM Messi looks terrified in his press photo shoot Credit: FIFA There are a few promo shoots featuring the key players. Messi is trying to look cool but is also wearing a hoody and sadly, that is almost impossible to do.  Credit: FIFA   6:39PM PHILIP SCHOFIELD IS HERE Oh now this is kicking off. "Oldham fan. My Granddad used to play pies at the ground as a lad. I was a constant disappointment for him because we (his brother) were rubbish. I just lacked the sporting mind, I think. I kick a ball around the garden with my nephews. I was asked all the way down Ronaldo or Messi... it's a tricky one. "Messi." There you have it. Philip Schofield believes Messi will win. Why do they need this event now? It's done, people! 6:37PM Patrick Kluivert is tonight's magician Credit: FIFA It's either that, or Kluivert's album cover has been leaked onto the picture database I'm currently enjoying. I think this one would be called "Still Crazy" or "These Nights".   Like that. Available on iTunes, but don't bother. You can stream it for free and it's not all that. 6:32PM Down with this sort of thing Credit: PA M8, mate, maaaaaaaaate what a fantastic shirt. Oooooooh that'll really stick it to them. Look what it says "for crying out loud" and oh my word, it's hand drawn! This is rock and roll. There is NOTHING more rock n roll than attending the overly elaborate celebration of individuals in a team sport governed by a disgraced international body than wearing a shirt with WRITING ON IT. Well done Kasabian, you truly represent all that is cool about football. 6:30PM MICHAEL DOUGLAS SUPPORTS SWANSEA Catherine Zeta-Jones says:  "My husband... Michael Douglas is a Swansea City fan." Confirmation there from Zeta-Jones, who claims to have supported Swansea since before they were back in the Premier League, as though that makes her cool or something. Alright, Catherine. Chill out.  Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I don't watch movies, I watch sport," she says. And that is because she doesn't know how sport is going to end. Imagine then, if you will, a Liverpool vs Newcastle match directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The twist - and there is a twist - is that Stan Collymore was the mascot the whole time. And the mascot is the Queen. And the Queen scores the winning goal, liberating a fictional country which is supposed to be from somewhere near Afghanistan. 6:26PM All the stars are here Credit: PA It's not a long trek for Granit Xhaka to be here as the awards are being held in London.  Credit: PA And here's star Valencia right-back Eamonn Holmes, who has flown in to hang out with all his La Liga pals like... Sergio Ramos, who will probably be here at some point. Credit: EPA That's why he was in London. Maradona is on his best behaviour and looking very nice, but as yet hasn't dribbled past a single person on the red carpet. 6:21PM Welcome! HELLO EVERYONE! Welcome to this most exciting of events. It's like the Oscars... but with David Seaman! Credit: PA  Seaman won't be winning any awards tonight, especially since he doesn't have a moustache anymore, and instead must watch as the likes of Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar sit on some expensive chairs and feign being incredibly pleased that one of the other two has won the Best Best FIFA Best Best Football Player Man Award. There are other awards too. Who will win them? Let's find out together. 6:15PM What's all this then? It's the 2017 Best Fifa Football Awards, the second to be held, where - among other awards - world player of the year is crowned. The breakaway event was started after Fifa's Ballon d'Or partnership with France Football ended. The Ballon d'Or is still awarded by the publication each year, while Fifa hands out its own awards in tonight's event. When is it? It's on Monday October 23 - ie today. What time does the event start? It's a 7.30pm BST start at the London Palladium. What TV channel is it on? You can watch the event, hosted by Idris Elba, on Fifa's YouTube channel. Alternatively, you can follow the event as it happens right here, or catch the highlights on ITV at 10.45pm. Ronaldo with last year's award and Sir Alex Ferguson Credit: Getty Images Which awards are up for grabs, and who is shortlisted? The Best Fifa Men's Player Three players have been nominated for the award from an initial shortlist of 24. Last year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo, has scored 45 goals in 48 appearances this calendar year, including 34 goals for club and 11 for country. These incredible individual statistics are bolstered by Ronaldo winning the Champions League and La Liga in the 2016/17 campaign. Lionel Messi is another unsurprising feature within the best player award, with 49 goals and 11 assists in 50 appearances in 2017. The most expensive player in the world, Neymar is the outside bet to be crowned the greatest footballer on earth. The Best Fifa football coach award The best coach award is separated into male and female categories.  Juventus boss, Massimiliano Allegri, after winning the league and Coppa Italia last season. Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, who in his first season in English football won the Premier League, setting a new record along the way achieving 30 wins in a single season. Finally Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane makes the list after winning the Champions League and Los Blancos' first league title for five years. In the women's section, the the top three comprise of Denmark’s manager Nils Nielsen, who guided her side to the final against Holland in this year European Championships. Lyon coach Gerard Precheur is nominated after winning the Champions League, the French League Cup and the French Cup, while Sarina Wiegman also features after leading Holland to the 2017 European championships.  The Best FIFA goalkeeper award Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus is nominated, having gone 600 minutes without conceding in the Champions League, while Keylor Navas of Real Madrid won his second consecutive Champions League along with a La Liga title. Manuel Neuer makes up the three-man short list. The Puskas Award The Puskas award is for the best goal of the year. This year the three finalists include Deyna Castellanos of Venezuela women's side, Olivier Giroud for his goal for Arsenal, below, and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. The Best Fifa Fan award Borussia Dortmund make the final three after supporters came together to offer shelter to Monaco fans displaced by their Champions League match being rescheduled after a bomb attack on the Dortmund team bus.  Celtic are included through their final match of the league season which coincided with the 50th anniversary of winning the European Cup in 1967, which made them the first British club to lift the prestigious trophy. The Celtic fans honoured the team, known as the "Lisbon Lions", with a stunning full 360-degree card display around Celtic Park. FC Copenhagen were also nominated after winning the league in their final game against Brondby, when players handed the trophy to the fans, who then passed the trophy along to a wheelchair-bound supporter and lifted him in the air. Awards night preview: Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to retain his crown as FIFA men's player of the year in London on Monday night. The Real Madrid and Portugal superstar is up against Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Paris St Germain's Neymar for the award he won last year. The ceremony, which takes place at the London Palladium, is the second since the FIFA award split from France Football's Ballon d'Or prize. Ronaldo has scored 44 goals for club and country so far in 2017 and scored twice in the Champions League final in June, as Real won the competition for a record-extending 12th time. Messi has hit 50 goals for Barca and Argentina while Neymar, the world's most expensive player after he left Barcelona for PSG in the summer, has 25 goals to his name for Barca, PSG and Brazil. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is in the running for the top men's coach award along with Ronaldo's boss at Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, and Juventus chief Massimiliano Allegri. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud's 'scorpion kick' volley against Crystal Palace in January has been nominated for the Puskas Award for best goal. The 31-year-old's effort has been shortlisted along with goals from Venezuela's Deyna Castellanos and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. Castellanos is also nominated for the women's player of the year award alongside last year's winner Carli Lloyd of the United States and Holland's Lieke Martens. The winners are decided by a jury of club and international coaches, media representatives and fans. PA  

Best Fifa Football Awards 2017 live updates: Will Messi, Ronaldo or Neymar win?

7:45PM Puskas Award for best goal After showing this video: They interview Harry Kane. The crowd boos (because a large portion of them seem to be Arsenal fans). Maybe not actually, now Frank Lampard is in the spotlight and he gets a round of applause. Lampard says his favourite goal is Giroud's, Kane says it's the South African goalkeeper's. He has to say that though. The repercussions for supporting something Arsenal are just too high. Schmeichel agrees with Mr Lampard. 7:40PM Elba is doing selfies Credit: AFP Tonight's host is wandering around the front row getting selfies with Neymar, Messi and Ronaldo, doing some jokes. Then he goes to Olivier Giroud. It's good to see that even in awards ceremonies, Giroud still has to come off the bench to be involved.  7:38PM Idris Elba going for the jokes Solid opening. The setup references that this is an international broadcast, so if you're from South America, 'como estas'. If you're from China, 'ni hao' (sp) and if you're from Hackney, "alright bruv".   7:36PM But first, it's Stomp! I'm doing this face. Some people are bashing bins around on the stage as they show highlights of... some football. You can't see what football because there are people bashing bins around on stage. Now they're bouncing footballs. Diego Maradona looks fairly unimpressed.  But they've timed one of the bits to coincide with the ball hitting the back of the net and a scream of "GOAL!" which is quite nice. And now they're replicating acrobatic soccer skills and celebrations. The crowd goes mildly wild and politely applauds. Cue Martin Tyler: "I swear you'll never see anything like this ever again!" 7:32PM Idris Elba is here Star of The Wire, the US Office and those Sky Movies adverts, here comes Idris Elba wearing a really nice tuxedo. James Bond wears a tuxedo. It's an audition! 7:29PM Ronaldo seems confident Credit: AFP I think they've lined up this so it's Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo, which isn't the order I'd have them in. Surely Ronaldo plays through the middle of a front three? 7:27PM Confirmation: Ronaldo and Messi are football friends Credit: AP   7:26PM Here's the guy who really wants you to know he's here Credit: AFP Yaaaaaay it's... that guy. Gianni Infantino, the newest president of FIFA, is shaking hands and being friendly to people.   7:23PM Ronaldo is here!  Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez Credit: GETTY IMAGES Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez are here and have done the walk along the... green carpet. I've just thought of a way they can decide who actually wins the top prize between this guy, Messi and Neymar. Stay with me... Penalty shootout. And like in Game of Thrones, they can all choose a person to stand in for them as goalkeeper. Seaman is there, Schmeichel and Buffon too. And that's it.  7:22PM Claudio Ranieri Credit: FIFA  Doing a fine job at Nantes just now, grabbing those 1-0 wins to help them climb the table. Everyone likes Ranieri. 7:19PM Antonio Conte says "I think that it's very important to stay here and fight for this award. It is amazing with Real Madrid, they won the Champions League and the league but it is amazing for me to stay here and to fight for this award." God I hope he means that literally. Can you imagine? Conte windmilling his way through the main hall, battering Peter Schmeichel and Luka Modric in a whirlwind of fury. 7:17PM Dream strike partnernship Credit: AP These two would destroy worlds.  7:15PM I just want someone to love me as much as Marcelo loves this woman Credit: GETTY IMAGES Can you feel it? Light beams of warmth coming out of his eyes. 7:11PM Dani Alves has come dressed as a futuristic pirate Credit: REUTERS "STOP RIGHT THERE! SPACE POLICE! Agent Daniel Alves and you've got a loooooooot of talking to do, punk." 7:09PM Harry Kane and Katie Goodland There he is! Harry gives a little bit to the presenters about how nice it is to be invited. He's so nice. "It makes me feel very proud. For me it’s about improving every year. Messi, Ronaldo set the standard for all of us so just to get up there and be involved is fantastic. The stadium, the atmosphere (at Real Madrid) was amazing. To get a result… I'm very proud." 7:06PM What would you rather win? This is a great question. Kay Murray (I think) essentially asks Gigi Buffon whether he is happy having won the World Cup and not the Champions League. Which would you rather win? If you were a player. Not as a fan. It's difficult isn't it? On the one hand, Scotland winning the World Cup would be amazing BUT I'm leaning towards Aberdeen being crowned European champions. 6:59PM Photos of Messi at the Best FIFA Awards Leo Messi and wife Antonella Credit: AP Credit: PA   6:58PM All the stars are here! Credit: OA  That's Marcelo, here's David Trezeguet: Credit: FIFA And here's Philip Schofield: Credit: PA If you aren't from the UK, you might not know who this man is so let's try and explain. Philip Schofield, or Scholey F as he likes to be known, is a giant of British television. He's perhaps the nicest man alive to also be a TV presenter and used to best friends with a gopher, the whereabouts of which are unknown. What happened to that gopher, you ask? Nobody is sure. All we know for certain is that until its lifeless body is discovered washed up on that little beach next to the South Bank on the Thames, we must assume it is alive.  6:52PM No questions for Messi The FIFA TV presenters have been told they are not allowed to ask Leo Messi any questions - not even in Spanish. What kind of world is this? We're all just waiting to hear what the great man will say about tonight's event and have been denied. We'll never know how he's looking forward to it, and may the best man win, and that London is very nice and that he's glad he's scored today but more pleased that the team got three points, and they just have to go again in the next game. In Spanish. But no! 6:47PM Leo Messi is here *high pitch scream* ARRRRHRHGGHHGHGHGHGHGHGH. And I can confirm he is wearing a normal suit. Nothing shiny and no LED lights. Disappointing. 6:47PM Frank Lampard is here "(Real Madrid) are going down as one of the best club teams in history. " I agree Frank. They're really good. "(Conte's) in the running (for best manager). He's done an unbelievable job at Chelsea" 6:45PM Messi looks terrified in his press photo shoot Credit: FIFA There are a few promo shoots featuring the key players. Messi is trying to look cool but is also wearing a hoody and sadly, that is almost impossible to do.  Credit: FIFA   6:39PM PHILIP SCHOFIELD IS HERE Oh now this is kicking off. "Oldham fan. My Granddad used to play pies at the ground as a lad. I was a constant disappointment for him because we (his brother) were rubbish. I just lacked the sporting mind, I think. I kick a ball around the garden with my nephews. I was asked all the way down Ronaldo or Messi... it's a tricky one. "Messi." There you have it. Philip Schofield believes Messi will win. Why do they need this event now? It's done, people! 6:37PM Patrick Kluivert is tonight's magician Credit: FIFA It's either that, or Kluivert's album cover has been leaked onto the picture database I'm currently enjoying. I think this one would be called "Still Crazy" or "These Nights".   Like that. Available on iTunes, but don't bother. You can stream it for free and it's not all that. 6:32PM Down with this sort of thing Credit: PA M8, mate, maaaaaaaaate what a fantastic shirt. Oooooooh that'll really stick it to them. Look what it says "for crying out loud" and oh my word, it's hand drawn! This is rock and roll. There is NOTHING more rock n roll than attending the overly elaborate celebration of individuals in a team sport governed by a disgraced international body than wearing a shirt with WRITING ON IT. Well done Kasabian, you truly represent all that is cool about football. 6:30PM MICHAEL DOUGLAS SUPPORTS SWANSEA Catherine Zeta-Jones says:  "My husband... Michael Douglas is a Swansea City fan." Confirmation there from Zeta-Jones, who claims to have supported Swansea since before they were back in the Premier League, as though that makes her cool or something. Alright, Catherine. Chill out.  Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I don't watch movies, I watch sport," she says. And that is because she doesn't know how sport is going to end. Imagine then, if you will, a Liverpool vs Newcastle match directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The twist - and there is a twist - is that Stan Collymore was the mascot the whole time. And the mascot is the Queen. And the Queen scores the winning goal, liberating a fictional country which is supposed to be from somewhere near Afghanistan. 6:26PM All the stars are here Credit: PA It's not a long trek for Granit Xhaka to be here as the awards are being held in London.  Credit: PA And here's star Valencia right-back Eamonn Holmes, who has flown in to hang out with all his La Liga pals like... Sergio Ramos, who will probably be here at some point. Credit: EPA That's why he was in London. Maradona is on his best behaviour and looking very nice, but as yet hasn't dribbled past a single person on the red carpet. 6:21PM Welcome! HELLO EVERYONE! Welcome to this most exciting of events. It's like the Oscars... but with David Seaman! Credit: PA  Seaman won't be winning any awards tonight, especially since he doesn't have a moustache anymore, and instead must watch as the likes of Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar sit on some expensive chairs and feign being incredibly pleased that one of the other two has won the Best Best FIFA Best Best Football Player Man Award. There are other awards too. Who will win them? Let's find out together. 6:15PM What's all this then? It's the 2017 Best Fifa Football Awards, the second to be held, where - among other awards - world player of the year is crowned. The breakaway event was started after Fifa's Ballon d'Or partnership with France Football ended. The Ballon d'Or is still awarded by the publication each year, while Fifa hands out its own awards in tonight's event. When is it? It's on Monday October 23 - ie today. What time does the event start? It's a 7.30pm BST start at the London Palladium. What TV channel is it on? You can watch the event, hosted by Idris Elba, on Fifa's YouTube channel. Alternatively, you can follow the event as it happens right here, or catch the highlights on ITV at 10.45pm. Ronaldo with last year's award and Sir Alex Ferguson Credit: Getty Images Which awards are up for grabs, and who is shortlisted? The Best Fifa Men's Player Three players have been nominated for the award from an initial shortlist of 24. Last year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo, has scored 45 goals in 48 appearances this calendar year, including 34 goals for club and 11 for country. These incredible individual statistics are bolstered by Ronaldo winning the Champions League and La Liga in the 2016/17 campaign. Lionel Messi is another unsurprising feature within the best player award, with 49 goals and 11 assists in 50 appearances in 2017. The most expensive player in the world, Neymar is the outside bet to be crowned the greatest footballer on earth. The Best Fifa football coach award The best coach award is separated into male and female categories.  Juventus boss, Massimiliano Allegri, after winning the league and Coppa Italia last season. Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, who in his first season in English football won the Premier League, setting a new record along the way achieving 30 wins in a single season. Finally Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane makes the list after winning the Champions League and Los Blancos' first league title for five years. In the women's section, the the top three comprise of Denmark’s manager Nils Nielsen, who guided her side to the final against Holland in this year European Championships. Lyon coach Gerard Precheur is nominated after winning the Champions League, the French League Cup and the French Cup, while Sarina Wiegman also features after leading Holland to the 2017 European championships.  The Best FIFA goalkeeper award Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus is nominated, having gone 600 minutes without conceding in the Champions League, while Keylor Navas of Real Madrid won his second consecutive Champions League along with a La Liga title. Manuel Neuer makes up the three-man short list. The Puskas Award The Puskas award is for the best goal of the year. This year the three finalists include Deyna Castellanos of Venezuela women's side, Olivier Giroud for his goal for Arsenal, below, and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. The Best Fifa Fan award Borussia Dortmund make the final three after supporters came together to offer shelter to Monaco fans displaced by their Champions League match being rescheduled after a bomb attack on the Dortmund team bus.  Celtic are included through their final match of the league season which coincided with the 50th anniversary of winning the European Cup in 1967, which made them the first British club to lift the prestigious trophy. The Celtic fans honoured the team, known as the "Lisbon Lions", with a stunning full 360-degree card display around Celtic Park. FC Copenhagen were also nominated after winning the league in their final game against Brondby, when players handed the trophy to the fans, who then passed the trophy along to a wheelchair-bound supporter and lifted him in the air. Awards night preview: Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to retain his crown as FIFA men's player of the year in London on Monday night. The Real Madrid and Portugal superstar is up against Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Paris St Germain's Neymar for the award he won last year. The ceremony, which takes place at the London Palladium, is the second since the FIFA award split from France Football's Ballon d'Or prize. Ronaldo has scored 44 goals for club and country so far in 2017 and scored twice in the Champions League final in June, as Real won the competition for a record-extending 12th time. Messi has hit 50 goals for Barca and Argentina while Neymar, the world's most expensive player after he left Barcelona for PSG in the summer, has 25 goals to his name for Barca, PSG and Brazil. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is in the running for the top men's coach award along with Ronaldo's boss at Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, and Juventus chief Massimiliano Allegri. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud's 'scorpion kick' volley against Crystal Palace in January has been nominated for the Puskas Award for best goal. The 31-year-old's effort has been shortlisted along with goals from Venezuela's Deyna Castellanos and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. Castellanos is also nominated for the women's player of the year award alongside last year's winner Carli Lloyd of the United States and Holland's Lieke Martens. The winners are decided by a jury of club and international coaches, media representatives and fans. PA  

Best Fifa Football Awards 2017 live updates: Will Messi, Ronaldo or Neymar win?

7:45PM Puskas Award for best goal After showing this video: They interview Harry Kane. The crowd boos (because a large portion of them seem to be Arsenal fans). Maybe not actually, now Frank Lampard is in the spotlight and he gets a round of applause. Lampard says his favourite goal is Giroud's, Kane says it's the South African goalkeeper's. He has to say that though. The repercussions for supporting something Arsenal are just too high. Schmeichel agrees with Mr Lampard. 7:40PM Elba is doing selfies Credit: AFP Tonight's host is wandering around the front row getting selfies with Neymar, Messi and Ronaldo, doing some jokes. Then he goes to Olivier Giroud. It's good to see that even in awards ceremonies, Giroud still has to come off the bench to be involved.  7:38PM Idris Elba going for the jokes Solid opening. The setup references that this is an international broadcast, so if you're from South America, 'como estas'. If you're from China, 'ni hao' (sp) and if you're from Hackney, "alright bruv".   7:36PM But first, it's Stomp! I'm doing this face. Some people are bashing bins around on the stage as they show highlights of... some football. You can't see what football because there are people bashing bins around on stage. Now they're bouncing footballs. Diego Maradona looks fairly unimpressed.  But they've timed one of the bits to coincide with the ball hitting the back of the net and a scream of "GOAL!" which is quite nice. And now they're replicating acrobatic soccer skills and celebrations. The crowd goes mildly wild and politely applauds. Cue Martin Tyler: "I swear you'll never see anything like this ever again!" 7:32PM Idris Elba is here Star of The Wire, the US Office and those Sky Movies adverts, here comes Idris Elba wearing a really nice tuxedo. James Bond wears a tuxedo. It's an audition! 7:29PM Ronaldo seems confident Credit: AFP I think they've lined up this so it's Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo, which isn't the order I'd have them in. Surely Ronaldo plays through the middle of a front three? 7:27PM Confirmation: Ronaldo and Messi are football friends Credit: AP   7:26PM Here's the guy who really wants you to know he's here Credit: AFP Yaaaaaay it's... that guy. Gianni Infantino, the newest president of FIFA, is shaking hands and being friendly to people.   7:23PM Ronaldo is here!  Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez Credit: GETTY IMAGES Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez are here and have done the walk along the... green carpet. I've just thought of a way they can decide who actually wins the top prize between this guy, Messi and Neymar. Stay with me... Penalty shootout. And like in Game of Thrones, they can all choose a person to stand in for them as goalkeeper. Seaman is there, Schmeichel and Buffon too. And that's it.  7:22PM Claudio Ranieri Credit: FIFA  Doing a fine job at Nantes just now, grabbing those 1-0 wins to help them climb the table. Everyone likes Ranieri. 7:19PM Antonio Conte says "I think that it's very important to stay here and fight for this award. It is amazing with Real Madrid, they won the Champions League and the league but it is amazing for me to stay here and to fight for this award." God I hope he means that literally. Can you imagine? Conte windmilling his way through the main hall, battering Peter Schmeichel and Luka Modric in a whirlwind of fury. 7:17PM Dream strike partnernship Credit: AP These two would destroy worlds.  7:15PM I just want someone to love me as much as Marcelo loves this woman Credit: GETTY IMAGES Can you feel it? Light beams of warmth coming out of his eyes. 7:11PM Dani Alves has come dressed as a futuristic pirate Credit: REUTERS "STOP RIGHT THERE! SPACE POLICE! Agent Daniel Alves and you've got a loooooooot of talking to do, punk." 7:09PM Harry Kane and Katie Goodland There he is! Harry gives a little bit to the presenters about how nice it is to be invited. He's so nice. "It makes me feel very proud. For me it’s about improving every year. Messi, Ronaldo set the standard for all of us so just to get up there and be involved is fantastic. The stadium, the atmosphere (at Real Madrid) was amazing. To get a result… I'm very proud." 7:06PM What would you rather win? This is a great question. Kay Murray (I think) essentially asks Gigi Buffon whether he is happy having won the World Cup and not the Champions League. Which would you rather win? If you were a player. Not as a fan. It's difficult isn't it? On the one hand, Scotland winning the World Cup would be amazing BUT I'm leaning towards Aberdeen being crowned European champions. 6:59PM Photos of Messi at the Best FIFA Awards Leo Messi and wife Antonella Credit: AP Credit: PA   6:58PM All the stars are here! Credit: OA  That's Marcelo, here's David Trezeguet: Credit: FIFA And here's Philip Schofield: Credit: PA If you aren't from the UK, you might not know who this man is so let's try and explain. Philip Schofield, or Scholey F as he likes to be known, is a giant of British television. He's perhaps the nicest man alive to also be a TV presenter and used to best friends with a gopher, the whereabouts of which are unknown. What happened to that gopher, you ask? Nobody is sure. All we know for certain is that until its lifeless body is discovered washed up on that little beach next to the South Bank on the Thames, we must assume it is alive.  6:52PM No questions for Messi The FIFA TV presenters have been told they are not allowed to ask Leo Messi any questions - not even in Spanish. What kind of world is this? We're all just waiting to hear what the great man will say about tonight's event and have been denied. We'll never know how he's looking forward to it, and may the best man win, and that London is very nice and that he's glad he's scored today but more pleased that the team got three points, and they just have to go again in the next game. In Spanish. But no! 6:47PM Leo Messi is here *high pitch scream* ARRRRHRHGGHHGHGHGHGHGHGH. And I can confirm he is wearing a normal suit. Nothing shiny and no LED lights. Disappointing. 6:47PM Frank Lampard is here "(Real Madrid) are going down as one of the best club teams in history. " I agree Frank. They're really good. "(Conte's) in the running (for best manager). He's done an unbelievable job at Chelsea" 6:45PM Messi looks terrified in his press photo shoot Credit: FIFA There are a few promo shoots featuring the key players. Messi is trying to look cool but is also wearing a hoody and sadly, that is almost impossible to do.  Credit: FIFA   6:39PM PHILIP SCHOFIELD IS HERE Oh now this is kicking off. "Oldham fan. My Granddad used to play pies at the ground as a lad. I was a constant disappointment for him because we (his brother) were rubbish. I just lacked the sporting mind, I think. I kick a ball around the garden with my nephews. I was asked all the way down Ronaldo or Messi... it's a tricky one. "Messi." There you have it. Philip Schofield believes Messi will win. Why do they need this event now? It's done, people! 6:37PM Patrick Kluivert is tonight's magician Credit: FIFA It's either that, or Kluivert's album cover has been leaked onto the picture database I'm currently enjoying. I think this one would be called "Still Crazy" or "These Nights".   Like that. Available on iTunes, but don't bother. You can stream it for free and it's not all that. 6:32PM Down with this sort of thing Credit: PA M8, mate, maaaaaaaaate what a fantastic shirt. Oooooooh that'll really stick it to them. Look what it says "for crying out loud" and oh my word, it's hand drawn! This is rock and roll. There is NOTHING more rock n roll than attending the overly elaborate celebration of individuals in a team sport governed by a disgraced international body than wearing a shirt with WRITING ON IT. Well done Kasabian, you truly represent all that is cool about football. 6:30PM MICHAEL DOUGLAS SUPPORTS SWANSEA Catherine Zeta-Jones says:  "My husband... Michael Douglas is a Swansea City fan." Confirmation there from Zeta-Jones, who claims to have supported Swansea since before they were back in the Premier League, as though that makes her cool or something. Alright, Catherine. Chill out.  Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I don't watch movies, I watch sport," she says. And that is because she doesn't know how sport is going to end. Imagine then, if you will, a Liverpool vs Newcastle match directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The twist - and there is a twist - is that Stan Collymore was the mascot the whole time. And the mascot is the Queen. And the Queen scores the winning goal, liberating a fictional country which is supposed to be from somewhere near Afghanistan. 6:26PM All the stars are here Credit: PA It's not a long trek for Granit Xhaka to be here as the awards are being held in London.  Credit: PA And here's star Valencia right-back Eamonn Holmes, who has flown in to hang out with all his La Liga pals like... Sergio Ramos, who will probably be here at some point. Credit: EPA That's why he was in London. Maradona is on his best behaviour and looking very nice, but as yet hasn't dribbled past a single person on the red carpet. 6:21PM Welcome! HELLO EVERYONE! Welcome to this most exciting of events. It's like the Oscars... but with David Seaman! Credit: PA  Seaman won't be winning any awards tonight, especially since he doesn't have a moustache anymore, and instead must watch as the likes of Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar sit on some expensive chairs and feign being incredibly pleased that one of the other two has won the Best Best FIFA Best Best Football Player Man Award. There are other awards too. Who will win them? Let's find out together. 6:15PM What's all this then? It's the 2017 Best Fifa Football Awards, the second to be held, where - among other awards - world player of the year is crowned. The breakaway event was started after Fifa's Ballon d'Or partnership with France Football ended. The Ballon d'Or is still awarded by the publication each year, while Fifa hands out its own awards in tonight's event. When is it? It's on Monday October 23 - ie today. What time does the event start? It's a 7.30pm BST start at the London Palladium. What TV channel is it on? You can watch the event, hosted by Idris Elba, on Fifa's YouTube channel. Alternatively, you can follow the event as it happens right here, or catch the highlights on ITV at 10.45pm. Ronaldo with last year's award and Sir Alex Ferguson Credit: Getty Images Which awards are up for grabs, and who is shortlisted? The Best Fifa Men's Player Three players have been nominated for the award from an initial shortlist of 24. Last year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo, has scored 45 goals in 48 appearances this calendar year, including 34 goals for club and 11 for country. These incredible individual statistics are bolstered by Ronaldo winning the Champions League and La Liga in the 2016/17 campaign. Lionel Messi is another unsurprising feature within the best player award, with 49 goals and 11 assists in 50 appearances in 2017. The most expensive player in the world, Neymar is the outside bet to be crowned the greatest footballer on earth. The Best Fifa football coach award The best coach award is separated into male and female categories.  Juventus boss, Massimiliano Allegri, after winning the league and Coppa Italia last season. Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, who in his first season in English football won the Premier League, setting a new record along the way achieving 30 wins in a single season. Finally Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane makes the list after winning the Champions League and Los Blancos' first league title for five years. In the women's section, the the top three comprise of Denmark’s manager Nils Nielsen, who guided her side to the final against Holland in this year European Championships. Lyon coach Gerard Precheur is nominated after winning the Champions League, the French League Cup and the French Cup, while Sarina Wiegman also features after leading Holland to the 2017 European championships.  The Best FIFA goalkeeper award Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus is nominated, having gone 600 minutes without conceding in the Champions League, while Keylor Navas of Real Madrid won his second consecutive Champions League along with a La Liga title. Manuel Neuer makes up the three-man short list. The Puskas Award The Puskas award is for the best goal of the year. This year the three finalists include Deyna Castellanos of Venezuela women's side, Olivier Giroud for his goal for Arsenal, below, and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. The Best Fifa Fan award Borussia Dortmund make the final three after supporters came together to offer shelter to Monaco fans displaced by their Champions League match being rescheduled after a bomb attack on the Dortmund team bus.  Celtic are included through their final match of the league season which coincided with the 50th anniversary of winning the European Cup in 1967, which made them the first British club to lift the prestigious trophy. The Celtic fans honoured the team, known as the "Lisbon Lions", with a stunning full 360-degree card display around Celtic Park. FC Copenhagen were also nominated after winning the league in their final game against Brondby, when players handed the trophy to the fans, who then passed the trophy along to a wheelchair-bound supporter and lifted him in the air. Awards night preview: Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to retain his crown as FIFA men's player of the year in London on Monday night. The Real Madrid and Portugal superstar is up against Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Paris St Germain's Neymar for the award he won last year. The ceremony, which takes place at the London Palladium, is the second since the FIFA award split from France Football's Ballon d'Or prize. Ronaldo has scored 44 goals for club and country so far in 2017 and scored twice in the Champions League final in June, as Real won the competition for a record-extending 12th time. Messi has hit 50 goals for Barca and Argentina while Neymar, the world's most expensive player after he left Barcelona for PSG in the summer, has 25 goals to his name for Barca, PSG and Brazil. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is in the running for the top men's coach award along with Ronaldo's boss at Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, and Juventus chief Massimiliano Allegri. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud's 'scorpion kick' volley against Crystal Palace in January has been nominated for the Puskas Award for best goal. The 31-year-old's effort has been shortlisted along with goals from Venezuela's Deyna Castellanos and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. Castellanos is also nominated for the women's player of the year award alongside last year's winner Carli Lloyd of the United States and Holland's Lieke Martens. The winners are decided by a jury of club and international coaches, media representatives and fans. PA  

Best Fifa Football Awards 2017 live updates: Will Messi, Ronaldo or Neymar win?

7:45PM Puskas Award for best goal After showing this video: They interview Harry Kane. The crowd boos (because a large portion of them seem to be Arsenal fans). Maybe not actually, now Frank Lampard is in the spotlight and he gets a round of applause. Lampard says his favourite goal is Giroud's, Kane says it's the South African goalkeeper's. He has to say that though. The repercussions for supporting something Arsenal are just too high. Schmeichel agrees with Mr Lampard. 7:40PM Elba is doing selfies Credit: AFP Tonight's host is wandering around the front row getting selfies with Neymar, Messi and Ronaldo, doing some jokes. Then he goes to Olivier Giroud. It's good to see that even in awards ceremonies, Giroud still has to come off the bench to be involved.  7:38PM Idris Elba going for the jokes Solid opening. The setup references that this is an international broadcast, so if you're from South America, 'como estas'. If you're from China, 'ni hao' (sp) and if you're from Hackney, "alright bruv".   7:36PM But first, it's Stomp! I'm doing this face. Some people are bashing bins around on the stage as they show highlights of... some football. You can't see what football because there are people bashing bins around on stage. Now they're bouncing footballs. Diego Maradona looks fairly unimpressed.  But they've timed one of the bits to coincide with the ball hitting the back of the net and a scream of "GOAL!" which is quite nice. And now they're replicating acrobatic soccer skills and celebrations. The crowd goes mildly wild and politely applauds. Cue Martin Tyler: "I swear you'll never see anything like this ever again!" 7:32PM Idris Elba is here Star of The Wire, the US Office and those Sky Movies adverts, here comes Idris Elba wearing a really nice tuxedo. James Bond wears a tuxedo. It's an audition! 7:29PM Ronaldo seems confident Credit: AFP I think they've lined up this so it's Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo, which isn't the order I'd have them in. Surely Ronaldo plays through the middle of a front three? 7:27PM Confirmation: Ronaldo and Messi are football friends Credit: AP   7:26PM Here's the guy who really wants you to know he's here Credit: AFP Yaaaaaay it's... that guy. Gianni Infantino, the newest president of FIFA, is shaking hands and being friendly to people.   7:23PM Ronaldo is here!  Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez Credit: GETTY IMAGES Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez are here and have done the walk along the... green carpet. I've just thought of a way they can decide who actually wins the top prize between this guy, Messi and Neymar. Stay with me... Penalty shootout. And like in Game of Thrones, they can all choose a person to stand in for them as goalkeeper. Seaman is there, Schmeichel and Buffon too. And that's it.  7:22PM Claudio Ranieri Credit: FIFA  Doing a fine job at Nantes just now, grabbing those 1-0 wins to help them climb the table. Everyone likes Ranieri. 7:19PM Antonio Conte says "I think that it's very important to stay here and fight for this award. It is amazing with Real Madrid, they won the Champions League and the league but it is amazing for me to stay here and to fight for this award." God I hope he means that literally. Can you imagine? Conte windmilling his way through the main hall, battering Peter Schmeichel and Luka Modric in a whirlwind of fury. 7:17PM Dream strike partnernship Credit: AP These two would destroy worlds.  7:15PM I just want someone to love me as much as Marcelo loves this woman Credit: GETTY IMAGES Can you feel it? Light beams of warmth coming out of his eyes. 7:11PM Dani Alves has come dressed as a futuristic pirate Credit: REUTERS "STOP RIGHT THERE! SPACE POLICE! Agent Daniel Alves and you've got a loooooooot of talking to do, punk." 7:09PM Harry Kane and Katie Goodland There he is! Harry gives a little bit to the presenters about how nice it is to be invited. He's so nice. "It makes me feel very proud. For me it’s about improving every year. Messi, Ronaldo set the standard for all of us so just to get up there and be involved is fantastic. The stadium, the atmosphere (at Real Madrid) was amazing. To get a result… I'm very proud." 7:06PM What would you rather win? This is a great question. Kay Murray (I think) essentially asks Gigi Buffon whether he is happy having won the World Cup and not the Champions League. Which would you rather win? If you were a player. Not as a fan. It's difficult isn't it? On the one hand, Scotland winning the World Cup would be amazing BUT I'm leaning towards Aberdeen being crowned European champions. 6:59PM Photos of Messi at the Best FIFA Awards Leo Messi and wife Antonella Credit: AP Credit: PA   6:58PM All the stars are here! Credit: OA  That's Marcelo, here's David Trezeguet: Credit: FIFA And here's Philip Schofield: Credit: PA If you aren't from the UK, you might not know who this man is so let's try and explain. Philip Schofield, or Scholey F as he likes to be known, is a giant of British television. He's perhaps the nicest man alive to also be a TV presenter and used to best friends with a gopher, the whereabouts of which are unknown. What happened to that gopher, you ask? Nobody is sure. All we know for certain is that until its lifeless body is discovered washed up on that little beach next to the South Bank on the Thames, we must assume it is alive.  6:52PM No questions for Messi The FIFA TV presenters have been told they are not allowed to ask Leo Messi any questions - not even in Spanish. What kind of world is this? We're all just waiting to hear what the great man will say about tonight's event and have been denied. We'll never know how he's looking forward to it, and may the best man win, and that London is very nice and that he's glad he's scored today but more pleased that the team got three points, and they just have to go again in the next game. In Spanish. But no! 6:47PM Leo Messi is here *high pitch scream* ARRRRHRHGGHHGHGHGHGHGHGH. And I can confirm he is wearing a normal suit. Nothing shiny and no LED lights. Disappointing. 6:47PM Frank Lampard is here "(Real Madrid) are going down as one of the best club teams in history. " I agree Frank. They're really good. "(Conte's) in the running (for best manager). He's done an unbelievable job at Chelsea" 6:45PM Messi looks terrified in his press photo shoot Credit: FIFA There are a few promo shoots featuring the key players. Messi is trying to look cool but is also wearing a hoody and sadly, that is almost impossible to do.  Credit: FIFA   6:39PM PHILIP SCHOFIELD IS HERE Oh now this is kicking off. "Oldham fan. My Granddad used to play pies at the ground as a lad. I was a constant disappointment for him because we (his brother) were rubbish. I just lacked the sporting mind, I think. I kick a ball around the garden with my nephews. I was asked all the way down Ronaldo or Messi... it's a tricky one. "Messi." There you have it. Philip Schofield believes Messi will win. Why do they need this event now? It's done, people! 6:37PM Patrick Kluivert is tonight's magician Credit: FIFA It's either that, or Kluivert's album cover has been leaked onto the picture database I'm currently enjoying. I think this one would be called "Still Crazy" or "These Nights".   Like that. Available on iTunes, but don't bother. You can stream it for free and it's not all that. 6:32PM Down with this sort of thing Credit: PA M8, mate, maaaaaaaaate what a fantastic shirt. Oooooooh that'll really stick it to them. Look what it says "for crying out loud" and oh my word, it's hand drawn! This is rock and roll. There is NOTHING more rock n roll than attending the overly elaborate celebration of individuals in a team sport governed by a disgraced international body than wearing a shirt with WRITING ON IT. Well done Kasabian, you truly represent all that is cool about football. 6:30PM MICHAEL DOUGLAS SUPPORTS SWANSEA Catherine Zeta-Jones says:  "My husband... Michael Douglas is a Swansea City fan." Confirmation there from Zeta-Jones, who claims to have supported Swansea since before they were back in the Premier League, as though that makes her cool or something. Alright, Catherine. Chill out.  Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I don't watch movies, I watch sport," she says. And that is because she doesn't know how sport is going to end. Imagine then, if you will, a Liverpool vs Newcastle match directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The twist - and there is a twist - is that Stan Collymore was the mascot the whole time. And the mascot is the Queen. And the Queen scores the winning goal, liberating a fictional country which is supposed to be from somewhere near Afghanistan. 6:26PM All the stars are here Credit: PA It's not a long trek for Granit Xhaka to be here as the awards are being held in London.  Credit: PA And here's star Valencia right-back Eamonn Holmes, who has flown in to hang out with all his La Liga pals like... Sergio Ramos, who will probably be here at some point. Credit: EPA That's why he was in London. Maradona is on his best behaviour and looking very nice, but as yet hasn't dribbled past a single person on the red carpet. 6:21PM Welcome! HELLO EVERYONE! Welcome to this most exciting of events. It's like the Oscars... but with David Seaman! Credit: PA  Seaman won't be winning any awards tonight, especially since he doesn't have a moustache anymore, and instead must watch as the likes of Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar sit on some expensive chairs and feign being incredibly pleased that one of the other two has won the Best Best FIFA Best Best Football Player Man Award. There are other awards too. Who will win them? Let's find out together. 6:15PM What's all this then? It's the 2017 Best Fifa Football Awards, the second to be held, where - among other awards - world player of the year is crowned. The breakaway event was started after Fifa's Ballon d'Or partnership with France Football ended. The Ballon d'Or is still awarded by the publication each year, while Fifa hands out its own awards in tonight's event. When is it? It's on Monday October 23 - ie today. What time does the event start? It's a 7.30pm BST start at the London Palladium. What TV channel is it on? You can watch the event, hosted by Idris Elba, on Fifa's YouTube channel. Alternatively, you can follow the event as it happens right here, or catch the highlights on ITV at 10.45pm. Ronaldo with last year's award and Sir Alex Ferguson Credit: Getty Images Which awards are up for grabs, and who is shortlisted? The Best Fifa Men's Player Three players have been nominated for the award from an initial shortlist of 24. Last year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo, has scored 45 goals in 48 appearances this calendar year, including 34 goals for club and 11 for country. These incredible individual statistics are bolstered by Ronaldo winning the Champions League and La Liga in the 2016/17 campaign. Lionel Messi is another unsurprising feature within the best player award, with 49 goals and 11 assists in 50 appearances in 2017. The most expensive player in the world, Neymar is the outside bet to be crowned the greatest footballer on earth. The Best Fifa football coach award The best coach award is separated into male and female categories.  Juventus boss, Massimiliano Allegri, after winning the league and Coppa Italia last season. Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, who in his first season in English football won the Premier League, setting a new record along the way achieving 30 wins in a single season. Finally Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane makes the list after winning the Champions League and Los Blancos' first league title for five years. In the women's section, the the top three comprise of Denmark’s manager Nils Nielsen, who guided her side to the final against Holland in this year European Championships. Lyon coach Gerard Precheur is nominated after winning the Champions League, the French League Cup and the French Cup, while Sarina Wiegman also features after leading Holland to the 2017 European championships.  The Best FIFA goalkeeper award Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus is nominated, having gone 600 minutes without conceding in the Champions League, while Keylor Navas of Real Madrid won his second consecutive Champions League along with a La Liga title. Manuel Neuer makes up the three-man short list. The Puskas Award The Puskas award is for the best goal of the year. This year the three finalists include Deyna Castellanos of Venezuela women's side, Olivier Giroud for his goal for Arsenal, below, and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. The Best Fifa Fan award Borussia Dortmund make the final three after supporters came together to offer shelter to Monaco fans displaced by their Champions League match being rescheduled after a bomb attack on the Dortmund team bus.  Celtic are included through their final match of the league season which coincided with the 50th anniversary of winning the European Cup in 1967, which made them the first British club to lift the prestigious trophy. The Celtic fans honoured the team, known as the "Lisbon Lions", with a stunning full 360-degree card display around Celtic Park. FC Copenhagen were also nominated after winning the league in their final game against Brondby, when players handed the trophy to the fans, who then passed the trophy along to a wheelchair-bound supporter and lifted him in the air. Awards night preview: Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to retain his crown as FIFA men's player of the year in London on Monday night. The Real Madrid and Portugal superstar is up against Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Paris St Germain's Neymar for the award he won last year. The ceremony, which takes place at the London Palladium, is the second since the FIFA award split from France Football's Ballon d'Or prize. Ronaldo has scored 44 goals for club and country so far in 2017 and scored twice in the Champions League final in June, as Real won the competition for a record-extending 12th time. Messi has hit 50 goals for Barca and Argentina while Neymar, the world's most expensive player after he left Barcelona for PSG in the summer, has 25 goals to his name for Barca, PSG and Brazil. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is in the running for the top men's coach award along with Ronaldo's boss at Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, and Juventus chief Massimiliano Allegri. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud's 'scorpion kick' volley against Crystal Palace in January has been nominated for the Puskas Award for best goal. The 31-year-old's effort has been shortlisted along with goals from Venezuela's Deyna Castellanos and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. Castellanos is also nominated for the women's player of the year award alongside last year's winner Carli Lloyd of the United States and Holland's Lieke Martens. The winners are decided by a jury of club and international coaches, media representatives and fans. PA  

Best Fifa Football Awards 2017 live updates: Will Messi, Ronaldo or Neymar win?

7:45PM Puskas Award for best goal After showing this video: They interview Harry Kane. The crowd boos (because a large portion of them seem to be Arsenal fans). Maybe not actually, now Frank Lampard is in the spotlight and he gets a round of applause. Lampard says his favourite goal is Giroud's, Kane says it's the South African goalkeeper's. He has to say that though. The repercussions for supporting something Arsenal are just too high. Schmeichel agrees with Mr Lampard. 7:40PM Elba is doing selfies Credit: AFP Tonight's host is wandering around the front row getting selfies with Neymar, Messi and Ronaldo, doing some jokes. Then he goes to Olivier Giroud. It's good to see that even in awards ceremonies, Giroud still has to come off the bench to be involved.  7:38PM Idris Elba going for the jokes Solid opening. The setup references that this is an international broadcast, so if you're from South America, 'como estas'. If you're from China, 'ni hao' (sp) and if you're from Hackney, "alright bruv".   7:36PM But first, it's Stomp! I'm doing this face. Some people are bashing bins around on the stage as they show highlights of... some football. You can't see what football because there are people bashing bins around on stage. Now they're bouncing footballs. Diego Maradona looks fairly unimpressed.  But they've timed one of the bits to coincide with the ball hitting the back of the net and a scream of "GOAL!" which is quite nice. And now they're replicating acrobatic soccer skills and celebrations. The crowd goes mildly wild and politely applauds. Cue Martin Tyler: "I swear you'll never see anything like this ever again!" 7:32PM Idris Elba is here Star of The Wire, the US Office and those Sky Movies adverts, here comes Idris Elba wearing a really nice tuxedo. James Bond wears a tuxedo. It's an audition! 7:29PM Ronaldo seems confident Credit: AFP I think they've lined up this so it's Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo, which isn't the order I'd have them in. Surely Ronaldo plays through the middle of a front three? 7:27PM Confirmation: Ronaldo and Messi are football friends Credit: AP   7:26PM Here's the guy who really wants you to know he's here Credit: AFP Yaaaaaay it's... that guy. Gianni Infantino, the newest president of FIFA, is shaking hands and being friendly to people.   7:23PM Ronaldo is here!  Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez Credit: GETTY IMAGES Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez are here and have done the walk along the... green carpet. I've just thought of a way they can decide who actually wins the top prize between this guy, Messi and Neymar. Stay with me... Penalty shootout. And like in Game of Thrones, they can all choose a person to stand in for them as goalkeeper. Seaman is there, Schmeichel and Buffon too. And that's it.  7:22PM Claudio Ranieri Credit: FIFA  Doing a fine job at Nantes just now, grabbing those 1-0 wins to help them climb the table. Everyone likes Ranieri. 7:19PM Antonio Conte says "I think that it's very important to stay here and fight for this award. It is amazing with Real Madrid, they won the Champions League and the league but it is amazing for me to stay here and to fight for this award." God I hope he means that literally. Can you imagine? Conte windmilling his way through the main hall, battering Peter Schmeichel and Luka Modric in a whirlwind of fury. 7:17PM Dream strike partnernship Credit: AP These two would destroy worlds.  7:15PM I just want someone to love me as much as Marcelo loves this woman Credit: GETTY IMAGES Can you feel it? Light beams of warmth coming out of his eyes. 7:11PM Dani Alves has come dressed as a futuristic pirate Credit: REUTERS "STOP RIGHT THERE! SPACE POLICE! Agent Daniel Alves and you've got a loooooooot of talking to do, punk." 7:09PM Harry Kane and Katie Goodland There he is! Harry gives a little bit to the presenters about how nice it is to be invited. He's so nice. "It makes me feel very proud. For me it’s about improving every year. Messi, Ronaldo set the standard for all of us so just to get up there and be involved is fantastic. The stadium, the atmosphere (at Real Madrid) was amazing. To get a result… I'm very proud." 7:06PM What would you rather win? This is a great question. Kay Murray (I think) essentially asks Gigi Buffon whether he is happy having won the World Cup and not the Champions League. Which would you rather win? If you were a player. Not as a fan. It's difficult isn't it? On the one hand, Scotland winning the World Cup would be amazing BUT I'm leaning towards Aberdeen being crowned European champions. 6:59PM Photos of Messi at the Best FIFA Awards Leo Messi and wife Antonella Credit: AP Credit: PA   6:58PM All the stars are here! Credit: OA  That's Marcelo, here's David Trezeguet: Credit: FIFA And here's Philip Schofield: Credit: PA If you aren't from the UK, you might not know who this man is so let's try and explain. Philip Schofield, or Scholey F as he likes to be known, is a giant of British television. He's perhaps the nicest man alive to also be a TV presenter and used to best friends with a gopher, the whereabouts of which are unknown. What happened to that gopher, you ask? Nobody is sure. All we know for certain is that until its lifeless body is discovered washed up on that little beach next to the South Bank on the Thames, we must assume it is alive.  6:52PM No questions for Messi The FIFA TV presenters have been told they are not allowed to ask Leo Messi any questions - not even in Spanish. What kind of world is this? We're all just waiting to hear what the great man will say about tonight's event and have been denied. We'll never know how he's looking forward to it, and may the best man win, and that London is very nice and that he's glad he's scored today but more pleased that the team got three points, and they just have to go again in the next game. In Spanish. But no! 6:47PM Leo Messi is here *high pitch scream* ARRRRHRHGGHHGHGHGHGHGHGH. And I can confirm he is wearing a normal suit. Nothing shiny and no LED lights. Disappointing. 6:47PM Frank Lampard is here "(Real Madrid) are going down as one of the best club teams in history. " I agree Frank. They're really good. "(Conte's) in the running (for best manager). He's done an unbelievable job at Chelsea" 6:45PM Messi looks terrified in his press photo shoot Credit: FIFA There are a few promo shoots featuring the key players. Messi is trying to look cool but is also wearing a hoody and sadly, that is almost impossible to do.  Credit: FIFA   6:39PM PHILIP SCHOFIELD IS HERE Oh now this is kicking off. "Oldham fan. My Granddad used to play pies at the ground as a lad. I was a constant disappointment for him because we (his brother) were rubbish. I just lacked the sporting mind, I think. I kick a ball around the garden with my nephews. I was asked all the way down Ronaldo or Messi... it's a tricky one. "Messi." There you have it. Philip Schofield believes Messi will win. Why do they need this event now? It's done, people! 6:37PM Patrick Kluivert is tonight's magician Credit: FIFA It's either that, or Kluivert's album cover has been leaked onto the picture database I'm currently enjoying. I think this one would be called "Still Crazy" or "These Nights".   Like that. Available on iTunes, but don't bother. You can stream it for free and it's not all that. 6:32PM Down with this sort of thing Credit: PA M8, mate, maaaaaaaaate what a fantastic shirt. Oooooooh that'll really stick it to them. Look what it says "for crying out loud" and oh my word, it's hand drawn! This is rock and roll. There is NOTHING more rock n roll than attending the overly elaborate celebration of individuals in a team sport governed by a disgraced international body than wearing a shirt with WRITING ON IT. Well done Kasabian, you truly represent all that is cool about football. 6:30PM MICHAEL DOUGLAS SUPPORTS SWANSEA Catherine Zeta-Jones says:  "My husband... Michael Douglas is a Swansea City fan." Confirmation there from Zeta-Jones, who claims to have supported Swansea since before they were back in the Premier League, as though that makes her cool or something. Alright, Catherine. Chill out.  Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I don't watch movies, I watch sport," she says. And that is because she doesn't know how sport is going to end. Imagine then, if you will, a Liverpool vs Newcastle match directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The twist - and there is a twist - is that Stan Collymore was the mascot the whole time. And the mascot is the Queen. And the Queen scores the winning goal, liberating a fictional country which is supposed to be from somewhere near Afghanistan. 6:26PM All the stars are here Credit: PA It's not a long trek for Granit Xhaka to be here as the awards are being held in London.  Credit: PA And here's star Valencia right-back Eamonn Holmes, who has flown in to hang out with all his La Liga pals like... Sergio Ramos, who will probably be here at some point. Credit: EPA That's why he was in London. Maradona is on his best behaviour and looking very nice, but as yet hasn't dribbled past a single person on the red carpet. 6:21PM Welcome! HELLO EVERYONE! Welcome to this most exciting of events. It's like the Oscars... but with David Seaman! Credit: PA  Seaman won't be winning any awards tonight, especially since he doesn't have a moustache anymore, and instead must watch as the likes of Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar sit on some expensive chairs and feign being incredibly pleased that one of the other two has won the Best Best FIFA Best Best Football Player Man Award. There are other awards too. Who will win them? Let's find out together. 6:15PM What's all this then? It's the 2017 Best Fifa Football Awards, the second to be held, where - among other awards - world player of the year is crowned. The breakaway event was started after Fifa's Ballon d'Or partnership with France Football ended. The Ballon d'Or is still awarded by the publication each year, while Fifa hands out its own awards in tonight's event. When is it? It's on Monday October 23 - ie today. What time does the event start? It's a 7.30pm BST start at the London Palladium. What TV channel is it on? You can watch the event, hosted by Idris Elba, on Fifa's YouTube channel. Alternatively, you can follow the event as it happens right here, or catch the highlights on ITV at 10.45pm. Ronaldo with last year's award and Sir Alex Ferguson Credit: Getty Images Which awards are up for grabs, and who is shortlisted? The Best Fifa Men's Player Three players have been nominated for the award from an initial shortlist of 24. Last year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo, has scored 45 goals in 48 appearances this calendar year, including 34 goals for club and 11 for country. These incredible individual statistics are bolstered by Ronaldo winning the Champions League and La Liga in the 2016/17 campaign. Lionel Messi is another unsurprising feature within the best player award, with 49 goals and 11 assists in 50 appearances in 2017. The most expensive player in the world, Neymar is the outside bet to be crowned the greatest footballer on earth. The Best Fifa football coach award The best coach award is separated into male and female categories.  Juventus boss, Massimiliano Allegri, after winning the league and Coppa Italia last season. Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, who in his first season in English football won the Premier League, setting a new record along the way achieving 30 wins in a single season. Finally Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane makes the list after winning the Champions League and Los Blancos' first league title for five years. In the women's section, the the top three comprise of Denmark’s manager Nils Nielsen, who guided her side to the final against Holland in this year European Championships. Lyon coach Gerard Precheur is nominated after winning the Champions League, the French League Cup and the French Cup, while Sarina Wiegman also features after leading Holland to the 2017 European championships.  The Best FIFA goalkeeper award Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus is nominated, having gone 600 minutes without conceding in the Champions League, while Keylor Navas of Real Madrid won his second consecutive Champions League along with a La Liga title. Manuel Neuer makes up the three-man short list. The Puskas Award The Puskas award is for the best goal of the year. This year the three finalists include Deyna Castellanos of Venezuela women's side, Olivier Giroud for his goal for Arsenal, below, and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. The Best Fifa Fan award Borussia Dortmund make the final three after supporters came together to offer shelter to Monaco fans displaced by their Champions League match being rescheduled after a bomb attack on the Dortmund team bus.  Celtic are included through their final match of the league season which coincided with the 50th anniversary of winning the European Cup in 1967, which made them the first British club to lift the prestigious trophy. The Celtic fans honoured the team, known as the "Lisbon Lions", with a stunning full 360-degree card display around Celtic Park. FC Copenhagen were also nominated after winning the league in their final game against Brondby, when players handed the trophy to the fans, who then passed the trophy along to a wheelchair-bound supporter and lifted him in the air. Awards night preview: Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to retain his crown as FIFA men's player of the year in London on Monday night. The Real Madrid and Portugal superstar is up against Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Paris St Germain's Neymar for the award he won last year. The ceremony, which takes place at the London Palladium, is the second since the FIFA award split from France Football's Ballon d'Or prize. Ronaldo has scored 44 goals for club and country so far in 2017 and scored twice in the Champions League final in June, as Real won the competition for a record-extending 12th time. Messi has hit 50 goals for Barca and Argentina while Neymar, the world's most expensive player after he left Barcelona for PSG in the summer, has 25 goals to his name for Barca, PSG and Brazil. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is in the running for the top men's coach award along with Ronaldo's boss at Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, and Juventus chief Massimiliano Allegri. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud's 'scorpion kick' volley against Crystal Palace in January has been nominated for the Puskas Award for best goal. The 31-year-old's effort has been shortlisted along with goals from Venezuela's Deyna Castellanos and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. Castellanos is also nominated for the women's player of the year award alongside last year's winner Carli Lloyd of the United States and Holland's Lieke Martens. The winners are decided by a jury of club and international coaches, media representatives and fans. PA  

Best Fifa Football Awards 2017 live updates: Will Messi, Ronaldo or Neymar win?

7:45PM Puskas Award for best goal After showing this video: They interview Harry Kane. The crowd boos (because a large portion of them seem to be Arsenal fans). Maybe not actually, now Frank Lampard is in the spotlight and he gets a round of applause. Lampard says his favourite goal is Giroud's, Kane says it's the South African goalkeeper's. He has to say that though. The repercussions for supporting something Arsenal are just too high. Schmeichel agrees with Mr Lampard. 7:40PM Elba is doing selfies Credit: AFP Tonight's host is wandering around the front row getting selfies with Neymar, Messi and Ronaldo, doing some jokes. Then he goes to Olivier Giroud. It's good to see that even in awards ceremonies, Giroud still has to come off the bench to be involved.  7:38PM Idris Elba going for the jokes Solid opening. The setup references that this is an international broadcast, so if you're from South America, 'como estas'. If you're from China, 'ni hao' (sp) and if you're from Hackney, "alright bruv".   7:36PM But first, it's Stomp! I'm doing this face. Some people are bashing bins around on the stage as they show highlights of... some football. You can't see what football because there are people bashing bins around on stage. Now they're bouncing footballs. Diego Maradona looks fairly unimpressed.  But they've timed one of the bits to coincide with the ball hitting the back of the net and a scream of "GOAL!" which is quite nice. And now they're replicating acrobatic soccer skills and celebrations. The crowd goes mildly wild and politely applauds. Cue Martin Tyler: "I swear you'll never see anything like this ever again!" 7:32PM Idris Elba is here Star of The Wire, the US Office and those Sky Movies adverts, here comes Idris Elba wearing a really nice tuxedo. James Bond wears a tuxedo. It's an audition! 7:29PM Ronaldo seems confident Credit: AFP I think they've lined up this so it's Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo, which isn't the order I'd have them in. Surely Ronaldo plays through the middle of a front three? 7:27PM Confirmation: Ronaldo and Messi are football friends Credit: AP   7:26PM Here's the guy who really wants you to know he's here Credit: AFP Yaaaaaay it's... that guy. Gianni Infantino, the newest president of FIFA, is shaking hands and being friendly to people.   7:23PM Ronaldo is here!  Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez Credit: GETTY IMAGES Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez are here and have done the walk along the... green carpet. I've just thought of a way they can decide who actually wins the top prize between this guy, Messi and Neymar. Stay with me... Penalty shootout. And like in Game of Thrones, they can all choose a person to stand in for them as goalkeeper. Seaman is there, Schmeichel and Buffon too. And that's it.  7:22PM Claudio Ranieri Credit: FIFA  Doing a fine job at Nantes just now, grabbing those 1-0 wins to help them climb the table. Everyone likes Ranieri. 7:19PM Antonio Conte says "I think that it's very important to stay here and fight for this award. It is amazing with Real Madrid, they won the Champions League and the league but it is amazing for me to stay here and to fight for this award." God I hope he means that literally. Can you imagine? Conte windmilling his way through the main hall, battering Peter Schmeichel and Luka Modric in a whirlwind of fury. 7:17PM Dream strike partnernship Credit: AP These two would destroy worlds.  7:15PM I just want someone to love me as much as Marcelo loves this woman Credit: GETTY IMAGES Can you feel it? Light beams of warmth coming out of his eyes. 7:11PM Dani Alves has come dressed as a futuristic pirate Credit: REUTERS "STOP RIGHT THERE! SPACE POLICE! Agent Daniel Alves and you've got a loooooooot of talking to do, punk." 7:09PM Harry Kane and Katie Goodland There he is! Harry gives a little bit to the presenters about how nice it is to be invited. He's so nice. "It makes me feel very proud. For me it’s about improving every year. Messi, Ronaldo set the standard for all of us so just to get up there and be involved is fantastic. The stadium, the atmosphere (at Real Madrid) was amazing. To get a result… I'm very proud." 7:06PM What would you rather win? This is a great question. Kay Murray (I think) essentially asks Gigi Buffon whether he is happy having won the World Cup and not the Champions League. Which would you rather win? If you were a player. Not as a fan. It's difficult isn't it? On the one hand, Scotland winning the World Cup would be amazing BUT I'm leaning towards Aberdeen being crowned European champions. 6:59PM Photos of Messi at the Best FIFA Awards Leo Messi and wife Antonella Credit: AP Credit: PA   6:58PM All the stars are here! Credit: OA  That's Marcelo, here's David Trezeguet: Credit: FIFA And here's Philip Schofield: Credit: PA If you aren't from the UK, you might not know who this man is so let's try and explain. Philip Schofield, or Scholey F as he likes to be known, is a giant of British television. He's perhaps the nicest man alive to also be a TV presenter and used to best friends with a gopher, the whereabouts of which are unknown. What happened to that gopher, you ask? Nobody is sure. All we know for certain is that until its lifeless body is discovered washed up on that little beach next to the South Bank on the Thames, we must assume it is alive.  6:52PM No questions for Messi The FIFA TV presenters have been told they are not allowed to ask Leo Messi any questions - not even in Spanish. What kind of world is this? We're all just waiting to hear what the great man will say about tonight's event and have been denied. We'll never know how he's looking forward to it, and may the best man win, and that London is very nice and that he's glad he's scored today but more pleased that the team got three points, and they just have to go again in the next game. In Spanish. But no! 6:47PM Leo Messi is here *high pitch scream* ARRRRHRHGGHHGHGHGHGHGHGH. And I can confirm he is wearing a normal suit. Nothing shiny and no LED lights. Disappointing. 6:47PM Frank Lampard is here "(Real Madrid) are going down as one of the best club teams in history. " I agree Frank. They're really good. "(Conte's) in the running (for best manager). He's done an unbelievable job at Chelsea" 6:45PM Messi looks terrified in his press photo shoot Credit: FIFA There are a few promo shoots featuring the key players. Messi is trying to look cool but is also wearing a hoody and sadly, that is almost impossible to do.  Credit: FIFA   6:39PM PHILIP SCHOFIELD IS HERE Oh now this is kicking off. "Oldham fan. My Granddad used to play pies at the ground as a lad. I was a constant disappointment for him because we (his brother) were rubbish. I just lacked the sporting mind, I think. I kick a ball around the garden with my nephews. I was asked all the way down Ronaldo or Messi... it's a tricky one. "Messi." There you have it. Philip Schofield believes Messi will win. Why do they need this event now? It's done, people! 6:37PM Patrick Kluivert is tonight's magician Credit: FIFA It's either that, or Kluivert's album cover has been leaked onto the picture database I'm currently enjoying. I think this one would be called "Still Crazy" or "These Nights".   Like that. Available on iTunes, but don't bother. You can stream it for free and it's not all that. 6:32PM Down with this sort of thing Credit: PA M8, mate, maaaaaaaaate what a fantastic shirt. Oooooooh that'll really stick it to them. Look what it says "for crying out loud" and oh my word, it's hand drawn! This is rock and roll. There is NOTHING more rock n roll than attending the overly elaborate celebration of individuals in a team sport governed by a disgraced international body than wearing a shirt with WRITING ON IT. Well done Kasabian, you truly represent all that is cool about football. 6:30PM MICHAEL DOUGLAS SUPPORTS SWANSEA Catherine Zeta-Jones says:  "My husband... Michael Douglas is a Swansea City fan." Confirmation there from Zeta-Jones, who claims to have supported Swansea since before they were back in the Premier League, as though that makes her cool or something. Alright, Catherine. Chill out.  Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I don't watch movies, I watch sport," she says. And that is because she doesn't know how sport is going to end. Imagine then, if you will, a Liverpool vs Newcastle match directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The twist - and there is a twist - is that Stan Collymore was the mascot the whole time. And the mascot is the Queen. And the Queen scores the winning goal, liberating a fictional country which is supposed to be from somewhere near Afghanistan. 6:26PM All the stars are here Credit: PA It's not a long trek for Granit Xhaka to be here as the awards are being held in London.  Credit: PA And here's star Valencia right-back Eamonn Holmes, who has flown in to hang out with all his La Liga pals like... Sergio Ramos, who will probably be here at some point. Credit: EPA That's why he was in London. Maradona is on his best behaviour and looking very nice, but as yet hasn't dribbled past a single person on the red carpet. 6:21PM Welcome! HELLO EVERYONE! Welcome to this most exciting of events. It's like the Oscars... but with David Seaman! Credit: PA  Seaman won't be winning any awards tonight, especially since he doesn't have a moustache anymore, and instead must watch as the likes of Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar sit on some expensive chairs and feign being incredibly pleased that one of the other two has won the Best Best FIFA Best Best Football Player Man Award. There are other awards too. Who will win them? Let's find out together. 6:15PM What's all this then? It's the 2017 Best Fifa Football Awards, the second to be held, where - among other awards - world player of the year is crowned. The breakaway event was started after Fifa's Ballon d'Or partnership with France Football ended. The Ballon d'Or is still awarded by the publication each year, while Fifa hands out its own awards in tonight's event. When is it? It's on Monday October 23 - ie today. What time does the event start? It's a 7.30pm BST start at the London Palladium. What TV channel is it on? You can watch the event, hosted by Idris Elba, on Fifa's YouTube channel. Alternatively, you can follow the event as it happens right here, or catch the highlights on ITV at 10.45pm. Ronaldo with last year's award and Sir Alex Ferguson Credit: Getty Images Which awards are up for grabs, and who is shortlisted? The Best Fifa Men's Player Three players have been nominated for the award from an initial shortlist of 24. Last year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo, has scored 45 goals in 48 appearances this calendar year, including 34 goals for club and 11 for country. These incredible individual statistics are bolstered by Ronaldo winning the Champions League and La Liga in the 2016/17 campaign. Lionel Messi is another unsurprising feature within the best player award, with 49 goals and 11 assists in 50 appearances in 2017. The most expensive player in the world, Neymar is the outside bet to be crowned the greatest footballer on earth. The Best Fifa football coach award The best coach award is separated into male and female categories.  Juventus boss, Massimiliano Allegri, after winning the league and Coppa Italia last season. Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, who in his first season in English football won the Premier League, setting a new record along the way achieving 30 wins in a single season. Finally Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane makes the list after winning the Champions League and Los Blancos' first league title for five years. In the women's section, the the top three comprise of Denmark’s manager Nils Nielsen, who guided her side to the final against Holland in this year European Championships. Lyon coach Gerard Precheur is nominated after winning the Champions League, the French League Cup and the French Cup, while Sarina Wiegman also features after leading Holland to the 2017 European championships.  The Best FIFA goalkeeper award Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus is nominated, having gone 600 minutes without conceding in the Champions League, while Keylor Navas of Real Madrid won his second consecutive Champions League along with a La Liga title. Manuel Neuer makes up the three-man short list. The Puskas Award The Puskas award is for the best goal of the year. This year the three finalists include Deyna Castellanos of Venezuela women's side, Olivier Giroud for his goal for Arsenal, below, and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. The Best Fifa Fan award Borussia Dortmund make the final three after supporters came together to offer shelter to Monaco fans displaced by their Champions League match being rescheduled after a bomb attack on the Dortmund team bus.  Celtic are included through their final match of the league season which coincided with the 50th anniversary of winning the European Cup in 1967, which made them the first British club to lift the prestigious trophy. The Celtic fans honoured the team, known as the "Lisbon Lions", with a stunning full 360-degree card display around Celtic Park. FC Copenhagen were also nominated after winning the league in their final game against Brondby, when players handed the trophy to the fans, who then passed the trophy along to a wheelchair-bound supporter and lifted him in the air. Awards night preview: Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to retain his crown as FIFA men's player of the year in London on Monday night. The Real Madrid and Portugal superstar is up against Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Paris St Germain's Neymar for the award he won last year. The ceremony, which takes place at the London Palladium, is the second since the FIFA award split from France Football's Ballon d'Or prize. Ronaldo has scored 44 goals for club and country so far in 2017 and scored twice in the Champions League final in June, as Real won the competition for a record-extending 12th time. Messi has hit 50 goals for Barca and Argentina while Neymar, the world's most expensive player after he left Barcelona for PSG in the summer, has 25 goals to his name for Barca, PSG and Brazil. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is in the running for the top men's coach award along with Ronaldo's boss at Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, and Juventus chief Massimiliano Allegri. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud's 'scorpion kick' volley against Crystal Palace in January has been nominated for the Puskas Award for best goal. The 31-year-old's effort has been shortlisted along with goals from Venezuela's Deyna Castellanos and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. Castellanos is also nominated for the women's player of the year award alongside last year's winner Carli Lloyd of the United States and Holland's Lieke Martens. The winners are decided by a jury of club and international coaches, media representatives and fans. PA  

Best Fifa Football Awards 2017 live updates: Will Messi, Ronaldo or Neymar win?

7:45PM Puskas Award for best goal After showing this video: They interview Harry Kane. The crowd boos (because a large portion of them seem to be Arsenal fans). Maybe not actually, now Frank Lampard is in the spotlight and he gets a round of applause. Lampard says his favourite goal is Giroud's, Kane says it's the South African goalkeeper's. He has to say that though. The repercussions for supporting something Arsenal are just too high. Schmeichel agrees with Mr Lampard. 7:40PM Elba is doing selfies Credit: AFP Tonight's host is wandering around the front row getting selfies with Neymar, Messi and Ronaldo, doing some jokes. Then he goes to Olivier Giroud. It's good to see that even in awards ceremonies, Giroud still has to come off the bench to be involved.  7:38PM Idris Elba going for the jokes Solid opening. The setup references that this is an international broadcast, so if you're from South America, 'como estas'. If you're from China, 'ni hao' (sp) and if you're from Hackney, "alright bruv".   7:36PM But first, it's Stomp! I'm doing this face. Some people are bashing bins around on the stage as they show highlights of... some football. You can't see what football because there are people bashing bins around on stage. Now they're bouncing footballs. Diego Maradona looks fairly unimpressed.  But they've timed one of the bits to coincide with the ball hitting the back of the net and a scream of "GOAL!" which is quite nice. And now they're replicating acrobatic soccer skills and celebrations. The crowd goes mildly wild and politely applauds. Cue Martin Tyler: "I swear you'll never see anything like this ever again!" 7:32PM Idris Elba is here Star of The Wire, the US Office and those Sky Movies adverts, here comes Idris Elba wearing a really nice tuxedo. James Bond wears a tuxedo. It's an audition! 7:29PM Ronaldo seems confident Credit: AFP I think they've lined up this so it's Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo, which isn't the order I'd have them in. Surely Ronaldo plays through the middle of a front three? 7:27PM Confirmation: Ronaldo and Messi are football friends Credit: AP   7:26PM Here's the guy who really wants you to know he's here Credit: AFP Yaaaaaay it's... that guy. Gianni Infantino, the newest president of FIFA, is shaking hands and being friendly to people.   7:23PM Ronaldo is here!  Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez Credit: GETTY IMAGES Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez are here and have done the walk along the... green carpet. I've just thought of a way they can decide who actually wins the top prize between this guy, Messi and Neymar. Stay with me... Penalty shootout. And like in Game of Thrones, they can all choose a person to stand in for them as goalkeeper. Seaman is there, Schmeichel and Buffon too. And that's it.  7:22PM Claudio Ranieri Credit: FIFA  Doing a fine job at Nantes just now, grabbing those 1-0 wins to help them climb the table. Everyone likes Ranieri. 7:19PM Antonio Conte says "I think that it's very important to stay here and fight for this award. It is amazing with Real Madrid, they won the Champions League and the league but it is amazing for me to stay here and to fight for this award." God I hope he means that literally. Can you imagine? Conte windmilling his way through the main hall, battering Peter Schmeichel and Luka Modric in a whirlwind of fury. 7:17PM Dream strike partnernship Credit: AP These two would destroy worlds.  7:15PM I just want someone to love me as much as Marcelo loves this woman Credit: GETTY IMAGES Can you feel it? Light beams of warmth coming out of his eyes. 7:11PM Dani Alves has come dressed as a futuristic pirate Credit: REUTERS "STOP RIGHT THERE! SPACE POLICE! Agent Daniel Alves and you've got a loooooooot of talking to do, punk." 7:09PM Harry Kane and Katie Goodland There he is! Harry gives a little bit to the presenters about how nice it is to be invited. He's so nice. "It makes me feel very proud. For me it’s about improving every year. Messi, Ronaldo set the standard for all of us so just to get up there and be involved is fantastic. The stadium, the atmosphere (at Real Madrid) was amazing. To get a result… I'm very proud." 7:06PM What would you rather win? This is a great question. Kay Murray (I think) essentially asks Gigi Buffon whether he is happy having won the World Cup and not the Champions League. Which would you rather win? If you were a player. Not as a fan. It's difficult isn't it? On the one hand, Scotland winning the World Cup would be amazing BUT I'm leaning towards Aberdeen being crowned European champions. 6:59PM Photos of Messi at the Best FIFA Awards Leo Messi and wife Antonella Credit: AP Credit: PA   6:58PM All the stars are here! Credit: OA  That's Marcelo, here's David Trezeguet: Credit: FIFA And here's Philip Schofield: Credit: PA If you aren't from the UK, you might not know who this man is so let's try and explain. Philip Schofield, or Scholey F as he likes to be known, is a giant of British television. He's perhaps the nicest man alive to also be a TV presenter and used to best friends with a gopher, the whereabouts of which are unknown. What happened to that gopher, you ask? Nobody is sure. All we know for certain is that until its lifeless body is discovered washed up on that little beach next to the South Bank on the Thames, we must assume it is alive.  6:52PM No questions for Messi The FIFA TV presenters have been told they are not allowed to ask Leo Messi any questions - not even in Spanish. What kind of world is this? We're all just waiting to hear what the great man will say about tonight's event and have been denied. We'll never know how he's looking forward to it, and may the best man win, and that London is very nice and that he's glad he's scored today but more pleased that the team got three points, and they just have to go again in the next game. In Spanish. But no! 6:47PM Leo Messi is here *high pitch scream* ARRRRHRHGGHHGHGHGHGHGHGH. And I can confirm he is wearing a normal suit. Nothing shiny and no LED lights. Disappointing. 6:47PM Frank Lampard is here "(Real Madrid) are going down as one of the best club teams in history. " I agree Frank. They're really good. "(Conte's) in the running (for best manager). He's done an unbelievable job at Chelsea" 6:45PM Messi looks terrified in his press photo shoot Credit: FIFA There are a few promo shoots featuring the key players. Messi is trying to look cool but is also wearing a hoody and sadly, that is almost impossible to do.  Credit: FIFA   6:39PM PHILIP SCHOFIELD IS HERE Oh now this is kicking off. "Oldham fan. My Granddad used to play pies at the ground as a lad. I was a constant disappointment for him because we (his brother) were rubbish. I just lacked the sporting mind, I think. I kick a ball around the garden with my nephews. I was asked all the way down Ronaldo or Messi... it's a tricky one. "Messi." There you have it. Philip Schofield believes Messi will win. Why do they need this event now? It's done, people! 6:37PM Patrick Kluivert is tonight's magician Credit: FIFA It's either that, or Kluivert's album cover has been leaked onto the picture database I'm currently enjoying. I think this one would be called "Still Crazy" or "These Nights".   Like that. Available on iTunes, but don't bother. You can stream it for free and it's not all that. 6:32PM Down with this sort of thing Credit: PA M8, mate, maaaaaaaaate what a fantastic shirt. Oooooooh that'll really stick it to them. Look what it says "for crying out loud" and oh my word, it's hand drawn! This is rock and roll. There is NOTHING more rock n roll than attending the overly elaborate celebration of individuals in a team sport governed by a disgraced international body than wearing a shirt with WRITING ON IT. Well done Kasabian, you truly represent all that is cool about football. 6:30PM MICHAEL DOUGLAS SUPPORTS SWANSEA Catherine Zeta-Jones says:  "My husband... Michael Douglas is a Swansea City fan." Confirmation there from Zeta-Jones, who claims to have supported Swansea since before they were back in the Premier League, as though that makes her cool or something. Alright, Catherine. Chill out.  Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I don't watch movies, I watch sport," she says. And that is because she doesn't know how sport is going to end. Imagine then, if you will, a Liverpool vs Newcastle match directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The twist - and there is a twist - is that Stan Collymore was the mascot the whole time. And the mascot is the Queen. And the Queen scores the winning goal, liberating a fictional country which is supposed to be from somewhere near Afghanistan. 6:26PM All the stars are here Credit: PA It's not a long trek for Granit Xhaka to be here as the awards are being held in London.  Credit: PA And here's star Valencia right-back Eamonn Holmes, who has flown in to hang out with all his La Liga pals like... Sergio Ramos, who will probably be here at some point. Credit: EPA That's why he was in London. Maradona is on his best behaviour and looking very nice, but as yet hasn't dribbled past a single person on the red carpet. 6:21PM Welcome! HELLO EVERYONE! Welcome to this most exciting of events. It's like the Oscars... but with David Seaman! Credit: PA  Seaman won't be winning any awards tonight, especially since he doesn't have a moustache anymore, and instead must watch as the likes of Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar sit on some expensive chairs and feign being incredibly pleased that one of the other two has won the Best Best FIFA Best Best Football Player Man Award. There are other awards too. Who will win them? Let's find out together. 6:15PM What's all this then? It's the 2017 Best Fifa Football Awards, the second to be held, where - among other awards - world player of the year is crowned. The breakaway event was started after Fifa's Ballon d'Or partnership with France Football ended. The Ballon d'Or is still awarded by the publication each year, while Fifa hands out its own awards in tonight's event. When is it? It's on Monday October 23 - ie today. What time does the event start? It's a 7.30pm BST start at the London Palladium. What TV channel is it on? You can watch the event, hosted by Idris Elba, on Fifa's YouTube channel. Alternatively, you can follow the event as it happens right here, or catch the highlights on ITV at 10.45pm. Ronaldo with last year's award and Sir Alex Ferguson Credit: Getty Images Which awards are up for grabs, and who is shortlisted? The Best Fifa Men's Player Three players have been nominated for the award from an initial shortlist of 24. Last year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo, has scored 45 goals in 48 appearances this calendar year, including 34 goals for club and 11 for country. These incredible individual statistics are bolstered by Ronaldo winning the Champions League and La Liga in the 2016/17 campaign. Lionel Messi is another unsurprising feature within the best player award, with 49 goals and 11 assists in 50 appearances in 2017. The most expensive player in the world, Neymar is the outside bet to be crowned the greatest footballer on earth. The Best Fifa football coach award The best coach award is separated into male and female categories.  Juventus boss, Massimiliano Allegri, after winning the league and Coppa Italia last season. Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, who in his first season in English football won the Premier League, setting a new record along the way achieving 30 wins in a single season. Finally Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane makes the list after winning the Champions League and Los Blancos' first league title for five years. In the women's section, the the top three comprise of Denmark’s manager Nils Nielsen, who guided her side to the final against Holland in this year European Championships. Lyon coach Gerard Precheur is nominated after winning the Champions League, the French League Cup and the French Cup, while Sarina Wiegman also features after leading Holland to the 2017 European championships.  The Best FIFA goalkeeper award Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus is nominated, having gone 600 minutes without conceding in the Champions League, while Keylor Navas of Real Madrid won his second consecutive Champions League along with a La Liga title. Manuel Neuer makes up the three-man short list. The Puskas Award The Puskas award is for the best goal of the year. This year the three finalists include Deyna Castellanos of Venezuela women's side, Olivier Giroud for his goal for Arsenal, below, and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. The Best Fifa Fan award Borussia Dortmund make the final three after supporters came together to offer shelter to Monaco fans displaced by their Champions League match being rescheduled after a bomb attack on the Dortmund team bus.  Celtic are included through their final match of the league season which coincided with the 50th anniversary of winning the European Cup in 1967, which made them the first British club to lift the prestigious trophy. The Celtic fans honoured the team, known as the "Lisbon Lions", with a stunning full 360-degree card display around Celtic Park. FC Copenhagen were also nominated after winning the league in their final game against Brondby, when players handed the trophy to the fans, who then passed the trophy along to a wheelchair-bound supporter and lifted him in the air. Awards night preview: Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to retain his crown as FIFA men's player of the year in London on Monday night. The Real Madrid and Portugal superstar is up against Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Paris St Germain's Neymar for the award he won last year. The ceremony, which takes place at the London Palladium, is the second since the FIFA award split from France Football's Ballon d'Or prize. Ronaldo has scored 44 goals for club and country so far in 2017 and scored twice in the Champions League final in June, as Real won the competition for a record-extending 12th time. Messi has hit 50 goals for Barca and Argentina while Neymar, the world's most expensive player after he left Barcelona for PSG in the summer, has 25 goals to his name for Barca, PSG and Brazil. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is in the running for the top men's coach award along with Ronaldo's boss at Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, and Juventus chief Massimiliano Allegri. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud's 'scorpion kick' volley against Crystal Palace in January has been nominated for the Puskas Award for best goal. The 31-year-old's effort has been shortlisted along with goals from Venezuela's Deyna Castellanos and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. Castellanos is also nominated for the women's player of the year award alongside last year's winner Carli Lloyd of the United States and Holland's Lieke Martens. The winners are decided by a jury of club and international coaches, media representatives and fans. PA  

Best Fifa Football Awards 2017 live updates: Will Messi, Ronaldo or Neymar win?

7:45PM Puskas Award for best goal After showing this video: They interview Harry Kane. The crowd boos (because a large portion of them seem to be Arsenal fans). Maybe not actually, now Frank Lampard is in the spotlight and he gets a round of applause. Lampard says his favourite goal is Giroud's, Kane says it's the South African goalkeeper's. He has to say that though. The repercussions for supporting something Arsenal are just too high. Schmeichel agrees with Mr Lampard. 7:40PM Elba is doing selfies Credit: AFP Tonight's host is wandering around the front row getting selfies with Neymar, Messi and Ronaldo, doing some jokes. Then he goes to Olivier Giroud. It's good to see that even in awards ceremonies, Giroud still has to come off the bench to be involved.  7:38PM Idris Elba going for the jokes Solid opening. The setup references that this is an international broadcast, so if you're from South America, 'como estas'. If you're from China, 'ni hao' (sp) and if you're from Hackney, "alright bruv".   7:36PM But first, it's Stomp! I'm doing this face. Some people are bashing bins around on the stage as they show highlights of... some football. You can't see what football because there are people bashing bins around on stage. Now they're bouncing footballs. Diego Maradona looks fairly unimpressed.  But they've timed one of the bits to coincide with the ball hitting the back of the net and a scream of "GOAL!" which is quite nice. And now they're replicating acrobatic soccer skills and celebrations. The crowd goes mildly wild and politely applauds. Cue Martin Tyler: "I swear you'll never see anything like this ever again!" 7:32PM Idris Elba is here Star of The Wire, the US Office and those Sky Movies adverts, here comes Idris Elba wearing a really nice tuxedo. James Bond wears a tuxedo. It's an audition! 7:29PM Ronaldo seems confident Credit: AFP I think they've lined up this so it's Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo, which isn't the order I'd have them in. Surely Ronaldo plays through the middle of a front three? 7:27PM Confirmation: Ronaldo and Messi are football friends Credit: AP   7:26PM Here's the guy who really wants you to know he's here Credit: AFP Yaaaaaay it's... that guy. Gianni Infantino, the newest president of FIFA, is shaking hands and being friendly to people.   7:23PM Ronaldo is here!  Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez Credit: GETTY IMAGES Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez are here and have done the walk along the... green carpet. I've just thought of a way they can decide who actually wins the top prize between this guy, Messi and Neymar. Stay with me... Penalty shootout. And like in Game of Thrones, they can all choose a person to stand in for them as goalkeeper. Seaman is there, Schmeichel and Buffon too. And that's it.  7:22PM Claudio Ranieri Credit: FIFA  Doing a fine job at Nantes just now, grabbing those 1-0 wins to help them climb the table. Everyone likes Ranieri. 7:19PM Antonio Conte says "I think that it's very important to stay here and fight for this award. It is amazing with Real Madrid, they won the Champions League and the league but it is amazing for me to stay here and to fight for this award." God I hope he means that literally. Can you imagine? Conte windmilling his way through the main hall, battering Peter Schmeichel and Luka Modric in a whirlwind of fury. 7:17PM Dream strike partnernship Credit: AP These two would destroy worlds.  7:15PM I just want someone to love me as much as Marcelo loves this woman Credit: GETTY IMAGES Can you feel it? Light beams of warmth coming out of his eyes. 7:11PM Dani Alves has come dressed as a futuristic pirate Credit: REUTERS "STOP RIGHT THERE! SPACE POLICE! Agent Daniel Alves and you've got a loooooooot of talking to do, punk." 7:09PM Harry Kane and Katie Goodland There he is! Harry gives a little bit to the presenters about how nice it is to be invited. He's so nice. "It makes me feel very proud. For me it’s about improving every year. Messi, Ronaldo set the standard for all of us so just to get up there and be involved is fantastic. The stadium, the atmosphere (at Real Madrid) was amazing. To get a result… I'm very proud." 7:06PM What would you rather win? This is a great question. Kay Murray (I think) essentially asks Gigi Buffon whether he is happy having won the World Cup and not the Champions League. Which would you rather win? If you were a player. Not as a fan. It's difficult isn't it? On the one hand, Scotland winning the World Cup would be amazing BUT I'm leaning towards Aberdeen being crowned European champions. 6:59PM Photos of Messi at the Best FIFA Awards Leo Messi and wife Antonella Credit: AP Credit: PA   6:58PM All the stars are here! Credit: OA  That's Marcelo, here's David Trezeguet: Credit: FIFA And here's Philip Schofield: Credit: PA If you aren't from the UK, you might not know who this man is so let's try and explain. Philip Schofield, or Scholey F as he likes to be known, is a giant of British television. He's perhaps the nicest man alive to also be a TV presenter and used to best friends with a gopher, the whereabouts of which are unknown. What happened to that gopher, you ask? Nobody is sure. All we know for certain is that until its lifeless body is discovered washed up on that little beach next to the South Bank on the Thames, we must assume it is alive.  6:52PM No questions for Messi The FIFA TV presenters have been told they are not allowed to ask Leo Messi any questions - not even in Spanish. What kind of world is this? We're all just waiting to hear what the great man will say about tonight's event and have been denied. We'll never know how he's looking forward to it, and may the best man win, and that London is very nice and that he's glad he's scored today but more pleased that the team got three points, and they just have to go again in the next game. In Spanish. But no! 6:47PM Leo Messi is here *high pitch scream* ARRRRHRHGGHHGHGHGHGHGHGH. And I can confirm he is wearing a normal suit. Nothing shiny and no LED lights. Disappointing. 6:47PM Frank Lampard is here "(Real Madrid) are going down as one of the best club teams in history. " I agree Frank. They're really good. "(Conte's) in the running (for best manager). He's done an unbelievable job at Chelsea" 6:45PM Messi looks terrified in his press photo shoot Credit: FIFA There are a few promo shoots featuring the key players. Messi is trying to look cool but is also wearing a hoody and sadly, that is almost impossible to do.  Credit: FIFA   6:39PM PHILIP SCHOFIELD IS HERE Oh now this is kicking off. "Oldham fan. My Granddad used to play pies at the ground as a lad. I was a constant disappointment for him because we (his brother) were rubbish. I just lacked the sporting mind, I think. I kick a ball around the garden with my nephews. I was asked all the way down Ronaldo or Messi... it's a tricky one. "Messi." There you have it. Philip Schofield believes Messi will win. Why do they need this event now? It's done, people! 6:37PM Patrick Kluivert is tonight's magician Credit: FIFA It's either that, or Kluivert's album cover has been leaked onto the picture database I'm currently enjoying. I think this one would be called "Still Crazy" or "These Nights".   Like that. Available on iTunes, but don't bother. You can stream it for free and it's not all that. 6:32PM Down with this sort of thing Credit: PA M8, mate, maaaaaaaaate what a fantastic shirt. Oooooooh that'll really stick it to them. Look what it says "for crying out loud" and oh my word, it's hand drawn! This is rock and roll. There is NOTHING more rock n roll than attending the overly elaborate celebration of individuals in a team sport governed by a disgraced international body than wearing a shirt with WRITING ON IT. Well done Kasabian, you truly represent all that is cool about football. 6:30PM MICHAEL DOUGLAS SUPPORTS SWANSEA Catherine Zeta-Jones says:  "My husband... Michael Douglas is a Swansea City fan." Confirmation there from Zeta-Jones, who claims to have supported Swansea since before they were back in the Premier League, as though that makes her cool or something. Alright, Catherine. Chill out.  Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I don't watch movies, I watch sport," she says. And that is because she doesn't know how sport is going to end. Imagine then, if you will, a Liverpool vs Newcastle match directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The twist - and there is a twist - is that Stan Collymore was the mascot the whole time. And the mascot is the Queen. And the Queen scores the winning goal, liberating a fictional country which is supposed to be from somewhere near Afghanistan. 6:26PM All the stars are here Credit: PA It's not a long trek for Granit Xhaka to be here as the awards are being held in London.  Credit: PA And here's star Valencia right-back Eamonn Holmes, who has flown in to hang out with all his La Liga pals like... Sergio Ramos, who will probably be here at some point. Credit: EPA That's why he was in London. Maradona is on his best behaviour and looking very nice, but as yet hasn't dribbled past a single person on the red carpet. 6:21PM Welcome! HELLO EVERYONE! Welcome to this most exciting of events. It's like the Oscars... but with David Seaman! Credit: PA  Seaman won't be winning any awards tonight, especially since he doesn't have a moustache anymore, and instead must watch as the likes of Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar sit on some expensive chairs and feign being incredibly pleased that one of the other two has won the Best Best FIFA Best Best Football Player Man Award. There are other awards too. Who will win them? Let's find out together. 6:15PM What's all this then? It's the 2017 Best Fifa Football Awards, the second to be held, where - among other awards - world player of the year is crowned. The breakaway event was started after Fifa's Ballon d'Or partnership with France Football ended. The Ballon d'Or is still awarded by the publication each year, while Fifa hands out its own awards in tonight's event. When is it? It's on Monday October 23 - ie today. What time does the event start? It's a 7.30pm BST start at the London Palladium. What TV channel is it on? You can watch the event, hosted by Idris Elba, on Fifa's YouTube channel. Alternatively, you can follow the event as it happens right here, or catch the highlights on ITV at 10.45pm. Ronaldo with last year's award and Sir Alex Ferguson Credit: Getty Images Which awards are up for grabs, and who is shortlisted? The Best Fifa Men's Player Three players have been nominated for the award from an initial shortlist of 24. Last year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo, has scored 45 goals in 48 appearances this calendar year, including 34 goals for club and 11 for country. These incredible individual statistics are bolstered by Ronaldo winning the Champions League and La Liga in the 2016/17 campaign. Lionel Messi is another unsurprising feature within the best player award, with 49 goals and 11 assists in 50 appearances in 2017. The most expensive player in the world, Neymar is the outside bet to be crowned the greatest footballer on earth. The Best Fifa football coach award The best coach award is separated into male and female categories.  Juventus boss, Massimiliano Allegri, after winning the league and Coppa Italia last season. Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, who in his first season in English football won the Premier League, setting a new record along the way achieving 30 wins in a single season. Finally Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane makes the list after winning the Champions League and Los Blancos' first league title for five years. In the women's section, the the top three comprise of Denmark’s manager Nils Nielsen, who guided her side to the final against Holland in this year European Championships. Lyon coach Gerard Precheur is nominated after winning the Champions League, the French League Cup and the French Cup, while Sarina Wiegman also features after leading Holland to the 2017 European championships.  The Best FIFA goalkeeper award Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus is nominated, having gone 600 minutes without conceding in the Champions League, while Keylor Navas of Real Madrid won his second consecutive Champions League along with a La Liga title. Manuel Neuer makes up the three-man short list. The Puskas Award The Puskas award is for the best goal of the year. This year the three finalists include Deyna Castellanos of Venezuela women's side, Olivier Giroud for his goal for Arsenal, below, and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. The Best Fifa Fan award Borussia Dortmund make the final three after supporters came together to offer shelter to Monaco fans displaced by their Champions League match being rescheduled after a bomb attack on the Dortmund team bus.  Celtic are included through their final match of the league season which coincided with the 50th anniversary of winning the European Cup in 1967, which made them the first British club to lift the prestigious trophy. The Celtic fans honoured the team, known as the "Lisbon Lions", with a stunning full 360-degree card display around Celtic Park. FC Copenhagen were also nominated after winning the league in their final game against Brondby, when players handed the trophy to the fans, who then passed the trophy along to a wheelchair-bound supporter and lifted him in the air. Awards night preview: Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to retain his crown as FIFA men's player of the year in London on Monday night. The Real Madrid and Portugal superstar is up against Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Paris St Germain's Neymar for the award he won last year. The ceremony, which takes place at the London Palladium, is the second since the FIFA award split from France Football's Ballon d'Or prize. Ronaldo has scored 44 goals for club and country so far in 2017 and scored twice in the Champions League final in June, as Real won the competition for a record-extending 12th time. Messi has hit 50 goals for Barca and Argentina while Neymar, the world's most expensive player after he left Barcelona for PSG in the summer, has 25 goals to his name for Barca, PSG and Brazil. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is in the running for the top men's coach award along with Ronaldo's boss at Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, and Juventus chief Massimiliano Allegri. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud's 'scorpion kick' volley against Crystal Palace in January has been nominated for the Puskas Award for best goal. The 31-year-old's effort has been shortlisted along with goals from Venezuela's Deyna Castellanos and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. Castellanos is also nominated for the women's player of the year award alongside last year's winner Carli Lloyd of the United States and Holland's Lieke Martens. The winners are decided by a jury of club and international coaches, media representatives and fans. PA  

Best Fifa Football Awards 2017 live updates: Will Messi, Ronaldo or Neymar win?

7:45PM Puskas Award for best goal After showing this video: They interview Harry Kane. The crowd boos (because a large portion of them seem to be Arsenal fans). Maybe not actually, now Frank Lampard is in the spotlight and he gets a round of applause. Lampard says his favourite goal is Giroud's, Kane says it's the South African goalkeeper's. He has to say that though. The repercussions for supporting something Arsenal are just too high. Schmeichel agrees with Mr Lampard. 7:40PM Elba is doing selfies Credit: AFP Tonight's host is wandering around the front row getting selfies with Neymar, Messi and Ronaldo, doing some jokes. Then he goes to Olivier Giroud. It's good to see that even in awards ceremonies, Giroud still has to come off the bench to be involved.  7:38PM Idris Elba going for the jokes Solid opening. The setup references that this is an international broadcast, so if you're from South America, 'como estas'. If you're from China, 'ni hao' (sp) and if you're from Hackney, "alright bruv".   7:36PM But first, it's Stomp! I'm doing this face. Some people are bashing bins around on the stage as they show highlights of... some football. You can't see what football because there are people bashing bins around on stage. Now they're bouncing footballs. Diego Maradona looks fairly unimpressed.  But they've timed one of the bits to coincide with the ball hitting the back of the net and a scream of "GOAL!" which is quite nice. And now they're replicating acrobatic soccer skills and celebrations. The crowd goes mildly wild and politely applauds. Cue Martin Tyler: "I swear you'll never see anything like this ever again!" 7:32PM Idris Elba is here Star of The Wire, the US Office and those Sky Movies adverts, here comes Idris Elba wearing a really nice tuxedo. James Bond wears a tuxedo. It's an audition! 7:29PM Ronaldo seems confident Credit: AFP I think they've lined up this so it's Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo, which isn't the order I'd have them in. Surely Ronaldo plays through the middle of a front three? 7:27PM Confirmation: Ronaldo and Messi are football friends Credit: AP   7:26PM Here's the guy who really wants you to know he's here Credit: AFP Yaaaaaay it's... that guy. Gianni Infantino, the newest president of FIFA, is shaking hands and being friendly to people.   7:23PM Ronaldo is here!  Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez Credit: GETTY IMAGES Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez are here and have done the walk along the... green carpet. I've just thought of a way they can decide who actually wins the top prize between this guy, Messi and Neymar. Stay with me... Penalty shootout. And like in Game of Thrones, they can all choose a person to stand in for them as goalkeeper. Seaman is there, Schmeichel and Buffon too. And that's it.  7:22PM Claudio Ranieri Credit: FIFA  Doing a fine job at Nantes just now, grabbing those 1-0 wins to help them climb the table. Everyone likes Ranieri. 7:19PM Antonio Conte says "I think that it's very important to stay here and fight for this award. It is amazing with Real Madrid, they won the Champions League and the league but it is amazing for me to stay here and to fight for this award." God I hope he means that literally. Can you imagine? Conte windmilling his way through the main hall, battering Peter Schmeichel and Luka Modric in a whirlwind of fury. 7:17PM Dream strike partnernship Credit: AP These two would destroy worlds.  7:15PM I just want someone to love me as much as Marcelo loves this woman Credit: GETTY IMAGES Can you feel it? Light beams of warmth coming out of his eyes. 7:11PM Dani Alves has come dressed as a futuristic pirate Credit: REUTERS "STOP RIGHT THERE! SPACE POLICE! Agent Daniel Alves and you've got a loooooooot of talking to do, punk." 7:09PM Harry Kane and Katie Goodland There he is! Harry gives a little bit to the presenters about how nice it is to be invited. He's so nice. "It makes me feel very proud. For me it’s about improving every year. Messi, Ronaldo set the standard for all of us so just to get up there and be involved is fantastic. The stadium, the atmosphere (at Real Madrid) was amazing. To get a result… I'm very proud." 7:06PM What would you rather win? This is a great question. Kay Murray (I think) essentially asks Gigi Buffon whether he is happy having won the World Cup and not the Champions League. Which would you rather win? If you were a player. Not as a fan. It's difficult isn't it? On the one hand, Scotland winning the World Cup would be amazing BUT I'm leaning towards Aberdeen being crowned European champions. 6:59PM Photos of Messi at the Best FIFA Awards Leo Messi and wife Antonella Credit: AP Credit: PA   6:58PM All the stars are here! Credit: OA  That's Marcelo, here's David Trezeguet: Credit: FIFA And here's Philip Schofield: Credit: PA If you aren't from the UK, you might not know who this man is so let's try and explain. Philip Schofield, or Scholey F as he likes to be known, is a giant of British television. He's perhaps the nicest man alive to also be a TV presenter and used to best friends with a gopher, the whereabouts of which are unknown. What happened to that gopher, you ask? Nobody is sure. All we know for certain is that until its lifeless body is discovered washed up on that little beach next to the South Bank on the Thames, we must assume it is alive.  6:52PM No questions for Messi The FIFA TV presenters have been told they are not allowed to ask Leo Messi any questions - not even in Spanish. What kind of world is this? We're all just waiting to hear what the great man will say about tonight's event and have been denied. We'll never know how he's looking forward to it, and may the best man win, and that London is very nice and that he's glad he's scored today but more pleased that the team got three points, and they just have to go again in the next game. In Spanish. But no! 6:47PM Leo Messi is here *high pitch scream* ARRRRHRHGGHHGHGHGHGHGHGH. And I can confirm he is wearing a normal suit. Nothing shiny and no LED lights. Disappointing. 6:47PM Frank Lampard is here "(Real Madrid) are going down as one of the best club teams in history. " I agree Frank. They're really good. "(Conte's) in the running (for best manager). He's done an unbelievable job at Chelsea" 6:45PM Messi looks terrified in his press photo shoot Credit: FIFA There are a few promo shoots featuring the key players. Messi is trying to look cool but is also wearing a hoody and sadly, that is almost impossible to do.  Credit: FIFA   6:39PM PHILIP SCHOFIELD IS HERE Oh now this is kicking off. "Oldham fan. My Granddad used to play pies at the ground as a lad. I was a constant disappointment for him because we (his brother) were rubbish. I just lacked the sporting mind, I think. I kick a ball around the garden with my nephews. I was asked all the way down Ronaldo or Messi... it's a tricky one. "Messi." There you have it. Philip Schofield believes Messi will win. Why do they need this event now? It's done, people! 6:37PM Patrick Kluivert is tonight's magician Credit: FIFA It's either that, or Kluivert's album cover has been leaked onto the picture database I'm currently enjoying. I think this one would be called "Still Crazy" or "These Nights".   Like that. Available on iTunes, but don't bother. You can stream it for free and it's not all that. 6:32PM Down with this sort of thing Credit: PA M8, mate, maaaaaaaaate what a fantastic shirt. Oooooooh that'll really stick it to them. Look what it says "for crying out loud" and oh my word, it's hand drawn! This is rock and roll. There is NOTHING more rock n roll than attending the overly elaborate celebration of individuals in a team sport governed by a disgraced international body than wearing a shirt with WRITING ON IT. Well done Kasabian, you truly represent all that is cool about football. 6:30PM MICHAEL DOUGLAS SUPPORTS SWANSEA Catherine Zeta-Jones says:  "My husband... Michael Douglas is a Swansea City fan." Confirmation there from Zeta-Jones, who claims to have supported Swansea since before they were back in the Premier League, as though that makes her cool or something. Alright, Catherine. Chill out.  Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I don't watch movies, I watch sport," she says. And that is because she doesn't know how sport is going to end. Imagine then, if you will, a Liverpool vs Newcastle match directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The twist - and there is a twist - is that Stan Collymore was the mascot the whole time. And the mascot is the Queen. And the Queen scores the winning goal, liberating a fictional country which is supposed to be from somewhere near Afghanistan. 6:26PM All the stars are here Credit: PA It's not a long trek for Granit Xhaka to be here as the awards are being held in London.  Credit: PA And here's star Valencia right-back Eamonn Holmes, who has flown in to hang out with all his La Liga pals like... Sergio Ramos, who will probably be here at some point. Credit: EPA That's why he was in London. Maradona is on his best behaviour and looking very nice, but as yet hasn't dribbled past a single person on the red carpet. 6:21PM Welcome! HELLO EVERYONE! Welcome to this most exciting of events. It's like the Oscars... but with David Seaman! Credit: PA  Seaman won't be winning any awards tonight, especially since he doesn't have a moustache anymore, and instead must watch as the likes of Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar sit on some expensive chairs and feign being incredibly pleased that one of the other two has won the Best Best FIFA Best Best Football Player Man Award. There are other awards too. Who will win them? Let's find out together. 6:15PM What's all this then? It's the 2017 Best Fifa Football Awards, the second to be held, where - among other awards - world player of the year is crowned. The breakaway event was started after Fifa's Ballon d'Or partnership with France Football ended. The Ballon d'Or is still awarded by the publication each year, while Fifa hands out its own awards in tonight's event. When is it? It's on Monday October 23 - ie today. What time does the event start? It's a 7.30pm BST start at the London Palladium. What TV channel is it on? You can watch the event, hosted by Idris Elba, on Fifa's YouTube channel. Alternatively, you can follow the event as it happens right here, or catch the highlights on ITV at 10.45pm. Ronaldo with last year's award and Sir Alex Ferguson Credit: Getty Images Which awards are up for grabs, and who is shortlisted? The Best Fifa Men's Player Three players have been nominated for the award from an initial shortlist of 24. Last year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo, has scored 45 goals in 48 appearances this calendar year, including 34 goals for club and 11 for country. These incredible individual statistics are bolstered by Ronaldo winning the Champions League and La Liga in the 2016/17 campaign. Lionel Messi is another unsurprising feature within the best player award, with 49 goals and 11 assists in 50 appearances in 2017. The most expensive player in the world, Neymar is the outside bet to be crowned the greatest footballer on earth. The Best Fifa football coach award The best coach award is separated into male and female categories.  Juventus boss, Massimiliano Allegri, after winning the league and Coppa Italia last season. Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, who in his first season in English football won the Premier League, setting a new record along the way achieving 30 wins in a single season. Finally Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane makes the list after winning the Champions League and Los Blancos' first league title for five years. In the women's section, the the top three comprise of Denmark’s manager Nils Nielsen, who guided her side to the final against Holland in this year European Championships. Lyon coach Gerard Precheur is nominated after winning the Champions League, the French League Cup and the French Cup, while Sarina Wiegman also features after leading Holland to the 2017 European championships.  The Best FIFA goalkeeper award Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus is nominated, having gone 600 minutes without conceding in the Champions League, while Keylor Navas of Real Madrid won his second consecutive Champions League along with a La Liga title. Manuel Neuer makes up the three-man short list. The Puskas Award The Puskas award is for the best goal of the year. This year the three finalists include Deyna Castellanos of Venezuela women's side, Olivier Giroud for his goal for Arsenal, below, and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. The Best Fifa Fan award Borussia Dortmund make the final three after supporters came together to offer shelter to Monaco fans displaced by their Champions League match being rescheduled after a bomb attack on the Dortmund team bus.  Celtic are included through their final match of the league season which coincided with the 50th anniversary of winning the European Cup in 1967, which made them the first British club to lift the prestigious trophy. The Celtic fans honoured the team, known as the "Lisbon Lions", with a stunning full 360-degree card display around Celtic Park. FC Copenhagen were also nominated after winning the league in their final game against Brondby, when players handed the trophy to the fans, who then passed the trophy along to a wheelchair-bound supporter and lifted him in the air. Awards night preview: Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to retain his crown as FIFA men's player of the year in London on Monday night. The Real Madrid and Portugal superstar is up against Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Paris St Germain's Neymar for the award he won last year. The ceremony, which takes place at the London Palladium, is the second since the FIFA award split from France Football's Ballon d'Or prize. Ronaldo has scored 44 goals for club and country so far in 2017 and scored twice in the Champions League final in June, as Real won the competition for a record-extending 12th time. Messi has hit 50 goals for Barca and Argentina while Neymar, the world's most expensive player after he left Barcelona for PSG in the summer, has 25 goals to his name for Barca, PSG and Brazil. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is in the running for the top men's coach award along with Ronaldo's boss at Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, and Juventus chief Massimiliano Allegri. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud's 'scorpion kick' volley against Crystal Palace in January has been nominated for the Puskas Award for best goal. The 31-year-old's effort has been shortlisted along with goals from Venezuela's Deyna Castellanos and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. Castellanos is also nominated for the women's player of the year award alongside last year's winner Carli Lloyd of the United States and Holland's Lieke Martens. The winners are decided by a jury of club and international coaches, media representatives and fans. PA  

Best Fifa Football Awards 2017 live updates: Will Messi, Ronaldo or Neymar win?

7:45PM Puskas Award for best goal After showing this video: They interview Harry Kane. The crowd boos (because a large portion of them seem to be Arsenal fans). Maybe not actually, now Frank Lampard is in the spotlight and he gets a round of applause. Lampard says his favourite goal is Giroud's, Kane says it's the South African goalkeeper's. He has to say that though. The repercussions for supporting something Arsenal are just too high. Schmeichel agrees with Mr Lampard. 7:40PM Elba is doing selfies Credit: AFP Tonight's host is wandering around the front row getting selfies with Neymar, Messi and Ronaldo, doing some jokes. Then he goes to Olivier Giroud. It's good to see that even in awards ceremonies, Giroud still has to come off the bench to be involved.  7:38PM Idris Elba going for the jokes Solid opening. The setup references that this is an international broadcast, so if you're from South America, 'como estas'. If you're from China, 'ni hao' (sp) and if you're from Hackney, "alright bruv".   7:36PM But first, it's Stomp! I'm doing this face. Some people are bashing bins around on the stage as they show highlights of... some football. You can't see what football because there are people bashing bins around on stage. Now they're bouncing footballs. Diego Maradona looks fairly unimpressed.  But they've timed one of the bits to coincide with the ball hitting the back of the net and a scream of "GOAL!" which is quite nice. And now they're replicating acrobatic soccer skills and celebrations. The crowd goes mildly wild and politely applauds. Cue Martin Tyler: "I swear you'll never see anything like this ever again!" 7:32PM Idris Elba is here Star of The Wire, the US Office and those Sky Movies adverts, here comes Idris Elba wearing a really nice tuxedo. James Bond wears a tuxedo. It's an audition! 7:29PM Ronaldo seems confident Credit: AFP I think they've lined up this so it's Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo, which isn't the order I'd have them in. Surely Ronaldo plays through the middle of a front three? 7:27PM Confirmation: Ronaldo and Messi are football friends Credit: AP   7:26PM Here's the guy who really wants you to know he's here Credit: AFP Yaaaaaay it's... that guy. Gianni Infantino, the newest president of FIFA, is shaking hands and being friendly to people.   7:23PM Ronaldo is here!  Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez Credit: GETTY IMAGES Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez are here and have done the walk along the... green carpet. I've just thought of a way they can decide who actually wins the top prize between this guy, Messi and Neymar. Stay with me... Penalty shootout. And like in Game of Thrones, they can all choose a person to stand in for them as goalkeeper. Seaman is there, Schmeichel and Buffon too. And that's it.  7:22PM Claudio Ranieri Credit: FIFA  Doing a fine job at Nantes just now, grabbing those 1-0 wins to help them climb the table. Everyone likes Ranieri. 7:19PM Antonio Conte says "I think that it's very important to stay here and fight for this award. It is amazing with Real Madrid, they won the Champions League and the league but it is amazing for me to stay here and to fight for this award." God I hope he means that literally. Can you imagine? Conte windmilling his way through the main hall, battering Peter Schmeichel and Luka Modric in a whirlwind of fury. 7:17PM Dream strike partnernship Credit: AP These two would destroy worlds.  7:15PM I just want someone to love me as much as Marcelo loves this woman Credit: GETTY IMAGES Can you feel it? Light beams of warmth coming out of his eyes. 7:11PM Dani Alves has come dressed as a futuristic pirate Credit: REUTERS "STOP RIGHT THERE! SPACE POLICE! Agent Daniel Alves and you've got a loooooooot of talking to do, punk." 7:09PM Harry Kane and Katie Goodland There he is! Harry gives a little bit to the presenters about how nice it is to be invited. He's so nice. "It makes me feel very proud. For me it’s about improving every year. Messi, Ronaldo set the standard for all of us so just to get up there and be involved is fantastic. The stadium, the atmosphere (at Real Madrid) was amazing. To get a result… I'm very proud." 7:06PM What would you rather win? This is a great question. Kay Murray (I think) essentially asks Gigi Buffon whether he is happy having won the World Cup and not the Champions League. Which would you rather win? If you were a player. Not as a fan. It's difficult isn't it? On the one hand, Scotland winning the World Cup would be amazing BUT I'm leaning towards Aberdeen being crowned European champions. 6:59PM Photos of Messi at the Best FIFA Awards Leo Messi and wife Antonella Credit: AP Credit: PA   6:58PM All the stars are here! Credit: OA  That's Marcelo, here's David Trezeguet: Credit: FIFA And here's Philip Schofield: Credit: PA If you aren't from the UK, you might not know who this man is so let's try and explain. Philip Schofield, or Scholey F as he likes to be known, is a giant of British television. He's perhaps the nicest man alive to also be a TV presenter and used to best friends with a gopher, the whereabouts of which are unknown. What happened to that gopher, you ask? Nobody is sure. All we know for certain is that until its lifeless body is discovered washed up on that little beach next to the South Bank on the Thames, we must assume it is alive.  6:52PM No questions for Messi The FIFA TV presenters have been told they are not allowed to ask Leo Messi any questions - not even in Spanish. What kind of world is this? We're all just waiting to hear what the great man will say about tonight's event and have been denied. We'll never know how he's looking forward to it, and may the best man win, and that London is very nice and that he's glad he's scored today but more pleased that the team got three points, and they just have to go again in the next game. In Spanish. But no! 6:47PM Leo Messi is here *high pitch scream* ARRRRHRHGGHHGHGHGHGHGHGH. And I can confirm he is wearing a normal suit. Nothing shiny and no LED lights. Disappointing. 6:47PM Frank Lampard is here "(Real Madrid) are going down as one of the best club teams in history. " I agree Frank. They're really good. "(Conte's) in the running (for best manager). He's done an unbelievable job at Chelsea" 6:45PM Messi looks terrified in his press photo shoot Credit: FIFA There are a few promo shoots featuring the key players. Messi is trying to look cool but is also wearing a hoody and sadly, that is almost impossible to do.  Credit: FIFA   6:39PM PHILIP SCHOFIELD IS HERE Oh now this is kicking off. "Oldham fan. My Granddad used to play pies at the ground as a lad. I was a constant disappointment for him because we (his brother) were rubbish. I just lacked the sporting mind, I think. I kick a ball around the garden with my nephews. I was asked all the way down Ronaldo or Messi... it's a tricky one. "Messi." There you have it. Philip Schofield believes Messi will win. Why do they need this event now? It's done, people! 6:37PM Patrick Kluivert is tonight's magician Credit: FIFA It's either that, or Kluivert's album cover has been leaked onto the picture database I'm currently enjoying. I think this one would be called "Still Crazy" or "These Nights".   Like that. Available on iTunes, but don't bother. You can stream it for free and it's not all that. 6:32PM Down with this sort of thing Credit: PA M8, mate, maaaaaaaaate what a fantastic shirt. Oooooooh that'll really stick it to them. Look what it says "for crying out loud" and oh my word, it's hand drawn! This is rock and roll. There is NOTHING more rock n roll than attending the overly elaborate celebration of individuals in a team sport governed by a disgraced international body than wearing a shirt with WRITING ON IT. Well done Kasabian, you truly represent all that is cool about football. 6:30PM MICHAEL DOUGLAS SUPPORTS SWANSEA Catherine Zeta-Jones says:  "My husband... Michael Douglas is a Swansea City fan." Confirmation there from Zeta-Jones, who claims to have supported Swansea since before they were back in the Premier League, as though that makes her cool or something. Alright, Catherine. Chill out.  Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I don't watch movies, I watch sport," she says. And that is because she doesn't know how sport is going to end. Imagine then, if you will, a Liverpool vs Newcastle match directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The twist - and there is a twist - is that Stan Collymore was the mascot the whole time. And the mascot is the Queen. And the Queen scores the winning goal, liberating a fictional country which is supposed to be from somewhere near Afghanistan. 6:26PM All the stars are here Credit: PA It's not a long trek for Granit Xhaka to be here as the awards are being held in London.  Credit: PA And here's star Valencia right-back Eamonn Holmes, who has flown in to hang out with all his La Liga pals like... Sergio Ramos, who will probably be here at some point. Credit: EPA That's why he was in London. Maradona is on his best behaviour and looking very nice, but as yet hasn't dribbled past a single person on the red carpet. 6:21PM Welcome! HELLO EVERYONE! Welcome to this most exciting of events. It's like the Oscars... but with David Seaman! Credit: PA  Seaman won't be winning any awards tonight, especially since he doesn't have a moustache anymore, and instead must watch as the likes of Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar sit on some expensive chairs and feign being incredibly pleased that one of the other two has won the Best Best FIFA Best Best Football Player Man Award. There are other awards too. Who will win them? Let's find out together. 6:15PM What's all this then? It's the 2017 Best Fifa Football Awards, the second to be held, where - among other awards - world player of the year is crowned. The breakaway event was started after Fifa's Ballon d'Or partnership with France Football ended. The Ballon d'Or is still awarded by the publication each year, while Fifa hands out its own awards in tonight's event. When is it? It's on Monday October 23 - ie today. What time does the event start? It's a 7.30pm BST start at the London Palladium. What TV channel is it on? You can watch the event, hosted by Idris Elba, on Fifa's YouTube channel. Alternatively, you can follow the event as it happens right here, or catch the highlights on ITV at 10.45pm. Ronaldo with last year's award and Sir Alex Ferguson Credit: Getty Images Which awards are up for grabs, and who is shortlisted? The Best Fifa Men's Player Three players have been nominated for the award from an initial shortlist of 24. Last year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo, has scored 45 goals in 48 appearances this calendar year, including 34 goals for club and 11 for country. These incredible individual statistics are bolstered by Ronaldo winning the Champions League and La Liga in the 2016/17 campaign. Lionel Messi is another unsurprising feature within the best player award, with 49 goals and 11 assists in 50 appearances in 2017. The most expensive player in the world, Neymar is the outside bet to be crowned the greatest footballer on earth. The Best Fifa football coach award The best coach award is separated into male and female categories.  Juventus boss, Massimiliano Allegri, after winning the league and Coppa Italia last season. Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, who in his first season in English football won the Premier League, setting a new record along the way achieving 30 wins in a single season. Finally Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane makes the list after winning the Champions League and Los Blancos' first league title for five years. In the women's section, the the top three comprise of Denmark’s manager Nils Nielsen, who guided her side to the final against Holland in this year European Championships. Lyon coach Gerard Precheur is nominated after winning the Champions League, the French League Cup and the French Cup, while Sarina Wiegman also features after leading Holland to the 2017 European championships.  The Best FIFA goalkeeper award Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus is nominated, having gone 600 minutes without conceding in the Champions League, while Keylor Navas of Real Madrid won his second consecutive Champions League along with a La Liga title. Manuel Neuer makes up the three-man short list. The Puskas Award The Puskas award is for the best goal of the year. This year the three finalists include Deyna Castellanos of Venezuela women's side, Olivier Giroud for his goal for Arsenal, below, and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. The Best Fifa Fan award Borussia Dortmund make the final three after supporters came together to offer shelter to Monaco fans displaced by their Champions League match being rescheduled after a bomb attack on the Dortmund team bus.  Celtic are included through their final match of the league season which coincided with the 50th anniversary of winning the European Cup in 1967, which made them the first British club to lift the prestigious trophy. The Celtic fans honoured the team, known as the "Lisbon Lions", with a stunning full 360-degree card display around Celtic Park. FC Copenhagen were also nominated after winning the league in their final game against Brondby, when players handed the trophy to the fans, who then passed the trophy along to a wheelchair-bound supporter and lifted him in the air. Awards night preview: Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to retain his crown as FIFA men's player of the year in London on Monday night. The Real Madrid and Portugal superstar is up against Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Paris St Germain's Neymar for the award he won last year. The ceremony, which takes place at the London Palladium, is the second since the FIFA award split from France Football's Ballon d'Or prize. Ronaldo has scored 44 goals for club and country so far in 2017 and scored twice in the Champions League final in June, as Real won the competition for a record-extending 12th time. Messi has hit 50 goals for Barca and Argentina while Neymar, the world's most expensive player after he left Barcelona for PSG in the summer, has 25 goals to his name for Barca, PSG and Brazil. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is in the running for the top men's coach award along with Ronaldo's boss at Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, and Juventus chief Massimiliano Allegri. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud's 'scorpion kick' volley against Crystal Palace in January has been nominated for the Puskas Award for best goal. The 31-year-old's effort has been shortlisted along with goals from Venezuela's Deyna Castellanos and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. Castellanos is also nominated for the women's player of the year award alongside last year's winner Carli Lloyd of the United States and Holland's Lieke Martens. The winners are decided by a jury of club and international coaches, media representatives and fans. PA  

Best Fifa Football Awards 2017 live updates: Will Messi, Ronaldo or Neymar win?

7:45PM Puskas Award for best goal After showing this video: They interview Harry Kane. The crowd boos (because a large portion of them seem to be Arsenal fans). Maybe not actually, now Frank Lampard is in the spotlight and he gets a round of applause. Lampard says his favourite goal is Giroud's, Kane says it's the South African goalkeeper's. He has to say that though. The repercussions for supporting something Arsenal are just too high. Schmeichel agrees with Mr Lampard. 7:40PM Elba is doing selfies Credit: AFP Tonight's host is wandering around the front row getting selfies with Neymar, Messi and Ronaldo, doing some jokes. Then he goes to Olivier Giroud. It's good to see that even in awards ceremonies, Giroud still has to come off the bench to be involved.  7:38PM Idris Elba going for the jokes Solid opening. The setup references that this is an international broadcast, so if you're from South America, 'como estas'. If you're from China, 'ni hao' (sp) and if you're from Hackney, "alright bruv".   7:36PM But first, it's Stomp! I'm doing this face. Some people are bashing bins around on the stage as they show highlights of... some football. You can't see what football because there are people bashing bins around on stage. Now they're bouncing footballs. Diego Maradona looks fairly unimpressed.  But they've timed one of the bits to coincide with the ball hitting the back of the net and a scream of "GOAL!" which is quite nice. And now they're replicating acrobatic soccer skills and celebrations. The crowd goes mildly wild and politely applauds. Cue Martin Tyler: "I swear you'll never see anything like this ever again!" 7:32PM Idris Elba is here Star of The Wire, the US Office and those Sky Movies adverts, here comes Idris Elba wearing a really nice tuxedo. James Bond wears a tuxedo. It's an audition! 7:29PM Ronaldo seems confident Credit: AFP I think they've lined up this so it's Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo, which isn't the order I'd have them in. Surely Ronaldo plays through the middle of a front three? 7:27PM Confirmation: Ronaldo and Messi are football friends Credit: AP   7:26PM Here's the guy who really wants you to know he's here Credit: AFP Yaaaaaay it's... that guy. Gianni Infantino, the newest president of FIFA, is shaking hands and being friendly to people.   7:23PM Ronaldo is here!  Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez Credit: GETTY IMAGES Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez are here and have done the walk along the... green carpet. I've just thought of a way they can decide who actually wins the top prize between this guy, Messi and Neymar. Stay with me... Penalty shootout. And like in Game of Thrones, they can all choose a person to stand in for them as goalkeeper. Seaman is there, Schmeichel and Buffon too. And that's it.  7:22PM Claudio Ranieri Credit: FIFA  Doing a fine job at Nantes just now, grabbing those 1-0 wins to help them climb the table. Everyone likes Ranieri. 7:19PM Antonio Conte says "I think that it's very important to stay here and fight for this award. It is amazing with Real Madrid, they won the Champions League and the league but it is amazing for me to stay here and to fight for this award." God I hope he means that literally. Can you imagine? Conte windmilling his way through the main hall, battering Peter Schmeichel and Luka Modric in a whirlwind of fury. 7:17PM Dream strike partnernship Credit: AP These two would destroy worlds.  7:15PM I just want someone to love me as much as Marcelo loves this woman Credit: GETTY IMAGES Can you feel it? Light beams of warmth coming out of his eyes. 7:11PM Dani Alves has come dressed as a futuristic pirate Credit: REUTERS "STOP RIGHT THERE! SPACE POLICE! Agent Daniel Alves and you've got a loooooooot of talking to do, punk." 7:09PM Harry Kane and Katie Goodland There he is! Harry gives a little bit to the presenters about how nice it is to be invited. He's so nice. "It makes me feel very proud. For me it’s about improving every year. Messi, Ronaldo set the standard for all of us so just to get up there and be involved is fantastic. The stadium, the atmosphere (at Real Madrid) was amazing. To get a result… I'm very proud." 7:06PM What would you rather win? This is a great question. Kay Murray (I think) essentially asks Gigi Buffon whether he is happy having won the World Cup and not the Champions League. Which would you rather win? If you were a player. Not as a fan. It's difficult isn't it? On the one hand, Scotland winning the World Cup would be amazing BUT I'm leaning towards Aberdeen being crowned European champions. 6:59PM Photos of Messi at the Best FIFA Awards Leo Messi and wife Antonella Credit: AP Credit: PA   6:58PM All the stars are here! Credit: OA  That's Marcelo, here's David Trezeguet: Credit: FIFA And here's Philip Schofield: Credit: PA If you aren't from the UK, you might not know who this man is so let's try and explain. Philip Schofield, or Scholey F as he likes to be known, is a giant of British television. He's perhaps the nicest man alive to also be a TV presenter and used to best friends with a gopher, the whereabouts of which are unknown. What happened to that gopher, you ask? Nobody is sure. All we know for certain is that until its lifeless body is discovered washed up on that little beach next to the South Bank on the Thames, we must assume it is alive.  6:52PM No questions for Messi The FIFA TV presenters have been told they are not allowed to ask Leo Messi any questions - not even in Spanish. What kind of world is this? We're all just waiting to hear what the great man will say about tonight's event and have been denied. We'll never know how he's looking forward to it, and may the best man win, and that London is very nice and that he's glad he's scored today but more pleased that the team got three points, and they just have to go again in the next game. In Spanish. But no! 6:47PM Leo Messi is here *high pitch scream* ARRRRHRHGGHHGHGHGHGHGHGH. And I can confirm he is wearing a normal suit. Nothing shiny and no LED lights. Disappointing. 6:47PM Frank Lampard is here "(Real Madrid) are going down as one of the best club teams in history. " I agree Frank. They're really good. "(Conte's) in the running (for best manager). He's done an unbelievable job at Chelsea" 6:45PM Messi looks terrified in his press photo shoot Credit: FIFA There are a few promo shoots featuring the key players. Messi is trying to look cool but is also wearing a hoody and sadly, that is almost impossible to do.  Credit: FIFA   6:39PM PHILIP SCHOFIELD IS HERE Oh now this is kicking off. "Oldham fan. My Granddad used to play pies at the ground as a lad. I was a constant disappointment for him because we (his brother) were rubbish. I just lacked the sporting mind, I think. I kick a ball around the garden with my nephews. I was asked all the way down Ronaldo or Messi... it's a tricky one. "Messi." There you have it. Philip Schofield believes Messi will win. Why do they need this event now? It's done, people! 6:37PM Patrick Kluivert is tonight's magician Credit: FIFA It's either that, or Kluivert's album cover has been leaked onto the picture database I'm currently enjoying. I think this one would be called "Still Crazy" or "These Nights".   Like that. Available on iTunes, but don't bother. You can stream it for free and it's not all that. 6:32PM Down with this sort of thing Credit: PA M8, mate, maaaaaaaaate what a fantastic shirt. Oooooooh that'll really stick it to them. Look what it says "for crying out loud" and oh my word, it's hand drawn! This is rock and roll. There is NOTHING more rock n roll than attending the overly elaborate celebration of individuals in a team sport governed by a disgraced international body than wearing a shirt with WRITING ON IT. Well done Kasabian, you truly represent all that is cool about football. 6:30PM MICHAEL DOUGLAS SUPPORTS SWANSEA Catherine Zeta-Jones says:  "My husband... Michael Douglas is a Swansea City fan." Confirmation there from Zeta-Jones, who claims to have supported Swansea since before they were back in the Premier League, as though that makes her cool or something. Alright, Catherine. Chill out.  Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I don't watch movies, I watch sport," she says. And that is because she doesn't know how sport is going to end. Imagine then, if you will, a Liverpool vs Newcastle match directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The twist - and there is a twist - is that Stan Collymore was the mascot the whole time. And the mascot is the Queen. And the Queen scores the winning goal, liberating a fictional country which is supposed to be from somewhere near Afghanistan. 6:26PM All the stars are here Credit: PA It's not a long trek for Granit Xhaka to be here as the awards are being held in London.  Credit: PA And here's star Valencia right-back Eamonn Holmes, who has flown in to hang out with all his La Liga pals like... Sergio Ramos, who will probably be here at some point. Credit: EPA That's why he was in London. Maradona is on his best behaviour and looking very nice, but as yet hasn't dribbled past a single person on the red carpet. 6:21PM Welcome! HELLO EVERYONE! Welcome to this most exciting of events. It's like the Oscars... but with David Seaman! Credit: PA  Seaman won't be winning any awards tonight, especially since he doesn't have a moustache anymore, and instead must watch as the likes of Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar sit on some expensive chairs and feign being incredibly pleased that one of the other two has won the Best Best FIFA Best Best Football Player Man Award. There are other awards too. Who will win them? Let's find out together. 6:15PM What's all this then? It's the 2017 Best Fifa Football Awards, the second to be held, where - among other awards - world player of the year is crowned. The breakaway event was started after Fifa's Ballon d'Or partnership with France Football ended. The Ballon d'Or is still awarded by the publication each year, while Fifa hands out its own awards in tonight's event. When is it? It's on Monday October 23 - ie today. What time does the event start? It's a 7.30pm BST start at the London Palladium. What TV channel is it on? You can watch the event, hosted by Idris Elba, on Fifa's YouTube channel. Alternatively, you can follow the event as it happens right here, or catch the highlights on ITV at 10.45pm. Ronaldo with last year's award and Sir Alex Ferguson Credit: Getty Images Which awards are up for grabs, and who is shortlisted? The Best Fifa Men's Player Three players have been nominated for the award from an initial shortlist of 24. Last year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo, has scored 45 goals in 48 appearances this calendar year, including 34 goals for club and 11 for country. These incredible individual statistics are bolstered by Ronaldo winning the Champions League and La Liga in the 2016/17 campaign. Lionel Messi is another unsurprising feature within the best player award, with 49 goals and 11 assists in 50 appearances in 2017. The most expensive player in the world, Neymar is the outside bet to be crowned the greatest footballer on earth. The Best Fifa football coach award The best coach award is separated into male and female categories.  Juventus boss, Massimiliano Allegri, after winning the league and Coppa Italia last season. Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, who in his first season in English football won the Premier League, setting a new record along the way achieving 30 wins in a single season. Finally Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane makes the list after winning the Champions League and Los Blancos' first league title for five years. In the women's section, the the top three comprise of Denmark’s manager Nils Nielsen, who guided her side to the final against Holland in this year European Championships. Lyon coach Gerard Precheur is nominated after winning the Champions League, the French League Cup and the French Cup, while Sarina Wiegman also features after leading Holland to the 2017 European championships.  The Best FIFA goalkeeper award Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus is nominated, having gone 600 minutes without conceding in the Champions League, while Keylor Navas of Real Madrid won his second consecutive Champions League along with a La Liga title. Manuel Neuer makes up the three-man short list. The Puskas Award The Puskas award is for the best goal of the year. This year the three finalists include Deyna Castellanos of Venezuela women's side, Olivier Giroud for his goal for Arsenal, below, and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. The Best Fifa Fan award Borussia Dortmund make the final three after supporters came together to offer shelter to Monaco fans displaced by their Champions League match being rescheduled after a bomb attack on the Dortmund team bus.  Celtic are included through their final match of the league season which coincided with the 50th anniversary of winning the European Cup in 1967, which made them the first British club to lift the prestigious trophy. The Celtic fans honoured the team, known as the "Lisbon Lions", with a stunning full 360-degree card display around Celtic Park. FC Copenhagen were also nominated after winning the league in their final game against Brondby, when players handed the trophy to the fans, who then passed the trophy along to a wheelchair-bound supporter and lifted him in the air. Awards night preview: Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to retain his crown as FIFA men's player of the year in London on Monday night. The Real Madrid and Portugal superstar is up against Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Paris St Germain's Neymar for the award he won last year. The ceremony, which takes place at the London Palladium, is the second since the FIFA award split from France Football's Ballon d'Or prize. Ronaldo has scored 44 goals for club and country so far in 2017 and scored twice in the Champions League final in June, as Real won the competition for a record-extending 12th time. Messi has hit 50 goals for Barca and Argentina while Neymar, the world's most expensive player after he left Barcelona for PSG in the summer, has 25 goals to his name for Barca, PSG and Brazil. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is in the running for the top men's coach award along with Ronaldo's boss at Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, and Juventus chief Massimiliano Allegri. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud's 'scorpion kick' volley against Crystal Palace in January has been nominated for the Puskas Award for best goal. The 31-year-old's effort has been shortlisted along with goals from Venezuela's Deyna Castellanos and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. Castellanos is also nominated for the women's player of the year award alongside last year's winner Carli Lloyd of the United States and Holland's Lieke Martens. The winners are decided by a jury of club and international coaches, media representatives and fans. PA  

Best Fifa Football Awards 2017 live updates: Will Messi, Ronaldo or Neymar win?

7:45PM Puskas Award for best goal After showing this video: They interview Harry Kane. The crowd boos (because a large portion of them seem to be Arsenal fans). Maybe not actually, now Frank Lampard is in the spotlight and he gets a round of applause. Lampard says his favourite goal is Giroud's, Kane says it's the South African goalkeeper's. He has to say that though. The repercussions for supporting something Arsenal are just too high. Schmeichel agrees with Mr Lampard. 7:40PM Elba is doing selfies Credit: AFP Tonight's host is wandering around the front row getting selfies with Neymar, Messi and Ronaldo, doing some jokes. Then he goes to Olivier Giroud. It's good to see that even in awards ceremonies, Giroud still has to come off the bench to be involved.  7:38PM Idris Elba going for the jokes Solid opening. The setup references that this is an international broadcast, so if you're from South America, 'como estas'. If you're from China, 'ni hao' (sp) and if you're from Hackney, "alright bruv".   7:36PM But first, it's Stomp! I'm doing this face. Some people are bashing bins around on the stage as they show highlights of... some football. You can't see what football because there are people bashing bins around on stage. Now they're bouncing footballs. Diego Maradona looks fairly unimpressed.  But they've timed one of the bits to coincide with the ball hitting the back of the net and a scream of "GOAL!" which is quite nice. And now they're replicating acrobatic soccer skills and celebrations. The crowd goes mildly wild and politely applauds. Cue Martin Tyler: "I swear you'll never see anything like this ever again!" 7:32PM Idris Elba is here Star of The Wire, the US Office and those Sky Movies adverts, here comes Idris Elba wearing a really nice tuxedo. James Bond wears a tuxedo. It's an audition! 7:29PM Ronaldo seems confident Credit: AFP I think they've lined up this so it's Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo, which isn't the order I'd have them in. Surely Ronaldo plays through the middle of a front three? 7:27PM Confirmation: Ronaldo and Messi are football friends Credit: AP   7:26PM Here's the guy who really wants you to know he's here Credit: AFP Yaaaaaay it's... that guy. Gianni Infantino, the newest president of FIFA, is shaking hands and being friendly to people.   7:23PM Ronaldo is here!  Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez Credit: GETTY IMAGES Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez are here and have done the walk along the... green carpet. I've just thought of a way they can decide who actually wins the top prize between this guy, Messi and Neymar. Stay with me... Penalty shootout. And like in Game of Thrones, they can all choose a person to stand in for them as goalkeeper. Seaman is there, Schmeichel and Buffon too. And that's it.  7:22PM Claudio Ranieri Credit: FIFA  Doing a fine job at Nantes just now, grabbing those 1-0 wins to help them climb the table. Everyone likes Ranieri. 7:19PM Antonio Conte says "I think that it's very important to stay here and fight for this award. It is amazing with Real Madrid, they won the Champions League and the league but it is amazing for me to stay here and to fight for this award." God I hope he means that literally. Can you imagine? Conte windmilling his way through the main hall, battering Peter Schmeichel and Luka Modric in a whirlwind of fury. 7:17PM Dream strike partnernship Credit: AP These two would destroy worlds.  7:15PM I just want someone to love me as much as Marcelo loves this woman Credit: GETTY IMAGES Can you feel it? Light beams of warmth coming out of his eyes. 7:11PM Dani Alves has come dressed as a futuristic pirate Credit: REUTERS "STOP RIGHT THERE! SPACE POLICE! Agent Daniel Alves and you've got a loooooooot of talking to do, punk." 7:09PM Harry Kane and Katie Goodland There he is! Harry gives a little bit to the presenters about how nice it is to be invited. He's so nice. "It makes me feel very proud. For me it’s about improving every year. Messi, Ronaldo set the standard for all of us so just to get up there and be involved is fantastic. The stadium, the atmosphere (at Real Madrid) was amazing. To get a result… I'm very proud." 7:06PM What would you rather win? This is a great question. Kay Murray (I think) essentially asks Gigi Buffon whether he is happy having won the World Cup and not the Champions League. Which would you rather win? If you were a player. Not as a fan. It's difficult isn't it? On the one hand, Scotland winning the World Cup would be amazing BUT I'm leaning towards Aberdeen being crowned European champions. 6:59PM Photos of Messi at the Best FIFA Awards Leo Messi and wife Antonella Credit: AP Credit: PA   6:58PM All the stars are here! Credit: OA  That's Marcelo, here's David Trezeguet: Credit: FIFA And here's Philip Schofield: Credit: PA If you aren't from the UK, you might not know who this man is so let's try and explain. Philip Schofield, or Scholey F as he likes to be known, is a giant of British television. He's perhaps the nicest man alive to also be a TV presenter and used to best friends with a gopher, the whereabouts of which are unknown. What happened to that gopher, you ask? Nobody is sure. All we know for certain is that until its lifeless body is discovered washed up on that little beach next to the South Bank on the Thames, we must assume it is alive.  6:52PM No questions for Messi The FIFA TV presenters have been told they are not allowed to ask Leo Messi any questions - not even in Spanish. What kind of world is this? We're all just waiting to hear what the great man will say about tonight's event and have been denied. We'll never know how he's looking forward to it, and may the best man win, and that London is very nice and that he's glad he's scored today but more pleased that the team got three points, and they just have to go again in the next game. In Spanish. But no! 6:47PM Leo Messi is here *high pitch scream* ARRRRHRHGGHHGHGHGHGHGHGH. And I can confirm he is wearing a normal suit. Nothing shiny and no LED lights. Disappointing. 6:47PM Frank Lampard is here "(Real Madrid) are going down as one of the best club teams in history. " I agree Frank. They're really good. "(Conte's) in the running (for best manager). He's done an unbelievable job at Chelsea" 6:45PM Messi looks terrified in his press photo shoot Credit: FIFA There are a few promo shoots featuring the key players. Messi is trying to look cool but is also wearing a hoody and sadly, that is almost impossible to do.  Credit: FIFA   6:39PM PHILIP SCHOFIELD IS HERE Oh now this is kicking off. "Oldham fan. My Granddad used to play pies at the ground as a lad. I was a constant disappointment for him because we (his brother) were rubbish. I just lacked the sporting mind, I think. I kick a ball around the garden with my nephews. I was asked all the way down Ronaldo or Messi... it's a tricky one. "Messi." There you have it. Philip Schofield believes Messi will win. Why do they need this event now? It's done, people! 6:37PM Patrick Kluivert is tonight's magician Credit: FIFA It's either that, or Kluivert's album cover has been leaked onto the picture database I'm currently enjoying. I think this one would be called "Still Crazy" or "These Nights".   Like that. Available on iTunes, but don't bother. You can stream it for free and it's not all that. 6:32PM Down with this sort of thing Credit: PA M8, mate, maaaaaaaaate what a fantastic shirt. Oooooooh that'll really stick it to them. Look what it says "for crying out loud" and oh my word, it's hand drawn! This is rock and roll. There is NOTHING more rock n roll than attending the overly elaborate celebration of individuals in a team sport governed by a disgraced international body than wearing a shirt with WRITING ON IT. Well done Kasabian, you truly represent all that is cool about football. 6:30PM MICHAEL DOUGLAS SUPPORTS SWANSEA Catherine Zeta-Jones says:  "My husband... Michael Douglas is a Swansea City fan." Confirmation there from Zeta-Jones, who claims to have supported Swansea since before they were back in the Premier League, as though that makes her cool or something. Alright, Catherine. Chill out.  Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I don't watch movies, I watch sport," she says. And that is because she doesn't know how sport is going to end. Imagine then, if you will, a Liverpool vs Newcastle match directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The twist - and there is a twist - is that Stan Collymore was the mascot the whole time. And the mascot is the Queen. And the Queen scores the winning goal, liberating a fictional country which is supposed to be from somewhere near Afghanistan. 6:26PM All the stars are here Credit: PA It's not a long trek for Granit Xhaka to be here as the awards are being held in London.  Credit: PA And here's star Valencia right-back Eamonn Holmes, who has flown in to hang out with all his La Liga pals like... Sergio Ramos, who will probably be here at some point. Credit: EPA That's why he was in London. Maradona is on his best behaviour and looking very nice, but as yet hasn't dribbled past a single person on the red carpet. 6:21PM Welcome! HELLO EVERYONE! Welcome to this most exciting of events. It's like the Oscars... but with David Seaman! Credit: PA  Seaman won't be winning any awards tonight, especially since he doesn't have a moustache anymore, and instead must watch as the likes of Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar sit on some expensive chairs and feign being incredibly pleased that one of the other two has won the Best Best FIFA Best Best Football Player Man Award. There are other awards too. Who will win them? Let's find out together. 6:15PM What's all this then? It's the 2017 Best Fifa Football Awards, the second to be held, where - among other awards - world player of the year is crowned. The breakaway event was started after Fifa's Ballon d'Or partnership with France Football ended. The Ballon d'Or is still awarded by the publication each year, while Fifa hands out its own awards in tonight's event. When is it? It's on Monday October 23 - ie today. What time does the event start? It's a 7.30pm BST start at the London Palladium. What TV channel is it on? You can watch the event, hosted by Idris Elba, on Fifa's YouTube channel. Alternatively, you can follow the event as it happens right here, or catch the highlights on ITV at 10.45pm. Ronaldo with last year's award and Sir Alex Ferguson Credit: Getty Images Which awards are up for grabs, and who is shortlisted? The Best Fifa Men's Player Three players have been nominated for the award from an initial shortlist of 24. Last year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo, has scored 45 goals in 48 appearances this calendar year, including 34 goals for club and 11 for country. These incredible individual statistics are bolstered by Ronaldo winning the Champions League and La Liga in the 2016/17 campaign. Lionel Messi is another unsurprising feature within the best player award, with 49 goals and 11 assists in 50 appearances in 2017. The most expensive player in the world, Neymar is the outside bet to be crowned the greatest footballer on earth. The Best Fifa football coach award The best coach award is separated into male and female categories.  Juventus boss, Massimiliano Allegri, after winning the league and Coppa Italia last season. Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, who in his first season in English football won the Premier League, setting a new record along the way achieving 30 wins in a single season. Finally Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane makes the list after winning the Champions League and Los Blancos' first league title for five years. In the women's section, the the top three comprise of Denmark’s manager Nils Nielsen, who guided her side to the final against Holland in this year European Championships. Lyon coach Gerard Precheur is nominated after winning the Champions League, the French League Cup and the French Cup, while Sarina Wiegman also features after leading Holland to the 2017 European championships.  The Best FIFA goalkeeper award Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus is nominated, having gone 600 minutes without conceding in the Champions League, while Keylor Navas of Real Madrid won his second consecutive Champions League along with a La Liga title. Manuel Neuer makes up the three-man short list. The Puskas Award The Puskas award is for the best goal of the year. This year the three finalists include Deyna Castellanos of Venezuela women's side, Olivier Giroud for his goal for Arsenal, below, and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. The Best Fifa Fan award Borussia Dortmund make the final three after supporters came together to offer shelter to Monaco fans displaced by their Champions League match being rescheduled after a bomb attack on the Dortmund team bus.  Celtic are included through their final match of the league season which coincided with the 50th anniversary of winning the European Cup in 1967, which made them the first British club to lift the prestigious trophy. The Celtic fans honoured the team, known as the "Lisbon Lions", with a stunning full 360-degree card display around Celtic Park. FC Copenhagen were also nominated after winning the league in their final game against Brondby, when players handed the trophy to the fans, who then passed the trophy along to a wheelchair-bound supporter and lifted him in the air. Awards night preview: Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to retain his crown as FIFA men's player of the year in London on Monday night. The Real Madrid and Portugal superstar is up against Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Paris St Germain's Neymar for the award he won last year. The ceremony, which takes place at the London Palladium, is the second since the FIFA award split from France Football's Ballon d'Or prize. Ronaldo has scored 44 goals for club and country so far in 2017 and scored twice in the Champions League final in June, as Real won the competition for a record-extending 12th time. Messi has hit 50 goals for Barca and Argentina while Neymar, the world's most expensive player after he left Barcelona for PSG in the summer, has 25 goals to his name for Barca, PSG and Brazil. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is in the running for the top men's coach award along with Ronaldo's boss at Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, and Juventus chief Massimiliano Allegri. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud's 'scorpion kick' volley against Crystal Palace in January has been nominated for the Puskas Award for best goal. The 31-year-old's effort has been shortlisted along with goals from Venezuela's Deyna Castellanos and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. Castellanos is also nominated for the women's player of the year award alongside last year's winner Carli Lloyd of the United States and Holland's Lieke Martens. The winners are decided by a jury of club and international coaches, media representatives and fans. PA  

Best Fifa Football Awards 2017 live updates: Will Messi, Ronaldo or Neymar win?

7:45PM Puskas Award for best goal After showing this video: They interview Harry Kane. The crowd boos (because a large portion of them seem to be Arsenal fans). Maybe not actually, now Frank Lampard is in the spotlight and he gets a round of applause. Lampard says his favourite goal is Giroud's, Kane says it's the South African goalkeeper's. He has to say that though. The repercussions for supporting something Arsenal are just too high. Schmeichel agrees with Mr Lampard. 7:40PM Elba is doing selfies Credit: AFP Tonight's host is wandering around the front row getting selfies with Neymar, Messi and Ronaldo, doing some jokes. Then he goes to Olivier Giroud. It's good to see that even in awards ceremonies, Giroud still has to come off the bench to be involved.  7:38PM Idris Elba going for the jokes Solid opening. The setup references that this is an international broadcast, so if you're from South America, 'como estas'. If you're from China, 'ni hao' (sp) and if you're from Hackney, "alright bruv".   7:36PM But first, it's Stomp! I'm doing this face. Some people are bashing bins around on the stage as they show highlights of... some football. You can't see what football because there are people bashing bins around on stage. Now they're bouncing footballs. Diego Maradona looks fairly unimpressed.  But they've timed one of the bits to coincide with the ball hitting the back of the net and a scream of "GOAL!" which is quite nice. And now they're replicating acrobatic soccer skills and celebrations. The crowd goes mildly wild and politely applauds. Cue Martin Tyler: "I swear you'll never see anything like this ever again!" 7:32PM Idris Elba is here Star of The Wire, the US Office and those Sky Movies adverts, here comes Idris Elba wearing a really nice tuxedo. James Bond wears a tuxedo. It's an audition! 7:29PM Ronaldo seems confident Credit: AFP I think they've lined up this so it's Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo, which isn't the order I'd have them in. Surely Ronaldo plays through the middle of a front three? 7:27PM Confirmation: Ronaldo and Messi are football friends Credit: AP   7:26PM Here's the guy who really wants you to know he's here Credit: AFP Yaaaaaay it's... that guy. Gianni Infantino, the newest president of FIFA, is shaking hands and being friendly to people.   7:23PM Ronaldo is here!  Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez Credit: GETTY IMAGES Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez are here and have done the walk along the... green carpet. I've just thought of a way they can decide who actually wins the top prize between this guy, Messi and Neymar. Stay with me... Penalty shootout. And like in Game of Thrones, they can all choose a person to stand in for them as goalkeeper. Seaman is there, Schmeichel and Buffon too. And that's it.  7:22PM Claudio Ranieri Credit: FIFA  Doing a fine job at Nantes just now, grabbing those 1-0 wins to help them climb the table. Everyone likes Ranieri. 7:19PM Antonio Conte says "I think that it's very important to stay here and fight for this award. It is amazing with Real Madrid, they won the Champions League and the league but it is amazing for me to stay here and to fight for this award." God I hope he means that literally. Can you imagine? Conte windmilling his way through the main hall, battering Peter Schmeichel and Luka Modric in a whirlwind of fury. 7:17PM Dream strike partnernship Credit: AP These two would destroy worlds.  7:15PM I just want someone to love me as much as Marcelo loves this woman Credit: GETTY IMAGES Can you feel it? Light beams of warmth coming out of his eyes. 7:11PM Dani Alves has come dressed as a futuristic pirate Credit: REUTERS "STOP RIGHT THERE! SPACE POLICE! Agent Daniel Alves and you've got a loooooooot of talking to do, punk." 7:09PM Harry Kane and Katie Goodland There he is! Harry gives a little bit to the presenters about how nice it is to be invited. He's so nice. "It makes me feel very proud. For me it’s about improving every year. Messi, Ronaldo set the standard for all of us so just to get up there and be involved is fantastic. The stadium, the atmosphere (at Real Madrid) was amazing. To get a result… I'm very proud." 7:06PM What would you rather win? This is a great question. Kay Murray (I think) essentially asks Gigi Buffon whether he is happy having won the World Cup and not the Champions League. Which would you rather win? If you were a player. Not as a fan. It's difficult isn't it? On the one hand, Scotland winning the World Cup would be amazing BUT I'm leaning towards Aberdeen being crowned European champions. 6:59PM Photos of Messi at the Best FIFA Awards Leo Messi and wife Antonella Credit: AP Credit: PA   6:58PM All the stars are here! Credit: OA  That's Marcelo, here's David Trezeguet: Credit: FIFA And here's Philip Schofield: Credit: PA If you aren't from the UK, you might not know who this man is so let's try and explain. Philip Schofield, or Scholey F as he likes to be known, is a giant of British television. He's perhaps the nicest man alive to also be a TV presenter and used to best friends with a gopher, the whereabouts of which are unknown. What happened to that gopher, you ask? Nobody is sure. All we know for certain is that until its lifeless body is discovered washed up on that little beach next to the South Bank on the Thames, we must assume it is alive.  6:52PM No questions for Messi The FIFA TV presenters have been told they are not allowed to ask Leo Messi any questions - not even in Spanish. What kind of world is this? We're all just waiting to hear what the great man will say about tonight's event and have been denied. We'll never know how he's looking forward to it, and may the best man win, and that London is very nice and that he's glad he's scored today but more pleased that the team got three points, and they just have to go again in the next game. In Spanish. But no! 6:47PM Leo Messi is here *high pitch scream* ARRRRHRHGGHHGHGHGHGHGHGH. And I can confirm he is wearing a normal suit. Nothing shiny and no LED lights. Disappointing. 6:47PM Frank Lampard is here "(Real Madrid) are going down as one of the best club teams in history. " I agree Frank. They're really good. "(Conte's) in the running (for best manager). He's done an unbelievable job at Chelsea" 6:45PM Messi looks terrified in his press photo shoot Credit: FIFA There are a few promo shoots featuring the key players. Messi is trying to look cool but is also wearing a hoody and sadly, that is almost impossible to do.  Credit: FIFA   6:39PM PHILIP SCHOFIELD IS HERE Oh now this is kicking off. "Oldham fan. My Granddad used to play pies at the ground as a lad. I was a constant disappointment for him because we (his brother) were rubbish. I just lacked the sporting mind, I think. I kick a ball around the garden with my nephews. I was asked all the way down Ronaldo or Messi... it's a tricky one. "Messi." There you have it. Philip Schofield believes Messi will win. Why do they need this event now? It's done, people! 6:37PM Patrick Kluivert is tonight's magician Credit: FIFA It's either that, or Kluivert's album cover has been leaked onto the picture database I'm currently enjoying. I think this one would be called "Still Crazy" or "These Nights".   Like that. Available on iTunes, but don't bother. You can stream it for free and it's not all that. 6:32PM Down with this sort of thing Credit: PA M8, mate, maaaaaaaaate what a fantastic shirt. Oooooooh that'll really stick it to them. Look what it says "for crying out loud" and oh my word, it's hand drawn! This is rock and roll. There is NOTHING more rock n roll than attending the overly elaborate celebration of individuals in a team sport governed by a disgraced international body than wearing a shirt with WRITING ON IT. Well done Kasabian, you truly represent all that is cool about football. 6:30PM MICHAEL DOUGLAS SUPPORTS SWANSEA Catherine Zeta-Jones says:  "My husband... Michael Douglas is a Swansea City fan." Confirmation there from Zeta-Jones, who claims to have supported Swansea since before they were back in the Premier League, as though that makes her cool or something. Alright, Catherine. Chill out.  Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I don't watch movies, I watch sport," she says. And that is because she doesn't know how sport is going to end. Imagine then, if you will, a Liverpool vs Newcastle match directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The twist - and there is a twist - is that Stan Collymore was the mascot the whole time. And the mascot is the Queen. And the Queen scores the winning goal, liberating a fictional country which is supposed to be from somewhere near Afghanistan. 6:26PM All the stars are here Credit: PA It's not a long trek for Granit Xhaka to be here as the awards are being held in London.  Credit: PA And here's star Valencia right-back Eamonn Holmes, who has flown in to hang out with all his La Liga pals like... Sergio Ramos, who will probably be here at some point. Credit: EPA That's why he was in London. Maradona is on his best behaviour and looking very nice, but as yet hasn't dribbled past a single person on the red carpet. 6:21PM Welcome! HELLO EVERYONE! Welcome to this most exciting of events. It's like the Oscars... but with David Seaman! Credit: PA  Seaman won't be winning any awards tonight, especially since he doesn't have a moustache anymore, and instead must watch as the likes of Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar sit on some expensive chairs and feign being incredibly pleased that one of the other two has won the Best Best FIFA Best Best Football Player Man Award. There are other awards too. Who will win them? Let's find out together. 6:15PM What's all this then? It's the 2017 Best Fifa Football Awards, the second to be held, where - among other awards - world player of the year is crowned. The breakaway event was started after Fifa's Ballon d'Or partnership with France Football ended. The Ballon d'Or is still awarded by the publication each year, while Fifa hands out its own awards in tonight's event. When is it? It's on Monday October 23 - ie today. What time does the event start? It's a 7.30pm BST start at the London Palladium. What TV channel is it on? You can watch the event, hosted by Idris Elba, on Fifa's YouTube channel. Alternatively, you can follow the event as it happens right here, or catch the highlights on ITV at 10.45pm. Ronaldo with last year's award and Sir Alex Ferguson Credit: Getty Images Which awards are up for grabs, and who is shortlisted? The Best Fifa Men's Player Three players have been nominated for the award from an initial shortlist of 24. Last year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo, has scored 45 goals in 48 appearances this calendar year, including 34 goals for club and 11 for country. These incredible individual statistics are bolstered by Ronaldo winning the Champions League and La Liga in the 2016/17 campaign. Lionel Messi is another unsurprising feature within the best player award, with 49 goals and 11 assists in 50 appearances in 2017. The most expensive player in the world, Neymar is the outside bet to be crowned the greatest footballer on earth. The Best Fifa football coach award The best coach award is separated into male and female categories.  Juventus boss, Massimiliano Allegri, after winning the league and Coppa Italia last season. Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, who in his first season in English football won the Premier League, setting a new record along the way achieving 30 wins in a single season. Finally Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane makes the list after winning the Champions League and Los Blancos' first league title for five years. In the women's section, the the top three comprise of Denmark’s manager Nils Nielsen, who guided her side to the final against Holland in this year European Championships. Lyon coach Gerard Precheur is nominated after winning the Champions League, the French League Cup and the French Cup, while Sarina Wiegman also features after leading Holland to the 2017 European championships.  The Best FIFA goalkeeper award Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus is nominated, having gone 600 minutes without conceding in the Champions League, while Keylor Navas of Real Madrid won his second consecutive Champions League along with a La Liga title. Manuel Neuer makes up the three-man short list. The Puskas Award The Puskas award is for the best goal of the year. This year the three finalists include Deyna Castellanos of Venezuela women's side, Olivier Giroud for his goal for Arsenal, below, and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. The Best Fifa Fan award Borussia Dortmund make the final three after supporters came together to offer shelter to Monaco fans displaced by their Champions League match being rescheduled after a bomb attack on the Dortmund team bus.  Celtic are included through their final match of the league season which coincided with the 50th anniversary of winning the European Cup in 1967, which made them the first British club to lift the prestigious trophy. The Celtic fans honoured the team, known as the "Lisbon Lions", with a stunning full 360-degree card display around Celtic Park. FC Copenhagen were also nominated after winning the league in their final game against Brondby, when players handed the trophy to the fans, who then passed the trophy along to a wheelchair-bound supporter and lifted him in the air. Awards night preview: Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to retain his crown as FIFA men's player of the year in London on Monday night. The Real Madrid and Portugal superstar is up against Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Paris St Germain's Neymar for the award he won last year. The ceremony, which takes place at the London Palladium, is the second since the FIFA award split from France Football's Ballon d'Or prize. Ronaldo has scored 44 goals for club and country so far in 2017 and scored twice in the Champions League final in June, as Real won the competition for a record-extending 12th time. Messi has hit 50 goals for Barca and Argentina while Neymar, the world's most expensive player after he left Barcelona for PSG in the summer, has 25 goals to his name for Barca, PSG and Brazil. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is in the running for the top men's coach award along with Ronaldo's boss at Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, and Juventus chief Massimiliano Allegri. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud's 'scorpion kick' volley against Crystal Palace in January has been nominated for the Puskas Award for best goal. The 31-year-old's effort has been shortlisted along with goals from Venezuela's Deyna Castellanos and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. Castellanos is also nominated for the women's player of the year award alongside last year's winner Carli Lloyd of the United States and Holland's Lieke Martens. The winners are decided by a jury of club and international coaches, media representatives and fans. PA  

Best Fifa Football Awards 2017 live updates: Will Messi, Ronaldo or Neymar win?

7:45PM Puskas Award for best goal After showing this video: They interview Harry Kane. The crowd boos (because a large portion of them seem to be Arsenal fans). Maybe not actually, now Frank Lampard is in the spotlight and he gets a round of applause. Lampard says his favourite goal is Giroud's, Kane says it's the South African goalkeeper's. He has to say that though. The repercussions for supporting something Arsenal are just too high. Schmeichel agrees with Mr Lampard. 7:40PM Elba is doing selfies Credit: AFP Tonight's host is wandering around the front row getting selfies with Neymar, Messi and Ronaldo, doing some jokes. Then he goes to Olivier Giroud. It's good to see that even in awards ceremonies, Giroud still has to come off the bench to be involved.  7:38PM Idris Elba going for the jokes Solid opening. The setup references that this is an international broadcast, so if you're from South America, 'como estas'. If you're from China, 'ni hao' (sp) and if you're from Hackney, "alright bruv".   7:36PM But first, it's Stomp! I'm doing this face. Some people are bashing bins around on the stage as they show highlights of... some football. You can't see what football because there are people bashing bins around on stage. Now they're bouncing footballs. Diego Maradona looks fairly unimpressed.  But they've timed one of the bits to coincide with the ball hitting the back of the net and a scream of "GOAL!" which is quite nice. And now they're replicating acrobatic soccer skills and celebrations. The crowd goes mildly wild and politely applauds. Cue Martin Tyler: "I swear you'll never see anything like this ever again!" 7:32PM Idris Elba is here Star of The Wire, the US Office and those Sky Movies adverts, here comes Idris Elba wearing a really nice tuxedo. James Bond wears a tuxedo. It's an audition! 7:29PM Ronaldo seems confident Credit: AFP I think they've lined up this so it's Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo, which isn't the order I'd have them in. Surely Ronaldo plays through the middle of a front three? 7:27PM Confirmation: Ronaldo and Messi are football friends Credit: AP   7:26PM Here's the guy who really wants you to know he's here Credit: AFP Yaaaaaay it's... that guy. Gianni Infantino, the newest president of FIFA, is shaking hands and being friendly to people.   7:23PM Ronaldo is here!  Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez Credit: GETTY IMAGES Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez are here and have done the walk along the... green carpet. I've just thought of a way they can decide who actually wins the top prize between this guy, Messi and Neymar. Stay with me... Penalty shootout. And like in Game of Thrones, they can all choose a person to stand in for them as goalkeeper. Seaman is there, Schmeichel and Buffon too. And that's it.  7:22PM Claudio Ranieri Credit: FIFA  Doing a fine job at Nantes just now, grabbing those 1-0 wins to help them climb the table. Everyone likes Ranieri. 7:19PM Antonio Conte says "I think that it's very important to stay here and fight for this award. It is amazing with Real Madrid, they won the Champions League and the league but it is amazing for me to stay here and to fight for this award." God I hope he means that literally. Can you imagine? Conte windmilling his way through the main hall, battering Peter Schmeichel and Luka Modric in a whirlwind of fury. 7:17PM Dream strike partnernship Credit: AP These two would destroy worlds.  7:15PM I just want someone to love me as much as Marcelo loves this woman Credit: GETTY IMAGES Can you feel it? Light beams of warmth coming out of his eyes. 7:11PM Dani Alves has come dressed as a futuristic pirate Credit: REUTERS "STOP RIGHT THERE! SPACE POLICE! Agent Daniel Alves and you've got a loooooooot of talking to do, punk." 7:09PM Harry Kane and Katie Goodland There he is! Harry gives a little bit to the presenters about how nice it is to be invited. He's so nice. "It makes me feel very proud. For me it’s about improving every year. Messi, Ronaldo set the standard for all of us so just to get up there and be involved is fantastic. The stadium, the atmosphere (at Real Madrid) was amazing. To get a result… I'm very proud." 7:06PM What would you rather win? This is a great question. Kay Murray (I think) essentially asks Gigi Buffon whether he is happy having won the World Cup and not the Champions League. Which would you rather win? If you were a player. Not as a fan. It's difficult isn't it? On the one hand, Scotland winning the World Cup would be amazing BUT I'm leaning towards Aberdeen being crowned European champions. 6:59PM Photos of Messi at the Best FIFA Awards Leo Messi and wife Antonella Credit: AP Credit: PA   6:58PM All the stars are here! Credit: OA  That's Marcelo, here's David Trezeguet: Credit: FIFA And here's Philip Schofield: Credit: PA If you aren't from the UK, you might not know who this man is so let's try and explain. Philip Schofield, or Scholey F as he likes to be known, is a giant of British television. He's perhaps the nicest man alive to also be a TV presenter and used to best friends with a gopher, the whereabouts of which are unknown. What happened to that gopher, you ask? Nobody is sure. All we know for certain is that until its lifeless body is discovered washed up on that little beach next to the South Bank on the Thames, we must assume it is alive.  6:52PM No questions for Messi The FIFA TV presenters have been told they are not allowed to ask Leo Messi any questions - not even in Spanish. What kind of world is this? We're all just waiting to hear what the great man will say about tonight's event and have been denied. We'll never know how he's looking forward to it, and may the best man win, and that London is very nice and that he's glad he's scored today but more pleased that the team got three points, and they just have to go again in the next game. In Spanish. But no! 6:47PM Leo Messi is here *high pitch scream* ARRRRHRHGGHHGHGHGHGHGHGH. And I can confirm he is wearing a normal suit. Nothing shiny and no LED lights. Disappointing. 6:47PM Frank Lampard is here "(Real Madrid) are going down as one of the best club teams in history. " I agree Frank. They're really good. "(Conte's) in the running (for best manager). He's done an unbelievable job at Chelsea" 6:45PM Messi looks terrified in his press photo shoot Credit: FIFA There are a few promo shoots featuring the key players. Messi is trying to look cool but is also wearing a hoody and sadly, that is almost impossible to do.  Credit: FIFA   6:39PM PHILIP SCHOFIELD IS HERE Oh now this is kicking off. "Oldham fan. My Granddad used to play pies at the ground as a lad. I was a constant disappointment for him because we (his brother) were rubbish. I just lacked the sporting mind, I think. I kick a ball around the garden with my nephews. I was asked all the way down Ronaldo or Messi... it's a tricky one. "Messi." There you have it. Philip Schofield believes Messi will win. Why do they need this event now? It's done, people! 6:37PM Patrick Kluivert is tonight's magician Credit: FIFA It's either that, or Kluivert's album cover has been leaked onto the picture database I'm currently enjoying. I think this one would be called "Still Crazy" or "These Nights".   Like that. Available on iTunes, but don't bother. You can stream it for free and it's not all that. 6:32PM Down with this sort of thing Credit: PA M8, mate, maaaaaaaaate what a fantastic shirt. Oooooooh that'll really stick it to them. Look what it says "for crying out loud" and oh my word, it's hand drawn! This is rock and roll. There is NOTHING more rock n roll than attending the overly elaborate celebration of individuals in a team sport governed by a disgraced international body than wearing a shirt with WRITING ON IT. Well done Kasabian, you truly represent all that is cool about football. 6:30PM MICHAEL DOUGLAS SUPPORTS SWANSEA Catherine Zeta-Jones says:  "My husband... Michael Douglas is a Swansea City fan." Confirmation there from Zeta-Jones, who claims to have supported Swansea since before they were back in the Premier League, as though that makes her cool or something. Alright, Catherine. Chill out.  Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I don't watch movies, I watch sport," she says. And that is because she doesn't know how sport is going to end. Imagine then, if you will, a Liverpool vs Newcastle match directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The twist - and there is a twist - is that Stan Collymore was the mascot the whole time. And the mascot is the Queen. And the Queen scores the winning goal, liberating a fictional country which is supposed to be from somewhere near Afghanistan. 6:26PM All the stars are here Credit: PA It's not a long trek for Granit Xhaka to be here as the awards are being held in London.  Credit: PA And here's star Valencia right-back Eamonn Holmes, who has flown in to hang out with all his La Liga pals like... Sergio Ramos, who will probably be here at some point. Credit: EPA That's why he was in London. Maradona is on his best behaviour and looking very nice, but as yet hasn't dribbled past a single person on the red carpet. 6:21PM Welcome! HELLO EVERYONE! Welcome to this most exciting of events. It's like the Oscars... but with David Seaman! Credit: PA  Seaman won't be winning any awards tonight, especially since he doesn't have a moustache anymore, and instead must watch as the likes of Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar sit on some expensive chairs and feign being incredibly pleased that one of the other two has won the Best Best FIFA Best Best Football Player Man Award. There are other awards too. Who will win them? Let's find out together. 6:15PM What's all this then? It's the 2017 Best Fifa Football Awards, the second to be held, where - among other awards - world player of the year is crowned. The breakaway event was started after Fifa's Ballon d'Or partnership with France Football ended. The Ballon d'Or is still awarded by the publication each year, while Fifa hands out its own awards in tonight's event. When is it? It's on Monday October 23 - ie today. What time does the event start? It's a 7.30pm BST start at the London Palladium. What TV channel is it on? You can watch the event, hosted by Idris Elba, on Fifa's YouTube channel. Alternatively, you can follow the event as it happens right here, or catch the highlights on ITV at 10.45pm. Ronaldo with last year's award and Sir Alex Ferguson Credit: Getty Images Which awards are up for grabs, and who is shortlisted? The Best Fifa Men's Player Three players have been nominated for the award from an initial shortlist of 24. Last year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo, has scored 45 goals in 48 appearances this calendar year, including 34 goals for club and 11 for country. These incredible individual statistics are bolstered by Ronaldo winning the Champions League and La Liga in the 2016/17 campaign. Lionel Messi is another unsurprising feature within the best player award, with 49 goals and 11 assists in 50 appearances in 2017. The most expensive player in the world, Neymar is the outside bet to be crowned the greatest footballer on earth. The Best Fifa football coach award The best coach award is separated into male and female categories.  Juventus boss, Massimiliano Allegri, after winning the league and Coppa Italia last season. Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, who in his first season in English football won the Premier League, setting a new record along the way achieving 30 wins in a single season. Finally Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane makes the list after winning the Champions League and Los Blancos' first league title for five years. In the women's section, the the top three comprise of Denmark’s manager Nils Nielsen, who guided her side to the final against Holland in this year European Championships. Lyon coach Gerard Precheur is nominated after winning the Champions League, the French League Cup and the French Cup, while Sarina Wiegman also features after leading Holland to the 2017 European championships.  The Best FIFA goalkeeper award Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus is nominated, having gone 600 minutes without conceding in the Champions League, while Keylor Navas of Real Madrid won his second consecutive Champions League along with a La Liga title. Manuel Neuer makes up the three-man short list. The Puskas Award The Puskas award is for the best goal of the year. This year the three finalists include Deyna Castellanos of Venezuela women's side, Olivier Giroud for his goal for Arsenal, below, and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. The Best Fifa Fan award Borussia Dortmund make the final three after supporters came together to offer shelter to Monaco fans displaced by their Champions League match being rescheduled after a bomb attack on the Dortmund team bus.  Celtic are included through their final match of the league season which coincided with the 50th anniversary of winning the European Cup in 1967, which made them the first British club to lift the prestigious trophy. The Celtic fans honoured the team, known as the "Lisbon Lions", with a stunning full 360-degree card display around Celtic Park. FC Copenhagen were also nominated after winning the league in their final game against Brondby, when players handed the trophy to the fans, who then passed the trophy along to a wheelchair-bound supporter and lifted him in the air. Awards night preview: Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to retain his crown as FIFA men's player of the year in London on Monday night. The Real Madrid and Portugal superstar is up against Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Paris St Germain's Neymar for the award he won last year. The ceremony, which takes place at the London Palladium, is the second since the FIFA award split from France Football's Ballon d'Or prize. Ronaldo has scored 44 goals for club and country so far in 2017 and scored twice in the Champions League final in June, as Real won the competition for a record-extending 12th time. Messi has hit 50 goals for Barca and Argentina while Neymar, the world's most expensive player after he left Barcelona for PSG in the summer, has 25 goals to his name for Barca, PSG and Brazil. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is in the running for the top men's coach award along with Ronaldo's boss at Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, and Juventus chief Massimiliano Allegri. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud's 'scorpion kick' volley against Crystal Palace in January has been nominated for the Puskas Award for best goal. The 31-year-old's effort has been shortlisted along with goals from Venezuela's Deyna Castellanos and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. Castellanos is also nominated for the women's player of the year award alongside last year's winner Carli Lloyd of the United States and Holland's Lieke Martens. The winners are decided by a jury of club and international coaches, media representatives and fans. PA  

Best Fifa Football Awards 2017 live updates: Will Messi, Ronaldo or Neymar win?

7:45PM Puskas Award for best goal After showing this video: They interview Harry Kane. The crowd boos (because a large portion of them seem to be Arsenal fans). Maybe not actually, now Frank Lampard is in the spotlight and he gets a round of applause. Lampard says his favourite goal is Giroud's, Kane says it's the South African goalkeeper's. He has to say that though. The repercussions for supporting something Arsenal are just too high. Schmeichel agrees with Mr Lampard. 7:40PM Elba is doing selfies Credit: AFP Tonight's host is wandering around the front row getting selfies with Neymar, Messi and Ronaldo, doing some jokes. Then he goes to Olivier Giroud. It's good to see that even in awards ceremonies, Giroud still has to come off the bench to be involved.  7:38PM Idris Elba going for the jokes Solid opening. The setup references that this is an international broadcast, so if you're from South America, 'como estas'. If you're from China, 'ni hao' (sp) and if you're from Hackney, "alright bruv".   7:36PM But first, it's Stomp! I'm doing this face. Some people are bashing bins around on the stage as they show highlights of... some football. You can't see what football because there are people bashing bins around on stage. Now they're bouncing footballs. Diego Maradona looks fairly unimpressed.  But they've timed one of the bits to coincide with the ball hitting the back of the net and a scream of "GOAL!" which is quite nice. And now they're replicating acrobatic soccer skills and celebrations. The crowd goes mildly wild and politely applauds. Cue Martin Tyler: "I swear you'll never see anything like this ever again!" 7:32PM Idris Elba is here Star of The Wire, the US Office and those Sky Movies adverts, here comes Idris Elba wearing a really nice tuxedo. James Bond wears a tuxedo. It's an audition! 7:29PM Ronaldo seems confident Credit: AFP I think they've lined up this so it's Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo, which isn't the order I'd have them in. Surely Ronaldo plays through the middle of a front three? 7:27PM Confirmation: Ronaldo and Messi are football friends Credit: AP   7:26PM Here's the guy who really wants you to know he's here Credit: AFP Yaaaaaay it's... that guy. Gianni Infantino, the newest president of FIFA, is shaking hands and being friendly to people.   7:23PM Ronaldo is here!  Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez Credit: GETTY IMAGES Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez are here and have done the walk along the... green carpet. I've just thought of a way they can decide who actually wins the top prize between this guy, Messi and Neymar. Stay with me... Penalty shootout. And like in Game of Thrones, they can all choose a person to stand in for them as goalkeeper. Seaman is there, Schmeichel and Buffon too. And that's it.  7:22PM Claudio Ranieri Credit: FIFA  Doing a fine job at Nantes just now, grabbing those 1-0 wins to help them climb the table. Everyone likes Ranieri. 7:19PM Antonio Conte says "I think that it's very important to stay here and fight for this award. It is amazing with Real Madrid, they won the Champions League and the league but it is amazing for me to stay here and to fight for this award." God I hope he means that literally. Can you imagine? Conte windmilling his way through the main hall, battering Peter Schmeichel and Luka Modric in a whirlwind of fury. 7:17PM Dream strike partnernship Credit: AP These two would destroy worlds.  7:15PM I just want someone to love me as much as Marcelo loves this woman Credit: GETTY IMAGES Can you feel it? Light beams of warmth coming out of his eyes. 7:11PM Dani Alves has come dressed as a futuristic pirate Credit: REUTERS "STOP RIGHT THERE! SPACE POLICE! Agent Daniel Alves and you've got a loooooooot of talking to do, punk." 7:09PM Harry Kane and Katie Goodland There he is! Harry gives a little bit to the presenters about how nice it is to be invited. He's so nice. "It makes me feel very proud. For me it’s about improving every year. Messi, Ronaldo set the standard for all of us so just to get up there and be involved is fantastic. The stadium, the atmosphere (at Real Madrid) was amazing. To get a result… I'm very proud." 7:06PM What would you rather win? This is a great question. Kay Murray (I think) essentially asks Gigi Buffon whether he is happy having won the World Cup and not the Champions League. Which would you rather win? If you were a player. Not as a fan. It's difficult isn't it? On the one hand, Scotland winning the World Cup would be amazing BUT I'm leaning towards Aberdeen being crowned European champions. 6:59PM Photos of Messi at the Best FIFA Awards Leo Messi and wife Antonella Credit: AP Credit: PA   6:58PM All the stars are here! Credit: OA  That's Marcelo, here's David Trezeguet: Credit: FIFA And here's Philip Schofield: Credit: PA If you aren't from the UK, you might not know who this man is so let's try and explain. Philip Schofield, or Scholey F as he likes to be known, is a giant of British television. He's perhaps the nicest man alive to also be a TV presenter and used to best friends with a gopher, the whereabouts of which are unknown. What happened to that gopher, you ask? Nobody is sure. All we know for certain is that until its lifeless body is discovered washed up on that little beach next to the South Bank on the Thames, we must assume it is alive.  6:52PM No questions for Messi The FIFA TV presenters have been told they are not allowed to ask Leo Messi any questions - not even in Spanish. What kind of world is this? We're all just waiting to hear what the great man will say about tonight's event and have been denied. We'll never know how he's looking forward to it, and may the best man win, and that London is very nice and that he's glad he's scored today but more pleased that the team got three points, and they just have to go again in the next game. In Spanish. But no! 6:47PM Leo Messi is here *high pitch scream* ARRRRHRHGGHHGHGHGHGHGHGH. And I can confirm he is wearing a normal suit. Nothing shiny and no LED lights. Disappointing. 6:47PM Frank Lampard is here "(Real Madrid) are going down as one of the best club teams in history. " I agree Frank. They're really good. "(Conte's) in the running (for best manager). He's done an unbelievable job at Chelsea" 6:45PM Messi looks terrified in his press photo shoot Credit: FIFA There are a few promo shoots featuring the key players. Messi is trying to look cool but is also wearing a hoody and sadly, that is almost impossible to do.  Credit: FIFA   6:39PM PHILIP SCHOFIELD IS HERE Oh now this is kicking off. "Oldham fan. My Granddad used to play pies at the ground as a lad. I was a constant disappointment for him because we (his brother) were rubbish. I just lacked the sporting mind, I think. I kick a ball around the garden with my nephews. I was asked all the way down Ronaldo or Messi... it's a tricky one. "Messi." There you have it. Philip Schofield believes Messi will win. Why do they need this event now? It's done, people! 6:37PM Patrick Kluivert is tonight's magician Credit: FIFA It's either that, or Kluivert's album cover has been leaked onto the picture database I'm currently enjoying. I think this one would be called "Still Crazy" or "These Nights".   Like that. Available on iTunes, but don't bother. You can stream it for free and it's not all that. 6:32PM Down with this sort of thing Credit: PA M8, mate, maaaaaaaaate what a fantastic shirt. Oooooooh that'll really stick it to them. Look what it says "for crying out loud" and oh my word, it's hand drawn! This is rock and roll. There is NOTHING more rock n roll than attending the overly elaborate celebration of individuals in a team sport governed by a disgraced international body than wearing a shirt with WRITING ON IT. Well done Kasabian, you truly represent all that is cool about football. 6:30PM MICHAEL DOUGLAS SUPPORTS SWANSEA Catherine Zeta-Jones says:  "My husband... Michael Douglas is a Swansea City fan." Confirmation there from Zeta-Jones, who claims to have supported Swansea since before they were back in the Premier League, as though that makes her cool or something. Alright, Catherine. Chill out.  Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I don't watch movies, I watch sport," she says. And that is because she doesn't know how sport is going to end. Imagine then, if you will, a Liverpool vs Newcastle match directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The twist - and there is a twist - is that Stan Collymore was the mascot the whole time. And the mascot is the Queen. And the Queen scores the winning goal, liberating a fictional country which is supposed to be from somewhere near Afghanistan. 6:26PM All the stars are here Credit: PA It's not a long trek for Granit Xhaka to be here as the awards are being held in London.  Credit: PA And here's star Valencia right-back Eamonn Holmes, who has flown in to hang out with all his La Liga pals like... Sergio Ramos, who will probably be here at some point. Credit: EPA That's why he was in London. Maradona is on his best behaviour and looking very nice, but as yet hasn't dribbled past a single person on the red carpet. 6:21PM Welcome! HELLO EVERYONE! Welcome to this most exciting of events. It's like the Oscars... but with David Seaman! Credit: PA  Seaman won't be winning any awards tonight, especially since he doesn't have a moustache anymore, and instead must watch as the likes of Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar sit on some expensive chairs and feign being incredibly pleased that one of the other two has won the Best Best FIFA Best Best Football Player Man Award. There are other awards too. Who will win them? Let's find out together. 6:15PM What's all this then? It's the 2017 Best Fifa Football Awards, the second to be held, where - among other awards - world player of the year is crowned. The breakaway event was started after Fifa's Ballon d'Or partnership with France Football ended. The Ballon d'Or is still awarded by the publication each year, while Fifa hands out its own awards in tonight's event. When is it? It's on Monday October 23 - ie today. What time does the event start? It's a 7.30pm BST start at the London Palladium. What TV channel is it on? You can watch the event, hosted by Idris Elba, on Fifa's YouTube channel. Alternatively, you can follow the event as it happens right here, or catch the highlights on ITV at 10.45pm. Ronaldo with last year's award and Sir Alex Ferguson Credit: Getty Images Which awards are up for grabs, and who is shortlisted? The Best Fifa Men's Player Three players have been nominated for the award from an initial shortlist of 24. Last year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo, has scored 45 goals in 48 appearances this calendar year, including 34 goals for club and 11 for country. These incredible individual statistics are bolstered by Ronaldo winning the Champions League and La Liga in the 2016/17 campaign. Lionel Messi is another unsurprising feature within the best player award, with 49 goals and 11 assists in 50 appearances in 2017. The most expensive player in the world, Neymar is the outside bet to be crowned the greatest footballer on earth. The Best Fifa football coach award The best coach award is separated into male and female categories.  Juventus boss, Massimiliano Allegri, after winning the league and Coppa Italia last season. Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, who in his first season in English football won the Premier League, setting a new record along the way achieving 30 wins in a single season. Finally Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane makes the list after winning the Champions League and Los Blancos' first league title for five years. In the women's section, the the top three comprise of Denmark’s manager Nils Nielsen, who guided her side to the final against Holland in this year European Championships. Lyon coach Gerard Precheur is nominated after winning the Champions League, the French League Cup and the French Cup, while Sarina Wiegman also features after leading Holland to the 2017 European championships.  The Best FIFA goalkeeper award Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus is nominated, having gone 600 minutes without conceding in the Champions League, while Keylor Navas of Real Madrid won his second consecutive Champions League along with a La Liga title. Manuel Neuer makes up the three-man short list. The Puskas Award The Puskas award is for the best goal of the year. This year the three finalists include Deyna Castellanos of Venezuela women's side, Olivier Giroud for his goal for Arsenal, below, and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. The Best Fifa Fan award Borussia Dortmund make the final three after supporters came together to offer shelter to Monaco fans displaced by their Champions League match being rescheduled after a bomb attack on the Dortmund team bus.  Celtic are included through their final match of the league season which coincided with the 50th anniversary of winning the European Cup in 1967, which made them the first British club to lift the prestigious trophy. The Celtic fans honoured the team, known as the "Lisbon Lions", with a stunning full 360-degree card display around Celtic Park. FC Copenhagen were also nominated after winning the league in their final game against Brondby, when players handed the trophy to the fans, who then passed the trophy along to a wheelchair-bound supporter and lifted him in the air. Awards night preview: Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to retain his crown as FIFA men's player of the year in London on Monday night. The Real Madrid and Portugal superstar is up against Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Paris St Germain's Neymar for the award he won last year. The ceremony, which takes place at the London Palladium, is the second since the FIFA award split from France Football's Ballon d'Or prize. Ronaldo has scored 44 goals for club and country so far in 2017 and scored twice in the Champions League final in June, as Real won the competition for a record-extending 12th time. Messi has hit 50 goals for Barca and Argentina while Neymar, the world's most expensive player after he left Barcelona for PSG in the summer, has 25 goals to his name for Barca, PSG and Brazil. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is in the running for the top men's coach award along with Ronaldo's boss at Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, and Juventus chief Massimiliano Allegri. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud's 'scorpion kick' volley against Crystal Palace in January has been nominated for the Puskas Award for best goal. The 31-year-old's effort has been shortlisted along with goals from Venezuela's Deyna Castellanos and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. Castellanos is also nominated for the women's player of the year award alongside last year's winner Carli Lloyd of the United States and Holland's Lieke Martens. The winners are decided by a jury of club and international coaches, media representatives and fans. PA  

Best Fifa Football Awards 2017 live updates: Will Messi, Ronaldo or Neymar win?

7:45PM Puskas Award for best goal After showing this video: They interview Harry Kane. The crowd boos (because a large portion of them seem to be Arsenal fans). Maybe not actually, now Frank Lampard is in the spotlight and he gets a round of applause. Lampard says his favourite goal is Giroud's, Kane says it's the South African goalkeeper's. He has to say that though. The repercussions for supporting something Arsenal are just too high. Schmeichel agrees with Mr Lampard. 7:40PM Elba is doing selfies Credit: AFP Tonight's host is wandering around the front row getting selfies with Neymar, Messi and Ronaldo, doing some jokes. Then he goes to Olivier Giroud. It's good to see that even in awards ceremonies, Giroud still has to come off the bench to be involved.  7:38PM Idris Elba going for the jokes Solid opening. The setup references that this is an international broadcast, so if you're from South America, 'como estas'. If you're from China, 'ni hao' (sp) and if you're from Hackney, "alright bruv".   7:36PM But first, it's Stomp! I'm doing this face. Some people are bashing bins around on the stage as they show highlights of... some football. You can't see what football because there are people bashing bins around on stage. Now they're bouncing footballs. Diego Maradona looks fairly unimpressed.  But they've timed one of the bits to coincide with the ball hitting the back of the net and a scream of "GOAL!" which is quite nice. And now they're replicating acrobatic soccer skills and celebrations. The crowd goes mildly wild and politely applauds. Cue Martin Tyler: "I swear you'll never see anything like this ever again!" 7:32PM Idris Elba is here Star of The Wire, the US Office and those Sky Movies adverts, here comes Idris Elba wearing a really nice tuxedo. James Bond wears a tuxedo. It's an audition! 7:29PM Ronaldo seems confident Credit: AFP I think they've lined up this so it's Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo, which isn't the order I'd have them in. Surely Ronaldo plays through the middle of a front three? 7:27PM Confirmation: Ronaldo and Messi are football friends Credit: AP   7:26PM Here's the guy who really wants you to know he's here Credit: AFP Yaaaaaay it's... that guy. Gianni Infantino, the newest president of FIFA, is shaking hands and being friendly to people.   7:23PM Ronaldo is here!  Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez Credit: GETTY IMAGES Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez are here and have done the walk along the... green carpet. I've just thought of a way they can decide who actually wins the top prize between this guy, Messi and Neymar. Stay with me... Penalty shootout. And like in Game of Thrones, they can all choose a person to stand in for them as goalkeeper. Seaman is there, Schmeichel and Buffon too. And that's it.  7:22PM Claudio Ranieri Credit: FIFA  Doing a fine job at Nantes just now, grabbing those 1-0 wins to help them climb the table. Everyone likes Ranieri. 7:19PM Antonio Conte says "I think that it's very important to stay here and fight for this award. It is amazing with Real Madrid, they won the Champions League and the league but it is amazing for me to stay here and to fight for this award." God I hope he means that literally. Can you imagine? Conte windmilling his way through the main hall, battering Peter Schmeichel and Luka Modric in a whirlwind of fury. 7:17PM Dream strike partnernship Credit: AP These two would destroy worlds.  7:15PM I just want someone to love me as much as Marcelo loves this woman Credit: GETTY IMAGES Can you feel it? Light beams of warmth coming out of his eyes. 7:11PM Dani Alves has come dressed as a futuristic pirate Credit: REUTERS "STOP RIGHT THERE! SPACE POLICE! Agent Daniel Alves and you've got a loooooooot of talking to do, punk." 7:09PM Harry Kane and Katie Goodland There he is! Harry gives a little bit to the presenters about how nice it is to be invited. He's so nice. "It makes me feel very proud. For me it’s about improving every year. Messi, Ronaldo set the standard for all of us so just to get up there and be involved is fantastic. The stadium, the atmosphere (at Real Madrid) was amazing. To get a result… I'm very proud." 7:06PM What would you rather win? This is a great question. Kay Murray (I think) essentially asks Gigi Buffon whether he is happy having won the World Cup and not the Champions League. Which would you rather win? If you were a player. Not as a fan. It's difficult isn't it? On the one hand, Scotland winning the World Cup would be amazing BUT I'm leaning towards Aberdeen being crowned European champions. 6:59PM Photos of Messi at the Best FIFA Awards Leo Messi and wife Antonella Credit: AP Credit: PA   6:58PM All the stars are here! Credit: OA  That's Marcelo, here's David Trezeguet: Credit: FIFA And here's Philip Schofield: Credit: PA If you aren't from the UK, you might not know who this man is so let's try and explain. Philip Schofield, or Scholey F as he likes to be known, is a giant of British television. He's perhaps the nicest man alive to also be a TV presenter and used to best friends with a gopher, the whereabouts of which are unknown. What happened to that gopher, you ask? Nobody is sure. All we know for certain is that until its lifeless body is discovered washed up on that little beach next to the South Bank on the Thames, we must assume it is alive.  6:52PM No questions for Messi The FIFA TV presenters have been told they are not allowed to ask Leo Messi any questions - not even in Spanish. What kind of world is this? We're all just waiting to hear what the great man will say about tonight's event and have been denied. We'll never know how he's looking forward to it, and may the best man win, and that London is very nice and that he's glad he's scored today but more pleased that the team got three points, and they just have to go again in the next game. In Spanish. But no! 6:47PM Leo Messi is here *high pitch scream* ARRRRHRHGGHHGHGHGHGHGHGH. And I can confirm he is wearing a normal suit. Nothing shiny and no LED lights. Disappointing. 6:47PM Frank Lampard is here "(Real Madrid) are going down as one of the best club teams in history. " I agree Frank. They're really good. "(Conte's) in the running (for best manager). He's done an unbelievable job at Chelsea" 6:45PM Messi looks terrified in his press photo shoot Credit: FIFA There are a few promo shoots featuring the key players. Messi is trying to look cool but is also wearing a hoody and sadly, that is almost impossible to do.  Credit: FIFA   6:39PM PHILIP SCHOFIELD IS HERE Oh now this is kicking off. "Oldham fan. My Granddad used to play pies at the ground as a lad. I was a constant disappointment for him because we (his brother) were rubbish. I just lacked the sporting mind, I think. I kick a ball around the garden with my nephews. I was asked all the way down Ronaldo or Messi... it's a tricky one. "Messi." There you have it. Philip Schofield believes Messi will win. Why do they need this event now? It's done, people! 6:37PM Patrick Kluivert is tonight's magician Credit: FIFA It's either that, or Kluivert's album cover has been leaked onto the picture database I'm currently enjoying. I think this one would be called "Still Crazy" or "These Nights".   Like that. Available on iTunes, but don't bother. You can stream it for free and it's not all that. 6:32PM Down with this sort of thing Credit: PA M8, mate, maaaaaaaaate what a fantastic shirt. Oooooooh that'll really stick it to them. Look what it says "for crying out loud" and oh my word, it's hand drawn! This is rock and roll. There is NOTHING more rock n roll than attending the overly elaborate celebration of individuals in a team sport governed by a disgraced international body than wearing a shirt with WRITING ON IT. Well done Kasabian, you truly represent all that is cool about football. 6:30PM MICHAEL DOUGLAS SUPPORTS SWANSEA Catherine Zeta-Jones says:  "My husband... Michael Douglas is a Swansea City fan." Confirmation there from Zeta-Jones, who claims to have supported Swansea since before they were back in the Premier League, as though that makes her cool or something. Alright, Catherine. Chill out.  Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I don't watch movies, I watch sport," she says. And that is because she doesn't know how sport is going to end. Imagine then, if you will, a Liverpool vs Newcastle match directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The twist - and there is a twist - is that Stan Collymore was the mascot the whole time. And the mascot is the Queen. And the Queen scores the winning goal, liberating a fictional country which is supposed to be from somewhere near Afghanistan. 6:26PM All the stars are here Credit: PA It's not a long trek for Granit Xhaka to be here as the awards are being held in London.  Credit: PA And here's star Valencia right-back Eamonn Holmes, who has flown in to hang out with all his La Liga pals like... Sergio Ramos, who will probably be here at some point. Credit: EPA That's why he was in London. Maradona is on his best behaviour and looking very nice, but as yet hasn't dribbled past a single person on the red carpet. 6:21PM Welcome! HELLO EVERYONE! Welcome to this most exciting of events. It's like the Oscars... but with David Seaman! Credit: PA  Seaman won't be winning any awards tonight, especially since he doesn't have a moustache anymore, and instead must watch as the likes of Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar sit on some expensive chairs and feign being incredibly pleased that one of the other two has won the Best Best FIFA Best Best Football Player Man Award. There are other awards too. Who will win them? Let's find out together. 6:15PM What's all this then? It's the 2017 Best Fifa Football Awards, the second to be held, where - among other awards - world player of the year is crowned. The breakaway event was started after Fifa's Ballon d'Or partnership with France Football ended. The Ballon d'Or is still awarded by the publication each year, while Fifa hands out its own awards in tonight's event. When is it? It's on Monday October 23 - ie today. What time does the event start? It's a 7.30pm BST start at the London Palladium. What TV channel is it on? You can watch the event, hosted by Idris Elba, on Fifa's YouTube channel. Alternatively, you can follow the event as it happens right here, or catch the highlights on ITV at 10.45pm. Ronaldo with last year's award and Sir Alex Ferguson Credit: Getty Images Which awards are up for grabs, and who is shortlisted? The Best Fifa Men's Player Three players have been nominated for the award from an initial shortlist of 24. Last year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo, has scored 45 goals in 48 appearances this calendar year, including 34 goals for club and 11 for country. These incredible individual statistics are bolstered by Ronaldo winning the Champions League and La Liga in the 2016/17 campaign. Lionel Messi is another unsurprising feature within the best player award, with 49 goals and 11 assists in 50 appearances in 2017. The most expensive player in the world, Neymar is the outside bet to be crowned the greatest footballer on earth. The Best Fifa football coach award The best coach award is separated into male and female categories.  Juventus boss, Massimiliano Allegri, after winning the league and Coppa Italia last season. Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, who in his first season in English football won the Premier League, setting a new record along the way achieving 30 wins in a single season. Finally Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane makes the list after winning the Champions League and Los Blancos' first league title for five years. In the women's section, the the top three comprise of Denmark’s manager Nils Nielsen, who guided her side to the final against Holland in this year European Championships. Lyon coach Gerard Precheur is nominated after winning the Champions League, the French League Cup and the French Cup, while Sarina Wiegman also features after leading Holland to the 2017 European championships.  The Best FIFA goalkeeper award Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus is nominated, having gone 600 minutes without conceding in the Champions League, while Keylor Navas of Real Madrid won his second consecutive Champions League along with a La Liga title. Manuel Neuer makes up the three-man short list. The Puskas Award The Puskas award is for the best goal of the year. This year the three finalists include Deyna Castellanos of Venezuela women's side, Olivier Giroud for his goal for Arsenal, below, and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. The Best Fifa Fan award Borussia Dortmund make the final three after supporters came together to offer shelter to Monaco fans displaced by their Champions League match being rescheduled after a bomb attack on the Dortmund team bus.  Celtic are included through their final match of the league season which coincided with the 50th anniversary of winning the European Cup in 1967, which made them the first British club to lift the prestigious trophy. The Celtic fans honoured the team, known as the "Lisbon Lions", with a stunning full 360-degree card display around Celtic Park. FC Copenhagen were also nominated after winning the league in their final game against Brondby, when players handed the trophy to the fans, who then passed the trophy along to a wheelchair-bound supporter and lifted him in the air. Awards night preview: Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to retain his crown as FIFA men's player of the year in London on Monday night. The Real Madrid and Portugal superstar is up against Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Paris St Germain's Neymar for the award he won last year. The ceremony, which takes place at the London Palladium, is the second since the FIFA award split from France Football's Ballon d'Or prize. Ronaldo has scored 44 goals for club and country so far in 2017 and scored twice in the Champions League final in June, as Real won the competition for a record-extending 12th time. Messi has hit 50 goals for Barca and Argentina while Neymar, the world's most expensive player after he left Barcelona for PSG in the summer, has 25 goals to his name for Barca, PSG and Brazil. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is in the running for the top men's coach award along with Ronaldo's boss at Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, and Juventus chief Massimiliano Allegri. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud's 'scorpion kick' volley against Crystal Palace in January has been nominated for the Puskas Award for best goal. The 31-year-old's effort has been shortlisted along with goals from Venezuela's Deyna Castellanos and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. Castellanos is also nominated for the women's player of the year award alongside last year's winner Carli Lloyd of the United States and Holland's Lieke Martens. The winners are decided by a jury of club and international coaches, media representatives and fans. PA  

Best Fifa Football Awards 2017 live updates: Will Messi, Ronaldo or Neymar win?

7:45PM Puskas Award for best goal After showing this video: They interview Harry Kane. The crowd boos (because a large portion of them seem to be Arsenal fans). Maybe not actually, now Frank Lampard is in the spotlight and he gets a round of applause. Lampard says his favourite goal is Giroud's, Kane says it's the South African goalkeeper's. He has to say that though. The repercussions for supporting something Arsenal are just too high. Schmeichel agrees with Mr Lampard. 7:40PM Elba is doing selfies Credit: AFP Tonight's host is wandering around the front row getting selfies with Neymar, Messi and Ronaldo, doing some jokes. Then he goes to Olivier Giroud. It's good to see that even in awards ceremonies, Giroud still has to come off the bench to be involved.  7:38PM Idris Elba going for the jokes Solid opening. The setup references that this is an international broadcast, so if you're from South America, 'como estas'. If you're from China, 'ni hao' (sp) and if you're from Hackney, "alright bruv".   7:36PM But first, it's Stomp! I'm doing this face. Some people are bashing bins around on the stage as they show highlights of... some football. You can't see what football because there are people bashing bins around on stage. Now they're bouncing footballs. Diego Maradona looks fairly unimpressed.  But they've timed one of the bits to coincide with the ball hitting the back of the net and a scream of "GOAL!" which is quite nice. And now they're replicating acrobatic soccer skills and celebrations. The crowd goes mildly wild and politely applauds. Cue Martin Tyler: "I swear you'll never see anything like this ever again!" 7:32PM Idris Elba is here Star of The Wire, the US Office and those Sky Movies adverts, here comes Idris Elba wearing a really nice tuxedo. James Bond wears a tuxedo. It's an audition! 7:29PM Ronaldo seems confident Credit: AFP I think they've lined up this so it's Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo, which isn't the order I'd have them in. Surely Ronaldo plays through the middle of a front three? 7:27PM Confirmation: Ronaldo and Messi are football friends Credit: AP   7:26PM Here's the guy who really wants you to know he's here Credit: AFP Yaaaaaay it's... that guy. Gianni Infantino, the newest president of FIFA, is shaking hands and being friendly to people.   7:23PM Ronaldo is here!  Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez Credit: GETTY IMAGES Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez are here and have done the walk along the... green carpet. I've just thought of a way they can decide who actually wins the top prize between this guy, Messi and Neymar. Stay with me... Penalty shootout. And like in Game of Thrones, they can all choose a person to stand in for them as goalkeeper. Seaman is there, Schmeichel and Buffon too. And that's it.  7:22PM Claudio Ranieri Credit: FIFA  Doing a fine job at Nantes just now, grabbing those 1-0 wins to help them climb the table. Everyone likes Ranieri. 7:19PM Antonio Conte says "I think that it's very important to stay here and fight for this award. It is amazing with Real Madrid, they won the Champions League and the league but it is amazing for me to stay here and to fight for this award." God I hope he means that literally. Can you imagine? Conte windmilling his way through the main hall, battering Peter Schmeichel and Luka Modric in a whirlwind of fury. 7:17PM Dream strike partnernship Credit: AP These two would destroy worlds.  7:15PM I just want someone to love me as much as Marcelo loves this woman Credit: GETTY IMAGES Can you feel it? Light beams of warmth coming out of his eyes. 7:11PM Dani Alves has come dressed as a futuristic pirate Credit: REUTERS "STOP RIGHT THERE! SPACE POLICE! Agent Daniel Alves and you've got a loooooooot of talking to do, punk." 7:09PM Harry Kane and Katie Goodland There he is! Harry gives a little bit to the presenters about how nice it is to be invited. He's so nice. "It makes me feel very proud. For me it’s about improving every year. Messi, Ronaldo set the standard for all of us so just to get up there and be involved is fantastic. The stadium, the atmosphere (at Real Madrid) was amazing. To get a result… I'm very proud." 7:06PM What would you rather win? This is a great question. Kay Murray (I think) essentially asks Gigi Buffon whether he is happy having won the World Cup and not the Champions League. Which would you rather win? If you were a player. Not as a fan. It's difficult isn't it? On the one hand, Scotland winning the World Cup would be amazing BUT I'm leaning towards Aberdeen being crowned European champions. 6:59PM Photos of Messi at the Best FIFA Awards Leo Messi and wife Antonella Credit: AP Credit: PA   6:58PM All the stars are here! Credit: OA  That's Marcelo, here's David Trezeguet: Credit: FIFA And here's Philip Schofield: Credit: PA If you aren't from the UK, you might not know who this man is so let's try and explain. Philip Schofield, or Scholey F as he likes to be known, is a giant of British television. He's perhaps the nicest man alive to also be a TV presenter and used to best friends with a gopher, the whereabouts of which are unknown. What happened to that gopher, you ask? Nobody is sure. All we know for certain is that until its lifeless body is discovered washed up on that little beach next to the South Bank on the Thames, we must assume it is alive.  6:52PM No questions for Messi The FIFA TV presenters have been told they are not allowed to ask Leo Messi any questions - not even in Spanish. What kind of world is this? We're all just waiting to hear what the great man will say about tonight's event and have been denied. We'll never know how he's looking forward to it, and may the best man win, and that London is very nice and that he's glad he's scored today but more pleased that the team got three points, and they just have to go again in the next game. In Spanish. But no! 6:47PM Leo Messi is here *high pitch scream* ARRRRHRHGGHHGHGHGHGHGHGH. And I can confirm he is wearing a normal suit. Nothing shiny and no LED lights. Disappointing. 6:47PM Frank Lampard is here "(Real Madrid) are going down as one of the best club teams in history. " I agree Frank. They're really good. "(Conte's) in the running (for best manager). He's done an unbelievable job at Chelsea" 6:45PM Messi looks terrified in his press photo shoot Credit: FIFA There are a few promo shoots featuring the key players. Messi is trying to look cool but is also wearing a hoody and sadly, that is almost impossible to do.  Credit: FIFA   6:39PM PHILIP SCHOFIELD IS HERE Oh now this is kicking off. "Oldham fan. My Granddad used to play pies at the ground as a lad. I was a constant disappointment for him because we (his brother) were rubbish. I just lacked the sporting mind, I think. I kick a ball around the garden with my nephews. I was asked all the way down Ronaldo or Messi... it's a tricky one. "Messi." There you have it. Philip Schofield believes Messi will win. Why do they need this event now? It's done, people! 6:37PM Patrick Kluivert is tonight's magician Credit: FIFA It's either that, or Kluivert's album cover has been leaked onto the picture database I'm currently enjoying. I think this one would be called "Still Crazy" or "These Nights".   Like that. Available on iTunes, but don't bother. You can stream it for free and it's not all that. 6:32PM Down with this sort of thing Credit: PA M8, mate, maaaaaaaaate what a fantastic shirt. Oooooooh that'll really stick it to them. Look what it says "for crying out loud" and oh my word, it's hand drawn! This is rock and roll. There is NOTHING more rock n roll than attending the overly elaborate celebration of individuals in a team sport governed by a disgraced international body than wearing a shirt with WRITING ON IT. Well done Kasabian, you truly represent all that is cool about football. 6:30PM MICHAEL DOUGLAS SUPPORTS SWANSEA Catherine Zeta-Jones says:  "My husband... Michael Douglas is a Swansea City fan." Confirmation there from Zeta-Jones, who claims to have supported Swansea since before they were back in the Premier League, as though that makes her cool or something. Alright, Catherine. Chill out.  Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I don't watch movies, I watch sport," she says. And that is because she doesn't know how sport is going to end. Imagine then, if you will, a Liverpool vs Newcastle match directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The twist - and there is a twist - is that Stan Collymore was the mascot the whole time. And the mascot is the Queen. And the Queen scores the winning goal, liberating a fictional country which is supposed to be from somewhere near Afghanistan. 6:26PM All the stars are here Credit: PA It's not a long trek for Granit Xhaka to be here as the awards are being held in London.  Credit: PA And here's star Valencia right-back Eamonn Holmes, who has flown in to hang out with all his La Liga pals like... Sergio Ramos, who will probably be here at some point. Credit: EPA That's why he was in London. Maradona is on his best behaviour and looking very nice, but as yet hasn't dribbled past a single person on the red carpet. 6:21PM Welcome! HELLO EVERYONE! Welcome to this most exciting of events. It's like the Oscars... but with David Seaman! Credit: PA  Seaman won't be winning any awards tonight, especially since he doesn't have a moustache anymore, and instead must watch as the likes of Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar sit on some expensive chairs and feign being incredibly pleased that one of the other two has won the Best Best FIFA Best Best Football Player Man Award. There are other awards too. Who will win them? Let's find out together. 6:15PM What's all this then? It's the 2017 Best Fifa Football Awards, the second to be held, where - among other awards - world player of the year is crowned. The breakaway event was started after Fifa's Ballon d'Or partnership with France Football ended. The Ballon d'Or is still awarded by the publication each year, while Fifa hands out its own awards in tonight's event. When is it? It's on Monday October 23 - ie today. What time does the event start? It's a 7.30pm BST start at the London Palladium. What TV channel is it on? You can watch the event, hosted by Idris Elba, on Fifa's YouTube channel. Alternatively, you can follow the event as it happens right here, or catch the highlights on ITV at 10.45pm. Ronaldo with last year's award and Sir Alex Ferguson Credit: Getty Images Which awards are up for grabs, and who is shortlisted? The Best Fifa Men's Player Three players have been nominated for the award from an initial shortlist of 24. Last year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo, has scored 45 goals in 48 appearances this calendar year, including 34 goals for club and 11 for country. These incredible individual statistics are bolstered by Ronaldo winning the Champions League and La Liga in the 2016/17 campaign. Lionel Messi is another unsurprising feature within the best player award, with 49 goals and 11 assists in 50 appearances in 2017. The most expensive player in the world, Neymar is the outside bet to be crowned the greatest footballer on earth. The Best Fifa football coach award The best coach award is separated into male and female categories.  Juventus boss, Massimiliano Allegri, after winning the league and Coppa Italia last season. Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, who in his first season in English football won the Premier League, setting a new record along the way achieving 30 wins in a single season. Finally Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane makes the list after winning the Champions League and Los Blancos' first league title for five years. In the women's section, the the top three comprise of Denmark’s manager Nils Nielsen, who guided her side to the final against Holland in this year European Championships. Lyon coach Gerard Precheur is nominated after winning the Champions League, the French League Cup and the French Cup, while Sarina Wiegman also features after leading Holland to the 2017 European championships.  The Best FIFA goalkeeper award Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus is nominated, having gone 600 minutes without conceding in the Champions League, while Keylor Navas of Real Madrid won his second consecutive Champions League along with a La Liga title. Manuel Neuer makes up the three-man short list. The Puskas Award The Puskas award is for the best goal of the year. This year the three finalists include Deyna Castellanos of Venezuela women's side, Olivier Giroud for his goal for Arsenal, below, and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. The Best Fifa Fan award Borussia Dortmund make the final three after supporters came together to offer shelter to Monaco fans displaced by their Champions League match being rescheduled after a bomb attack on the Dortmund team bus.  Celtic are included through their final match of the league season which coincided with the 50th anniversary of winning the European Cup in 1967, which made them the first British club to lift the prestigious trophy. The Celtic fans honoured the team, known as the "Lisbon Lions", with a stunning full 360-degree card display around Celtic Park. FC Copenhagen were also nominated after winning the league in their final game against Brondby, when players handed the trophy to the fans, who then passed the trophy along to a wheelchair-bound supporter and lifted him in the air. Awards night preview: Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to retain his crown as FIFA men's player of the year in London on Monday night. The Real Madrid and Portugal superstar is up against Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Paris St Germain's Neymar for the award he won last year. The ceremony, which takes place at the London Palladium, is the second since the FIFA award split from France Football's Ballon d'Or prize. Ronaldo has scored 44 goals for club and country so far in 2017 and scored twice in the Champions League final in June, as Real won the competition for a record-extending 12th time. Messi has hit 50 goals for Barca and Argentina while Neymar, the world's most expensive player after he left Barcelona for PSG in the summer, has 25 goals to his name for Barca, PSG and Brazil. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is in the running for the top men's coach award along with Ronaldo's boss at Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, and Juventus chief Massimiliano Allegri. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud's 'scorpion kick' volley against Crystal Palace in January has been nominated for the Puskas Award for best goal. The 31-year-old's effort has been shortlisted along with goals from Venezuela's Deyna Castellanos and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. Castellanos is also nominated for the women's player of the year award alongside last year's winner Carli Lloyd of the United States and Holland's Lieke Martens. The winners are decided by a jury of club and international coaches, media representatives and fans. PA  

Best Fifa Football Awards 2017 live updates: Will Messi, Ronaldo or Neymar win?

7:45PM Puskas Award for best goal After showing this video: They interview Harry Kane. The crowd boos (because a large portion of them seem to be Arsenal fans). Maybe not actually, now Frank Lampard is in the spotlight and he gets a round of applause. Lampard says his favourite goal is Giroud's, Kane says it's the South African goalkeeper's. He has to say that though. The repercussions for supporting something Arsenal are just too high. Schmeichel agrees with Mr Lampard. 7:40PM Elba is doing selfies Credit: AFP Tonight's host is wandering around the front row getting selfies with Neymar, Messi and Ronaldo, doing some jokes. Then he goes to Olivier Giroud. It's good to see that even in awards ceremonies, Giroud still has to come off the bench to be involved.  7:38PM Idris Elba going for the jokes Solid opening. The setup references that this is an international broadcast, so if you're from South America, 'como estas'. If you're from China, 'ni hao' (sp) and if you're from Hackney, "alright bruv".   7:36PM But first, it's Stomp! I'm doing this face. Some people are bashing bins around on the stage as they show highlights of... some football. You can't see what football because there are people bashing bins around on stage. Now they're bouncing footballs. Diego Maradona looks fairly unimpressed.  But they've timed one of the bits to coincide with the ball hitting the back of the net and a scream of "GOAL!" which is quite nice. And now they're replicating acrobatic soccer skills and celebrations. The crowd goes mildly wild and politely applauds. Cue Martin Tyler: "I swear you'll never see anything like this ever again!" 7:32PM Idris Elba is here Star of The Wire, the US Office and those Sky Movies adverts, here comes Idris Elba wearing a really nice tuxedo. James Bond wears a tuxedo. It's an audition! 7:29PM Ronaldo seems confident Credit: AFP I think they've lined up this so it's Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo, which isn't the order I'd have them in. Surely Ronaldo plays through the middle of a front three? 7:27PM Confirmation: Ronaldo and Messi are football friends Credit: AP   7:26PM Here's the guy who really wants you to know he's here Credit: AFP Yaaaaaay it's... that guy. Gianni Infantino, the newest president of FIFA, is shaking hands and being friendly to people.   7:23PM Ronaldo is here!  Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez Credit: GETTY IMAGES Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez are here and have done the walk along the... green carpet. I've just thought of a way they can decide who actually wins the top prize between this guy, Messi and Neymar. Stay with me... Penalty shootout. And like in Game of Thrones, they can all choose a person to stand in for them as goalkeeper. Seaman is there, Schmeichel and Buffon too. And that's it.  7:22PM Claudio Ranieri Credit: FIFA  Doing a fine job at Nantes just now, grabbing those 1-0 wins to help them climb the table. Everyone likes Ranieri. 7:19PM Antonio Conte says "I think that it's very important to stay here and fight for this award. It is amazing with Real Madrid, they won the Champions League and the league but it is amazing for me to stay here and to fight for this award." God I hope he means that literally. Can you imagine? Conte windmilling his way through the main hall, battering Peter Schmeichel and Luka Modric in a whirlwind of fury. 7:17PM Dream strike partnernship Credit: AP These two would destroy worlds.  7:15PM I just want someone to love me as much as Marcelo loves this woman Credit: GETTY IMAGES Can you feel it? Light beams of warmth coming out of his eyes. 7:11PM Dani Alves has come dressed as a futuristic pirate Credit: REUTERS "STOP RIGHT THERE! SPACE POLICE! Agent Daniel Alves and you've got a loooooooot of talking to do, punk." 7:09PM Harry Kane and Katie Goodland There he is! Harry gives a little bit to the presenters about how nice it is to be invited. He's so nice. "It makes me feel very proud. For me it’s about improving every year. Messi, Ronaldo set the standard for all of us so just to get up there and be involved is fantastic. The stadium, the atmosphere (at Real Madrid) was amazing. To get a result… I'm very proud." 7:06PM What would you rather win? This is a great question. Kay Murray (I think) essentially asks Gigi Buffon whether he is happy having won the World Cup and not the Champions League. Which would you rather win? If you were a player. Not as a fan. It's difficult isn't it? On the one hand, Scotland winning the World Cup would be amazing BUT I'm leaning towards Aberdeen being crowned European champions. 6:59PM Photos of Messi at the Best FIFA Awards Leo Messi and wife Antonella Credit: AP Credit: PA   6:58PM All the stars are here! Credit: OA  That's Marcelo, here's David Trezeguet: Credit: FIFA And here's Philip Schofield: Credit: PA If you aren't from the UK, you might not know who this man is so let's try and explain. Philip Schofield, or Scholey F as he likes to be known, is a giant of British television. He's perhaps the nicest man alive to also be a TV presenter and used to best friends with a gopher, the whereabouts of which are unknown. What happened to that gopher, you ask? Nobody is sure. All we know for certain is that until its lifeless body is discovered washed up on that little beach next to the South Bank on the Thames, we must assume it is alive.  6:52PM No questions for Messi The FIFA TV presenters have been told they are not allowed to ask Leo Messi any questions - not even in Spanish. What kind of world is this? We're all just waiting to hear what the great man will say about tonight's event and have been denied. We'll never know how he's looking forward to it, and may the best man win, and that London is very nice and that he's glad he's scored today but more pleased that the team got three points, and they just have to go again in the next game. In Spanish. But no! 6:47PM Leo Messi is here *high pitch scream* ARRRRHRHGGHHGHGHGHGHGHGH. And I can confirm he is wearing a normal suit. Nothing shiny and no LED lights. Disappointing. 6:47PM Frank Lampard is here "(Real Madrid) are going down as one of the best club teams in history. " I agree Frank. They're really good. "(Conte's) in the running (for best manager). He's done an unbelievable job at Chelsea" 6:45PM Messi looks terrified in his press photo shoot Credit: FIFA There are a few promo shoots featuring the key players. Messi is trying to look cool but is also wearing a hoody and sadly, that is almost impossible to do.  Credit: FIFA   6:39PM PHILIP SCHOFIELD IS HERE Oh now this is kicking off. "Oldham fan. My Granddad used to play pies at the ground as a lad. I was a constant disappointment for him because we (his brother) were rubbish. I just lacked the sporting mind, I think. I kick a ball around the garden with my nephews. I was asked all the way down Ronaldo or Messi... it's a tricky one. "Messi." There you have it. Philip Schofield believes Messi will win. Why do they need this event now? It's done, people! 6:37PM Patrick Kluivert is tonight's magician Credit: FIFA It's either that, or Kluivert's album cover has been leaked onto the picture database I'm currently enjoying. I think this one would be called "Still Crazy" or "These Nights".   Like that. Available on iTunes, but don't bother. You can stream it for free and it's not all that. 6:32PM Down with this sort of thing Credit: PA M8, mate, maaaaaaaaate what a fantastic shirt. Oooooooh that'll really stick it to them. Look what it says "for crying out loud" and oh my word, it's hand drawn! This is rock and roll. There is NOTHING more rock n roll than attending the overly elaborate celebration of individuals in a team sport governed by a disgraced international body than wearing a shirt with WRITING ON IT. Well done Kasabian, you truly represent all that is cool about football. 6:30PM MICHAEL DOUGLAS SUPPORTS SWANSEA Catherine Zeta-Jones says:  "My husband... Michael Douglas is a Swansea City fan." Confirmation there from Zeta-Jones, who claims to have supported Swansea since before they were back in the Premier League, as though that makes her cool or something. Alright, Catherine. Chill out.  Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I don't watch movies, I watch sport," she says. And that is because she doesn't know how sport is going to end. Imagine then, if you will, a Liverpool vs Newcastle match directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The twist - and there is a twist - is that Stan Collymore was the mascot the whole time. And the mascot is the Queen. And the Queen scores the winning goal, liberating a fictional country which is supposed to be from somewhere near Afghanistan. 6:26PM All the stars are here Credit: PA It's not a long trek for Granit Xhaka to be here as the awards are being held in London.  Credit: PA And here's star Valencia right-back Eamonn Holmes, who has flown in to hang out with all his La Liga pals like... Sergio Ramos, who will probably be here at some point. Credit: EPA That's why he was in London. Maradona is on his best behaviour and looking very nice, but as yet hasn't dribbled past a single person on the red carpet. 6:21PM Welcome! HELLO EVERYONE! Welcome to this most exciting of events. It's like the Oscars... but with David Seaman! Credit: PA  Seaman won't be winning any awards tonight, especially since he doesn't have a moustache anymore, and instead must watch as the likes of Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar sit on some expensive chairs and feign being incredibly pleased that one of the other two has won the Best Best FIFA Best Best Football Player Man Award. There are other awards too. Who will win them? Let's find out together. 6:15PM What's all this then? It's the 2017 Best Fifa Football Awards, the second to be held, where - among other awards - world player of the year is crowned. The breakaway event was started after Fifa's Ballon d'Or partnership with France Football ended. The Ballon d'Or is still awarded by the publication each year, while Fifa hands out its own awards in tonight's event. When is it? It's on Monday October 23 - ie today. What time does the event start? It's a 7.30pm BST start at the London Palladium. What TV channel is it on? You can watch the event, hosted by Idris Elba, on Fifa's YouTube channel. Alternatively, you can follow the event as it happens right here, or catch the highlights on ITV at 10.45pm. Ronaldo with last year's award and Sir Alex Ferguson Credit: Getty Images Which awards are up for grabs, and who is shortlisted? The Best Fifa Men's Player Three players have been nominated for the award from an initial shortlist of 24. Last year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo, has scored 45 goals in 48 appearances this calendar year, including 34 goals for club and 11 for country. These incredible individual statistics are bolstered by Ronaldo winning the Champions League and La Liga in the 2016/17 campaign. Lionel Messi is another unsurprising feature within the best player award, with 49 goals and 11 assists in 50 appearances in 2017. The most expensive player in the world, Neymar is the outside bet to be crowned the greatest footballer on earth. The Best Fifa football coach award The best coach award is separated into male and female categories.  Juventus boss, Massimiliano Allegri, after winning the league and Coppa Italia last season. Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, who in his first season in English football won the Premier League, setting a new record along the way achieving 30 wins in a single season. Finally Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane makes the list after winning the Champions League and Los Blancos' first league title for five years. In the women's section, the the top three comprise of Denmark’s manager Nils Nielsen, who guided her side to the final against Holland in this year European Championships. Lyon coach Gerard Precheur is nominated after winning the Champions League, the French League Cup and the French Cup, while Sarina Wiegman also features after leading Holland to the 2017 European championships.  The Best FIFA goalkeeper award Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus is nominated, having gone 600 minutes without conceding in the Champions League, while Keylor Navas of Real Madrid won his second consecutive Champions League along with a La Liga title. Manuel Neuer makes up the three-man short list. The Puskas Award The Puskas award is for the best goal of the year. This year the three finalists include Deyna Castellanos of Venezuela women's side, Olivier Giroud for his goal for Arsenal, below, and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. The Best Fifa Fan award Borussia Dortmund make the final three after supporters came together to offer shelter to Monaco fans displaced by their Champions League match being rescheduled after a bomb attack on the Dortmund team bus.  Celtic are included through their final match of the league season which coincided with the 50th anniversary of winning the European Cup in 1967, which made them the first British club to lift the prestigious trophy. The Celtic fans honoured the team, known as the "Lisbon Lions", with a stunning full 360-degree card display around Celtic Park. FC Copenhagen were also nominated after winning the league in their final game against Brondby, when players handed the trophy to the fans, who then passed the trophy along to a wheelchair-bound supporter and lifted him in the air. Awards night preview: Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to retain his crown as FIFA men's player of the year in London on Monday night. The Real Madrid and Portugal superstar is up against Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Paris St Germain's Neymar for the award he won last year. The ceremony, which takes place at the London Palladium, is the second since the FIFA award split from France Football's Ballon d'Or prize. Ronaldo has scored 44 goals for club and country so far in 2017 and scored twice in the Champions League final in June, as Real won the competition for a record-extending 12th time. Messi has hit 50 goals for Barca and Argentina while Neymar, the world's most expensive player after he left Barcelona for PSG in the summer, has 25 goals to his name for Barca, PSG and Brazil. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is in the running for the top men's coach award along with Ronaldo's boss at Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, and Juventus chief Massimiliano Allegri. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud's 'scorpion kick' volley against Crystal Palace in January has been nominated for the Puskas Award for best goal. The 31-year-old's effort has been shortlisted along with goals from Venezuela's Deyna Castellanos and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. Castellanos is also nominated for the women's player of the year award alongside last year's winner Carli Lloyd of the United States and Holland's Lieke Martens. The winners are decided by a jury of club and international coaches, media representatives and fans. PA  

Best Fifa Football Awards 2017 live updates: Will Messi, Ronaldo or Neymar win?

7:45PM Puskas Award for best goal After showing this video: They interview Harry Kane. The crowd boos (because a large portion of them seem to be Arsenal fans). Maybe not actually, now Frank Lampard is in the spotlight and he gets a round of applause. Lampard says his favourite goal is Giroud's, Kane says it's the South African goalkeeper's. He has to say that though. The repercussions for supporting something Arsenal are just too high. Schmeichel agrees with Mr Lampard. 7:40PM Elba is doing selfies Credit: AFP Tonight's host is wandering around the front row getting selfies with Neymar, Messi and Ronaldo, doing some jokes. Then he goes to Olivier Giroud. It's good to see that even in awards ceremonies, Giroud still has to come off the bench to be involved.  7:38PM Idris Elba going for the jokes Solid opening. The setup references that this is an international broadcast, so if you're from South America, 'como estas'. If you're from China, 'ni hao' (sp) and if you're from Hackney, "alright bruv".   7:36PM But first, it's Stomp! I'm doing this face. Some people are bashing bins around on the stage as they show highlights of... some football. You can't see what football because there are people bashing bins around on stage. Now they're bouncing footballs. Diego Maradona looks fairly unimpressed.  But they've timed one of the bits to coincide with the ball hitting the back of the net and a scream of "GOAL!" which is quite nice. And now they're replicating acrobatic soccer skills and celebrations. The crowd goes mildly wild and politely applauds. Cue Martin Tyler: "I swear you'll never see anything like this ever again!" 7:32PM Idris Elba is here Star of The Wire, the US Office and those Sky Movies adverts, here comes Idris Elba wearing a really nice tuxedo. James Bond wears a tuxedo. It's an audition! 7:29PM Ronaldo seems confident Credit: AFP I think they've lined up this so it's Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo, which isn't the order I'd have them in. Surely Ronaldo plays through the middle of a front three? 7:27PM Confirmation: Ronaldo and Messi are football friends Credit: AP   7:26PM Here's the guy who really wants you to know he's here Credit: AFP Yaaaaaay it's... that guy. Gianni Infantino, the newest president of FIFA, is shaking hands and being friendly to people.   7:23PM Ronaldo is here!  Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez Credit: GETTY IMAGES Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez are here and have done the walk along the... green carpet. I've just thought of a way they can decide who actually wins the top prize between this guy, Messi and Neymar. Stay with me... Penalty shootout. And like in Game of Thrones, they can all choose a person to stand in for them as goalkeeper. Seaman is there, Schmeichel and Buffon too. And that's it.  7:22PM Claudio Ranieri Credit: FIFA  Doing a fine job at Nantes just now, grabbing those 1-0 wins to help them climb the table. Everyone likes Ranieri. 7:19PM Antonio Conte says "I think that it's very important to stay here and fight for this award. It is amazing with Real Madrid, they won the Champions League and the league but it is amazing for me to stay here and to fight for this award." God I hope he means that literally. Can you imagine? Conte windmilling his way through the main hall, battering Peter Schmeichel and Luka Modric in a whirlwind of fury. 7:17PM Dream strike partnernship Credit: AP These two would destroy worlds.  7:15PM I just want someone to love me as much as Marcelo loves this woman Credit: GETTY IMAGES Can you feel it? Light beams of warmth coming out of his eyes. 7:11PM Dani Alves has come dressed as a futuristic pirate Credit: REUTERS "STOP RIGHT THERE! SPACE POLICE! Agent Daniel Alves and you've got a loooooooot of talking to do, punk." 7:09PM Harry Kane and Katie Goodland There he is! Harry gives a little bit to the presenters about how nice it is to be invited. He's so nice. "It makes me feel very proud. For me it’s about improving every year. Messi, Ronaldo set the standard for all of us so just to get up there and be involved is fantastic. The stadium, the atmosphere (at Real Madrid) was amazing. To get a result… I'm very proud." 7:06PM What would you rather win? This is a great question. Kay Murray (I think) essentially asks Gigi Buffon whether he is happy having won the World Cup and not the Champions League. Which would you rather win? If you were a player. Not as a fan. It's difficult isn't it? On the one hand, Scotland winning the World Cup would be amazing BUT I'm leaning towards Aberdeen being crowned European champions. 6:59PM Photos of Messi at the Best FIFA Awards Leo Messi and wife Antonella Credit: AP Credit: PA   6:58PM All the stars are here! Credit: OA  That's Marcelo, here's David Trezeguet: Credit: FIFA And here's Philip Schofield: Credit: PA If you aren't from the UK, you might not know who this man is so let's try and explain. Philip Schofield, or Scholey F as he likes to be known, is a giant of British television. He's perhaps the nicest man alive to also be a TV presenter and used to best friends with a gopher, the whereabouts of which are unknown. What happened to that gopher, you ask? Nobody is sure. All we know for certain is that until its lifeless body is discovered washed up on that little beach next to the South Bank on the Thames, we must assume it is alive.  6:52PM No questions for Messi The FIFA TV presenters have been told they are not allowed to ask Leo Messi any questions - not even in Spanish. What kind of world is this? We're all just waiting to hear what the great man will say about tonight's event and have been denied. We'll never know how he's looking forward to it, and may the best man win, and that London is very nice and that he's glad he's scored today but more pleased that the team got three points, and they just have to go again in the next game. In Spanish. But no! 6:47PM Leo Messi is here *high pitch scream* ARRRRHRHGGHHGHGHGHGHGHGH. And I can confirm he is wearing a normal suit. Nothing shiny and no LED lights. Disappointing. 6:47PM Frank Lampard is here "(Real Madrid) are going down as one of the best club teams in history. " I agree Frank. They're really good. "(Conte's) in the running (for best manager). He's done an unbelievable job at Chelsea" 6:45PM Messi looks terrified in his press photo shoot Credit: FIFA There are a few promo shoots featuring the key players. Messi is trying to look cool but is also wearing a hoody and sadly, that is almost impossible to do.  Credit: FIFA   6:39PM PHILIP SCHOFIELD IS HERE Oh now this is kicking off. "Oldham fan. My Granddad used to play pies at the ground as a lad. I was a constant disappointment for him because we (his brother) were rubbish. I just lacked the sporting mind, I think. I kick a ball around the garden with my nephews. I was asked all the way down Ronaldo or Messi... it's a tricky one. "Messi." There you have it. Philip Schofield believes Messi will win. Why do they need this event now? It's done, people! 6:37PM Patrick Kluivert is tonight's magician Credit: FIFA It's either that, or Kluivert's album cover has been leaked onto the picture database I'm currently enjoying. I think this one would be called "Still Crazy" or "These Nights".   Like that. Available on iTunes, but don't bother. You can stream it for free and it's not all that. 6:32PM Down with this sort of thing Credit: PA M8, mate, maaaaaaaaate what a fantastic shirt. Oooooooh that'll really stick it to them. Look what it says "for crying out loud" and oh my word, it's hand drawn! This is rock and roll. There is NOTHING more rock n roll than attending the overly elaborate celebration of individuals in a team sport governed by a disgraced international body than wearing a shirt with WRITING ON IT. Well done Kasabian, you truly represent all that is cool about football. 6:30PM MICHAEL DOUGLAS SUPPORTS SWANSEA Catherine Zeta-Jones says:  "My husband... Michael Douglas is a Swansea City fan." Confirmation there from Zeta-Jones, who claims to have supported Swansea since before they were back in the Premier League, as though that makes her cool or something. Alright, Catherine. Chill out.  Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I don't watch movies, I watch sport," she says. And that is because she doesn't know how sport is going to end. Imagine then, if you will, a Liverpool vs Newcastle match directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The twist - and there is a twist - is that Stan Collymore was the mascot the whole time. And the mascot is the Queen. And the Queen scores the winning goal, liberating a fictional country which is supposed to be from somewhere near Afghanistan. 6:26PM All the stars are here Credit: PA It's not a long trek for Granit Xhaka to be here as the awards are being held in London.  Credit: PA And here's star Valencia right-back Eamonn Holmes, who has flown in to hang out with all his La Liga pals like... Sergio Ramos, who will probably be here at some point. Credit: EPA That's why he was in London. Maradona is on his best behaviour and looking very nice, but as yet hasn't dribbled past a single person on the red carpet. 6:21PM Welcome! HELLO EVERYONE! Welcome to this most exciting of events. It's like the Oscars... but with David Seaman! Credit: PA  Seaman won't be winning any awards tonight, especially since he doesn't have a moustache anymore, and instead must watch as the likes of Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar sit on some expensive chairs and feign being incredibly pleased that one of the other two has won the Best Best FIFA Best Best Football Player Man Award. There are other awards too. Who will win them? Let's find out together. 6:15PM What's all this then? It's the 2017 Best Fifa Football Awards, the second to be held, where - among other awards - world player of the year is crowned. The breakaway event was started after Fifa's Ballon d'Or partnership with France Football ended. The Ballon d'Or is still awarded by the publication each year, while Fifa hands out its own awards in tonight's event. When is it? It's on Monday October 23 - ie today. What time does the event start? It's a 7.30pm BST start at the London Palladium. What TV channel is it on? You can watch the event, hosted by Idris Elba, on Fifa's YouTube channel. Alternatively, you can follow the event as it happens right here, or catch the highlights on ITV at 10.45pm. Ronaldo with last year's award and Sir Alex Ferguson Credit: Getty Images Which awards are up for grabs, and who is shortlisted? The Best Fifa Men's Player Three players have been nominated for the award from an initial shortlist of 24. Last year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo, has scored 45 goals in 48 appearances this calendar year, including 34 goals for club and 11 for country. These incredible individual statistics are bolstered by Ronaldo winning the Champions League and La Liga in the 2016/17 campaign. Lionel Messi is another unsurprising feature within the best player award, with 49 goals and 11 assists in 50 appearances in 2017. The most expensive player in the world, Neymar is the outside bet to be crowned the greatest footballer on earth. The Best Fifa football coach award The best coach award is separated into male and female categories.  Juventus boss, Massimiliano Allegri, after winning the league and Coppa Italia last season. Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, who in his first season in English football won the Premier League, setting a new record along the way achieving 30 wins in a single season. Finally Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane makes the list after winning the Champions League and Los Blancos' first league title for five years. In the women's section, the the top three comprise of Denmark’s manager Nils Nielsen, who guided her side to the final against Holland in this year European Championships. Lyon coach Gerard Precheur is nominated after winning the Champions League, the French League Cup and the French Cup, while Sarina Wiegman also features after leading Holland to the 2017 European championships.  The Best FIFA goalkeeper award Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus is nominated, having gone 600 minutes without conceding in the Champions League, while Keylor Navas of Real Madrid won his second consecutive Champions League along with a La Liga title. Manuel Neuer makes up the three-man short list. The Puskas Award The Puskas award is for the best goal of the year. This year the three finalists include Deyna Castellanos of Venezuela women's side, Olivier Giroud for his goal for Arsenal, below, and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. The Best Fifa Fan award Borussia Dortmund make the final three after supporters came together to offer shelter to Monaco fans displaced by their Champions League match being rescheduled after a bomb attack on the Dortmund team bus.  Celtic are included through their final match of the league season which coincided with the 50th anniversary of winning the European Cup in 1967, which made them the first British club to lift the prestigious trophy. The Celtic fans honoured the team, known as the "Lisbon Lions", with a stunning full 360-degree card display around Celtic Park. FC Copenhagen were also nominated after winning the league in their final game against Brondby, when players handed the trophy to the fans, who then passed the trophy along to a wheelchair-bound supporter and lifted him in the air. Awards night preview: Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to retain his crown as FIFA men's player of the year in London on Monday night. The Real Madrid and Portugal superstar is up against Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Paris St Germain's Neymar for the award he won last year. The ceremony, which takes place at the London Palladium, is the second since the FIFA award split from France Football's Ballon d'Or prize. Ronaldo has scored 44 goals for club and country so far in 2017 and scored twice in the Champions League final in June, as Real won the competition for a record-extending 12th time. Messi has hit 50 goals for Barca and Argentina while Neymar, the world's most expensive player after he left Barcelona for PSG in the summer, has 25 goals to his name for Barca, PSG and Brazil. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is in the running for the top men's coach award along with Ronaldo's boss at Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, and Juventus chief Massimiliano Allegri. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud's 'scorpion kick' volley against Crystal Palace in January has been nominated for the Puskas Award for best goal. The 31-year-old's effort has been shortlisted along with goals from Venezuela's Deyna Castellanos and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. Castellanos is also nominated for the women's player of the year award alongside last year's winner Carli Lloyd of the United States and Holland's Lieke Martens. The winners are decided by a jury of club and international coaches, media representatives and fans. PA  

Best Fifa Football Awards 2017 live updates: Will Messi, Ronaldo or Neymar win?

7:45PM Puskas Award for best goal After showing this video: They interview Harry Kane. The crowd boos (because a large portion of them seem to be Arsenal fans). Maybe not actually, now Frank Lampard is in the spotlight and he gets a round of applause. Lampard says his favourite goal is Giroud's, Kane says it's the South African goalkeeper's. He has to say that though. The repercussions for supporting something Arsenal are just too high. Schmeichel agrees with Mr Lampard. 7:40PM Elba is doing selfies Credit: AFP Tonight's host is wandering around the front row getting selfies with Neymar, Messi and Ronaldo, doing some jokes. Then he goes to Olivier Giroud. It's good to see that even in awards ceremonies, Giroud still has to come off the bench to be involved.  7:38PM Idris Elba going for the jokes Solid opening. The setup references that this is an international broadcast, so if you're from South America, 'como estas'. If you're from China, 'ni hao' (sp) and if you're from Hackney, "alright bruv".   7:36PM But first, it's Stomp! I'm doing this face. Some people are bashing bins around on the stage as they show highlights of... some football. You can't see what football because there are people bashing bins around on stage. Now they're bouncing footballs. Diego Maradona looks fairly unimpressed.  But they've timed one of the bits to coincide with the ball hitting the back of the net and a scream of "GOAL!" which is quite nice. And now they're replicating acrobatic soccer skills and celebrations. The crowd goes mildly wild and politely applauds. Cue Martin Tyler: "I swear you'll never see anything like this ever again!" 7:32PM Idris Elba is here Star of The Wire, the US Office and those Sky Movies adverts, here comes Idris Elba wearing a really nice tuxedo. James Bond wears a tuxedo. It's an audition! 7:29PM Ronaldo seems confident Credit: AFP I think they've lined up this so it's Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo, which isn't the order I'd have them in. Surely Ronaldo plays through the middle of a front three? 7:27PM Confirmation: Ronaldo and Messi are football friends Credit: AP   7:26PM Here's the guy who really wants you to know he's here Credit: AFP Yaaaaaay it's... that guy. Gianni Infantino, the newest president of FIFA, is shaking hands and being friendly to people.   7:23PM Ronaldo is here!  Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez Credit: GETTY IMAGES Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez are here and have done the walk along the... green carpet. I've just thought of a way they can decide who actually wins the top prize between this guy, Messi and Neymar. Stay with me... Penalty shootout. And like in Game of Thrones, they can all choose a person to stand in for them as goalkeeper. Seaman is there, Schmeichel and Buffon too. And that's it.  7:22PM Claudio Ranieri Credit: FIFA  Doing a fine job at Nantes just now, grabbing those 1-0 wins to help them climb the table. Everyone likes Ranieri. 7:19PM Antonio Conte says "I think that it's very important to stay here and fight for this award. It is amazing with Real Madrid, they won the Champions League and the league but it is amazing for me to stay here and to fight for this award." God I hope he means that literally. Can you imagine? Conte windmilling his way through the main hall, battering Peter Schmeichel and Luka Modric in a whirlwind of fury. 7:17PM Dream strike partnernship Credit: AP These two would destroy worlds.  7:15PM I just want someone to love me as much as Marcelo loves this woman Credit: GETTY IMAGES Can you feel it? Light beams of warmth coming out of his eyes. 7:11PM Dani Alves has come dressed as a futuristic pirate Credit: REUTERS "STOP RIGHT THERE! SPACE POLICE! Agent Daniel Alves and you've got a loooooooot of talking to do, punk." 7:09PM Harry Kane and Katie Goodland There he is! Harry gives a little bit to the presenters about how nice it is to be invited. He's so nice. "It makes me feel very proud. For me it’s about improving every year. Messi, Ronaldo set the standard for all of us so just to get up there and be involved is fantastic. The stadium, the atmosphere (at Real Madrid) was amazing. To get a result… I'm very proud." 7:06PM What would you rather win? This is a great question. Kay Murray (I think) essentially asks Gigi Buffon whether he is happy having won the World Cup and not the Champions League. Which would you rather win? If you were a player. Not as a fan. It's difficult isn't it? On the one hand, Scotland winning the World Cup would be amazing BUT I'm leaning towards Aberdeen being crowned European champions. 6:59PM Photos of Messi at the Best FIFA Awards Leo Messi and wife Antonella Credit: AP Credit: PA   6:58PM All the stars are here! Credit: OA  That's Marcelo, here's David Trezeguet: Credit: FIFA And here's Philip Schofield: Credit: PA If you aren't from the UK, you might not know who this man is so let's try and explain. Philip Schofield, or Scholey F as he likes to be known, is a giant of British television. He's perhaps the nicest man alive to also be a TV presenter and used to best friends with a gopher, the whereabouts of which are unknown. What happened to that gopher, you ask? Nobody is sure. All we know for certain is that until its lifeless body is discovered washed up on that little beach next to the South Bank on the Thames, we must assume it is alive.  6:52PM No questions for Messi The FIFA TV presenters have been told they are not allowed to ask Leo Messi any questions - not even in Spanish. What kind of world is this? We're all just waiting to hear what the great man will say about tonight's event and have been denied. We'll never know how he's looking forward to it, and may the best man win, and that London is very nice and that he's glad he's scored today but more pleased that the team got three points, and they just have to go again in the next game. In Spanish. But no! 6:47PM Leo Messi is here *high pitch scream* ARRRRHRHGGHHGHGHGHGHGHGH. And I can confirm he is wearing a normal suit. Nothing shiny and no LED lights. Disappointing. 6:47PM Frank Lampard is here "(Real Madrid) are going down as one of the best club teams in history. " I agree Frank. They're really good. "(Conte's) in the running (for best manager). He's done an unbelievable job at Chelsea" 6:45PM Messi looks terrified in his press photo shoot Credit: FIFA There are a few promo shoots featuring the key players. Messi is trying to look cool but is also wearing a hoody and sadly, that is almost impossible to do.  Credit: FIFA   6:39PM PHILIP SCHOFIELD IS HERE Oh now this is kicking off. "Oldham fan. My Granddad used to play pies at the ground as a lad. I was a constant disappointment for him because we (his brother) were rubbish. I just lacked the sporting mind, I think. I kick a ball around the garden with my nephews. I was asked all the way down Ronaldo or Messi... it's a tricky one. "Messi." There you have it. Philip Schofield believes Messi will win. Why do they need this event now? It's done, people! 6:37PM Patrick Kluivert is tonight's magician Credit: FIFA It's either that, or Kluivert's album cover has been leaked onto the picture database I'm currently enjoying. I think this one would be called "Still Crazy" or "These Nights".   Like that. Available on iTunes, but don't bother. You can stream it for free and it's not all that. 6:32PM Down with this sort of thing Credit: PA M8, mate, maaaaaaaaate what a fantastic shirt. Oooooooh that'll really stick it to them. Look what it says "for crying out loud" and oh my word, it's hand drawn! This is rock and roll. There is NOTHING more rock n roll than attending the overly elaborate celebration of individuals in a team sport governed by a disgraced international body than wearing a shirt with WRITING ON IT. Well done Kasabian, you truly represent all that is cool about football. 6:30PM MICHAEL DOUGLAS SUPPORTS SWANSEA Catherine Zeta-Jones says:  "My husband... Michael Douglas is a Swansea City fan." Confirmation there from Zeta-Jones, who claims to have supported Swansea since before they were back in the Premier League, as though that makes her cool or something. Alright, Catherine. Chill out.  Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I don't watch movies, I watch sport," she says. And that is because she doesn't know how sport is going to end. Imagine then, if you will, a Liverpool vs Newcastle match directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The twist - and there is a twist - is that Stan Collymore was the mascot the whole time. And the mascot is the Queen. And the Queen scores the winning goal, liberating a fictional country which is supposed to be from somewhere near Afghanistan. 6:26PM All the stars are here Credit: PA It's not a long trek for Granit Xhaka to be here as the awards are being held in London.  Credit: PA And here's star Valencia right-back Eamonn Holmes, who has flown in to hang out with all his La Liga pals like... Sergio Ramos, who will probably be here at some point. Credit: EPA That's why he was in London. Maradona is on his best behaviour and looking very nice, but as yet hasn't dribbled past a single person on the red carpet. 6:21PM Welcome! HELLO EVERYONE! Welcome to this most exciting of events. It's like the Oscars... but with David Seaman! Credit: PA  Seaman won't be winning any awards tonight, especially since he doesn't have a moustache anymore, and instead must watch as the likes of Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar sit on some expensive chairs and feign being incredibly pleased that one of the other two has won the Best Best FIFA Best Best Football Player Man Award. There are other awards too. Who will win them? Let's find out together. 6:15PM What's all this then? It's the 2017 Best Fifa Football Awards, the second to be held, where - among other awards - world player of the year is crowned. The breakaway event was started after Fifa's Ballon d'Or partnership with France Football ended. The Ballon d'Or is still awarded by the publication each year, while Fifa hands out its own awards in tonight's event. When is it? It's on Monday October 23 - ie today. What time does the event start? It's a 7.30pm BST start at the London Palladium. What TV channel is it on? You can watch the event, hosted by Idris Elba, on Fifa's YouTube channel. Alternatively, you can follow the event as it happens right here, or catch the highlights on ITV at 10.45pm. Ronaldo with last year's award and Sir Alex Ferguson Credit: Getty Images Which awards are up for grabs, and who is shortlisted? The Best Fifa Men's Player Three players have been nominated for the award from an initial shortlist of 24. Last year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo, has scored 45 goals in 48 appearances this calendar year, including 34 goals for club and 11 for country. These incredible individual statistics are bolstered by Ronaldo winning the Champions League and La Liga in the 2016/17 campaign. Lionel Messi is another unsurprising feature within the best player award, with 49 goals and 11 assists in 50 appearances in 2017. The most expensive player in the world, Neymar is the outside bet to be crowned the greatest footballer on earth. The Best Fifa football coach award The best coach award is separated into male and female categories.  Juventus boss, Massimiliano Allegri, after winning the league and Coppa Italia last season. Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, who in his first season in English football won the Premier League, setting a new record along the way achieving 30 wins in a single season. Finally Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane makes the list after winning the Champions League and Los Blancos' first league title for five years. In the women's section, the the top three comprise of Denmark’s manager Nils Nielsen, who guided her side to the final against Holland in this year European Championships. Lyon coach Gerard Precheur is nominated after winning the Champions League, the French League Cup and the French Cup, while Sarina Wiegman also features after leading Holland to the 2017 European championships.  The Best FIFA goalkeeper award Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus is nominated, having gone 600 minutes without conceding in the Champions League, while Keylor Navas of Real Madrid won his second consecutive Champions League along with a La Liga title. Manuel Neuer makes up the three-man short list. The Puskas Award The Puskas award is for the best goal of the year. This year the three finalists include Deyna Castellanos of Venezuela women's side, Olivier Giroud for his goal for Arsenal, below, and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. The Best Fifa Fan award Borussia Dortmund make the final three after supporters came together to offer shelter to Monaco fans displaced by their Champions League match being rescheduled after a bomb attack on the Dortmund team bus.  Celtic are included through their final match of the league season which coincided with the 50th anniversary of winning the European Cup in 1967, which made them the first British club to lift the prestigious trophy. The Celtic fans honoured the team, known as the "Lisbon Lions", with a stunning full 360-degree card display around Celtic Park. FC Copenhagen were also nominated after winning the league in their final game against Brondby, when players handed the trophy to the fans, who then passed the trophy along to a wheelchair-bound supporter and lifted him in the air. Awards night preview: Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to retain his crown as FIFA men's player of the year in London on Monday night. The Real Madrid and Portugal superstar is up against Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Paris St Germain's Neymar for the award he won last year. The ceremony, which takes place at the London Palladium, is the second since the FIFA award split from France Football's Ballon d'Or prize. Ronaldo has scored 44 goals for club and country so far in 2017 and scored twice in the Champions League final in June, as Real won the competition for a record-extending 12th time. Messi has hit 50 goals for Barca and Argentina while Neymar, the world's most expensive player after he left Barcelona for PSG in the summer, has 25 goals to his name for Barca, PSG and Brazil. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is in the running for the top men's coach award along with Ronaldo's boss at Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, and Juventus chief Massimiliano Allegri. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud's 'scorpion kick' volley against Crystal Palace in January has been nominated for the Puskas Award for best goal. The 31-year-old's effort has been shortlisted along with goals from Venezuela's Deyna Castellanos and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. Castellanos is also nominated for the women's player of the year award alongside last year's winner Carli Lloyd of the United States and Holland's Lieke Martens. The winners are decided by a jury of club and international coaches, media representatives and fans. PA  

Best Fifa Football Awards 2017 live updates: Will Messi, Ronaldo or Neymar win?

7:45PM Puskas Award for best goal After showing this video: They interview Harry Kane. The crowd boos (because a large portion of them seem to be Arsenal fans). Maybe not actually, now Frank Lampard is in the spotlight and he gets a round of applause. Lampard says his favourite goal is Giroud's, Kane says it's the South African goalkeeper's. He has to say that though. The repercussions for supporting something Arsenal are just too high. Schmeichel agrees with Mr Lampard. 7:40PM Elba is doing selfies Credit: AFP Tonight's host is wandering around the front row getting selfies with Neymar, Messi and Ronaldo, doing some jokes. Then he goes to Olivier Giroud. It's good to see that even in awards ceremonies, Giroud still has to come off the bench to be involved.  7:38PM Idris Elba going for the jokes Solid opening. The setup references that this is an international broadcast, so if you're from South America, 'como estas'. If you're from China, 'ni hao' (sp) and if you're from Hackney, "alright bruv".   7:36PM But first, it's Stomp! I'm doing this face. Some people are bashing bins around on the stage as they show highlights of... some football. You can't see what football because there are people bashing bins around on stage. Now they're bouncing footballs. Diego Maradona looks fairly unimpressed.  But they've timed one of the bits to coincide with the ball hitting the back of the net and a scream of "GOAL!" which is quite nice. And now they're replicating acrobatic soccer skills and celebrations. The crowd goes mildly wild and politely applauds. Cue Martin Tyler: "I swear you'll never see anything like this ever again!" 7:32PM Idris Elba is here Star of The Wire, the US Office and those Sky Movies adverts, here comes Idris Elba wearing a really nice tuxedo. James Bond wears a tuxedo. It's an audition! 7:29PM Ronaldo seems confident Credit: AFP I think they've lined up this so it's Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo, which isn't the order I'd have them in. Surely Ronaldo plays through the middle of a front three? 7:27PM Confirmation: Ronaldo and Messi are football friends Credit: AP   7:26PM Here's the guy who really wants you to know he's here Credit: AFP Yaaaaaay it's... that guy. Gianni Infantino, the newest president of FIFA, is shaking hands and being friendly to people.   7:23PM Ronaldo is here!  Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez Credit: GETTY IMAGES Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez are here and have done the walk along the... green carpet. I've just thought of a way they can decide who actually wins the top prize between this guy, Messi and Neymar. Stay with me... Penalty shootout. And like in Game of Thrones, they can all choose a person to stand in for them as goalkeeper. Seaman is there, Schmeichel and Buffon too. And that's it.  7:22PM Claudio Ranieri Credit: FIFA  Doing a fine job at Nantes just now, grabbing those 1-0 wins to help them climb the table. Everyone likes Ranieri. 7:19PM Antonio Conte says "I think that it's very important to stay here and fight for this award. It is amazing with Real Madrid, they won the Champions League and the league but it is amazing for me to stay here and to fight for this award." God I hope he means that literally. Can you imagine? Conte windmilling his way through the main hall, battering Peter Schmeichel and Luka Modric in a whirlwind of fury. 7:17PM Dream strike partnernship Credit: AP These two would destroy worlds.  7:15PM I just want someone to love me as much as Marcelo loves this woman Credit: GETTY IMAGES Can you feel it? Light beams of warmth coming out of his eyes. 7:11PM Dani Alves has come dressed as a futuristic pirate Credit: REUTERS "STOP RIGHT THERE! SPACE POLICE! Agent Daniel Alves and you've got a loooooooot of talking to do, punk." 7:09PM Harry Kane and Katie Goodland There he is! Harry gives a little bit to the presenters about how nice it is to be invited. He's so nice. "It makes me feel very proud. For me it’s about improving every year. Messi, Ronaldo set the standard for all of us so just to get up there and be involved is fantastic. The stadium, the atmosphere (at Real Madrid) was amazing. To get a result… I'm very proud." 7:06PM What would you rather win? This is a great question. Kay Murray (I think) essentially asks Gigi Buffon whether he is happy having won the World Cup and not the Champions League. Which would you rather win? If you were a player. Not as a fan. It's difficult isn't it? On the one hand, Scotland winning the World Cup would be amazing BUT I'm leaning towards Aberdeen being crowned European champions. 6:59PM Photos of Messi at the Best FIFA Awards Leo Messi and wife Antonella Credit: AP Credit: PA   6:58PM All the stars are here! Credit: OA  That's Marcelo, here's David Trezeguet: Credit: FIFA And here's Philip Schofield: Credit: PA If you aren't from the UK, you might not know who this man is so let's try and explain. Philip Schofield, or Scholey F as he likes to be known, is a giant of British television. He's perhaps the nicest man alive to also be a TV presenter and used to best friends with a gopher, the whereabouts of which are unknown. What happened to that gopher, you ask? Nobody is sure. All we know for certain is that until its lifeless body is discovered washed up on that little beach next to the South Bank on the Thames, we must assume it is alive.  6:52PM No questions for Messi The FIFA TV presenters have been told they are not allowed to ask Leo Messi any questions - not even in Spanish. What kind of world is this? We're all just waiting to hear what the great man will say about tonight's event and have been denied. We'll never know how he's looking forward to it, and may the best man win, and that London is very nice and that he's glad he's scored today but more pleased that the team got three points, and they just have to go again in the next game. In Spanish. But no! 6:47PM Leo Messi is here *high pitch scream* ARRRRHRHGGHHGHGHGHGHGHGH. And I can confirm he is wearing a normal suit. Nothing shiny and no LED lights. Disappointing. 6:47PM Frank Lampard is here "(Real Madrid) are going down as one of the best club teams in history. " I agree Frank. They're really good. "(Conte's) in the running (for best manager). He's done an unbelievable job at Chelsea" 6:45PM Messi looks terrified in his press photo shoot Credit: FIFA There are a few promo shoots featuring the key players. Messi is trying to look cool but is also wearing a hoody and sadly, that is almost impossible to do.  Credit: FIFA   6:39PM PHILIP SCHOFIELD IS HERE Oh now this is kicking off. "Oldham fan. My Granddad used to play pies at the ground as a lad. I was a constant disappointment for him because we (his brother) were rubbish. I just lacked the sporting mind, I think. I kick a ball around the garden with my nephews. I was asked all the way down Ronaldo or Messi... it's a tricky one. "Messi." There you have it. Philip Schofield believes Messi will win. Why do they need this event now? It's done, people! 6:37PM Patrick Kluivert is tonight's magician Credit: FIFA It's either that, or Kluivert's album cover has been leaked onto the picture database I'm currently enjoying. I think this one would be called "Still Crazy" or "These Nights".   Like that. Available on iTunes, but don't bother. You can stream it for free and it's not all that. 6:32PM Down with this sort of thing Credit: PA M8, mate, maaaaaaaaate what a fantastic shirt. Oooooooh that'll really stick it to them. Look what it says "for crying out loud" and oh my word, it's hand drawn! This is rock and roll. There is NOTHING more rock n roll than attending the overly elaborate celebration of individuals in a team sport governed by a disgraced international body than wearing a shirt with WRITING ON IT. Well done Kasabian, you truly represent all that is cool about football. 6:30PM MICHAEL DOUGLAS SUPPORTS SWANSEA Catherine Zeta-Jones says:  "My husband... Michael Douglas is a Swansea City fan." Confirmation there from Zeta-Jones, who claims to have supported Swansea since before they were back in the Premier League, as though that makes her cool or something. Alright, Catherine. Chill out.  Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I don't watch movies, I watch sport," she says. And that is because she doesn't know how sport is going to end. Imagine then, if you will, a Liverpool vs Newcastle match directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The twist - and there is a twist - is that Stan Collymore was the mascot the whole time. And the mascot is the Queen. And the Queen scores the winning goal, liberating a fictional country which is supposed to be from somewhere near Afghanistan. 6:26PM All the stars are here Credit: PA It's not a long trek for Granit Xhaka to be here as the awards are being held in London.  Credit: PA And here's star Valencia right-back Eamonn Holmes, who has flown in to hang out with all his La Liga pals like... Sergio Ramos, who will probably be here at some point. Credit: EPA That's why he was in London. Maradona is on his best behaviour and looking very nice, but as yet hasn't dribbled past a single person on the red carpet. 6:21PM Welcome! HELLO EVERYONE! Welcome to this most exciting of events. It's like the Oscars... but with David Seaman! Credit: PA  Seaman won't be winning any awards tonight, especially since he doesn't have a moustache anymore, and instead must watch as the likes of Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar sit on some expensive chairs and feign being incredibly pleased that one of the other two has won the Best Best FIFA Best Best Football Player Man Award. There are other awards too. Who will win them? Let's find out together. 6:15PM What's all this then? It's the 2017 Best Fifa Football Awards, the second to be held, where - among other awards - world player of the year is crowned. The breakaway event was started after Fifa's Ballon d'Or partnership with France Football ended. The Ballon d'Or is still awarded by the publication each year, while Fifa hands out its own awards in tonight's event. When is it? It's on Monday October 23 - ie today. What time does the event start? It's a 7.30pm BST start at the London Palladium. What TV channel is it on? You can watch the event, hosted by Idris Elba, on Fifa's YouTube channel. Alternatively, you can follow the event as it happens right here, or catch the highlights on ITV at 10.45pm. Ronaldo with last year's award and Sir Alex Ferguson Credit: Getty Images Which awards are up for grabs, and who is shortlisted? The Best Fifa Men's Player Three players have been nominated for the award from an initial shortlist of 24. Last year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo, has scored 45 goals in 48 appearances this calendar year, including 34 goals for club and 11 for country. These incredible individual statistics are bolstered by Ronaldo winning the Champions League and La Liga in the 2016/17 campaign. Lionel Messi is another unsurprising feature within the best player award, with 49 goals and 11 assists in 50 appearances in 2017. The most expensive player in the world, Neymar is the outside bet to be crowned the greatest footballer on earth. The Best Fifa football coach award The best coach award is separated into male and female categories.  Juventus boss, Massimiliano Allegri, after winning the league and Coppa Italia last season. Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, who in his first season in English football won the Premier League, setting a new record along the way achieving 30 wins in a single season. Finally Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane makes the list after winning the Champions League and Los Blancos' first league title for five years. In the women's section, the the top three comprise of Denmark’s manager Nils Nielsen, who guided her side to the final against Holland in this year European Championships. Lyon coach Gerard Precheur is nominated after winning the Champions League, the French League Cup and the French Cup, while Sarina Wiegman also features after leading Holland to the 2017 European championships.  The Best FIFA goalkeeper award Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus is nominated, having gone 600 minutes without conceding in the Champions League, while Keylor Navas of Real Madrid won his second consecutive Champions League along with a La Liga title. Manuel Neuer makes up the three-man short list. The Puskas Award The Puskas award is for the best goal of the year. This year the three finalists include Deyna Castellanos of Venezuela women's side, Olivier Giroud for his goal for Arsenal, below, and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. The Best Fifa Fan award Borussia Dortmund make the final three after supporters came together to offer shelter to Monaco fans displaced by their Champions League match being rescheduled after a bomb attack on the Dortmund team bus.  Celtic are included through their final match of the league season which coincided with the 50th anniversary of winning the European Cup in 1967, which made them the first British club to lift the prestigious trophy. The Celtic fans honoured the team, known as the "Lisbon Lions", with a stunning full 360-degree card display around Celtic Park. FC Copenhagen were also nominated after winning the league in their final game against Brondby, when players handed the trophy to the fans, who then passed the trophy along to a wheelchair-bound supporter and lifted him in the air. Awards night preview: Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to retain his crown as FIFA men's player of the year in London on Monday night. The Real Madrid and Portugal superstar is up against Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Paris St Germain's Neymar for the award he won last year. The ceremony, which takes place at the London Palladium, is the second since the FIFA award split from France Football's Ballon d'Or prize. Ronaldo has scored 44 goals for club and country so far in 2017 and scored twice in the Champions League final in June, as Real won the competition for a record-extending 12th time. Messi has hit 50 goals for Barca and Argentina while Neymar, the world's most expensive player after he left Barcelona for PSG in the summer, has 25 goals to his name for Barca, PSG and Brazil. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is in the running for the top men's coach award along with Ronaldo's boss at Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, and Juventus chief Massimiliano Allegri. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud's 'scorpion kick' volley against Crystal Palace in January has been nominated for the Puskas Award for best goal. The 31-year-old's effort has been shortlisted along with goals from Venezuela's Deyna Castellanos and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. Castellanos is also nominated for the women's player of the year award alongside last year's winner Carli Lloyd of the United States and Holland's Lieke Martens. The winners are decided by a jury of club and international coaches, media representatives and fans. PA  

Best Fifa Football Awards 2017 live updates: Will Messi, Ronaldo or Neymar win?

7:45PM Puskas Award for best goal After showing this video: They interview Harry Kane. The crowd boos (because a large portion of them seem to be Arsenal fans). Maybe not actually, now Frank Lampard is in the spotlight and he gets a round of applause. Lampard says his favourite goal is Giroud's, Kane says it's the South African goalkeeper's. He has to say that though. The repercussions for supporting something Arsenal are just too high. Schmeichel agrees with Mr Lampard. 7:40PM Elba is doing selfies Credit: AFP Tonight's host is wandering around the front row getting selfies with Neymar, Messi and Ronaldo, doing some jokes. Then he goes to Olivier Giroud. It's good to see that even in awards ceremonies, Giroud still has to come off the bench to be involved.  7:38PM Idris Elba going for the jokes Solid opening. The setup references that this is an international broadcast, so if you're from South America, 'como estas'. If you're from China, 'ni hao' (sp) and if you're from Hackney, "alright bruv".   7:36PM But first, it's Stomp! I'm doing this face. Some people are bashing bins around on the stage as they show highlights of... some football. You can't see what football because there are people bashing bins around on stage. Now they're bouncing footballs. Diego Maradona looks fairly unimpressed.  But they've timed one of the bits to coincide with the ball hitting the back of the net and a scream of "GOAL!" which is quite nice. And now they're replicating acrobatic soccer skills and celebrations. The crowd goes mildly wild and politely applauds. Cue Martin Tyler: "I swear you'll never see anything like this ever again!" 7:32PM Idris Elba is here Star of The Wire, the US Office and those Sky Movies adverts, here comes Idris Elba wearing a really nice tuxedo. James Bond wears a tuxedo. It's an audition! 7:29PM Ronaldo seems confident Credit: AFP I think they've lined up this so it's Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo, which isn't the order I'd have them in. Surely Ronaldo plays through the middle of a front three? 7:27PM Confirmation: Ronaldo and Messi are football friends Credit: AP   7:26PM Here's the guy who really wants you to know he's here Credit: AFP Yaaaaaay it's... that guy. Gianni Infantino, the newest president of FIFA, is shaking hands and being friendly to people.   7:23PM Ronaldo is here!  Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez Credit: GETTY IMAGES Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez are here and have done the walk along the... green carpet. I've just thought of a way they can decide who actually wins the top prize between this guy, Messi and Neymar. Stay with me... Penalty shootout. And like in Game of Thrones, they can all choose a person to stand in for them as goalkeeper. Seaman is there, Schmeichel and Buffon too. And that's it.  7:22PM Claudio Ranieri Credit: FIFA  Doing a fine job at Nantes just now, grabbing those 1-0 wins to help them climb the table. Everyone likes Ranieri. 7:19PM Antonio Conte says "I think that it's very important to stay here and fight for this award. It is amazing with Real Madrid, they won the Champions League and the league but it is amazing for me to stay here and to fight for this award." God I hope he means that literally. Can you imagine? Conte windmilling his way through the main hall, battering Peter Schmeichel and Luka Modric in a whirlwind of fury. 7:17PM Dream strike partnernship Credit: AP These two would destroy worlds.  7:15PM I just want someone to love me as much as Marcelo loves this woman Credit: GETTY IMAGES Can you feel it? Light beams of warmth coming out of his eyes. 7:11PM Dani Alves has come dressed as a futuristic pirate Credit: REUTERS "STOP RIGHT THERE! SPACE POLICE! Agent Daniel Alves and you've got a loooooooot of talking to do, punk." 7:09PM Harry Kane and Katie Goodland There he is! Harry gives a little bit to the presenters about how nice it is to be invited. He's so nice. "It makes me feel very proud. For me it’s about improving every year. Messi, Ronaldo set the standard for all of us so just to get up there and be involved is fantastic. The stadium, the atmosphere (at Real Madrid) was amazing. To get a result… I'm very proud." 7:06PM What would you rather win? This is a great question. Kay Murray (I think) essentially asks Gigi Buffon whether he is happy having won the World Cup and not the Champions League. Which would you rather win? If you were a player. Not as a fan. It's difficult isn't it? On the one hand, Scotland winning the World Cup would be amazing BUT I'm leaning towards Aberdeen being crowned European champions. 6:59PM Photos of Messi at the Best FIFA Awards Leo Messi and wife Antonella Credit: AP Credit: PA   6:58PM All the stars are here! Credit: OA  That's Marcelo, here's David Trezeguet: Credit: FIFA And here's Philip Schofield: Credit: PA If you aren't from the UK, you might not know who this man is so let's try and explain. Philip Schofield, or Scholey F as he likes to be known, is a giant of British television. He's perhaps the nicest man alive to also be a TV presenter and used to best friends with a gopher, the whereabouts of which are unknown. What happened to that gopher, you ask? Nobody is sure. All we know for certain is that until its lifeless body is discovered washed up on that little beach next to the South Bank on the Thames, we must assume it is alive.  6:52PM No questions for Messi The FIFA TV presenters have been told they are not allowed to ask Leo Messi any questions - not even in Spanish. What kind of world is this? We're all just waiting to hear what the great man will say about tonight's event and have been denied. We'll never know how he's looking forward to it, and may the best man win, and that London is very nice and that he's glad he's scored today but more pleased that the team got three points, and they just have to go again in the next game. In Spanish. But no! 6:47PM Leo Messi is here *high pitch scream* ARRRRHRHGGHHGHGHGHGHGHGH. And I can confirm he is wearing a normal suit. Nothing shiny and no LED lights. Disappointing. 6:47PM Frank Lampard is here "(Real Madrid) are going down as one of the best club teams in history. " I agree Frank. They're really good. "(Conte's) in the running (for best manager). He's done an unbelievable job at Chelsea" 6:45PM Messi looks terrified in his press photo shoot Credit: FIFA There are a few promo shoots featuring the key players. Messi is trying to look cool but is also wearing a hoody and sadly, that is almost impossible to do.  Credit: FIFA   6:39PM PHILIP SCHOFIELD IS HERE Oh now this is kicking off. "Oldham fan. My Granddad used to play pies at the ground as a lad. I was a constant disappointment for him because we (his brother) were rubbish. I just lacked the sporting mind, I think. I kick a ball around the garden with my nephews. I was asked all the way down Ronaldo or Messi... it's a tricky one. "Messi." There you have it. Philip Schofield believes Messi will win. Why do they need this event now? It's done, people! 6:37PM Patrick Kluivert is tonight's magician Credit: FIFA It's either that, or Kluivert's album cover has been leaked onto the picture database I'm currently enjoying. I think this one would be called "Still Crazy" or "These Nights".   Like that. Available on iTunes, but don't bother. You can stream it for free and it's not all that. 6:32PM Down with this sort of thing Credit: PA M8, mate, maaaaaaaaate what a fantastic shirt. Oooooooh that'll really stick it to them. Look what it says "for crying out loud" and oh my word, it's hand drawn! This is rock and roll. There is NOTHING more rock n roll than attending the overly elaborate celebration of individuals in a team sport governed by a disgraced international body than wearing a shirt with WRITING ON IT. Well done Kasabian, you truly represent all that is cool about football. 6:30PM MICHAEL DOUGLAS SUPPORTS SWANSEA Catherine Zeta-Jones says:  "My husband... Michael Douglas is a Swansea City fan." Confirmation there from Zeta-Jones, who claims to have supported Swansea since before they were back in the Premier League, as though that makes her cool or something. Alright, Catherine. Chill out.  Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I don't watch movies, I watch sport," she says. And that is because she doesn't know how sport is going to end. Imagine then, if you will, a Liverpool vs Newcastle match directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The twist - and there is a twist - is that Stan Collymore was the mascot the whole time. And the mascot is the Queen. And the Queen scores the winning goal, liberating a fictional country which is supposed to be from somewhere near Afghanistan. 6:26PM All the stars are here Credit: PA It's not a long trek for Granit Xhaka to be here as the awards are being held in London.  Credit: PA And here's star Valencia right-back Eamonn Holmes, who has flown in to hang out with all his La Liga pals like... Sergio Ramos, who will probably be here at some point. Credit: EPA That's why he was in London. Maradona is on his best behaviour and looking very nice, but as yet hasn't dribbled past a single person on the red carpet. 6:21PM Welcome! HELLO EVERYONE! Welcome to this most exciting of events. It's like the Oscars... but with David Seaman! Credit: PA  Seaman won't be winning any awards tonight, especially since he doesn't have a moustache anymore, and instead must watch as the likes of Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar sit on some expensive chairs and feign being incredibly pleased that one of the other two has won the Best Best FIFA Best Best Football Player Man Award. There are other awards too. Who will win them? Let's find out together. 6:15PM What's all this then? It's the 2017 Best Fifa Football Awards, the second to be held, where - among other awards - world player of the year is crowned. The breakaway event was started after Fifa's Ballon d'Or partnership with France Football ended. The Ballon d'Or is still awarded by the publication each year, while Fifa hands out its own awards in tonight's event. When is it? It's on Monday October 23 - ie today. What time does the event start? It's a 7.30pm BST start at the London Palladium. What TV channel is it on? You can watch the event, hosted by Idris Elba, on Fifa's YouTube channel. Alternatively, you can follow the event as it happens right here, or catch the highlights on ITV at 10.45pm. Ronaldo with last year's award and Sir Alex Ferguson Credit: Getty Images Which awards are up for grabs, and who is shortlisted? The Best Fifa Men's Player Three players have been nominated for the award from an initial shortlist of 24. Last year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo, has scored 45 goals in 48 appearances this calendar year, including 34 goals for club and 11 for country. These incredible individual statistics are bolstered by Ronaldo winning the Champions League and La Liga in the 2016/17 campaign. Lionel Messi is another unsurprising feature within the best player award, with 49 goals and 11 assists in 50 appearances in 2017. The most expensive player in the world, Neymar is the outside bet to be crowned the greatest footballer on earth. The Best Fifa football coach award The best coach award is separated into male and female categories.  Juventus boss, Massimiliano Allegri, after winning the league and Coppa Italia last season. Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, who in his first season in English football won the Premier League, setting a new record along the way achieving 30 wins in a single season. Finally Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane makes the list after winning the Champions League and Los Blancos' first league title for five years. In the women's section, the the top three comprise of Denmark’s manager Nils Nielsen, who guided her side to the final against Holland in this year European Championships. Lyon coach Gerard Precheur is nominated after winning the Champions League, the French League Cup and the French Cup, while Sarina Wiegman also features after leading Holland to the 2017 European championships.  The Best FIFA goalkeeper award Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus is nominated, having gone 600 minutes without conceding in the Champions League, while Keylor Navas of Real Madrid won his second consecutive Champions League along with a La Liga title. Manuel Neuer makes up the three-man short list. The Puskas Award The Puskas award is for the best goal of the year. This year the three finalists include Deyna Castellanos of Venezuela women's side, Olivier Giroud for his goal for Arsenal, below, and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. The Best Fifa Fan award Borussia Dortmund make the final three after supporters came together to offer shelter to Monaco fans displaced by their Champions League match being rescheduled after a bomb attack on the Dortmund team bus.  Celtic are included through their final match of the league season which coincided with the 50th anniversary of winning the European Cup in 1967, which made them the first British club to lift the prestigious trophy. The Celtic fans honoured the team, known as the "Lisbon Lions", with a stunning full 360-degree card display around Celtic Park. FC Copenhagen were also nominated after winning the league in their final game against Brondby, when players handed the trophy to the fans, who then passed the trophy along to a wheelchair-bound supporter and lifted him in the air. Awards night preview: Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to retain his crown as FIFA men's player of the year in London on Monday night. The Real Madrid and Portugal superstar is up against Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Paris St Germain's Neymar for the award he won last year. The ceremony, which takes place at the London Palladium, is the second since the FIFA award split from France Football's Ballon d'Or prize. Ronaldo has scored 44 goals for club and country so far in 2017 and scored twice in the Champions League final in June, as Real won the competition for a record-extending 12th time. Messi has hit 50 goals for Barca and Argentina while Neymar, the world's most expensive player after he left Barcelona for PSG in the summer, has 25 goals to his name for Barca, PSG and Brazil. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is in the running for the top men's coach award along with Ronaldo's boss at Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, and Juventus chief Massimiliano Allegri. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud's 'scorpion kick' volley against Crystal Palace in January has been nominated for the Puskas Award for best goal. The 31-year-old's effort has been shortlisted along with goals from Venezuela's Deyna Castellanos and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. Castellanos is also nominated for the women's player of the year award alongside last year's winner Carli Lloyd of the United States and Holland's Lieke Martens. The winners are decided by a jury of club and international coaches, media representatives and fans. PA  

Best Fifa Football Awards 2017 live updates: Will Messi, Ronaldo or Neymar win?

7:45PM Puskas Award for best goal After showing this video: They interview Harry Kane. The crowd boos (because a large portion of them seem to be Arsenal fans). Maybe not actually, now Frank Lampard is in the spotlight and he gets a round of applause. Lampard says his favourite goal is Giroud's, Kane says it's the South African goalkeeper's. He has to say that though. The repercussions for supporting something Arsenal are just too high. Schmeichel agrees with Mr Lampard. 7:40PM Elba is doing selfies Credit: AFP Tonight's host is wandering around the front row getting selfies with Neymar, Messi and Ronaldo, doing some jokes. Then he goes to Olivier Giroud. It's good to see that even in awards ceremonies, Giroud still has to come off the bench to be involved.  7:38PM Idris Elba going for the jokes Solid opening. The setup references that this is an international broadcast, so if you're from South America, 'como estas'. If you're from China, 'ni hao' (sp) and if you're from Hackney, "alright bruv".   7:36PM But first, it's Stomp! I'm doing this face. Some people are bashing bins around on the stage as they show highlights of... some football. You can't see what football because there are people bashing bins around on stage. Now they're bouncing footballs. Diego Maradona looks fairly unimpressed.  But they've timed one of the bits to coincide with the ball hitting the back of the net and a scream of "GOAL!" which is quite nice. And now they're replicating acrobatic soccer skills and celebrations. The crowd goes mildly wild and politely applauds. Cue Martin Tyler: "I swear you'll never see anything like this ever again!" 7:32PM Idris Elba is here Star of The Wire, the US Office and those Sky Movies adverts, here comes Idris Elba wearing a really nice tuxedo. James Bond wears a tuxedo. It's an audition! 7:29PM Ronaldo seems confident Credit: AFP I think they've lined up this so it's Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo, which isn't the order I'd have them in. Surely Ronaldo plays through the middle of a front three? 7:27PM Confirmation: Ronaldo and Messi are football friends Credit: AP   7:26PM Here's the guy who really wants you to know he's here Credit: AFP Yaaaaaay it's... that guy. Gianni Infantino, the newest president of FIFA, is shaking hands and being friendly to people.   7:23PM Ronaldo is here!  Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez Credit: GETTY IMAGES Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez are here and have done the walk along the... green carpet. I've just thought of a way they can decide who actually wins the top prize between this guy, Messi and Neymar. Stay with me... Penalty shootout. And like in Game of Thrones, they can all choose a person to stand in for them as goalkeeper. Seaman is there, Schmeichel and Buffon too. And that's it.  7:22PM Claudio Ranieri Credit: FIFA  Doing a fine job at Nantes just now, grabbing those 1-0 wins to help them climb the table. Everyone likes Ranieri. 7:19PM Antonio Conte says "I think that it's very important to stay here and fight for this award. It is amazing with Real Madrid, they won the Champions League and the league but it is amazing for me to stay here and to fight for this award." God I hope he means that literally. Can you imagine? Conte windmilling his way through the main hall, battering Peter Schmeichel and Luka Modric in a whirlwind of fury. 7:17PM Dream strike partnernship Credit: AP These two would destroy worlds.  7:15PM I just want someone to love me as much as Marcelo loves this woman Credit: GETTY IMAGES Can you feel it? Light beams of warmth coming out of his eyes. 7:11PM Dani Alves has come dressed as a futuristic pirate Credit: REUTERS "STOP RIGHT THERE! SPACE POLICE! Agent Daniel Alves and you've got a loooooooot of talking to do, punk." 7:09PM Harry Kane and Katie Goodland There he is! Harry gives a little bit to the presenters about how nice it is to be invited. He's so nice. "It makes me feel very proud. For me it’s about improving every year. Messi, Ronaldo set the standard for all of us so just to get up there and be involved is fantastic. The stadium, the atmosphere (at Real Madrid) was amazing. To get a result… I'm very proud." 7:06PM What would you rather win? This is a great question. Kay Murray (I think) essentially asks Gigi Buffon whether he is happy having won the World Cup and not the Champions League. Which would you rather win? If you were a player. Not as a fan. It's difficult isn't it? On the one hand, Scotland winning the World Cup would be amazing BUT I'm leaning towards Aberdeen being crowned European champions. 6:59PM Photos of Messi at the Best FIFA Awards Leo Messi and wife Antonella Credit: AP Credit: PA   6:58PM All the stars are here! Credit: OA  That's Marcelo, here's David Trezeguet: Credit: FIFA And here's Philip Schofield: Credit: PA If you aren't from the UK, you might not know who this man is so let's try and explain. Philip Schofield, or Scholey F as he likes to be known, is a giant of British television. He's perhaps the nicest man alive to also be a TV presenter and used to best friends with a gopher, the whereabouts of which are unknown. What happened to that gopher, you ask? Nobody is sure. All we know for certain is that until its lifeless body is discovered washed up on that little beach next to the South Bank on the Thames, we must assume it is alive.  6:52PM No questions for Messi The FIFA TV presenters have been told they are not allowed to ask Leo Messi any questions - not even in Spanish. What kind of world is this? We're all just waiting to hear what the great man will say about tonight's event and have been denied. We'll never know how he's looking forward to it, and may the best man win, and that London is very nice and that he's glad he's scored today but more pleased that the team got three points, and they just have to go again in the next game. In Spanish. But no! 6:47PM Leo Messi is here *high pitch scream* ARRRRHRHGGHHGHGHGHGHGHGH. And I can confirm he is wearing a normal suit. Nothing shiny and no LED lights. Disappointing. 6:47PM Frank Lampard is here "(Real Madrid) are going down as one of the best club teams in history. " I agree Frank. They're really good. "(Conte's) in the running (for best manager). He's done an unbelievable job at Chelsea" 6:45PM Messi looks terrified in his press photo shoot Credit: FIFA There are a few promo shoots featuring the key players. Messi is trying to look cool but is also wearing a hoody and sadly, that is almost impossible to do.  Credit: FIFA   6:39PM PHILIP SCHOFIELD IS HERE Oh now this is kicking off. "Oldham fan. My Granddad used to play pies at the ground as a lad. I was a constant disappointment for him because we (his brother) were rubbish. I just lacked the sporting mind, I think. I kick a ball around the garden with my nephews. I was asked all the way down Ronaldo or Messi... it's a tricky one. "Messi." There you have it. Philip Schofield believes Messi will win. Why do they need this event now? It's done, people! 6:37PM Patrick Kluivert is tonight's magician Credit: FIFA It's either that, or Kluivert's album cover has been leaked onto the picture database I'm currently enjoying. I think this one would be called "Still Crazy" or "These Nights".   Like that. Available on iTunes, but don't bother. You can stream it for free and it's not all that. 6:32PM Down with this sort of thing Credit: PA M8, mate, maaaaaaaaate what a fantastic shirt. Oooooooh that'll really stick it to them. Look what it says "for crying out loud" and oh my word, it's hand drawn! This is rock and roll. There is NOTHING more rock n roll than attending the overly elaborate celebration of individuals in a team sport governed by a disgraced international body than wearing a shirt with WRITING ON IT. Well done Kasabian, you truly represent all that is cool about football. 6:30PM MICHAEL DOUGLAS SUPPORTS SWANSEA Catherine Zeta-Jones says:  "My husband... Michael Douglas is a Swansea City fan." Confirmation there from Zeta-Jones, who claims to have supported Swansea since before they were back in the Premier League, as though that makes her cool or something. Alright, Catherine. Chill out.  Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I don't watch movies, I watch sport," she says. And that is because she doesn't know how sport is going to end. Imagine then, if you will, a Liverpool vs Newcastle match directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The twist - and there is a twist - is that Stan Collymore was the mascot the whole time. And the mascot is the Queen. And the Queen scores the winning goal, liberating a fictional country which is supposed to be from somewhere near Afghanistan. 6:26PM All the stars are here Credit: PA It's not a long trek for Granit Xhaka to be here as the awards are being held in London.  Credit: PA And here's star Valencia right-back Eamonn Holmes, who has flown in to hang out with all his La Liga pals like... Sergio Ramos, who will probably be here at some point. Credit: EPA That's why he was in London. Maradona is on his best behaviour and looking very nice, but as yet hasn't dribbled past a single person on the red carpet. 6:21PM Welcome! HELLO EVERYONE! Welcome to this most exciting of events. It's like the Oscars... but with David Seaman! Credit: PA  Seaman won't be winning any awards tonight, especially since he doesn't have a moustache anymore, and instead must watch as the likes of Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar sit on some expensive chairs and feign being incredibly pleased that one of the other two has won the Best Best FIFA Best Best Football Player Man Award. There are other awards too. Who will win them? Let's find out together. 6:15PM What's all this then? It's the 2017 Best Fifa Football Awards, the second to be held, where - among other awards - world player of the year is crowned. The breakaway event was started after Fifa's Ballon d'Or partnership with France Football ended. The Ballon d'Or is still awarded by the publication each year, while Fifa hands out its own awards in tonight's event. When is it? It's on Monday October 23 - ie today. What time does the event start? It's a 7.30pm BST start at the London Palladium. What TV channel is it on? You can watch the event, hosted by Idris Elba, on Fifa's YouTube channel. Alternatively, you can follow the event as it happens right here, or catch the highlights on ITV at 10.45pm. Ronaldo with last year's award and Sir Alex Ferguson Credit: Getty Images Which awards are up for grabs, and who is shortlisted? The Best Fifa Men's Player Three players have been nominated for the award from an initial shortlist of 24. Last year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo, has scored 45 goals in 48 appearances this calendar year, including 34 goals for club and 11 for country. These incredible individual statistics are bolstered by Ronaldo winning the Champions League and La Liga in the 2016/17 campaign. Lionel Messi is another unsurprising feature within the best player award, with 49 goals and 11 assists in 50 appearances in 2017. The most expensive player in the world, Neymar is the outside bet to be crowned the greatest footballer on earth. The Best Fifa football coach award The best coach award is separated into male and female categories.  Juventus boss, Massimiliano Allegri, after winning the league and Coppa Italia last season. Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, who in his first season in English football won the Premier League, setting a new record along the way achieving 30 wins in a single season. Finally Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane makes the list after winning the Champions League and Los Blancos' first league title for five years. In the women's section, the the top three comprise of Denmark’s manager Nils Nielsen, who guided her side to the final against Holland in this year European Championships. Lyon coach Gerard Precheur is nominated after winning the Champions League, the French League Cup and the French Cup, while Sarina Wiegman also features after leading Holland to the 2017 European championships.  The Best FIFA goalkeeper award Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus is nominated, having gone 600 minutes without conceding in the Champions League, while Keylor Navas of Real Madrid won his second consecutive Champions League along with a La Liga title. Manuel Neuer makes up the three-man short list. The Puskas Award The Puskas award is for the best goal of the year. This year the three finalists include Deyna Castellanos of Venezuela women's side, Olivier Giroud for his goal for Arsenal, below, and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. The Best Fifa Fan award Borussia Dortmund make the final three after supporters came together to offer shelter to Monaco fans displaced by their Champions League match being rescheduled after a bomb attack on the Dortmund team bus.  Celtic are included through their final match of the league season which coincided with the 50th anniversary of winning the European Cup in 1967, which made them the first British club to lift the prestigious trophy. The Celtic fans honoured the team, known as the "Lisbon Lions", with a stunning full 360-degree card display around Celtic Park. FC Copenhagen were also nominated after winning the league in their final game against Brondby, when players handed the trophy to the fans, who then passed the trophy along to a wheelchair-bound supporter and lifted him in the air. Awards night preview: Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to retain his crown as FIFA men's player of the year in London on Monday night. The Real Madrid and Portugal superstar is up against Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Paris St Germain's Neymar for the award he won last year. The ceremony, which takes place at the London Palladium, is the second since the FIFA award split from France Football's Ballon d'Or prize. Ronaldo has scored 44 goals for club and country so far in 2017 and scored twice in the Champions League final in June, as Real won the competition for a record-extending 12th time. Messi has hit 50 goals for Barca and Argentina while Neymar, the world's most expensive player after he left Barcelona for PSG in the summer, has 25 goals to his name for Barca, PSG and Brazil. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is in the running for the top men's coach award along with Ronaldo's boss at Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, and Juventus chief Massimiliano Allegri. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud's 'scorpion kick' volley against Crystal Palace in January has been nominated for the Puskas Award for best goal. The 31-year-old's effort has been shortlisted along with goals from Venezuela's Deyna Castellanos and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. Castellanos is also nominated for the women's player of the year award alongside last year's winner Carli Lloyd of the United States and Holland's Lieke Martens. The winners are decided by a jury of club and international coaches, media representatives and fans. PA  

Best Fifa Football Awards 2017 live updates: Will Messi, Ronaldo or Neymar win?

7:45PM Puskas Award for best goal After showing this video: They interview Harry Kane. The crowd boos (because a large portion of them seem to be Arsenal fans). Maybe not actually, now Frank Lampard is in the spotlight and he gets a round of applause. Lampard says his favourite goal is Giroud's, Kane says it's the South African goalkeeper's. He has to say that though. The repercussions for supporting something Arsenal are just too high. Schmeichel agrees with Mr Lampard. 7:40PM Elba is doing selfies Credit: AFP Tonight's host is wandering around the front row getting selfies with Neymar, Messi and Ronaldo, doing some jokes. Then he goes to Olivier Giroud. It's good to see that even in awards ceremonies, Giroud still has to come off the bench to be involved.  7:38PM Idris Elba going for the jokes Solid opening. The setup references that this is an international broadcast, so if you're from South America, 'como estas'. If you're from China, 'ni hao' (sp) and if you're from Hackney, "alright bruv".   7:36PM But first, it's Stomp! I'm doing this face. Some people are bashing bins around on the stage as they show highlights of... some football. You can't see what football because there are people bashing bins around on stage. Now they're bouncing footballs. Diego Maradona looks fairly unimpressed.  But they've timed one of the bits to coincide with the ball hitting the back of the net and a scream of "GOAL!" which is quite nice. And now they're replicating acrobatic soccer skills and celebrations. The crowd goes mildly wild and politely applauds. Cue Martin Tyler: "I swear you'll never see anything like this ever again!" 7:32PM Idris Elba is here Star of The Wire, the US Office and those Sky Movies adverts, here comes Idris Elba wearing a really nice tuxedo. James Bond wears a tuxedo. It's an audition! 7:29PM Ronaldo seems confident Credit: AFP I think they've lined up this so it's Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo, which isn't the order I'd have them in. Surely Ronaldo plays through the middle of a front three? 7:27PM Confirmation: Ronaldo and Messi are football friends Credit: AP   7:26PM Here's the guy who really wants you to know he's here Credit: AFP Yaaaaaay it's... that guy. Gianni Infantino, the newest president of FIFA, is shaking hands and being friendly to people.   7:23PM Ronaldo is here!  Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez Credit: GETTY IMAGES Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez are here and have done the walk along the... green carpet. I've just thought of a way they can decide who actually wins the top prize between this guy, Messi and Neymar. Stay with me... Penalty shootout. And like in Game of Thrones, they can all choose a person to stand in for them as goalkeeper. Seaman is there, Schmeichel and Buffon too. And that's it.  7:22PM Claudio Ranieri Credit: FIFA  Doing a fine job at Nantes just now, grabbing those 1-0 wins to help them climb the table. Everyone likes Ranieri. 7:19PM Antonio Conte says "I think that it's very important to stay here and fight for this award. It is amazing with Real Madrid, they won the Champions League and the league but it is amazing for me to stay here and to fight for this award." God I hope he means that literally. Can you imagine? Conte windmilling his way through the main hall, battering Peter Schmeichel and Luka Modric in a whirlwind of fury. 7:17PM Dream strike partnernship Credit: AP These two would destroy worlds.  7:15PM I just want someone to love me as much as Marcelo loves this woman Credit: GETTY IMAGES Can you feel it? Light beams of warmth coming out of his eyes. 7:11PM Dani Alves has come dressed as a futuristic pirate Credit: REUTERS "STOP RIGHT THERE! SPACE POLICE! Agent Daniel Alves and you've got a loooooooot of talking to do, punk." 7:09PM Harry Kane and Katie Goodland There he is! Harry gives a little bit to the presenters about how nice it is to be invited. He's so nice. "It makes me feel very proud. For me it’s about improving every year. Messi, Ronaldo set the standard for all of us so just to get up there and be involved is fantastic. The stadium, the atmosphere (at Real Madrid) was amazing. To get a result… I'm very proud." 7:06PM What would you rather win? This is a great question. Kay Murray (I think) essentially asks Gigi Buffon whether he is happy having won the World Cup and not the Champions League. Which would you rather win? If you were a player. Not as a fan. It's difficult isn't it? On the one hand, Scotland winning the World Cup would be amazing BUT I'm leaning towards Aberdeen being crowned European champions. 6:59PM Photos of Messi at the Best FIFA Awards Leo Messi and wife Antonella Credit: AP Credit: PA   6:58PM All the stars are here! Credit: OA  That's Marcelo, here's David Trezeguet: Credit: FIFA And here's Philip Schofield: Credit: PA If you aren't from the UK, you might not know who this man is so let's try and explain. Philip Schofield, or Scholey F as he likes to be known, is a giant of British television. He's perhaps the nicest man alive to also be a TV presenter and used to best friends with a gopher, the whereabouts of which are unknown. What happened to that gopher, you ask? Nobody is sure. All we know for certain is that until its lifeless body is discovered washed up on that little beach next to the South Bank on the Thames, we must assume it is alive.  6:52PM No questions for Messi The FIFA TV presenters have been told they are not allowed to ask Leo Messi any questions - not even in Spanish. What kind of world is this? We're all just waiting to hear what the great man will say about tonight's event and have been denied. We'll never know how he's looking forward to it, and may the best man win, and that London is very nice and that he's glad he's scored today but more pleased that the team got three points, and they just have to go again in the next game. In Spanish. But no! 6:47PM Leo Messi is here *high pitch scream* ARRRRHRHGGHHGHGHGHGHGHGH. And I can confirm he is wearing a normal suit. Nothing shiny and no LED lights. Disappointing. 6:47PM Frank Lampard is here "(Real Madrid) are going down as one of the best club teams in history. " I agree Frank. They're really good. "(Conte's) in the running (for best manager). He's done an unbelievable job at Chelsea" 6:45PM Messi looks terrified in his press photo shoot Credit: FIFA There are a few promo shoots featuring the key players. Messi is trying to look cool but is also wearing a hoody and sadly, that is almost impossible to do.  Credit: FIFA   6:39PM PHILIP SCHOFIELD IS HERE Oh now this is kicking off. "Oldham fan. My Granddad used to play pies at the ground as a lad. I was a constant disappointment for him because we (his brother) were rubbish. I just lacked the sporting mind, I think. I kick a ball around the garden with my nephews. I was asked all the way down Ronaldo or Messi... it's a tricky one. "Messi." There you have it. Philip Schofield believes Messi will win. Why do they need this event now? It's done, people! 6:37PM Patrick Kluivert is tonight's magician Credit: FIFA It's either that, or Kluivert's album cover has been leaked onto the picture database I'm currently enjoying. I think this one would be called "Still Crazy" or "These Nights".   Like that. Available on iTunes, but don't bother. You can stream it for free and it's not all that. 6:32PM Down with this sort of thing Credit: PA M8, mate, maaaaaaaaate what a fantastic shirt. Oooooooh that'll really stick it to them. Look what it says "for crying out loud" and oh my word, it's hand drawn! This is rock and roll. There is NOTHING more rock n roll than attending the overly elaborate celebration of individuals in a team sport governed by a disgraced international body than wearing a shirt with WRITING ON IT. Well done Kasabian, you truly represent all that is cool about football. 6:30PM MICHAEL DOUGLAS SUPPORTS SWANSEA Catherine Zeta-Jones says:  "My husband... Michael Douglas is a Swansea City fan." Confirmation there from Zeta-Jones, who claims to have supported Swansea since before they were back in the Premier League, as though that makes her cool or something. Alright, Catherine. Chill out.  Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I don't watch movies, I watch sport," she says. And that is because she doesn't know how sport is going to end. Imagine then, if you will, a Liverpool vs Newcastle match directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The twist - and there is a twist - is that Stan Collymore was the mascot the whole time. And the mascot is the Queen. And the Queen scores the winning goal, liberating a fictional country which is supposed to be from somewhere near Afghanistan. 6:26PM All the stars are here Credit: PA It's not a long trek for Granit Xhaka to be here as the awards are being held in London.  Credit: PA And here's star Valencia right-back Eamonn Holmes, who has flown in to hang out with all his La Liga pals like... Sergio Ramos, who will probably be here at some point. Credit: EPA That's why he was in London. Maradona is on his best behaviour and looking very nice, but as yet hasn't dribbled past a single person on the red carpet. 6:21PM Welcome! HELLO EVERYONE! Welcome to this most exciting of events. It's like the Oscars... but with David Seaman! Credit: PA  Seaman won't be winning any awards tonight, especially since he doesn't have a moustache anymore, and instead must watch as the likes of Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar sit on some expensive chairs and feign being incredibly pleased that one of the other two has won the Best Best FIFA Best Best Football Player Man Award. There are other awards too. Who will win them? Let's find out together. 6:15PM What's all this then? It's the 2017 Best Fifa Football Awards, the second to be held, where - among other awards - world player of the year is crowned. The breakaway event was started after Fifa's Ballon d'Or partnership with France Football ended. The Ballon d'Or is still awarded by the publication each year, while Fifa hands out its own awards in tonight's event. When is it? It's on Monday October 23 - ie today. What time does the event start? It's a 7.30pm BST start at the London Palladium. What TV channel is it on? You can watch the event, hosted by Idris Elba, on Fifa's YouTube channel. Alternatively, you can follow the event as it happens right here, or catch the highlights on ITV at 10.45pm. Ronaldo with last year's award and Sir Alex Ferguson Credit: Getty Images Which awards are up for grabs, and who is shortlisted? The Best Fifa Men's Player Three players have been nominated for the award from an initial shortlist of 24. Last year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo, has scored 45 goals in 48 appearances this calendar year, including 34 goals for club and 11 for country. These incredible individual statistics are bolstered by Ronaldo winning the Champions League and La Liga in the 2016/17 campaign. Lionel Messi is another unsurprising feature within the best player award, with 49 goals and 11 assists in 50 appearances in 2017. The most expensive player in the world, Neymar is the outside bet to be crowned the greatest footballer on earth. The Best Fifa football coach award The best coach award is separated into male and female categories.  Juventus boss, Massimiliano Allegri, after winning the league and Coppa Italia last season. Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, who in his first season in English football won the Premier League, setting a new record along the way achieving 30 wins in a single season. Finally Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane makes the list after winning the Champions League and Los Blancos' first league title for five years. In the women's section, the the top three comprise of Denmark’s manager Nils Nielsen, who guided her side to the final against Holland in this year European Championships. Lyon coach Gerard Precheur is nominated after winning the Champions League, the French League Cup and the French Cup, while Sarina Wiegman also features after leading Holland to the 2017 European championships.  The Best FIFA goalkeeper award Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus is nominated, having gone 600 minutes without conceding in the Champions League, while Keylor Navas of Real Madrid won his second consecutive Champions League along with a La Liga title. Manuel Neuer makes up the three-man short list. The Puskas Award The Puskas award is for the best goal of the year. This year the three finalists include Deyna Castellanos of Venezuela women's side, Olivier Giroud for his goal for Arsenal, below, and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. The Best Fifa Fan award Borussia Dortmund make the final three after supporters came together to offer shelter to Monaco fans displaced by their Champions League match being rescheduled after a bomb attack on the Dortmund team bus.  Celtic are included through their final match of the league season which coincided with the 50th anniversary of winning the European Cup in 1967, which made them the first British club to lift the prestigious trophy. The Celtic fans honoured the team, known as the "Lisbon Lions", with a stunning full 360-degree card display around Celtic Park. FC Copenhagen were also nominated after winning the league in their final game against Brondby, when players handed the trophy to the fans, who then passed the trophy along to a wheelchair-bound supporter and lifted him in the air. Awards night preview: Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to retain his crown as FIFA men's player of the year in London on Monday night. The Real Madrid and Portugal superstar is up against Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Paris St Germain's Neymar for the award he won last year. The ceremony, which takes place at the London Palladium, is the second since the FIFA award split from France Football's Ballon d'Or prize. Ronaldo has scored 44 goals for club and country so far in 2017 and scored twice in the Champions League final in June, as Real won the competition for a record-extending 12th time. Messi has hit 50 goals for Barca and Argentina while Neymar, the world's most expensive player after he left Barcelona for PSG in the summer, has 25 goals to his name for Barca, PSG and Brazil. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is in the running for the top men's coach award along with Ronaldo's boss at Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, and Juventus chief Massimiliano Allegri. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud's 'scorpion kick' volley against Crystal Palace in January has been nominated for the Puskas Award for best goal. The 31-year-old's effort has been shortlisted along with goals from Venezuela's Deyna Castellanos and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. Castellanos is also nominated for the women's player of the year award alongside last year's winner Carli Lloyd of the United States and Holland's Lieke Martens. The winners are decided by a jury of club and international coaches, media representatives and fans. PA  

Best Fifa Football Awards 2017 live updates: Will Messi, Ronaldo or Neymar win?

7:45PM Puskas Award for best goal After showing this video: They interview Harry Kane. The crowd boos (because a large portion of them seem to be Arsenal fans). Maybe not actually, now Frank Lampard is in the spotlight and he gets a round of applause. Lampard says his favourite goal is Giroud's, Kane says it's the South African goalkeeper's. He has to say that though. The repercussions for supporting something Arsenal are just too high. Schmeichel agrees with Mr Lampard. 7:40PM Elba is doing selfies Credit: AFP Tonight's host is wandering around the front row getting selfies with Neymar, Messi and Ronaldo, doing some jokes. Then he goes to Olivier Giroud. It's good to see that even in awards ceremonies, Giroud still has to come off the bench to be involved.  7:38PM Idris Elba going for the jokes Solid opening. The setup references that this is an international broadcast, so if you're from South America, 'como estas'. If you're from China, 'ni hao' (sp) and if you're from Hackney, "alright bruv".   7:36PM But first, it's Stomp! I'm doing this face. Some people are bashing bins around on the stage as they show highlights of... some football. You can't see what football because there are people bashing bins around on stage. Now they're bouncing footballs. Diego Maradona looks fairly unimpressed.  But they've timed one of the bits to coincide with the ball hitting the back of the net and a scream of "GOAL!" which is quite nice. And now they're replicating acrobatic soccer skills and celebrations. The crowd goes mildly wild and politely applauds. Cue Martin Tyler: "I swear you'll never see anything like this ever again!" 7:32PM Idris Elba is here Star of The Wire, the US Office and those Sky Movies adverts, here comes Idris Elba wearing a really nice tuxedo. James Bond wears a tuxedo. It's an audition! 7:29PM Ronaldo seems confident Credit: AFP I think they've lined up this so it's Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo, which isn't the order I'd have them in. Surely Ronaldo plays through the middle of a front three? 7:27PM Confirmation: Ronaldo and Messi are football friends Credit: AP   7:26PM Here's the guy who really wants you to know he's here Credit: AFP Yaaaaaay it's... that guy. Gianni Infantino, the newest president of FIFA, is shaking hands and being friendly to people.   7:23PM Ronaldo is here!  Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez Credit: GETTY IMAGES Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez are here and have done the walk along the... green carpet. I've just thought of a way they can decide who actually wins the top prize between this guy, Messi and Neymar. Stay with me... Penalty shootout. And like in Game of Thrones, they can all choose a person to stand in for them as goalkeeper. Seaman is there, Schmeichel and Buffon too. And that's it.  7:22PM Claudio Ranieri Credit: FIFA  Doing a fine job at Nantes just now, grabbing those 1-0 wins to help them climb the table. Everyone likes Ranieri. 7:19PM Antonio Conte says "I think that it's very important to stay here and fight for this award. It is amazing with Real Madrid, they won the Champions League and the league but it is amazing for me to stay here and to fight for this award." God I hope he means that literally. Can you imagine? Conte windmilling his way through the main hall, battering Peter Schmeichel and Luka Modric in a whirlwind of fury. 7:17PM Dream strike partnernship Credit: AP These two would destroy worlds.  7:15PM I just want someone to love me as much as Marcelo loves this woman Credit: GETTY IMAGES Can you feel it? Light beams of warmth coming out of his eyes. 7:11PM Dani Alves has come dressed as a futuristic pirate Credit: REUTERS "STOP RIGHT THERE! SPACE POLICE! Agent Daniel Alves and you've got a loooooooot of talking to do, punk." 7:09PM Harry Kane and Katie Goodland There he is! Harry gives a little bit to the presenters about how nice it is to be invited. He's so nice. "It makes me feel very proud. For me it’s about improving every year. Messi, Ronaldo set the standard for all of us so just to get up there and be involved is fantastic. The stadium, the atmosphere (at Real Madrid) was amazing. To get a result… I'm very proud." 7:06PM What would you rather win? This is a great question. Kay Murray (I think) essentially asks Gigi Buffon whether he is happy having won the World Cup and not the Champions League. Which would you rather win? If you were a player. Not as a fan. It's difficult isn't it? On the one hand, Scotland winning the World Cup would be amazing BUT I'm leaning towards Aberdeen being crowned European champions. 6:59PM Photos of Messi at the Best FIFA Awards Leo Messi and wife Antonella Credit: AP Credit: PA   6:58PM All the stars are here! Credit: OA  That's Marcelo, here's David Trezeguet: Credit: FIFA And here's Philip Schofield: Credit: PA If you aren't from the UK, you might not know who this man is so let's try and explain. Philip Schofield, or Scholey F as he likes to be known, is a giant of British television. He's perhaps the nicest man alive to also be a TV presenter and used to best friends with a gopher, the whereabouts of which are unknown. What happened to that gopher, you ask? Nobody is sure. All we know for certain is that until its lifeless body is discovered washed up on that little beach next to the South Bank on the Thames, we must assume it is alive.  6:52PM No questions for Messi The FIFA TV presenters have been told they are not allowed to ask Leo Messi any questions - not even in Spanish. What kind of world is this? We're all just waiting to hear what the great man will say about tonight's event and have been denied. We'll never know how he's looking forward to it, and may the best man win, and that London is very nice and that he's glad he's scored today but more pleased that the team got three points, and they just have to go again in the next game. In Spanish. But no! 6:47PM Leo Messi is here *high pitch scream* ARRRRHRHGGHHGHGHGHGHGHGH. And I can confirm he is wearing a normal suit. Nothing shiny and no LED lights. Disappointing. 6:47PM Frank Lampard is here "(Real Madrid) are going down as one of the best club teams in history. " I agree Frank. They're really good. "(Conte's) in the running (for best manager). He's done an unbelievable job at Chelsea" 6:45PM Messi looks terrified in his press photo shoot Credit: FIFA There are a few promo shoots featuring the key players. Messi is trying to look cool but is also wearing a hoody and sadly, that is almost impossible to do.  Credit: FIFA   6:39PM PHILIP SCHOFIELD IS HERE Oh now this is kicking off. "Oldham fan. My Granddad used to play pies at the ground as a lad. I was a constant disappointment for him because we (his brother) were rubbish. I just lacked the sporting mind, I think. I kick a ball around the garden with my nephews. I was asked all the way down Ronaldo or Messi... it's a tricky one. "Messi." There you have it. Philip Schofield believes Messi will win. Why do they need this event now? It's done, people! 6:37PM Patrick Kluivert is tonight's magician Credit: FIFA It's either that, or Kluivert's album cover has been leaked onto the picture database I'm currently enjoying. I think this one would be called "Still Crazy" or "These Nights".   Like that. Available on iTunes, but don't bother. You can stream it for free and it's not all that. 6:32PM Down with this sort of thing Credit: PA M8, mate, maaaaaaaaate what a fantastic shirt. Oooooooh that'll really stick it to them. Look what it says "for crying out loud" and oh my word, it's hand drawn! This is rock and roll. There is NOTHING more rock n roll than attending the overly elaborate celebration of individuals in a team sport governed by a disgraced international body than wearing a shirt with WRITING ON IT. Well done Kasabian, you truly represent all that is cool about football. 6:30PM MICHAEL DOUGLAS SUPPORTS SWANSEA Catherine Zeta-Jones says:  "My husband... Michael Douglas is a Swansea City fan." Confirmation there from Zeta-Jones, who claims to have supported Swansea since before they were back in the Premier League, as though that makes her cool or something. Alright, Catherine. Chill out.  Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I don't watch movies, I watch sport," she says. And that is because she doesn't know how sport is going to end. Imagine then, if you will, a Liverpool vs Newcastle match directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The twist - and there is a twist - is that Stan Collymore was the mascot the whole time. And the mascot is the Queen. And the Queen scores the winning goal, liberating a fictional country which is supposed to be from somewhere near Afghanistan. 6:26PM All the stars are here Credit: PA It's not a long trek for Granit Xhaka to be here as the awards are being held in London.  Credit: PA And here's star Valencia right-back Eamonn Holmes, who has flown in to hang out with all his La Liga pals like... Sergio Ramos, who will probably be here at some point. Credit: EPA That's why he was in London. Maradona is on his best behaviour and looking very nice, but as yet hasn't dribbled past a single person on the red carpet. 6:21PM Welcome! HELLO EVERYONE! Welcome to this most exciting of events. It's like the Oscars... but with David Seaman! Credit: PA  Seaman won't be winning any awards tonight, especially since he doesn't have a moustache anymore, and instead must watch as the likes of Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar sit on some expensive chairs and feign being incredibly pleased that one of the other two has won the Best Best FIFA Best Best Football Player Man Award. There are other awards too. Who will win them? Let's find out together. 6:15PM What's all this then? It's the 2017 Best Fifa Football Awards, the second to be held, where - among other awards - world player of the year is crowned. The breakaway event was started after Fifa's Ballon d'Or partnership with France Football ended. The Ballon d'Or is still awarded by the publication each year, while Fifa hands out its own awards in tonight's event. When is it? It's on Monday October 23 - ie today. What time does the event start? It's a 7.30pm BST start at the London Palladium. What TV channel is it on? You can watch the event, hosted by Idris Elba, on Fifa's YouTube channel. Alternatively, you can follow the event as it happens right here, or catch the highlights on ITV at 10.45pm. Ronaldo with last year's award and Sir Alex Ferguson Credit: Getty Images Which awards are up for grabs, and who is shortlisted? The Best Fifa Men's Player Three players have been nominated for the award from an initial shortlist of 24. Last year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo, has scored 45 goals in 48 appearances this calendar year, including 34 goals for club and 11 for country. These incredible individual statistics are bolstered by Ronaldo winning the Champions League and La Liga in the 2016/17 campaign. Lionel Messi is another unsurprising feature within the best player award, with 49 goals and 11 assists in 50 appearances in 2017. The most expensive player in the world, Neymar is the outside bet to be crowned the greatest footballer on earth. The Best Fifa football coach award The best coach award is separated into male and female categories.  Juventus boss, Massimiliano Allegri, after winning the league and Coppa Italia last season. Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, who in his first season in English football won the Premier League, setting a new record along the way achieving 30 wins in a single season. Finally Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane makes the list after winning the Champions League and Los Blancos' first league title for five years. In the women's section, the the top three comprise of Denmark’s manager Nils Nielsen, who guided her side to the final against Holland in this year European Championships. Lyon coach Gerard Precheur is nominated after winning the Champions League, the French League Cup and the French Cup, while Sarina Wiegman also features after leading Holland to the 2017 European championships.  The Best FIFA goalkeeper award Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus is nominated, having gone 600 minutes without conceding in the Champions League, while Keylor Navas of Real Madrid won his second consecutive Champions League along with a La Liga title. Manuel Neuer makes up the three-man short list. The Puskas Award The Puskas award is for the best goal of the year. This year the three finalists include Deyna Castellanos of Venezuela women's side, Olivier Giroud for his goal for Arsenal, below, and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. The Best Fifa Fan award Borussia Dortmund make the final three after supporters came together to offer shelter to Monaco fans displaced by their Champions League match being rescheduled after a bomb attack on the Dortmund team bus.  Celtic are included through their final match of the league season which coincided with the 50th anniversary of winning the European Cup in 1967, which made them the first British club to lift the prestigious trophy. The Celtic fans honoured the team, known as the "Lisbon Lions", with a stunning full 360-degree card display around Celtic Park. FC Copenhagen were also nominated after winning the league in their final game against Brondby, when players handed the trophy to the fans, who then passed the trophy along to a wheelchair-bound supporter and lifted him in the air. Awards night preview: Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to retain his crown as FIFA men's player of the year in London on Monday night. The Real Madrid and Portugal superstar is up against Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Paris St Germain's Neymar for the award he won last year. The ceremony, which takes place at the London Palladium, is the second since the FIFA award split from France Football's Ballon d'Or prize. Ronaldo has scored 44 goals for club and country so far in 2017 and scored twice in the Champions League final in June, as Real won the competition for a record-extending 12th time. Messi has hit 50 goals for Barca and Argentina while Neymar, the world's most expensive player after he left Barcelona for PSG in the summer, has 25 goals to his name for Barca, PSG and Brazil. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is in the running for the top men's coach award along with Ronaldo's boss at Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, and Juventus chief Massimiliano Allegri. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud's 'scorpion kick' volley against Crystal Palace in January has been nominated for the Puskas Award for best goal. The 31-year-old's effort has been shortlisted along with goals from Venezuela's Deyna Castellanos and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. Castellanos is also nominated for the women's player of the year award alongside last year's winner Carli Lloyd of the United States and Holland's Lieke Martens. The winners are decided by a jury of club and international coaches, media representatives and fans. PA  

Best Fifa Football Awards 2017 live updates: Will Messi, Ronaldo or Neymar win?

7:45PM Puskas Award for best goal After showing this video: They interview Harry Kane. The crowd boos (because a large portion of them seem to be Arsenal fans). Maybe not actually, now Frank Lampard is in the spotlight and he gets a round of applause. Lampard says his favourite goal is Giroud's, Kane says it's the South African goalkeeper's. He has to say that though. The repercussions for supporting something Arsenal are just too high. Schmeichel agrees with Mr Lampard. 7:40PM Elba is doing selfies Credit: AFP Tonight's host is wandering around the front row getting selfies with Neymar, Messi and Ronaldo, doing some jokes. Then he goes to Olivier Giroud. It's good to see that even in awards ceremonies, Giroud still has to come off the bench to be involved.  7:38PM Idris Elba going for the jokes Solid opening. The setup references that this is an international broadcast, so if you're from South America, 'como estas'. If you're from China, 'ni hao' (sp) and if you're from Hackney, "alright bruv".   7:36PM But first, it's Stomp! I'm doing this face. Some people are bashing bins around on the stage as they show highlights of... some football. You can't see what football because there are people bashing bins around on stage. Now they're bouncing footballs. Diego Maradona looks fairly unimpressed.  But they've timed one of the bits to coincide with the ball hitting the back of the net and a scream of "GOAL!" which is quite nice. And now they're replicating acrobatic soccer skills and celebrations. The crowd goes mildly wild and politely applauds. Cue Martin Tyler: "I swear you'll never see anything like this ever again!" 7:32PM Idris Elba is here Star of The Wire, the US Office and those Sky Movies adverts, here comes Idris Elba wearing a really nice tuxedo. James Bond wears a tuxedo. It's an audition! 7:29PM Ronaldo seems confident Credit: AFP I think they've lined up this so it's Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo, which isn't the order I'd have them in. Surely Ronaldo plays through the middle of a front three? 7:27PM Confirmation: Ronaldo and Messi are football friends Credit: AP   7:26PM Here's the guy who really wants you to know he's here Credit: AFP Yaaaaaay it's... that guy. Gianni Infantino, the newest president of FIFA, is shaking hands and being friendly to people.   7:23PM Ronaldo is here!  Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez Credit: GETTY IMAGES Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez are here and have done the walk along the... green carpet. I've just thought of a way they can decide who actually wins the top prize between this guy, Messi and Neymar. Stay with me... Penalty shootout. And like in Game of Thrones, they can all choose a person to stand in for them as goalkeeper. Seaman is there, Schmeichel and Buffon too. And that's it.  7:22PM Claudio Ranieri Credit: FIFA  Doing a fine job at Nantes just now, grabbing those 1-0 wins to help them climb the table. Everyone likes Ranieri. 7:19PM Antonio Conte says "I think that it's very important to stay here and fight for this award. It is amazing with Real Madrid, they won the Champions League and the league but it is amazing for me to stay here and to fight for this award." God I hope he means that literally. Can you imagine? Conte windmilling his way through the main hall, battering Peter Schmeichel and Luka Modric in a whirlwind of fury. 7:17PM Dream strike partnernship Credit: AP These two would destroy worlds.  7:15PM I just want someone to love me as much as Marcelo loves this woman Credit: GETTY IMAGES Can you feel it? Light beams of warmth coming out of his eyes. 7:11PM Dani Alves has come dressed as a futuristic pirate Credit: REUTERS "STOP RIGHT THERE! SPACE POLICE! Agent Daniel Alves and you've got a loooooooot of talking to do, punk." 7:09PM Harry Kane and Katie Goodland There he is! Harry gives a little bit to the presenters about how nice it is to be invited. He's so nice. "It makes me feel very proud. For me it’s about improving every year. Messi, Ronaldo set the standard for all of us so just to get up there and be involved is fantastic. The stadium, the atmosphere (at Real Madrid) was amazing. To get a result… I'm very proud." 7:06PM What would you rather win? This is a great question. Kay Murray (I think) essentially asks Gigi Buffon whether he is happy having won the World Cup and not the Champions League. Which would you rather win? If you were a player. Not as a fan. It's difficult isn't it? On the one hand, Scotland winning the World Cup would be amazing BUT I'm leaning towards Aberdeen being crowned European champions. 6:59PM Photos of Messi at the Best FIFA Awards Leo Messi and wife Antonella Credit: AP Credit: PA   6:58PM All the stars are here! Credit: OA  That's Marcelo, here's David Trezeguet: Credit: FIFA And here's Philip Schofield: Credit: PA If you aren't from the UK, you might not know who this man is so let's try and explain. Philip Schofield, or Scholey F as he likes to be known, is a giant of British television. He's perhaps the nicest man alive to also be a TV presenter and used to best friends with a gopher, the whereabouts of which are unknown. What happened to that gopher, you ask? Nobody is sure. All we know for certain is that until its lifeless body is discovered washed up on that little beach next to the South Bank on the Thames, we must assume it is alive.  6:52PM No questions for Messi The FIFA TV presenters have been told they are not allowed to ask Leo Messi any questions - not even in Spanish. What kind of world is this? We're all just waiting to hear what the great man will say about tonight's event and have been denied. We'll never know how he's looking forward to it, and may the best man win, and that London is very nice and that he's glad he's scored today but more pleased that the team got three points, and they just have to go again in the next game. In Spanish. But no! 6:47PM Leo Messi is here *high pitch scream* ARRRRHRHGGHHGHGHGHGHGHGH. And I can confirm he is wearing a normal suit. Nothing shiny and no LED lights. Disappointing. 6:47PM Frank Lampard is here "(Real Madrid) are going down as one of the best club teams in history. " I agree Frank. They're really good. "(Conte's) in the running (for best manager). He's done an unbelievable job at Chelsea" 6:45PM Messi looks terrified in his press photo shoot Credit: FIFA There are a few promo shoots featuring the key players. Messi is trying to look cool but is also wearing a hoody and sadly, that is almost impossible to do.  Credit: FIFA   6:39PM PHILIP SCHOFIELD IS HERE Oh now this is kicking off. "Oldham fan. My Granddad used to play pies at the ground as a lad. I was a constant disappointment for him because we (his brother) were rubbish. I just lacked the sporting mind, I think. I kick a ball around the garden with my nephews. I was asked all the way down Ronaldo or Messi... it's a tricky one. "Messi." There you have it. Philip Schofield believes Messi will win. Why do they need this event now? It's done, people! 6:37PM Patrick Kluivert is tonight's magician Credit: FIFA It's either that, or Kluivert's album cover has been leaked onto the picture database I'm currently enjoying. I think this one would be called "Still Crazy" or "These Nights".   Like that. Available on iTunes, but don't bother. You can stream it for free and it's not all that. 6:32PM Down with this sort of thing Credit: PA M8, mate, maaaaaaaaate what a fantastic shirt. Oooooooh that'll really stick it to them. Look what it says "for crying out loud" and oh my word, it's hand drawn! This is rock and roll. There is NOTHING more rock n roll than attending the overly elaborate celebration of individuals in a team sport governed by a disgraced international body than wearing a shirt with WRITING ON IT. Well done Kasabian, you truly represent all that is cool about football. 6:30PM MICHAEL DOUGLAS SUPPORTS SWANSEA Catherine Zeta-Jones says:  "My husband... Michael Douglas is a Swansea City fan." Confirmation there from Zeta-Jones, who claims to have supported Swansea since before they were back in the Premier League, as though that makes her cool or something. Alright, Catherine. Chill out.  Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I don't watch movies, I watch sport," she says. And that is because she doesn't know how sport is going to end. Imagine then, if you will, a Liverpool vs Newcastle match directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The twist - and there is a twist - is that Stan Collymore was the mascot the whole time. And the mascot is the Queen. And the Queen scores the winning goal, liberating a fictional country which is supposed to be from somewhere near Afghanistan. 6:26PM All the stars are here Credit: PA It's not a long trek for Granit Xhaka to be here as the awards are being held in London.  Credit: PA And here's star Valencia right-back Eamonn Holmes, who has flown in to hang out with all his La Liga pals like... Sergio Ramos, who will probably be here at some point. Credit: EPA That's why he was in London. Maradona is on his best behaviour and looking very nice, but as yet hasn't dribbled past a single person on the red carpet. 6:21PM Welcome! HELLO EVERYONE! Welcome to this most exciting of events. It's like the Oscars... but with David Seaman! Credit: PA  Seaman won't be winning any awards tonight, especially since he doesn't have a moustache anymore, and instead must watch as the likes of Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar sit on some expensive chairs and feign being incredibly pleased that one of the other two has won the Best Best FIFA Best Best Football Player Man Award. There are other awards too. Who will win them? Let's find out together. 6:15PM What's all this then? It's the 2017 Best Fifa Football Awards, the second to be held, where - among other awards - world player of the year is crowned. The breakaway event was started after Fifa's Ballon d'Or partnership with France Football ended. The Ballon d'Or is still awarded by the publication each year, while Fifa hands out its own awards in tonight's event. When is it? It's on Monday October 23 - ie today. What time does the event start? It's a 7.30pm BST start at the London Palladium. What TV channel is it on? You can watch the event, hosted by Idris Elba, on Fifa's YouTube channel. Alternatively, you can follow the event as it happens right here, or catch the highlights on ITV at 10.45pm. Ronaldo with last year's award and Sir Alex Ferguson Credit: Getty Images Which awards are up for grabs, and who is shortlisted? The Best Fifa Men's Player Three players have been nominated for the award from an initial shortlist of 24. Last year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo, has scored 45 goals in 48 appearances this calendar year, including 34 goals for club and 11 for country. These incredible individual statistics are bolstered by Ronaldo winning the Champions League and La Liga in the 2016/17 campaign. Lionel Messi is another unsurprising feature within the best player award, with 49 goals and 11 assists in 50 appearances in 2017. The most expensive player in the world, Neymar is the outside bet to be crowned the greatest footballer on earth. The Best Fifa football coach award The best coach award is separated into male and female categories.  Juventus boss, Massimiliano Allegri, after winning the league and Coppa Italia last season. Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, who in his first season in English football won the Premier League, setting a new record along the way achieving 30 wins in a single season. Finally Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane makes the list after winning the Champions League and Los Blancos' first league title for five years. In the women's section, the the top three comprise of Denmark’s manager Nils Nielsen, who guided her side to the final against Holland in this year European Championships. Lyon coach Gerard Precheur is nominated after winning the Champions League, the French League Cup and the French Cup, while Sarina Wiegman also features after leading Holland to the 2017 European championships.  The Best FIFA goalkeeper award Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus is nominated, having gone 600 minutes without conceding in the Champions League, while Keylor Navas of Real Madrid won his second consecutive Champions League along with a La Liga title. Manuel Neuer makes up the three-man short list. The Puskas Award The Puskas award is for the best goal of the year. This year the three finalists include Deyna Castellanos of Venezuela women's side, Olivier Giroud for his goal for Arsenal, below, and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. The Best Fifa Fan award Borussia Dortmund make the final three after supporters came together to offer shelter to Monaco fans displaced by their Champions League match being rescheduled after a bomb attack on the Dortmund team bus.  Celtic are included through their final match of the league season which coincided with the 50th anniversary of winning the European Cup in 1967, which made them the first British club to lift the prestigious trophy. The Celtic fans honoured the team, known as the "Lisbon Lions", with a stunning full 360-degree card display around Celtic Park. FC Copenhagen were also nominated after winning the league in their final game against Brondby, when players handed the trophy to the fans, who then passed the trophy along to a wheelchair-bound supporter and lifted him in the air. Awards night preview: Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to retain his crown as FIFA men's player of the year in London on Monday night. The Real Madrid and Portugal superstar is up against Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Paris St Germain's Neymar for the award he won last year. The ceremony, which takes place at the London Palladium, is the second since the FIFA award split from France Football's Ballon d'Or prize. Ronaldo has scored 44 goals for club and country so far in 2017 and scored twice in the Champions League final in June, as Real won the competition for a record-extending 12th time. Messi has hit 50 goals for Barca and Argentina while Neymar, the world's most expensive player after he left Barcelona for PSG in the summer, has 25 goals to his name for Barca, PSG and Brazil. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is in the running for the top men's coach award along with Ronaldo's boss at Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, and Juventus chief Massimiliano Allegri. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud's 'scorpion kick' volley against Crystal Palace in January has been nominated for the Puskas Award for best goal. The 31-year-old's effort has been shortlisted along with goals from Venezuela's Deyna Castellanos and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. Castellanos is also nominated for the women's player of the year award alongside last year's winner Carli Lloyd of the United States and Holland's Lieke Martens. The winners are decided by a jury of club and international coaches, media representatives and fans. PA  

Best Fifa Football Awards 2017 live updates: Will Messi, Ronaldo or Neymar win?

7:45PM Puskas Award for best goal After showing this video: They interview Harry Kane. The crowd boos (because a large portion of them seem to be Arsenal fans). Maybe not actually, now Frank Lampard is in the spotlight and he gets a round of applause. Lampard says his favourite goal is Giroud's, Kane says it's the South African goalkeeper's. He has to say that though. The repercussions for supporting something Arsenal are just too high. Schmeichel agrees with Mr Lampard. 7:40PM Elba is doing selfies Credit: AFP Tonight's host is wandering around the front row getting selfies with Neymar, Messi and Ronaldo, doing some jokes. Then he goes to Olivier Giroud. It's good to see that even in awards ceremonies, Giroud still has to come off the bench to be involved.  7:38PM Idris Elba going for the jokes Solid opening. The setup references that this is an international broadcast, so if you're from South America, 'como estas'. If you're from China, 'ni hao' (sp) and if you're from Hackney, "alright bruv".   7:36PM But first, it's Stomp! I'm doing this face. Some people are bashing bins around on the stage as they show highlights of... some football. You can't see what football because there are people bashing bins around on stage. Now they're bouncing footballs. Diego Maradona looks fairly unimpressed.  But they've timed one of the bits to coincide with the ball hitting the back of the net and a scream of "GOAL!" which is quite nice. And now they're replicating acrobatic soccer skills and celebrations. The crowd goes mildly wild and politely applauds. Cue Martin Tyler: "I swear you'll never see anything like this ever again!" 7:32PM Idris Elba is here Star of The Wire, the US Office and those Sky Movies adverts, here comes Idris Elba wearing a really nice tuxedo. James Bond wears a tuxedo. It's an audition! 7:29PM Ronaldo seems confident Credit: AFP I think they've lined up this so it's Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo, which isn't the order I'd have them in. Surely Ronaldo plays through the middle of a front three? 7:27PM Confirmation: Ronaldo and Messi are football friends Credit: AP   7:26PM Here's the guy who really wants you to know he's here Credit: AFP Yaaaaaay it's... that guy. Gianni Infantino, the newest president of FIFA, is shaking hands and being friendly to people.   7:23PM Ronaldo is here!  Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez Credit: GETTY IMAGES Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez are here and have done the walk along the... green carpet. I've just thought of a way they can decide who actually wins the top prize between this guy, Messi and Neymar. Stay with me... Penalty shootout. And like in Game of Thrones, they can all choose a person to stand in for them as goalkeeper. Seaman is there, Schmeichel and Buffon too. And that's it.  7:22PM Claudio Ranieri Credit: FIFA  Doing a fine job at Nantes just now, grabbing those 1-0 wins to help them climb the table. Everyone likes Ranieri. 7:19PM Antonio Conte says "I think that it's very important to stay here and fight for this award. It is amazing with Real Madrid, they won the Champions League and the league but it is amazing for me to stay here and to fight for this award." God I hope he means that literally. Can you imagine? Conte windmilling his way through the main hall, battering Peter Schmeichel and Luka Modric in a whirlwind of fury. 7:17PM Dream strike partnernship Credit: AP These two would destroy worlds.  7:15PM I just want someone to love me as much as Marcelo loves this woman Credit: GETTY IMAGES Can you feel it? Light beams of warmth coming out of his eyes. 7:11PM Dani Alves has come dressed as a futuristic pirate Credit: REUTERS "STOP RIGHT THERE! SPACE POLICE! Agent Daniel Alves and you've got a loooooooot of talking to do, punk." 7:09PM Harry Kane and Katie Goodland There he is! Harry gives a little bit to the presenters about how nice it is to be invited. He's so nice. "It makes me feel very proud. For me it’s about improving every year. Messi, Ronaldo set the standard for all of us so just to get up there and be involved is fantastic. The stadium, the atmosphere (at Real Madrid) was amazing. To get a result… I'm very proud." 7:06PM What would you rather win? This is a great question. Kay Murray (I think) essentially asks Gigi Buffon whether he is happy having won the World Cup and not the Champions League. Which would you rather win? If you were a player. Not as a fan. It's difficult isn't it? On the one hand, Scotland winning the World Cup would be amazing BUT I'm leaning towards Aberdeen being crowned European champions. 6:59PM Photos of Messi at the Best FIFA Awards Leo Messi and wife Antonella Credit: AP Credit: PA   6:58PM All the stars are here! Credit: OA  That's Marcelo, here's David Trezeguet: Credit: FIFA And here's Philip Schofield: Credit: PA If you aren't from the UK, you might not know who this man is so let's try and explain. Philip Schofield, or Scholey F as he likes to be known, is a giant of British television. He's perhaps the nicest man alive to also be a TV presenter and used to best friends with a gopher, the whereabouts of which are unknown. What happened to that gopher, you ask? Nobody is sure. All we know for certain is that until its lifeless body is discovered washed up on that little beach next to the South Bank on the Thames, we must assume it is alive.  6:52PM No questions for Messi The FIFA TV presenters have been told they are not allowed to ask Leo Messi any questions - not even in Spanish. What kind of world is this? We're all just waiting to hear what the great man will say about tonight's event and have been denied. We'll never know how he's looking forward to it, and may the best man win, and that London is very nice and that he's glad he's scored today but more pleased that the team got three points, and they just have to go again in the next game. In Spanish. But no! 6:47PM Leo Messi is here *high pitch scream* ARRRRHRHGGHHGHGHGHGHGHGH. And I can confirm he is wearing a normal suit. Nothing shiny and no LED lights. Disappointing. 6:47PM Frank Lampard is here "(Real Madrid) are going down as one of the best club teams in history. " I agree Frank. They're really good. "(Conte's) in the running (for best manager). He's done an unbelievable job at Chelsea" 6:45PM Messi looks terrified in his press photo shoot Credit: FIFA There are a few promo shoots featuring the key players. Messi is trying to look cool but is also wearing a hoody and sadly, that is almost impossible to do.  Credit: FIFA   6:39PM PHILIP SCHOFIELD IS HERE Oh now this is kicking off. "Oldham fan. My Granddad used to play pies at the ground as a lad. I was a constant disappointment for him because we (his brother) were rubbish. I just lacked the sporting mind, I think. I kick a ball around the garden with my nephews. I was asked all the way down Ronaldo or Messi... it's a tricky one. "Messi." There you have it. Philip Schofield believes Messi will win. Why do they need this event now? It's done, people! 6:37PM Patrick Kluivert is tonight's magician Credit: FIFA It's either that, or Kluivert's album cover has been leaked onto the picture database I'm currently enjoying. I think this one would be called "Still Crazy" or "These Nights".   Like that. Available on iTunes, but don't bother. You can stream it for free and it's not all that. 6:32PM Down with this sort of thing Credit: PA M8, mate, maaaaaaaaate what a fantastic shirt. Oooooooh that'll really stick it to them. Look what it says "for crying out loud" and oh my word, it's hand drawn! This is rock and roll. There is NOTHING more rock n roll than attending the overly elaborate celebration of individuals in a team sport governed by a disgraced international body than wearing a shirt with WRITING ON IT. Well done Kasabian, you truly represent all that is cool about football. 6:30PM MICHAEL DOUGLAS SUPPORTS SWANSEA Catherine Zeta-Jones says:  "My husband... Michael Douglas is a Swansea City fan." Confirmation there from Zeta-Jones, who claims to have supported Swansea since before they were back in the Premier League, as though that makes her cool or something. Alright, Catherine. Chill out.  Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I don't watch movies, I watch sport," she says. And that is because she doesn't know how sport is going to end. Imagine then, if you will, a Liverpool vs Newcastle match directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The twist - and there is a twist - is that Stan Collymore was the mascot the whole time. And the mascot is the Queen. And the Queen scores the winning goal, liberating a fictional country which is supposed to be from somewhere near Afghanistan. 6:26PM All the stars are here Credit: PA It's not a long trek for Granit Xhaka to be here as the awards are being held in London.  Credit: PA And here's star Valencia right-back Eamonn Holmes, who has flown in to hang out with all his La Liga pals like... Sergio Ramos, who will probably be here at some point. Credit: EPA That's why he was in London. Maradona is on his best behaviour and looking very nice, but as yet hasn't dribbled past a single person on the red carpet. 6:21PM Welcome! HELLO EVERYONE! Welcome to this most exciting of events. It's like the Oscars... but with David Seaman! Credit: PA  Seaman won't be winning any awards tonight, especially since he doesn't have a moustache anymore, and instead must watch as the likes of Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar sit on some expensive chairs and feign being incredibly pleased that one of the other two has won the Best Best FIFA Best Best Football Player Man Award. There are other awards too. Who will win them? Let's find out together. 6:15PM What's all this then? It's the 2017 Best Fifa Football Awards, the second to be held, where - among other awards - world player of the year is crowned. The breakaway event was started after Fifa's Ballon d'Or partnership with France Football ended. The Ballon d'Or is still awarded by the publication each year, while Fifa hands out its own awards in tonight's event. When is it? It's on Monday October 23 - ie today. What time does the event start? It's a 7.30pm BST start at the London Palladium. What TV channel is it on? You can watch the event, hosted by Idris Elba, on Fifa's YouTube channel. Alternatively, you can follow the event as it happens right here, or catch the highlights on ITV at 10.45pm. Ronaldo with last year's award and Sir Alex Ferguson Credit: Getty Images Which awards are up for grabs, and who is shortlisted? The Best Fifa Men's Player Three players have been nominated for the award from an initial shortlist of 24. Last year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo, has scored 45 goals in 48 appearances this calendar year, including 34 goals for club and 11 for country. These incredible individual statistics are bolstered by Ronaldo winning the Champions League and La Liga in the 2016/17 campaign. Lionel Messi is another unsurprising feature within the best player award, with 49 goals and 11 assists in 50 appearances in 2017. The most expensive player in the world, Neymar is the outside bet to be crowned the greatest footballer on earth. The Best Fifa football coach award The best coach award is separated into male and female categories.  Juventus boss, Massimiliano Allegri, after winning the league and Coppa Italia last season. Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, who in his first season in English football won the Premier League, setting a new record along the way achieving 30 wins in a single season. Finally Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane makes the list after winning the Champions League and Los Blancos' first league title for five years. In the women's section, the the top three comprise of Denmark’s manager Nils Nielsen, who guided her side to the final against Holland in this year European Championships. Lyon coach Gerard Precheur is nominated after winning the Champions League, the French League Cup and the French Cup, while Sarina Wiegman also features after leading Holland to the 2017 European championships.  The Best FIFA goalkeeper award Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus is nominated, having gone 600 minutes without conceding in the Champions League, while Keylor Navas of Real Madrid won his second consecutive Champions League along with a La Liga title. Manuel Neuer makes up the three-man short list. The Puskas Award The Puskas award is for the best goal of the year. This year the three finalists include Deyna Castellanos of Venezuela women's side, Olivier Giroud for his goal for Arsenal, below, and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. The Best Fifa Fan award Borussia Dortmund make the final three after supporters came together to offer shelter to Monaco fans displaced by their Champions League match being rescheduled after a bomb attack on the Dortmund team bus.  Celtic are included through their final match of the league season which coincided with the 50th anniversary of winning the European Cup in 1967, which made them the first British club to lift the prestigious trophy. The Celtic fans honoured the team, known as the "Lisbon Lions", with a stunning full 360-degree card display around Celtic Park. FC Copenhagen were also nominated after winning the league in their final game against Brondby, when players handed the trophy to the fans, who then passed the trophy along to a wheelchair-bound supporter and lifted him in the air. Awards night preview: Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to retain his crown as FIFA men's player of the year in London on Monday night. The Real Madrid and Portugal superstar is up against Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Paris St Germain's Neymar for the award he won last year. The ceremony, which takes place at the London Palladium, is the second since the FIFA award split from France Football's Ballon d'Or prize. Ronaldo has scored 44 goals for club and country so far in 2017 and scored twice in the Champions League final in June, as Real won the competition for a record-extending 12th time. Messi has hit 50 goals for Barca and Argentina while Neymar, the world's most expensive player after he left Barcelona for PSG in the summer, has 25 goals to his name for Barca, PSG and Brazil. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is in the running for the top men's coach award along with Ronaldo's boss at Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, and Juventus chief Massimiliano Allegri. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud's 'scorpion kick' volley against Crystal Palace in January has been nominated for the Puskas Award for best goal. The 31-year-old's effort has been shortlisted along with goals from Venezuela's Deyna Castellanos and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. Castellanos is also nominated for the women's player of the year award alongside last year's winner Carli Lloyd of the United States and Holland's Lieke Martens. The winners are decided by a jury of club and international coaches, media representatives and fans. PA  

Best Fifa Football Awards 2017 live updates: Will Messi, Ronaldo or Neymar win?

7:45PM Puskas Award for best goal After showing this video: They interview Harry Kane. The crowd boos (because a large portion of them seem to be Arsenal fans). Maybe not actually, now Frank Lampard is in the spotlight and he gets a round of applause. Lampard says his favourite goal is Giroud's, Kane says it's the South African goalkeeper's. He has to say that though. The repercussions for supporting something Arsenal are just too high. Schmeichel agrees with Mr Lampard. 7:40PM Elba is doing selfies Credit: AFP Tonight's host is wandering around the front row getting selfies with Neymar, Messi and Ronaldo, doing some jokes. Then he goes to Olivier Giroud. It's good to see that even in awards ceremonies, Giroud still has to come off the bench to be involved.  7:38PM Idris Elba going for the jokes Solid opening. The setup references that this is an international broadcast, so if you're from South America, 'como estas'. If you're from China, 'ni hao' (sp) and if you're from Hackney, "alright bruv".   7:36PM But first, it's Stomp! I'm doing this face. Some people are bashing bins around on the stage as they show highlights of... some football. You can't see what football because there are people bashing bins around on stage. Now they're bouncing footballs. Diego Maradona looks fairly unimpressed.  But they've timed one of the bits to coincide with the ball hitting the back of the net and a scream of "GOAL!" which is quite nice. And now they're replicating acrobatic soccer skills and celebrations. The crowd goes mildly wild and politely applauds. Cue Martin Tyler: "I swear you'll never see anything like this ever again!" 7:32PM Idris Elba is here Star of The Wire, the US Office and those Sky Movies adverts, here comes Idris Elba wearing a really nice tuxedo. James Bond wears a tuxedo. It's an audition! 7:29PM Ronaldo seems confident Credit: AFP I think they've lined up this so it's Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo, which isn't the order I'd have them in. Surely Ronaldo plays through the middle of a front three? 7:27PM Confirmation: Ronaldo and Messi are football friends Credit: AP   7:26PM Here's the guy who really wants you to know he's here Credit: AFP Yaaaaaay it's... that guy. Gianni Infantino, the newest president of FIFA, is shaking hands and being friendly to people.   7:23PM Ronaldo is here!  Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez Credit: GETTY IMAGES Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez are here and have done the walk along the... green carpet. I've just thought of a way they can decide who actually wins the top prize between this guy, Messi and Neymar. Stay with me... Penalty shootout. And like in Game of Thrones, they can all choose a person to stand in for them as goalkeeper. Seaman is there, Schmeichel and Buffon too. And that's it.  7:22PM Claudio Ranieri Credit: FIFA  Doing a fine job at Nantes just now, grabbing those 1-0 wins to help them climb the table. Everyone likes Ranieri. 7:19PM Antonio Conte says "I think that it's very important to stay here and fight for this award. It is amazing with Real Madrid, they won the Champions League and the league but it is amazing for me to stay here and to fight for this award." God I hope he means that literally. Can you imagine? Conte windmilling his way through the main hall, battering Peter Schmeichel and Luka Modric in a whirlwind of fury. 7:17PM Dream strike partnernship Credit: AP These two would destroy worlds.  7:15PM I just want someone to love me as much as Marcelo loves this woman Credit: GETTY IMAGES Can you feel it? Light beams of warmth coming out of his eyes. 7:11PM Dani Alves has come dressed as a futuristic pirate Credit: REUTERS "STOP RIGHT THERE! SPACE POLICE! Agent Daniel Alves and you've got a loooooooot of talking to do, punk." 7:09PM Harry Kane and Katie Goodland There he is! Harry gives a little bit to the presenters about how nice it is to be invited. He's so nice. "It makes me feel very proud. For me it’s about improving every year. Messi, Ronaldo set the standard for all of us so just to get up there and be involved is fantastic. The stadium, the atmosphere (at Real Madrid) was amazing. To get a result… I'm very proud." 7:06PM What would you rather win? This is a great question. Kay Murray (I think) essentially asks Gigi Buffon whether he is happy having won the World Cup and not the Champions League. Which would you rather win? If you were a player. Not as a fan. It's difficult isn't it? On the one hand, Scotland winning the World Cup would be amazing BUT I'm leaning towards Aberdeen being crowned European champions. 6:59PM Photos of Messi at the Best FIFA Awards Leo Messi and wife Antonella Credit: AP Credit: PA   6:58PM All the stars are here! Credit: OA  That's Marcelo, here's David Trezeguet: Credit: FIFA And here's Philip Schofield: Credit: PA If you aren't from the UK, you might not know who this man is so let's try and explain. Philip Schofield, or Scholey F as he likes to be known, is a giant of British television. He's perhaps the nicest man alive to also be a TV presenter and used to best friends with a gopher, the whereabouts of which are unknown. What happened to that gopher, you ask? Nobody is sure. All we know for certain is that until its lifeless body is discovered washed up on that little beach next to the South Bank on the Thames, we must assume it is alive.  6:52PM No questions for Messi The FIFA TV presenters have been told they are not allowed to ask Leo Messi any questions - not even in Spanish. What kind of world is this? We're all just waiting to hear what the great man will say about tonight's event and have been denied. We'll never know how he's looking forward to it, and may the best man win, and that London is very nice and that he's glad he's scored today but more pleased that the team got three points, and they just have to go again in the next game. In Spanish. But no! 6:47PM Leo Messi is here *high pitch scream* ARRRRHRHGGHHGHGHGHGHGHGH. And I can confirm he is wearing a normal suit. Nothing shiny and no LED lights. Disappointing. 6:47PM Frank Lampard is here "(Real Madrid) are going down as one of the best club teams in history. " I agree Frank. They're really good. "(Conte's) in the running (for best manager). He's done an unbelievable job at Chelsea" 6:45PM Messi looks terrified in his press photo shoot Credit: FIFA There are a few promo shoots featuring the key players. Messi is trying to look cool but is also wearing a hoody and sadly, that is almost impossible to do.  Credit: FIFA   6:39PM PHILIP SCHOFIELD IS HERE Oh now this is kicking off. "Oldham fan. My Granddad used to play pies at the ground as a lad. I was a constant disappointment for him because we (his brother) were rubbish. I just lacked the sporting mind, I think. I kick a ball around the garden with my nephews. I was asked all the way down Ronaldo or Messi... it's a tricky one. "Messi." There you have it. Philip Schofield believes Messi will win. Why do they need this event now? It's done, people! 6:37PM Patrick Kluivert is tonight's magician Credit: FIFA It's either that, or Kluivert's album cover has been leaked onto the picture database I'm currently enjoying. I think this one would be called "Still Crazy" or "These Nights".   Like that. Available on iTunes, but don't bother. You can stream it for free and it's not all that. 6:32PM Down with this sort of thing Credit: PA M8, mate, maaaaaaaaate what a fantastic shirt. Oooooooh that'll really stick it to them. Look what it says "for crying out loud" and oh my word, it's hand drawn! This is rock and roll. There is NOTHING more rock n roll than attending the overly elaborate celebration of individuals in a team sport governed by a disgraced international body than wearing a shirt with WRITING ON IT. Well done Kasabian, you truly represent all that is cool about football. 6:30PM MICHAEL DOUGLAS SUPPORTS SWANSEA Catherine Zeta-Jones says:  "My husband... Michael Douglas is a Swansea City fan." Confirmation there from Zeta-Jones, who claims to have supported Swansea since before they were back in the Premier League, as though that makes her cool or something. Alright, Catherine. Chill out.  Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I don't watch movies, I watch sport," she says. And that is because she doesn't know how sport is going to end. Imagine then, if you will, a Liverpool vs Newcastle match directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The twist - and there is a twist - is that Stan Collymore was the mascot the whole time. And the mascot is the Queen. And the Queen scores the winning goal, liberating a fictional country which is supposed to be from somewhere near Afghanistan. 6:26PM All the stars are here Credit: PA It's not a long trek for Granit Xhaka to be here as the awards are being held in London.  Credit: PA And here's star Valencia right-back Eamonn Holmes, who has flown in to hang out with all his La Liga pals like... Sergio Ramos, who will probably be here at some point. Credit: EPA That's why he was in London. Maradona is on his best behaviour and looking very nice, but as yet hasn't dribbled past a single person on the red carpet. 6:21PM Welcome! HELLO EVERYONE! Welcome to this most exciting of events. It's like the Oscars... but with David Seaman! Credit: PA  Seaman won't be winning any awards tonight, especially since he doesn't have a moustache anymore, and instead must watch as the likes of Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar sit on some expensive chairs and feign being incredibly pleased that one of the other two has won the Best Best FIFA Best Best Football Player Man Award. There are other awards too. Who will win them? Let's find out together. 6:15PM What's all this then? It's the 2017 Best Fifa Football Awards, the second to be held, where - among other awards - world player of the year is crowned. The breakaway event was started after Fifa's Ballon d'Or partnership with France Football ended. The Ballon d'Or is still awarded by the publication each year, while Fifa hands out its own awards in tonight's event. When is it? It's on Monday October 23 - ie today. What time does the event start? It's a 7.30pm BST start at the London Palladium. What TV channel is it on? You can watch the event, hosted by Idris Elba, on Fifa's YouTube channel. Alternatively, you can follow the event as it happens right here, or catch the highlights on ITV at 10.45pm. Ronaldo with last year's award and Sir Alex Ferguson Credit: Getty Images Which awards are up for grabs, and who is shortlisted? The Best Fifa Men's Player Three players have been nominated for the award from an initial shortlist of 24. Last year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo, has scored 45 goals in 48 appearances this calendar year, including 34 goals for club and 11 for country. These incredible individual statistics are bolstered by Ronaldo winning the Champions League and La Liga in the 2016/17 campaign. Lionel Messi is another unsurprising feature within the best player award, with 49 goals and 11 assists in 50 appearances in 2017. The most expensive player in the world, Neymar is the outside bet to be crowned the greatest footballer on earth. The Best Fifa football coach award The best coach award is separated into male and female categories.  Juventus boss, Massimiliano Allegri, after winning the league and Coppa Italia last season. Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, who in his first season in English football won the Premier League, setting a new record along the way achieving 30 wins in a single season. Finally Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane makes the list after winning the Champions League and Los Blancos' first league title for five years. In the women's section, the the top three comprise of Denmark’s manager Nils Nielsen, who guided her side to the final against Holland in this year European Championships. Lyon coach Gerard Precheur is nominated after winning the Champions League, the French League Cup and the French Cup, while Sarina Wiegman also features after leading Holland to the 2017 European championships.  The Best FIFA goalkeeper award Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus is nominated, having gone 600 minutes without conceding in the Champions League, while Keylor Navas of Real Madrid won his second consecutive Champions League along with a La Liga title. Manuel Neuer makes up the three-man short list. The Puskas Award The Puskas award is for the best goal of the year. This year the three finalists include Deyna Castellanos of Venezuela women's side, Olivier Giroud for his goal for Arsenal, below, and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. The Best Fifa Fan award Borussia Dortmund make the final three after supporters came together to offer shelter to Monaco fans displaced by their Champions League match being rescheduled after a bomb attack on the Dortmund team bus.  Celtic are included through their final match of the league season which coincided with the 50th anniversary of winning the European Cup in 1967, which made them the first British club to lift the prestigious trophy. The Celtic fans honoured the team, known as the "Lisbon Lions", with a stunning full 360-degree card display around Celtic Park. FC Copenhagen were also nominated after winning the league in their final game against Brondby, when players handed the trophy to the fans, who then passed the trophy along to a wheelchair-bound supporter and lifted him in the air. Awards night preview: Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to retain his crown as FIFA men's player of the year in London on Monday night. The Real Madrid and Portugal superstar is up against Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Paris St Germain's Neymar for the award he won last year. The ceremony, which takes place at the London Palladium, is the second since the FIFA award split from France Football's Ballon d'Or prize. Ronaldo has scored 44 goals for club and country so far in 2017 and scored twice in the Champions League final in June, as Real won the competition for a record-extending 12th time. Messi has hit 50 goals for Barca and Argentina while Neymar, the world's most expensive player after he left Barcelona for PSG in the summer, has 25 goals to his name for Barca, PSG and Brazil. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is in the running for the top men's coach award along with Ronaldo's boss at Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, and Juventus chief Massimiliano Allegri. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud's 'scorpion kick' volley against Crystal Palace in January has been nominated for the Puskas Award for best goal. The 31-year-old's effort has been shortlisted along with goals from Venezuela's Deyna Castellanos and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. Castellanos is also nominated for the women's player of the year award alongside last year's winner Carli Lloyd of the United States and Holland's Lieke Martens. The winners are decided by a jury of club and international coaches, media representatives and fans. PA  

Best Fifa Football Awards 2017 live updates: Will Messi, Ronaldo or Neymar win?

7:26PM Here's the guy who really wants you to know he's here Credit: AFP Yaaaaaay it's... that guy. Gianni Infantino, the newest president of FIFA, is shaking hands and being friendly to people.   7:23PM Ronaldo is here!  Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez Credit: GETTY IMAGES Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez are here and have done the walk along the... green carpet. I've just thought of a way they can decide who actually wins the top prize between this guy, Messi and Neymar. Stay with me... Penalty shootout. And like in Game of Thrones, they can all choose a person to stand in for them as goalkeeper. Seaman is there, Schmeichel and Buffon too. And that's it.  7:22PM Claudio Ranieri Credit: FIFA  Doing a fine job at Nantes just now, grabbing those 1-0 wins to help them climb the table. Everyone likes Ranieri. 7:19PM Antonio Conte says "I think that it's very important to stay here and fight for this award. It is amazing with Real Madrid, they won the Champions League and the league but it is amazing for me to stay here and to fight for this award." God I hope he means that literally. Can you imagine? Conte windmilling his way through the main hall, battering Peter Schmeichel and Luka Modric in a whirlwind of fury. 7:17PM Dream strike partnernship Credit: AP These two would destroy worlds.  7:15PM I just want someone to love me as much as Marcelo loves this woman Credit: GETTY IMAGES Can you feel it? Light beams of warmth coming out of his eyes. 7:11PM Dani Alves has come dressed as a futuristic pirate Credit: REUTERS "STOP RIGHT THERE! SPACE POLICE! Agent Daniel Alves and you've got a loooooooot of talking to do, punk." 7:09PM Harry Kane and Katie Goodland There he is! Harry gives a little bit to the presenters about how nice it is to be invited. He's so nice. "It makes me feel very proud. For me it’s about improving every year. Messi, Ronaldo set the standard for all of us so just to get up there and be involved is fantastic. The stadium, the atmosphere (at Real Madrid) was amazing. To get a result… I'm very proud." 7:06PM What would you rather win? This is a great question. Kay Murray (I think) essentially asks Gigi Buffon whether he is happy having won the World Cup and not the Champions League. Which would you rather win? If you were a player. Not as a fan. It's difficult isn't it? On the one hand, Scotland winning the World Cup would be amazing BUT I'm leaning towards Aberdeen being crowned European champions. 6:59PM Photos of Messi at the Best FIFA Awards Leo Messi and wife Antonella Credit: AP Credit: PA   6:58PM All the stars are here! Credit: OA  That's Marcelo, here's David Trezeguet: Credit: FIFA And here's Philip Schofield: Credit: PA If you aren't from the UK, you might not know who this man is so let's try and explain. Philip Schofield, or Scholey F as he likes to be known, is a giant of British television. He's perhaps the nicest man alive to also be a TV presenter and used to best friends with a gopher, the whereabouts of which are unknown. What happened to that gopher, you ask? Nobody is sure. All we know for certain is that until its lifeless body is discovered washed up on that little beach next to the South Bank on the Thames, we must assume it is alive.  6:52PM No questions for Messi The FIFA TV presenters have been told they are not allowed to ask Leo Messi any questions - not even in Spanish. What kind of world is this? We're all just waiting to hear what the great man will say about tonight's event and have been denied. We'll never know how he's looking forward to it, and may the best man win, and that London is very nice and that he's glad he's scored today but more pleased that the team got three points, and they just have to go again in the next game. In Spanish. But no! 6:47PM Leo Messi is here *high pitch scream* ARRRRHRHGGHHGHGHGHGHGHGH. And I can confirm he is wearing a normal suit. Nothing shiny and no LED lights. Disappointing. 6:47PM Frank Lampard is here "(Real Madrid) are going down as one of the best club teams in history. " I agree Frank. They're really good. "(Conte's) in the running (for best manager). He's done an unbelievable job at Chelsea" 6:45PM Messi looks terrified in his press photo shoot Credit: FIFA There are a few promo shoots featuring the key players. Messi is trying to look cool but is also wearing a hoody and sadly, that is almost impossible to do.  Credit: FIFA   6:39PM PHILIP SCHOFIELD IS HERE Oh now this is kicking off. "Oldham fan. My Granddad used to play pies at the ground as a lad. I was a constant disappointment for him because we (his brother) were rubbish. I just lacked the sporting mind, I think. I kick a ball around the garden with my nephews. I was asked all the way down Ronaldo or Messi... it's a tricky one. "Messi." There you have it. Philip Schofield believes Messi will win. Why do they need this event now? It's done, people! 6:37PM Patrick Kluivert is tonight's magician Credit: FIFA It's either that, or Kluivert's album cover has been leaked onto the picture database I'm currently enjoying. I think this one would be called "Still Crazy" or "These Nights".   Like that. Available on iTunes, but don't bother. You can stream it for free and it's not all that. 6:32PM Down with this sort of thing Credit: PA M8, mate, maaaaaaaaate what a fantastic shirt. Oooooooh that'll really stick it to them. Look what it says "for crying out loud" and oh my word, it's hand drawn! This is rock and roll. There is NOTHING more rock n roll than attending the overly elaborate celebration of individuals in a team sport governed by a disgraced international body than wearing a shirt with WRITING ON IT. Well done Kasabian, you truly represent all that is cool about football. 6:30PM MICHAEL DOUGLAS SUPPORTS SWANSEA Catherine Zeta-Jones says:  "My husband... Michael Douglas is a Swansea City fan." Confirmation there from Zeta-Jones, who claims to have supported Swansea since before they were back in the Premier League, as though that makes her cool or something. Alright, Catherine. Chill out.  Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I don't watch movies, I watch sport," she says. And that is because she doesn't know how sport is going to end. Imagine then, if you will, a Liverpool vs Newcastle match directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The twist - and there is a twist - is that Stan Collymore was the mascot the whole time. And the mascot is the Queen. And the Queen scores the winning goal, liberating a fictional country which is supposed to be from somewhere near Afghanistan. 6:26PM All the stars are here Credit: PA It's not a long trek for Granit Xhaka to be here as the awards are being held in London.  Credit: PA And here's star Valencia right-back Eamonn Holmes, who has flown in to hang out with all his La Liga pals like... Sergio Ramos, who will probably be here at some point. Credit: EPA That's why he was in London. Maradona is on his best behaviour and looking very nice, but as yet hasn't dribbled past a single person on the red carpet. 6:21PM Welcome! HELLO EVERYONE! Welcome to this most exciting of events. It's like the Oscars... but with David Seaman! Credit: PA  Seaman won't be winning any awards tonight, especially since he doesn't have a moustache anymore, and instead must watch as the likes of Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar sit on some expensive chairs and feign being incredibly pleased that one of the other two has won the Best Best FIFA Best Best Football Player Man Award. There are other awards too. Who will win them? Let's find out together. 6:15PM What's all this then? It's the 2017 Best Fifa Football Awards, the second to be held, where - among other awards - world player of the year is crowned. The breakaway event was started after Fifa's Ballon d'Or partnership with France Football ended. The Ballon d'Or is still awarded by the publication each year, while Fifa hands out its own awards in tonight's event. When is it? It's on Monday October 23 - ie today. What time does the event start? It's a 7.30pm BST start at the London Palladium. What TV channel is it on? You can watch the event, hosted by Idris Elba, on Fifa's YouTube channel. Alternatively, you can follow the event as it happens right here, or catch the highlights on ITV at 10.45pm. Ronaldo with last year's award and Sir Alex Ferguson Credit: Getty Images Which awards are up for grabs, and who is shortlisted? The Best Fifa Men's Player Three players have been nominated for the award from an initial shortlist of 24. Last year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo, has scored 45 goals in 48 appearances this calendar year, including 34 goals for club and 11 for country. These incredible individual statistics are bolstered by Ronaldo winning the Champions League and La Liga in the 2016/17 campaign. Lionel Messi is another unsurprising feature within the best player award, with 49 goals and 11 assists in 50 appearances in 2017. The most expensive player in the world, Neymar is the outside bet to be crowned the greatest footballer on earth. The Best Fifa football coach award The best coach award is separated into male and female categories.  Juventus boss, Massimiliano Allegri, after winning the league and Coppa Italia last season. Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, who in his first season in English football won the Premier League, setting a new record along the way achieving 30 wins in a single season. Finally Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane makes the list after winning the Champions League and Los Blancos' first league title for five years. In the women's section, the the top three comprise of Denmark’s manager Nils Nielsen, who guided her side to the final against Holland in this year European Championships. Lyon coach Gerard Precheur is nominated after winning the Champions League, the French League Cup and the French Cup, while Sarina Wiegman also features after leading Holland to the 2017 European championships.  The Best FIFA goalkeeper award Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus is nominated, having gone 600 minutes without conceding in the Champions League, while Keylor Navas of Real Madrid won his second consecutive Champions League along with a La Liga title. Manuel Neuer makes up the three-man short list. The Puskas Award The Puskas award is for the best goal of the year. This year the three finalists include Deyna Castellanos of Venezuela women's side, Olivier Giroud for his goal for Arsenal, below, and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. The Best Fifa Fan award Borussia Dortmund make the final three after supporters came together to offer shelter to Monaco fans displaced by their Champions League match being rescheduled after a bomb attack on the Dortmund team bus.  Celtic are included through their final match of the league season which coincided with the 50th anniversary of winning the European Cup in 1967, which made them the first British club to lift the prestigious trophy. The Celtic fans honoured the team, known as the "Lisbon Lions", with a stunning full 360-degree card display around Celtic Park. FC Copenhagen were also nominated after winning the league in their final game against Brondby, when players handed the trophy to the fans, who then passed the trophy along to a wheelchair-bound supporter and lifted him in the air. Awards night preview: Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to retain his crown as FIFA men's player of the year in London on Monday night. The Real Madrid and Portugal superstar is up against Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Paris St Germain's Neymar for the award he won last year. The ceremony, which takes place at the London Palladium, is the second since the FIFA award split from France Football's Ballon d'Or prize. Ronaldo has scored 44 goals for club and country so far in 2017 and scored twice in the Champions League final in June, as Real won the competition for a record-extending 12th time. Messi has hit 50 goals for Barca and Argentina while Neymar, the world's most expensive player after he left Barcelona for PSG in the summer, has 25 goals to his name for Barca, PSG and Brazil. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is in the running for the top men's coach award along with Ronaldo's boss at Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, and Juventus chief Massimiliano Allegri. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud's 'scorpion kick' volley against Crystal Palace in January has been nominated for the Puskas Award for best goal. The 31-year-old's effort has been shortlisted along with goals from Venezuela's Deyna Castellanos and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. Castellanos is also nominated for the women's player of the year award alongside last year's winner Carli Lloyd of the United States and Holland's Lieke Martens. The winners are decided by a jury of club and international coaches, media representatives and fans. PA  

Best Fifa Football Awards 2017 live updates: Will Messi, Ronaldo or Neymar win?

7:06PM What would you rather win? This is a great question. Kay Murray (I think) essentially asks Gigi Buffon whether he is happy having won the World Cup and not the Champions League. Which would you rather win? If you were a player. Not as a fan. It's difficult isn't it? On the one hand, Scotland winning the World Cup would be amazing BUT I'm leaning towards Aberdeen being crowned European champions. 6:59PM Photos of Messi at the Best FIFA Awards Leo Messi and wife Antonella Credit: AP Credit: PA   6:58PM All the stars are here! Credit: OA  That's Marcelo, here's David Trezeguet: Credit: FIFA And here's Philip Schofield: Credit: PA If you aren't from the UK, you might not know who this man is so let's try and explain. Philip Schofield, or Scholey F as he likes to be known, is a giant of British television. He's perhaps the nicest man alive to also be a TV presenter and used to best friends with a gopher, the whereabouts of which are unknown. What happened to that gopher, you ask? Nobody is sure. All we know for certain is that until its lifeless body is discovered washed up on that little beach next to the South Bank on the Thames, we must assume it is alive.  6:52PM No questions for Messi The FIFA TV presenters have been told they are not allowed to ask Leo Messi any questions - not even in Spanish. What kind of world is this? We're all just waiting to hear what the great man will say about tonight's event and have been denied. We'll never know how he's looking forward to it, and may the best man win, and that London is very nice and that he's glad he's scored today but more pleased that the team got three points, and they just have to go again in the next game. In Spanish. But no! 6:47PM Leo Messi is here *high pitch scream* ARRRRHRHGGHHGHGHGHGHGHGH. And I can confirm he is wearing a normal suit. Nothing shiny and no LED lights. Disappointing. 6:47PM Frank Lampard is here "(Real Madrid) are going down as one of the best club teams in history. " I agree Frank. They're really good. "(Conte's) in the running (for best manager). He's done an unbelievable job at Chelsea" 6:45PM Messi looks terrified in his press photo shoot Credit: FIFA There are a few promo shoots featuring the key players. Messi is trying to look cool but is also wearing a hoody and sadly, that is almost impossible to do.  Credit: FIFA   6:39PM PHILIP SCHOFIELD IS HERE Oh now this is kicking off. "Oldham fan. My Granddad used to play pies at the ground as a lad. I was a constant disappointment for him because we (his brother) were rubbish. I just lacked the sporting mind, I think. I kick a ball around the garden with my nephews. I was asked all the way down Ronaldo or Messi... it's a tricky one. "Messi." There you have it. Philip Schofield believes Messi will win. Why do they need this event now? It's done, people! 6:37PM Patrick Kluivert is tonight's magician Credit: FIFA It's either that, or Kluivert's album cover has been leaked onto the picture database I'm currently enjoying. I think this one would be called "Still Crazy" or "These Nights".   Like that. Available on iTunes, but don't bother. You can stream it for free and it's not all that. 6:32PM Down with this sort of thing Credit: PA M8, mate, maaaaaaaaate what a fantastic shirt. Oooooooh that'll really stick it to them. Look what it says "for crying out loud" and oh my word, it's hand drawn! This is rock and roll. There is NOTHING more rock n roll than attending the overly elaborate celebration of individuals in a team sport governed by a disgraced international body than wearing a shirt with WRITING ON IT. Well done Kasabian, you truly represent all that is cool about football. 6:30PM MICHAEL DOUGLAS SUPPORTS SWANSEA Catherine Zeta-Jones says:  "My husband... Michael Douglas is a Swansea City fan." Confirmation there from Zeta-Jones, who claims to have supported Swansea since before they were back in the Premier League, as though that makes her cool or something. Alright, Catherine. Chill out.  Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I don't watch movies, I watch sport," she says. And that is because she doesn't know how sport is going to end. Imagine then, if you will, a Liverpool vs Newcastle match directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The twist - and there is a twist - is that Stan Collymore was the mascot the whole time. And the mascot is the Queen. And the Queen scores the winning goal, liberating a fictional country which is supposed to be from somewhere near Afghanistan. 6:26PM All the stars are here Credit: PA It's not a long trek for Granit Xhaka to be here as the awards are being held in London.  Credit: PA And here's star Valencia right-back Eamonn Holmes, who has flown in to hang out with all his La Liga pals like... Sergio Ramos, who will probably be here at some point. Credit: EPA That's why he was in London. Maradona is on his best behaviour and looking very nice, but as yet hasn't dribbled past a single person on the red carpet. 6:21PM Welcome! HELLO EVERYONE! Welcome to this most exciting of events. It's like the Oscars... but with David Seaman! Credit: PA  Seaman won't be winning any awards tonight, especially since he doesn't have a moustache anymore, and instead must watch as the likes of Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar sit on some expensive chairs and feign being incredibly pleased that one of the other two has won the Best Best FIFA Best Best Football Player Man Award. There are other awards too. Who will win them? Let's find out together. 6:15PM What's all this then? It's the 2017 Best Fifa Football Awards, the second to be held, where - among other awards - world player of the year is crowned. The breakaway event was started after Fifa's Ballon d'Or partnership with France Football ended. The Ballon d'Or is still awarded by the publication each year, while Fifa hands out its own awards in tonight's event. When is it? It's on Monday October 23 - ie today. What time does the event start? It's a 7.30pm BST start at the London Palladium. What TV channel is it on? You can watch the event, hosted by Idris Elba, on Fifa's YouTube channel. Alternatively, you can follow the event as it happens right here, or catch the highlights on ITV at 10.45pm. Ronaldo with last year's award and Sir Alex Ferguson Credit: Getty Images Which awards are up for grabs, and who is shortlisted? The Best Fifa Men's Player Three players have been nominated for the award from an initial shortlist of 24. Last year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo, has scored 45 goals in 48 appearances this calendar year, including 34 goals for club and 11 for country. These incredible individual statistics are bolstered by Ronaldo winning the Champions League and La Liga in the 2016/17 campaign. Lionel Messi is another unsurprising feature within the best player award, with 49 goals and 11 assists in 50 appearances in 2017. The most expensive player in the world, Neymar is the outside bet to be crowned the greatest footballer on earth. The Best Fifa football coach award The best coach award is separated into male and female categories.  Juventus boss, Massimiliano Allegri, after winning the league and Coppa Italia last season. Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, who in his first season in English football won the Premier League, setting a new record along the way achieving 30 wins in a single season. Finally Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane makes the list after winning the Champions League and Los Blancos' first league title for five years. In the women's section, the the top three comprise of Denmark’s manager Nils Nielsen, who guided her side to the final against Holland in this year European Championships. Lyon coach Gerard Precheur is nominated after winning the Champions League, the French League Cup and the French Cup, while Sarina Wiegman also features after leading Holland to the 2017 European championships.  The Best FIFA goalkeeper award Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus is nominated, having gone 600 minutes without conceding in the Champions League, while Keylor Navas of Real Madrid won his second consecutive Champions League along with a La Liga title. Manuel Neuer makes up the three-man short list. The Puskas Award The Puskas award is for the best goal of the year. This year the three finalists include Deyna Castellanos of Venezuela women's side, Olivier Giroud for his goal for Arsenal, below, and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. The Best Fifa Fan award Borussia Dortmund make the final three after supporters came together to offer shelter to Monaco fans displaced by their Champions League match being rescheduled after a bomb attack on the Dortmund team bus.  Celtic are included through their final match of the league season which coincided with the 50th anniversary of winning the European Cup in 1967, which made them the first British club to lift the prestigious trophy. The Celtic fans honoured the team, known as the "Lisbon Lions", with a stunning full 360-degree card display around Celtic Park. FC Copenhagen were also nominated after winning the league in their final game against Brondby, when players handed the trophy to the fans, who then passed the trophy along to a wheelchair-bound supporter and lifted him in the air. Awards night preview: Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to retain his crown as FIFA men's player of the year in London on Monday night. The Real Madrid and Portugal superstar is up against Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Paris St Germain's Neymar for the award he won last year. The ceremony, which takes place at the London Palladium, is the second since the FIFA award split from France Football's Ballon d'Or prize. Ronaldo has scored 44 goals for club and country so far in 2017 and scored twice in the Champions League final in June, as Real won the competition for a record-extending 12th time. Messi has hit 50 goals for Barca and Argentina while Neymar, the world's most expensive player after he left Barcelona for PSG in the summer, has 25 goals to his name for Barca, PSG and Brazil. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is in the running for the top men's coach award along with Ronaldo's boss at Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, and Juventus chief Massimiliano Allegri. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud's 'scorpion kick' volley against Crystal Palace in January has been nominated for the Puskas Award for best goal. The 31-year-old's effort has been shortlisted along with goals from Venezuela's Deyna Castellanos and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. Castellanos is also nominated for the women's player of the year award alongside last year's winner Carli Lloyd of the United States and Holland's Lieke Martens. The winners are decided by a jury of club and international coaches, media representatives and fans. PA  

Hibernian 2 Celtic 4: Moussa Dembele double sends Hoops into Betfred Scottish League Cup final

An improbable double act saw Celtic into the final of the Betfred Scottish League Cup – against either Rangers or Motherwell, who meet at Hampden Park on Sunday – and to their 60th successive unbeaten domestic fixture. Against a Hibernian side whose late rally put the issue briefly in doubt, Mikael Lustig, who had not scored in 21 prior appearances for Celtic this season, found the net twice before the interval to set the Hoops. The victory was secured by two strikes from Moussa Dembele, whose previous contribution amounted to one goal from seven outings. Hibs produced their best spell in the second half, when their ambitions were resuscitated by a penalty kick converted by Anthony Stokes and a cleverly worked goal scored by Oliver Shaw, a product of the club’s youth academy. “We gave them a two-goal start and you can't do that and the manner we gave away the goals was disappointing,” said Neil Lennon, the Hibs manager. “We improved in the second half, but overall I was pleased with the way we played and there were some good performances out there. Dembele scores the fourth goal Credit:  REUTERS “It gave us a lot to do in the second half, but we had a real good go at it. It is just sloppiness of the goals that were the difference.” When the teams met previously in an entertaining 2-2 draw at Parkhead, Lennon observed that Celtic could be sluggish after a demanding European engagement in midweek. In the lead-up to this game, however, the Easter Road manager played a different card, declaring that he expected his former team to display a strong reaction to their 3-0 defeat by Bayern Munich in the Allianz Arena. Certainly, Brendan Rodgers did not feel obliged to refresh his ranks other than to leave Cristian Gamboa and Olivier Ntcham on the bench, with Nir Bitton and Callum McGregor given a start. Hibs, too, showed two changes as Gray and Brandon Barker replaced Whittaker and Boyle, who played in the previous weekend’s 1-0 home league defeat by Aberdeen. What became evident immediately was that, even if they felt that they might suffer the effects of their trip to Germany, Celtic were not about to save themselves for later. They pressed from the start to such effect that they won their first corner kick within 90 seconds from a Stuart Armstrong shot which deflected wide, despite Laidlaw’s attempt to stop the ball going out of play. Mikael Lustig also scored a brace Credit:  Action Plus Hibs looked discomfited by Celtic’s passing game but Brandon Barker raised the spirits of the Easter Road faithful with a powerful run which took him beyond the Hoops’ back line, though he could not find a colleague with the final ball. The outlook seemed to have brightened for Hibs when Anthony Stokes surged clear on the right of the Celtic box to find Barker on the other side with a driven cross, but the on-loan Manchester City midfielder slashed a shot into the side netting when the better option would have been a return cross to the Irish striker. The optimism of the Edinburgh contingent was quashed swiftly by Lustig’s first intervention.   A chip from Stuart Armstrong was headed by Dedryck Boyata into the path of Lustig, whose shot found the mark beyond Ross Laidlaw, but the goalkeeper could have done better than get a frail hand to the ball. Laidlaw will feel even more uncomfortable if he watches replays of Lustig’s second, although his partner in dismay should be David Gray, who allowed the Swede to spin off him for a low drive which, again, was allowed by the keeper to spin off both his gloves into the roof of the net. Lennon replaced Gray and Bartley with Whittaker and Boyle at half time and Hibs looked a more competitive unit. That said, they were fortunate to be awarded a penalty for a challenge on Boyle by Boyata, who appeared to have taken the ball off the Hibs man’s toe, not that the niceties were of concern to Stokes, who sent Craig Gordon the wrong way from the spot. Rodgers, too, made decisive changes, one of which was to send on Dembele for Leigh Griffiths. The French striker put Celtic 3-1 ahead midway through the half when a miskick by Scott Sinclair fell perfectly for him to shoot home from a dozen yards out. The deficit was reduced again by Shaw, with a deft finish from Whittaker’s shrewd prompt, but Dembele put the issue beyond dispute when Boyle was ambushed at a Hibs corner kick and Celtic swept downfield for an unopposed clinching fourth goal. “To play in the Champions League, then to score four goals here against difficult opponents was very pleasing and to get to 60 games without a domestic defeat is really incredible,” said Rodgers. “The players’ mentality is excellent.”

Hibernian 2 Celtic 4: Moussa Dembele double sends Hoops into Betfred Scottish League Cup final

An improbable double act saw Celtic into the final of the Betfred Scottish League Cup – against either Rangers or Motherwell, who meet at Hampden Park on Sunday – and to their 60th successive unbeaten domestic fixture. Against a Hibernian side whose late rally put the issue briefly in doubt, Mikael Lustig, who had not scored in 21 prior appearances for Celtic this season, found the net twice before the interval to set the Hoops. The victory was secured by two strikes from Moussa Dembele, whose previous contribution amounted to one goal from seven outings. Hibs produced their best spell in the second half, when their ambitions were resuscitated by a penalty kick converted by Anthony Stokes and a cleverly worked goal scored by Oliver Shaw, a product of the club’s youth academy. “We gave them a two-goal start and you can't do that and the manner we gave away the goals was disappointing,” said Neil Lennon, the Hibs manager. “We improved in the second half, but overall I was pleased with the way we played and there were some good performances out there. Dembele scores the fourth goal Credit:  REUTERS “It gave us a lot to do in the second half, but we had a real good go at it. It is just sloppiness of the goals that were the difference.” When the teams met previously in an entertaining 2-2 draw at Parkhead, Lennon observed that Celtic could be sluggish after a demanding European engagement in midweek. In the lead-up to this game, however, the Easter Road manager played a different card, declaring that he expected his former team to display a strong reaction to their 3-0 defeat by Bayern Munich in the Allianz Arena. Certainly, Brendan Rodgers did not feel obliged to refresh his ranks other than to leave Cristian Gamboa and Olivier Ntcham on the bench, with Nir Bitton and Callum McGregor given a start. Hibs, too, showed two changes as Gray and Brandon Barker replaced Whittaker and Boyle, who played in the previous weekend’s 1-0 home league defeat by Aberdeen. What became evident immediately was that, even if they felt that they might suffer the effects of their trip to Germany, Celtic were not about to save themselves for later. They pressed from the start to such effect that they won their first corner kick within 90 seconds from a Stuart Armstrong shot which deflected wide, despite Laidlaw’s attempt to stop the ball going out of play. Mikael Lustig also scored a brace Credit:  Action Plus Hibs looked discomfited by Celtic’s passing game but Brandon Barker raised the spirits of the Easter Road faithful with a powerful run which took him beyond the Hoops’ back line, though he could not find a colleague with the final ball. The outlook seemed to have brightened for Hibs when Anthony Stokes surged clear on the right of the Celtic box to find Barker on the other side with a driven cross, but the on-loan Manchester City midfielder slashed a shot into the side netting when the better option would have been a return cross to the Irish striker. The optimism of the Edinburgh contingent was quashed swiftly by Lustig’s first intervention.   A chip from Stuart Armstrong was headed by Dedryck Boyata into the path of Lustig, whose shot found the mark beyond Ross Laidlaw, but the goalkeeper could have done better than get a frail hand to the ball. Laidlaw will feel even more uncomfortable if he watches replays of Lustig’s second, although his partner in dismay should be David Gray, who allowed the Swede to spin off him for a low drive which, again, was allowed by the keeper to spin off both his gloves into the roof of the net. Lennon replaced Gray and Bartley with Whittaker and Boyle at half time and Hibs looked a more competitive unit. That said, they were fortunate to be awarded a penalty for a challenge on Boyle by Boyata, who appeared to have taken the ball off the Hibs man’s toe, not that the niceties were of concern to Stokes, who sent Craig Gordon the wrong way from the spot. Rodgers, too, made decisive changes, one of which was to send on Dembele for Leigh Griffiths. The French striker put Celtic 3-1 ahead midway through the half when a miskick by Scott Sinclair fell perfectly for him to shoot home from a dozen yards out. The deficit was reduced again by Shaw, with a deft finish from Whittaker’s shrewd prompt, but Dembele put the issue beyond dispute when Boyle was ambushed at a Hibs corner kick and Celtic swept downfield for an unopposed clinching fourth goal. “To play in the Champions League, then to score four goals here against difficult opponents was very pleasing and to get to 60 games without a domestic defeat is really incredible,” said Rodgers. “The players’ mentality is excellent.”

Hibernian 2 Celtic 4: Moussa Dembele double sends Hoops into Betfred Scottish League Cup final

An improbable double act saw Celtic into the final of the Betfred Scottish League Cup – against either Rangers or Motherwell, who meet at Hampden Park on Sunday – and to their 60th successive unbeaten domestic fixture. Against a Hibernian side whose late rally put the issue briefly in doubt, Mikael Lustig, who had not scored in 21 prior appearances for Celtic this season, found the net twice before the interval to set the Hoops. The victory was secured by two strikes from Moussa Dembele, whose previous contribution amounted to one goal from seven outings. Hibs produced their best spell in the second half, when their ambitions were resuscitated by a penalty kick converted by Anthony Stokes and a cleverly worked goal scored by Oliver Shaw, a product of the club’s youth academy. “We gave them a two-goal start and you can't do that and the manner we gave away the goals was disappointing,” said Neil Lennon, the Hibs manager. “We improved in the second half, but overall I was pleased with the way we played and there were some good performances out there. Dembele scores the fourth goal Credit:  REUTERS “It gave us a lot to do in the second half, but we had a real good go at it. It is just sloppiness of the goals that were the difference.” When the teams met previously in an entertaining 2-2 draw at Parkhead, Lennon observed that Celtic could be sluggish after a demanding European engagement in midweek. In the lead-up to this game, however, the Easter Road manager played a different card, declaring that he expected his former team to display a strong reaction to their 3-0 defeat by Bayern Munich in the Allianz Arena. Certainly, Brendan Rodgers did not feel obliged to refresh his ranks other than to leave Cristian Gamboa and Olivier Ntcham on the bench, with Nir Bitton and Callum McGregor given a start. Hibs, too, showed two changes as Gray and Brandon Barker replaced Whittaker and Boyle, who played in the previous weekend’s 1-0 home league defeat by Aberdeen. What became evident immediately was that, even if they felt that they might suffer the effects of their trip to Germany, Celtic were not about to save themselves for later. They pressed from the start to such effect that they won their first corner kick within 90 seconds from a Stuart Armstrong shot which deflected wide, despite Laidlaw’s attempt to stop the ball going out of play. Mikael Lustig also scored a brace Credit:  Action Plus Hibs looked discomfited by Celtic’s passing game but Brandon Barker raised the spirits of the Easter Road faithful with a powerful run which took him beyond the Hoops’ back line, though he could not find a colleague with the final ball. The outlook seemed to have brightened for Hibs when Anthony Stokes surged clear on the right of the Celtic box to find Barker on the other side with a driven cross, but the on-loan Manchester City midfielder slashed a shot into the side netting when the better option would have been a return cross to the Irish striker. The optimism of the Edinburgh contingent was quashed swiftly by Lustig’s first intervention.   A chip from Stuart Armstrong was headed by Dedryck Boyata into the path of Lustig, whose shot found the mark beyond Ross Laidlaw, but the goalkeeper could have done better than get a frail hand to the ball. Laidlaw will feel even more uncomfortable if he watches replays of Lustig’s second, although his partner in dismay should be David Gray, who allowed the Swede to spin off him for a low drive which, again, was allowed by the keeper to spin off both his gloves into the roof of the net. Lennon replaced Gray and Bartley with Whittaker and Boyle at half time and Hibs looked a more competitive unit. That said, they were fortunate to be awarded a penalty for a challenge on Boyle by Boyata, who appeared to have taken the ball off the Hibs man’s toe, not that the niceties were of concern to Stokes, who sent Craig Gordon the wrong way from the spot. Rodgers, too, made decisive changes, one of which was to send on Dembele for Leigh Griffiths. The French striker put Celtic 3-1 ahead midway through the half when a miskick by Scott Sinclair fell perfectly for him to shoot home from a dozen yards out. The deficit was reduced again by Shaw, with a deft finish from Whittaker’s shrewd prompt, but Dembele put the issue beyond dispute when Boyle was ambushed at a Hibs corner kick and Celtic swept downfield for an unopposed clinching fourth goal. “To play in the Champions League, then to score four goals here against difficult opponents was very pleasing and to get to 60 games without a domestic defeat is really incredible,” said Rodgers. “The players’ mentality is excellent.”

RANGERS' STRIKER TORE ANDRE FLO CELEBRATES AFTER SCORING AGAINST ABERDEEN.

FILE PICTURE: Rangers' Norwegian striker Tore Andre Flo (R) celebrates after scoring against Aberdeen in a Scottish Premier division match at Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow November 4, 2001. Rangers won the match 2-0. REUTERS/Jeff J Mitchell

New Scotland manager must prioritise making headway in inaugural Uefa Nations League

Whoever is installed as the next Scotland manager – and David Moyes is still favourite with most bookmakers – his priority will be making headway in the inaugural Uefa Nations League, according to SFA chief executive Stewart Regan. The format of the tournament is abstruse but it feeds into the next European Championship, for which Hampden Park will be a host venue, hence its importance – especially after Scotland’s failure to make the World Cup play-offs. “There are Euro 2020 places linked to the Nations League and each of the four leagues, and Scotland are top seeds in Group C, the third tier,” said Regan. “One team from that third tier will come through to Euro 2020. “We’ve got two chances, so those Nations games will be really important. We won’t go into them thinking they are friendly matches. They are absolutely essential for us to have a second chance of making the tournament.  “We’re entering an interesting phase, starting in 2018, because of the new competition formats and the way that the Nations League works, followed by the qualifiers, followed by the Nations League. Scotland failed to qualify for the World Cup Credit: AP “It potentially produces a situation when you’ll have feast and famine years. In the Nations League we’ll be playing matches on friendly dates in a new competitive format against teams of a similar standard. The potential is the attendances might not be as great as they would be if you were playing a glamour side like Germany or Spain, or one of the big six. “That’s got the potential to have an impact on revenue streams. In terms of the most recent times, it would have been great to do a Wales or a Northern Ireland. I think in Wales’ case they brought in €18 million from reaching the semi-finals of the Euros. “Probably half of that in the case of Northern Ireland. But we are where we are and have our own resources, supplemented by income from Fifa and Uefa, as well as the public sector. We do what we feel is the right thing to develop the game within that.” The SFA board was the target for critical – and sometimes abusive – comment on social media for their decision to appoint Malky MacKay as interim manager for the visit of the Netherlands for a friendly at Pittodrie on November 9. MacKay, was involved in email exchanges, some of which contained racist, misogynist and homophobic comments, with the director of recruitment at Cardiff when both men were employed by the club. Malky MacKay is interim manager for the visit of the Netherlands Credit: AFP After apologising for his behaviour and attending diversity and inclusion classes, MacKay was appointed as the SFA’s performance director. Of MacKay’s duties next month, Regan said: “It’s about Malky’s experience as a football manager and asking him to step up on an exceptional basis to lead the team for a friendly. “We wanted someone who could manage a group of players and he knows a lot of them already. It’s simply a case of using the resources we have to take the team for a friendly match. “Malky’s our performance director and has one of the most senior roles within the organisation. He’s been a breath of fresh air since coming to the Scottish FA. He’s very well respected and gets on well with the clubs, from academy to chief executive and chairman level. He’s been a fantastic recruit.” The league season resumed after the international break with Celtic bidding for a 59th successive domestic fixture unbeaten when they hosted Dundee. Brendan Rodgers made several changes to his regular line-up, with Dorus De Vries making his first appearance in goal this season, and appearances for Cristian Gamboa and Eboue Kouassi. The personnel switches seemed to blunt Celtic’s customary incisiveness, with only a curling effort from Callum McGregor, which went wide of the far post, plus a drive by Scott Sinclair into the arms of Scott Bain to show for their work. Dundee, though, could not take advantage of the Hoops’ muted threat and De Vries dealt with the single alarm in his box with a comfortable clutch from a shot from A-Jay Leitch-Smith. De Vries earned his corn with two superlative saves from powerful close-range efforts by Paul McGowan and Roary Deacon midway through the second half, by which point Celtic had taken the lead through a low, swirling finish from Olivier Ntcham. Aberdeen, meanwhile, stayed level on points with the leaders with a victory over Hibernian in an absorbing contest at Easter Road, where Gary Mackay-Steven settled the issue with his first league goal of the season for the Dons. Elsewhere, Motherwell beat Hamilton 2-1 in the Lanarkshire derby, as did Hearts against Ross County in Dingwall and Partick Thistle went bottom in a 2-0 defeat by Kilmarnock at the Energy Check Stadium.

New Scotland manager must prioritise making headway in inaugural Uefa Nations League

Whoever is installed as the next Scotland manager – and David Moyes is still favourite with most bookmakers – his priority will be making headway in the inaugural Uefa Nations League, according to SFA chief executive Stewart Regan. The format of the tournament is abstruse but it feeds into the next European Championship, for which Hampden Park will be a host venue, hence its importance – especially after Scotland’s failure to make the World Cup play-offs. “There are Euro 2020 places linked to the Nations League and each of the four leagues, and Scotland are top seeds in Group C, the third tier,” said Regan. “One team from that third tier will come through to Euro 2020. “We’ve got two chances, so those Nations games will be really important. We won’t go into them thinking they are friendly matches. They are absolutely essential for us to have a second chance of making the tournament.  “We’re entering an interesting phase, starting in 2018, because of the new competition formats and the way that the Nations League works, followed by the qualifiers, followed by the Nations League. Scotland failed to qualify for the World Cup Credit: AP “It potentially produces a situation when you’ll have feast and famine years. In the Nations League we’ll be playing matches on friendly dates in a new competitive format against teams of a similar standard. The potential is the attendances might not be as great as they would be if you were playing a glamour side like Germany or Spain, or one of the big six. “That’s got the potential to have an impact on revenue streams. In terms of the most recent times, it would have been great to do a Wales or a Northern Ireland. I think in Wales’ case they brought in €18 million from reaching the semi-finals of the Euros. “Probably half of that in the case of Northern Ireland. But we are where we are and have our own resources, supplemented by income from Fifa and Uefa, as well as the public sector. We do what we feel is the right thing to develop the game within that.” The SFA board was the target for critical – and sometimes abusive – comment on social media for their decision to appoint Malky MacKay as interim manager for the visit of the Netherlands for a friendly at Pittodrie on November 9. MacKay, was involved in email exchanges, some of which contained racist, misogynist and homophobic comments, with the director of recruitment at Cardiff when both men were employed by the club. Malky MacKay is interim manager for the visit of the Netherlands Credit: AFP After apologising for his behaviour and attending diversity and inclusion classes, MacKay was appointed as the SFA’s performance director. Of MacKay’s duties next month, Regan said: “It’s about Malky’s experience as a football manager and asking him to step up on an exceptional basis to lead the team for a friendly. “We wanted someone who could manage a group of players and he knows a lot of them already. It’s simply a case of using the resources we have to take the team for a friendly match. “Malky’s our performance director and has one of the most senior roles within the organisation. He’s been a breath of fresh air since coming to the Scottish FA. He’s very well respected and gets on well with the clubs, from academy to chief executive and chairman level. He’s been a fantastic recruit.” The league season resumed after the international break with Celtic bidding for a 59th successive domestic fixture unbeaten when they hosted Dundee. Brendan Rodgers made several changes to his regular line-up, with Dorus De Vries making his first appearance in goal this season, and appearances for Cristian Gamboa and Eboue Kouassi. The personnel switches seemed to blunt Celtic’s customary incisiveness, with only a curling effort from Callum McGregor, which went wide of the far post, plus a drive by Scott Sinclair into the arms of Scott Bain to show for their work. Dundee, though, could not take advantage of the Hoops’ muted threat and De Vries dealt with the single alarm in his box with a comfortable clutch from a shot from A-Jay Leitch-Smith. De Vries earned his corn with two superlative saves from powerful close-range efforts by Paul McGowan and Roary Deacon midway through the second half, by which point Celtic had taken the lead through a low, swirling finish from Olivier Ntcham. Aberdeen, meanwhile, stayed level on points with the leaders with a victory over Hibernian in an absorbing contest at Easter Road, where Gary Mackay-Steven settled the issue with his first league goal of the season for the Dons. Elsewhere, Motherwell beat Hamilton 2-1 in the Lanarkshire derby, as did Hearts against Ross County in Dingwall and Partick Thistle went bottom in a 2-0 defeat by Kilmarnock at the Energy Check Stadium.

New Scotland manager must prioritise making headway in inaugural Uefa Nations League

Whoever is installed as the next Scotland manager – and David Moyes is still favourite with most bookmakers – his priority will be making headway in the inaugural Uefa Nations League, according to SFA chief executive Stewart Regan. The format of the tournament is abstruse but it feeds into the next European Championship, for which Hampden Park will be a host venue, hence its importance – especially after Scotland’s failure to make the World Cup play-offs. “There are Euro 2020 places linked to the Nations League and each of the four leagues, and Scotland are top seeds in Group C, the third tier,” said Regan. “One team from that third tier will come through to Euro 2020. “We’ve got two chances, so those Nations games will be really important. We won’t go into them thinking they are friendly matches. They are absolutely essential for us to have a second chance of making the tournament.  “We’re entering an interesting phase, starting in 2018, because of the new competition formats and the way that the Nations League works, followed by the qualifiers, followed by the Nations League. Scotland failed to qualify for the World Cup Credit: AP “It potentially produces a situation when you’ll have feast and famine years. In the Nations League we’ll be playing matches on friendly dates in a new competitive format against teams of a similar standard. The potential is the attendances might not be as great as they would be if you were playing a glamour side like Germany or Spain, or one of the big six. “That’s got the potential to have an impact on revenue streams. In terms of the most recent times, it would have been great to do a Wales or a Northern Ireland. I think in Wales’ case they brought in €18 million from reaching the semi-finals of the Euros. “Probably half of that in the case of Northern Ireland. But we are where we are and have our own resources, supplemented by income from Fifa and Uefa, as well as the public sector. We do what we feel is the right thing to develop the game within that.” The SFA board was the target for critical – and sometimes abusive – comment on social media for their decision to appoint Malky MacKay as interim manager for the visit of the Netherlands for a friendly at Pittodrie on November 9. MacKay, was involved in email exchanges, some of which contained racist, misogynist and homophobic comments, with the director of recruitment at Cardiff when both men were employed by the club. Malky MacKay is interim manager for the visit of the Netherlands Credit: AFP After apologising for his behaviour and attending diversity and inclusion classes, MacKay was appointed as the SFA’s performance director. Of MacKay’s duties next month, Regan said: “It’s about Malky’s experience as a football manager and asking him to step up on an exceptional basis to lead the team for a friendly. “We wanted someone who could manage a group of players and he knows a lot of them already. It’s simply a case of using the resources we have to take the team for a friendly match. “Malky’s our performance director and has one of the most senior roles within the organisation. He’s been a breath of fresh air since coming to the Scottish FA. He’s very well respected and gets on well with the clubs, from academy to chief executive and chairman level. He’s been a fantastic recruit.” The league season resumed after the international break with Celtic bidding for a 59th successive domestic fixture unbeaten when they hosted Dundee. Brendan Rodgers made several changes to his regular line-up, with Dorus De Vries making his first appearance in goal this season, and appearances for Cristian Gamboa and Eboue Kouassi. The personnel switches seemed to blunt Celtic’s customary incisiveness, with only a curling effort from Callum McGregor, which went wide of the far post, plus a drive by Scott Sinclair into the arms of Scott Bain to show for their work. Dundee, though, could not take advantage of the Hoops’ muted threat and De Vries dealt with the single alarm in his box with a comfortable clutch from a shot from A-Jay Leitch-Smith. De Vries earned his corn with two superlative saves from powerful close-range efforts by Paul McGowan and Roary Deacon midway through the second half, by which point Celtic had taken the lead through a low, swirling finish from Olivier Ntcham. Aberdeen, meanwhile, stayed level on points with the leaders with a victory over Hibernian in an absorbing contest at Easter Road, where Gary Mackay-Steven settled the issue with his first league goal of the season for the Dons. Elsewhere, Motherwell beat Hamilton 2-1 in the Lanarkshire derby, as did Hearts against Ross County in Dingwall and Partick Thistle went bottom in a 2-0 defeat by Kilmarnock at the Energy Check Stadium.

Scotland could be without a manager until next summer as Michael O'Neill emerges as potential successor

Scotland could be without a full-time manager until next summer, if the preferred candidate is not available until then, according to Stewart Regan. The Scottish Football Association chief executive revealed the possibility of an extended timescale for the appointment of a successor to Gordon Strachan, while announcing that the association’s performance director, Malky Mackay will act as interim manager for the Scots’ next game, a friendly against the Netherlands in Aberdeen on November 9. “We will take our time as a board to plan the next phase of recruitment and get somebody in before we start thinking about the competitive matches which don’t happen until September 2018, starting with the new Nations League,” Regan said. “We may have a couple of friendlies in March and June of 2018, which we are thinking about at the moment. We might have a new manager in place for those friendlies, but if we haven’t, it’s not the end of the world.” Although the recruitment process will begin next week, Regan’s admission that a new man might not be in position for another eight months would seem, on the face of it, to be discouraging news for the likes of David Moyes, Alex McLeish, Paul Lambert and former England manager, Sam Allardyce, all of whom are currently out of work. On the other hand, a willingness to wait until the end of the season will focus attention on Michael O’Neill, who has been priced at 12/1 by the bookmakers. O’Neill, whose home is in Edinburgh, steered Northern Ireland to the last 16 of the Euro 2016 finals and the team has reached the World Cup play-offs, where they will meet one from the quartet of Croatia, Denmark, Italy or Switzerland. Michael O'Neill lives in Edinburgh and has been linked with the Scotland job in the past Credit: PA If Northern Ireland succeed in reaching the tournament finals in Russia and were to emulate their feat in the Euros, they would play their final match between June 30 and July 3. O’Neill has backers in Scotland, including Craig Brown, who took the Scots to the finals of Euro 96 in England and the France 98 World Cup finals. O’Neill was linked with the position a year ago, when successive 3-0 defeats away to Slovakia and England put Strachan’s position in jeopardy. At the time, O’Neill distanced himself from the speculation and said: “The fact I live in Scotland is probably a bigger driving factor of that than anything else. “I haven't given a second thought to that at all. I'd rather not comment on that situation.” In fact, Strachan survived the Scots’ poor start to their World Cup qualifying campaign because he promised the SFA board that he would steer the team to the play-offs. “We never came out publicly as a board and said that - it would have put too much pressure in play,” Regan said. “If you look back and see what Gordon said at the time, his quote was ‘I genuinely believe we can reach the play-offs and I’m the man to turn this round.’ That quote was a result of us discussing with Gordon during the board meeting what his feeling was after two defeats. Malky MacKay will take charge of Scotland's next match Credit: PA “And he genuinely believed - and we believed him at the time - that he could turn things around. To be fair, we were 45 minutes from beating Slovenia and reaching the play-offs. “Gordon and his management team deserve a great deal of credit for the way they went about their business in the second half of the campaign. They really did turn things around and came very close, but we didn’t get to a major tournament and we have taken the chance not to sack Gordon Strachan, because he had come to the end of his contract and campaign, but not to renew that contract. “We backed him to get us to the play-offs. We came up short against that, notwithstanding that we got 14 points from a possible 18. We did discuss that as part of a board review of the campaign, but felt that we hadn’t qualified and ultimately football is a results business. Quick fire questions with Jamie Carragher 01:15 “We are still waiting for a major championship and felt we needed to have a new impetus and a new coach to try and get us to Euro 2020. That’s a key date for us because Hampden will be the host for the 60th anniversary of the European Championships and we would like to think that Scotland will qualify and play two of the four games that we have here as one of the 24 participants. “Clearly that will be right at the top of the priorities and any coach coming in will be left in no uncertain terms that that’s our ambition, absolutely. We want to play in that tournament here at Hampden.”

Scotland could be without a manager until next summer as Michael O'Neill emerges as potential successor

Scotland could be without a full-time manager until next summer, if the preferred candidate is not available until then, according to Stewart Regan. The Scottish Football Association chief executive revealed the possibility of an extended timescale for the appointment of a successor to Gordon Strachan, while announcing that the association’s performance director, Malky Mackay will act as interim manager for the Scots’ next game, a friendly against the Netherlands in Aberdeen on November 9. “We will take our time as a board to plan the next phase of recruitment and get somebody in before we start thinking about the competitive matches which don’t happen until September 2018, starting with the new Nations League,” Regan said. “We may have a couple of friendlies in March and June of 2018, which we are thinking about at the moment. We might have a new manager in place for those friendlies, but if we haven’t, it’s not the end of the world.” Although the recruitment process will begin next week, Regan’s admission that a new man might not be in position for another eight months would seem, on the face of it, to be discouraging news for the likes of David Moyes, Alex McLeish, Paul Lambert and former England manager, Sam Allardyce, all of whom are currently out of work. On the other hand, a willingness to wait until the end of the season will focus attention on Michael O’Neill, who has been priced at 12/1 by the bookmakers. O’Neill, whose home is in Edinburgh, steered Northern Ireland to the last 16 of the Euro 2016 finals and the team has reached the World Cup play-offs, where they will meet one from the quartet of Croatia, Denmark, Italy or Switzerland. Michael O'Neill lives in Edinburgh and has been linked with the Scotland job in the past Credit: PA If Northern Ireland succeed in reaching the tournament finals in Russia and were to emulate their feat in the Euros, they would play their final match between June 30 and July 3. O’Neill has backers in Scotland, including Craig Brown, who took the Scots to the finals of Euro 96 in England and the France 98 World Cup finals. O’Neill was linked with the position a year ago, when successive 3-0 defeats away to Slovakia and England put Strachan’s position in jeopardy. At the time, O’Neill distanced himself from the speculation and said: “The fact I live in Scotland is probably a bigger driving factor of that than anything else. “I haven't given a second thought to that at all. I'd rather not comment on that situation.” In fact, Strachan survived the Scots’ poor start to their World Cup qualifying campaign because he promised the SFA board that he would steer the team to the play-offs. “We never came out publicly as a board and said that - it would have put too much pressure in play,” Regan said. “If you look back and see what Gordon said at the time, his quote was ‘I genuinely believe we can reach the play-offs and I’m the man to turn this round.’ That quote was a result of us discussing with Gordon during the board meeting what his feeling was after two defeats. Malky MacKay will take charge of Scotland's next match Credit: PA “And he genuinely believed - and we believed him at the time - that he could turn things around. To be fair, we were 45 minutes from beating Slovenia and reaching the play-offs. “Gordon and his management team deserve a great deal of credit for the way they went about their business in the second half of the campaign. They really did turn things around and came very close, but we didn’t get to a major tournament and we have taken the chance not to sack Gordon Strachan, because he had come to the end of his contract and campaign, but not to renew that contract. “We backed him to get us to the play-offs. We came up short against that, notwithstanding that we got 14 points from a possible 18. We did discuss that as part of a board review of the campaign, but felt that we hadn’t qualified and ultimately football is a results business. Quick fire questions with Jamie Carragher 01:15 “We are still waiting for a major championship and felt we needed to have a new impetus and a new coach to try and get us to Euro 2020. That’s a key date for us because Hampden will be the host for the 60th anniversary of the European Championships and we would like to think that Scotland will qualify and play two of the four games that we have here as one of the 24 participants. “Clearly that will be right at the top of the priorities and any coach coming in will be left in no uncertain terms that that’s our ambition, absolutely. We want to play in that tournament here at Hampden.”

Scotland could be without a manager until next summer as Michael O'Neill emerges as potential successor

Scotland could be without a full-time manager until next summer, if the preferred candidate is not available until then, according to Stewart Regan. The Scottish Football Association chief executive revealed the possibility of an extended timescale for the appointment of a successor to Gordon Strachan, while announcing that the association’s performance director, Malky Mackay will act as interim manager for the Scots’ next game, a friendly against the Netherlands in Aberdeen on November 9. “We will take our time as a board to plan the next phase of recruitment and get somebody in before we start thinking about the competitive matches which don’t happen until September 2018, starting with the new Nations League,” Regan said. “We may have a couple of friendlies in March and June of 2018, which we are thinking about at the moment. We might have a new manager in place for those friendlies, but if we haven’t, it’s not the end of the world.” Although the recruitment process will begin next week, Regan’s admission that a new man might not be in position for another eight months would seem, on the face of it, to be discouraging news for the likes of David Moyes, Alex McLeish, Paul Lambert and former England manager, Sam Allardyce, all of whom are currently out of work. On the other hand, a willingness to wait until the end of the season will focus attention on Michael O’Neill, who has been priced at 12/1 by the bookmakers. O’Neill, whose home is in Edinburgh, steered Northern Ireland to the last 16 of the Euro 2016 finals and the team has reached the World Cup play-offs, where they will meet one from the quartet of Croatia, Denmark, Italy or Switzerland. Michael O'Neill lives in Edinburgh and has been linked with the Scotland job in the past Credit: PA If Northern Ireland succeed in reaching the tournament finals in Russia and were to emulate their feat in the Euros, they would play their final match between June 30 and July 3. O’Neill has backers in Scotland, including Craig Brown, who took the Scots to the finals of Euro 96 in England and the France 98 World Cup finals. O’Neill was linked with the position a year ago, when successive 3-0 defeats away to Slovakia and England put Strachan’s position in jeopardy. At the time, O’Neill distanced himself from the speculation and said: “The fact I live in Scotland is probably a bigger driving factor of that than anything else. “I haven't given a second thought to that at all. I'd rather not comment on that situation.” In fact, Strachan survived the Scots’ poor start to their World Cup qualifying campaign because he promised the SFA board that he would steer the team to the play-offs. “We never came out publicly as a board and said that - it would have put too much pressure in play,” Regan said. “If you look back and see what Gordon said at the time, his quote was ‘I genuinely believe we can reach the play-offs and I’m the man to turn this round.’ That quote was a result of us discussing with Gordon during the board meeting what his feeling was after two defeats. Malky MacKay will take charge of Scotland's next match Credit: PA “And he genuinely believed - and we believed him at the time - that he could turn things around. To be fair, we were 45 minutes from beating Slovenia and reaching the play-offs. “Gordon and his management team deserve a great deal of credit for the way they went about their business in the second half of the campaign. They really did turn things around and came very close, but we didn’t get to a major tournament and we have taken the chance not to sack Gordon Strachan, because he had come to the end of his contract and campaign, but not to renew that contract. “We backed him to get us to the play-offs. We came up short against that, notwithstanding that we got 14 points from a possible 18. We did discuss that as part of a board review of the campaign, but felt that we hadn’t qualified and ultimately football is a results business. Quick fire questions with Jamie Carragher 01:15 “We are still waiting for a major championship and felt we needed to have a new impetus and a new coach to try and get us to Euro 2020. That’s a key date for us because Hampden will be the host for the 60th anniversary of the European Championships and we would like to think that Scotland will qualify and play two of the four games that we have here as one of the 24 participants. “Clearly that will be right at the top of the priorities and any coach coming in will be left in no uncertain terms that that’s our ambition, absolutely. We want to play in that tournament here at Hampden.”

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