Idris Elba paid tribute to England manager Gareth Southgate at the FIFA Football Awards – by donning a waistcoat plastered with his face.
Waistcoat sales sky rocketed during the summer as fans flocked to the shops to copy Southgate’s look.
He was a popular man and images of him celebrating – fists clenched and punching the air – are a lasting image of the passion every fan had during the summer and the Three Lions boss even created their own song for him.
So Mohamed Salah‘s goal against Everton was the best of the year.
That’s what the FIFA Football Awards told us when the Liverpool star collected the Puskas award, given to the player whose goal is deemed to be better than anyone else’s.
His goal in the Premier League Merseyside derby clash last season was voted for by, according to FIFA, ‘fans from around the world’, with the strike garnering 38 per cent of the vote.
To say the rest of the watching world were shocked is an understatement and even Salah’s team-mate, James Milner, couldn’t resist joining in with the fun. The midfielder congratulated Salah on Twitter, jokingly tweeting: ‘Congrats on your 7th best goal from last season’.
However, other fans, despite knowing the gong is decided by supporter votes, decided to mock the system by referring to the Liverpool fan who created a petition demanding UEFA punish Sergio Ramos for intentionally hurting Mohamed Salah’ during the Champions League final in May.
Salah’s night ended in the first half when he damaged his shoulder as a result of the tussle and the Real Madrid defender became public enemy no.1 at Anfield.
Mo Salah won “best goal” last night because Liverpool fans would have started a petition if he didn’t get anything. #FactsOnly
Any surprise Salah wins an award that is voted for by the fans when certain fans are so quick to set up petitions against anything they disagree with? Not even sure how it was a contender against the others
The 33-year-old playmaker has been a key man for both club and country over many years and won the gong at the star-studded event in London.
He was the best player at the World Cup where he captained Croatia to the final and has been the creative hub in Real Madrid’s three consecutive Champions League successes.
However, 10 years ago, Newcastle‘s head of player recruitment Tony Jimenez passed on the chance to buy him for reasons that left manager Kevin Keegan in shock.
In his new book, Keegan describes his return to the dugout at St James’ Park in 2008 and the circus that formed the club boardroom where Jimenez had a lot of influence. This is a man who, according to Keegan, revealed he had never heard of Per Mertesacker, then of Werder Bremen, during a discussion about potential transfer targets.
“At one point I took a call from Luka Modric’s agent to ask if I would be keen on signing the player from Dinamo Zagreb,” he wrote. “Modric had already been speaking to Spurs and his agent was honest enough to explain the move to White Hart Lane was likely to happen. Yet it was clear there might still be a chance to gazump that deal, otherwise the agent would never have bothered getting in touch.
“‘Mr Keegan, I’m a massive fan of yours and I’d very much like to discuss it with you,’ he said. Dinamo Zagreb wanted £16million and the wages were quite high, but it was still within our budget and, at 22, Modric had his best years ahead of him. He was exactly the kind of player I wanted to see in a black and white shirt.
“It was an opportunity to sign one of the outstanding young footballers in Europe and, to begin with, I was making decent inroads. I explained what a great club Newcastle was, how the supporters would adore Modric and how we were looking for someone to spark us off.
“Then Jimenez piped up. ‘Can I come in here?’ he said. ‘I don’t think Luka is good enough for the Premier League. He’s too lightweight. He’s decent, but he’s not good enough.’
“The agent looked shocked. ‘What do you mean?’ he asked. ‘Are you saying my player is not strong enough? Luka’s a very strong boy, I can assure you.’ ‘That’s exactly what I mean,’ Jimenez continued.”
The Magpies’ loss was Tottenham‘s gain and fans loved the little genius during the four years they shared together. His displays eventually saw Real Madrid part with £33m to take him to Spain in 2012. There he has won La Liga and been on the winning side in four Champions League finals.
Most popular football news
live on talkSPORT
Klopp to ring the changes? Predicted Liverpool XI vs Chelsea
Pochettino to shake things up? Predicted Spurs line-up vs Watford
These fans think they know the real reason Salah won Puskas award
live on talkSPORT
This Chelsea XI to end Liverpool's perfect start? Predicted Blues line-up
live on talkSPORT 2
Oxford United vs Man City: Live commentary and predicted line-ups
Oxford vs Manchester City: Live talkSPORT commentary, team news and kick-off time
Man United vs Derby: Carabao Cup preview, live commentary and predicted line-ups
live on talkSPORT
Jose to make 10 changes? Predicted Man United line-up vs Derby
Manchester United vs Derby County live on talkSPORT
Mourinho rages at Pogba, West Ham starlet rejects contract, Arsenal track winger
Luka Modric wins FIFA player of the year, plus all the awards from London ceremony
Chelsea and Man United stars make FIFA World XI but Liverpool winger misses out
Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos believes Luka Modric deserves the FIFA ‘Best Men’s Player’ award, despite his team-mate being up against ‘players with more marketing’ for the trophy.
Cristiano Ronaldo has won the prize in its two-year existence, but the defender thinks Modric – the World Cup’s player of the tournament – deserves some acclaim.
The Croatian captained his country to the 2018 World Cup final and Ramos suggested that awards have often been handed out to players with the best off-field image and he would like to see it presented to a player who ‘deserves’ it more.
The shortlist for the 55-man FIFPro World XI has been revealed.
Decided by players, for the players, the process involves votes from almost 25,000 professional footballers from 65 different countries. During voting, they each select one goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfielders and three forwards.
Below are the list of players, who are thought to have performed best between 3 July 2017 and 15 July 2018.
Most popular football news
Mesut Ozil linked with shock move to Turkish giants
Spurs enter race to sign in demand Liverpool target
West Ham sticking by Pellegrini despite Premier League start, says Brady
FIFA 19 ratings: 30-21, including Liverpool, Barcelona, and Real Madrid stars
Man United target agreed dream move to Old Trafford, but was then shot in the head
Premier League clubs to discuss changing date of summer deadline day
price to pay
Every Premier League club's most expensive season ticket revealed and ranked
Danny Murphy believes Tottenham man is the answer to England's midfield problems
Every Championship club’s average home support this season
On the rise
Giroud surpasses Zidane in list of France's great goal scorers
Start of England friendly to be broadcast in black and white to honour Kick It Out
LIONS ON TOUR
England vs Switzerland: TV channel, live stream, start time and team news
Gianluigi Buffon (Italy/Paris Saint-Germain/Juventus FC), Thibaut Courtois (Belgium/Real Madrid CF/Chelsea FC), David De Gea (Spain/Manchester United FC), Keylor Navas (Costa Rica/Real Madrid CF), Marc-André ter Stegen (Germany/FC Barcelona).
Jordi Alba (Spain/FC Barcelona), Daniel Carvajal (Spain/Real Madrid CF), Giorgio Chiellini (Italy/Juventus FC), Dani Alves (Brazil/Paris Saint-Germain), Diego Godin (Uruguay/Atletico Madrid), Mats Hummels (Germany/FC Bayern Munich), Joshua Kimmich (Germany/FC Bayern Munich) Dejan Lovren (Croatia/Liverpool FC), Marcelo (Brazil/Real Madrid CF), Yerry Mina (Colombia/Everton FC/FC Barcelona), Benjamin Pavard (France/VfB Stuttgart), Gerard Pique (Spain/FC Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Spain/Real Madrid CF), Thiago Silva (Brazil/Paris Saint-Germain), Kieran Trippier (England/Tottenham Hotspur), Samuel Umtiti (France/FC Barcelona), Virgil van Dijk (Netherlands/Liverpool FC), Raphael Varane (France/Real Madrid CF), Sime Vrsaljko (Croatia/Internazionale/Atletico Madrid), Kyle Walker (England/Manchester City FC).
Sergio Busquets (Spain/FC Barcelona), Casemiro (Brazil/Real Madrid CF), Philippe Coutinho (Brazil/FC Barcelona), Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium/Manchester City FC), Eden Hazard (Belgium, Chelsea FC), Andres Iniesta (Spain/Vissel Kobe/FC Barcelona), Isco (Spain/Real Madrid CF), N’Golo Kante (France/Chelsea FC), Toni Kroos (Germany/Real Madrid CF), Nemanja Matic (Serbia/Manchester United FC), Luka Modric (Croatia/Real Madrid CF), Paul Pogba (France/Manchester United FC), Ivan Rakitic (Croatia/FC Barcelona), David Silva (Spain/Manchester City FC), Arturo Vidal (Chile/FC Barcelona/FC Bayern Munich).
Karim Benzema (France/Real Madrid CF), Edinson Cavani (Uruguay/Paris Saint-Germain), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal/Juventus FC/Real Madrid CF), Paulo Dybala (Argentina/Juventus FC), Antoine Griezmann (France/Atletico Madrid), Harry Kane (England/Tottenham Hotspur), Robert Lewandowski (Poland/FC Bayern Munich), Romelu Lukaku (Belgium/Manchester United FC), Mario Mandzukic (Croatia/Juventus FC), Sadio Mane (Senegal/Liverpool FC), Kylian Mbappe (France/Paris Saint-Germain), Lionel Messi (Argentina/FC Barcelona), Neymar (Brazil/Paris Saint-Germain), Mohamed Salah (Egypt/Liverpool FC), Luis Suarez (Uruguay/FC Barcelona).
The final XI will be announced at The Best FIFA Football Awards ceremony at the Royal Festival Hall in London on Monday 24 September.
Gareth Southgate has been nominated for FIFA’s Men’s Coach of the Year Award after leading England to their best World Cup finish in 28 years.
The 11-man shortlist, which also includes Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola and Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp, was announced by football’s governing body on Tuesday, and covers the last 12 months of action.
Former Everton, Wigan and Swansea boss Roberto Martinez, who led Belgium to two victories over England, made the list after just falling short of becoming the first coach to win a World Cup with a country they were not a citizen of.
Victorious France head coach Didier Deschamps is the likely front-runner for the award, while Russia boss Stanislav Cherchesov guided the hosts to the quarter-finals.
LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS
Cristiano Ronaldo unveils new, limited edition Nike boots on China tour
Fulham confirm signing of goalkeeper from Besiktas
What's with the sheepskin coat and who does John Motson support?
Rangers tracking Championship ace as Steven Gerrard plans another signing
Newcastle United close to confirming sale of Belgium star
Chelsea Ladies boss nominated for Best FIFA Women's Coach 2018 award
Make way for a legend
John Motson comes out of retirement to join talkSPORT
Leicester midfielder joins West Brom on loan
Celtic striker Moussa Dembele ruled out for up to three weeks with injury
FM18 predicts Liverpool's season with Alisson, Fabinho, Keita and Shaqiri
Man United target Madrid ace, Leeds want striker, Chelsea to complete signing?
You need more
Talent alone isn't enough for Martial to make it at Man United
Klopp, the man who knocked Guardiola out of the Champions League, is the only club boss on the list who did not win a trophy in the period covered by the award, but he did reach the final of Europe’s premier club competition with Liverpool.
The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.