Zlatan Ibrahimovic hilariously trolls Liverpool star Mohamed Salah over Puskas Award win

28 Sep

Zlatan Ibrahimovic does not believe Mohamed Salah should have won the Puskas Award for his goal against Everton.

In fact, the former Manchester United star admitted he did not care who on the award because he was not nominated for the accolade.

Salah won the award, but that was incorrect according to Ibrahimovic

FIFA caused outrage when they declared Salah’s strike against Everton the best goal from 2018.

Fans took to social media to complain about the decision, with teammate James Milner also poking fun at the situation.

But Ibrahimovic, who won the award in 2013, has finally had his say on the situation in his own indomitable style.

The LA Galaxy striker was asked if Salah should won the award and simply replied: “No.

Zlatan celebrates scoring the overhead kick against England which won him the 2013 Puskas Award

“I did not see the candidates, if my goal was not there I am not interested.

“My goal should have been there – the one against LAFC. Maybe I am there next year.”

The 36-year-old has a history of being a scorer of great goals, as well as a great goalscorer.

In just 23 games, the charismatic striker has scored 18 goals in MLS and shows no sign of slowing down.

Actor Idris Elba wore a Gareth Southgate waistcoat with England manager’s picture plastered all over it at FIFA Football Awards

25 Sep

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.

Elba, who has starred in The Wire and Luther, wore a waistcoat with the image of Southgate’s iconic celebration plastered on it
Southgate joined Elba on stage at the awards
With Southgate in charge, England made it all the way to the World Cup semi-final, but were defeated by Croatia in extra-time

At the awards ceremony in London, Luka Modric won the Best player award and Mohamed Salah picked up the Puskas prize, given to the player whose goal is deemed to be better than anyone else’s. The Liverpool player’s victory left a lot of fans stunned.

Mohamed Salah wins Puskas award and some fans think FIFA were too scared of a possible Liverpool supporter petition

25 Sep

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.

Salah’s goal against Everton in December 2017 won the Puskas award

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’.

One fan even posted every winner of the Puskas award from 2009 to show the quality of strikes from previous years.

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.

Other supporters, meanwhile. think there could be a petition incoming demanding Salah be placed in the Team of the Year.

FIFPro World 11: David De Gea; Dani Alves, Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane; Eden Hazard, N’Golo Kante, Luka Modric; Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi.

Elswhere, Luka Modric was crowned the year’s best player at the awards night in London. Yes, it’s the same Luka Modric Newcastle’s transfer experts thought wasn’t good enough for the Premier League in 2008.

FIFA Football Awards: Luka Modric wins best player prize, but in 2008 Newcastle didn’t even think he was good enough for the Premier League

24 Sep

Luka Modric saw off competition from Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah to win FIFA’s prestigious ‘Best’ award, hammering home his status as one of football’s top midfielders.

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.

Modric won the 2018 World Cup Golden Ball, a trophy given to the best player in the competition

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.

Keegan’s second stint at Newcastle didn’t even last a year

“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.

Modric dazzled the Premier League with his displays for Tottenham between 2008 and 2012

“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.

Luka Modric has won the Champions League four times with Real Madrid

Fifa The Best Awards: Start time, TV channel, live stream and nominees for tonight’s London ceremony

23 Sep

FIFA’s Best Awards ceremony will crown the best men’s player of the year.

With no Lionel Messi on the final three-man shortlist for the first time in 12 years, it is expected to be one of the most talked about awards shows in the governing body’s history.

Luka Modric will be looking to add the Fifa Men’s Player of the Year award to his World Cup Golden Ball in the summer

What time is the Fifa Best Awards?

The awards ceremony will take place on Monday, September 24.

It will start at 6.30pm.

The show is being held at the Royal Festival Hall in London.

How can I watch the Fifa Best Awards?

The ceremony is being live streamed by Fifa on their YouTube channel.

The streams will also be on their Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Who are the nominees for the Fifa Best Awards?

Men’s Player

  • Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid/Juventus)
  • Luka Modric (Real Madrid)
  • Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

Goalkeeper

  • Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea/Real Madrid)
  • Hugo Lloris (Tottenham)
  • Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City)

Men’s Coach

  • Zlatko Dalic (Croatia)
  • Didier Deschamps (France)
  • Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid)

Women’s Player

  • Ada Hegerberg (Lyon)
  • Dzsenifer Marozsan (Lyon)
  • Marta (Orlando Pride)

Women’s Coach

  • Reynald Pedros (Lyon)
  • Asako Takakura (Japan)
  • Sarina Wiegman (Holland)

Fair Play Award

This award will be announced during the ceremony with no nominees.

Puskas Award (Best goal)

  • Gareth Bale – Real Madrid vs Liverpool
  • Denis Cheryshev – Russia vs Croatia
  • Lazaros Christodoulopoulos – AEK Athens vs Olympiakos
  • Giorgian De Arrascaeta – Cruzeiro vs America Mineiro
  • Riley McGree – Newcastle Jets vs Melbourne City
  • Lionel Messi – Nigeria vs Argentina
  • Benjamin Pavard – France vs Argentina
  • Ricardo Quaresma – Iran vs Portugal
  • Cristiano Ronaldo – Juventus vs Real Madrid
  • Mohamed Salah – Liverpool vs Everton

Fan Award

  • Sebastian Carrera
  • Japan and Senegal fans at the 2018 World Cup
  • Peru fans at the 2018 World Cup

FIFPro World11

  • Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus/Paris Saint-Germain), Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea/Real Madrid), David de Gea (Manchester United), Keylor Navas (Real Madrid), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona)
  • Defenders: Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Dani Alves (Paris Saint-Germain), Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid), Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Dejan Lovren (Liverpool), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Yerry Mina (Barcelona/Everton), Benjamin Pavard (VfB Stuttgart), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham), Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona), Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid), Sime Vrsaljko (Inter Milan/Atletico Madrid), Kyle Walker (Manchester City)
  • Midfielders: Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Casemiro (Real Madrid), Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Andres Iniesta (Vissel Kobe/Barcelona), Isco (Real Madrid), N’Golo Kante (Chelsea), Nemanja Matic (Manchester United), Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona), David Silva (Manchester City), Arturo Vidal (Barcelona/Bayern Munich)
  • Forwards: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint-Germain), Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus/Real Madrid), Paulo Dybala (Juventus), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United), Mario Mandzukic (Juventus), Sadio Mane (Liverpool), Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool), Luis Suarez (Barcelona)

The Best FIFA Men’s Player award: Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos wants Luka Modric to win ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah

11 Sep

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.

Ronaldo has won the FIFA award twice

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.

“We will see [who wins The Best],” he said when asked whether Modric should get it ahead of former team-mate Ronaldo and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah. “There are few players that I am as proud of having in my team as him.

“He is a great friend and a great player. He is one of the few players who [if he wins] would make me as happy as if they had given it to me.

Modric won the 2018 World Cup Golden Ball

“Maybe there are players with more marketing, with a bigger name but Modric deserves that award.”

The Spaniard was asked if his comments were aimed at any particular individual considering Ronaldo is the only man to win the award.

“No,” he replied. “But since there is nothing that defines the prize, everything adds up [to Modric winning the award].”

The presentation for the award will take place on 24 September.

Who is on the FIFPro World XI shortlist? The 55 players up for Best Football awards, including Kylian Mbappe, Harry Kane, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo

10 Sep

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.

GOALKEEPERS

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).

DEFENDERS

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).

Ramos captained Real Madrid to a third successive Champions League crown

MIDFIELDERS

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).

Ronaldo is on the list again and has appeared on every one since the 2004/05 shortlist

FORWARDS

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.

Puskas award 2018: Video of Mohamed Salah, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Lionel Messi’s brilliant goals

4 Sep

The following goals are considered to be the best scored in the last year.

All 10 of them are in contention for the Puskas award, given to the player whose strike is deemed to be better than any other.

Mohamed Salah, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo are among the names. The goals were chosen by a panel, including Marco van Basten – he scored a few belters in his time – Pablo Aimar and Alex Scott.

The winner is decided solely by FIFA.com users and will be revealed at ‘The Best FIFA Football Awards’ – still a terrible name – on 24 September at a ceremony in London.

Harry Kane, Kevin de Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Mo Salah among FIFA Men’s Player of the Year nominees

24 Jul

Four Premier League players have been named on the shortlist for FIFA’s Best Men’s Player award.

Harry Kane, Mo Salah, Kevin de Bruyne and Eden Hazard all got the nod, and are joined by the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Salah’s 32 Premier League goals set a new record in its 20-team format

The ten-man list includes five players who played in La Liga for the period covered, ranging from July 2017 to the same month this year.

Messi and Ronaldo are joined by Real Madrid duo Luka Modric and Raphael Varane, while Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann is also nominated.

The only player on the list who played for a club outside England and Spain in 2017/18 is World Cup Young Player winner Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain.

The accolade is part of FIFA’s Best Football Awards, created in 2016 to replace the World Player of the Year, which merged with France Football’s Ballon d’Or.

England captain Kane claimed the Golden Boot at the World Cup with six goals

World Cup Golden Boot winner Kane is the only Englishman on the list, having struck 30 goals in the Premier League for the first time with Tottenham.

Egyptian Salah, who beat Kane to the Golden Boot last season with 32 for Liverpool, could become the first African to win the award since Liberia’s George Weah in 1995.

Hazard won the FA Cup with Chelsea and finished third at the World Cup with Belgium, alongside fellow nominee Kevin de Bruyne.

The City midfielder tore Premier League defences apart with staggering ease as his side cruised to the title with a record 100 points.

Belgium teammates Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne were both nominated
Ronaldo took his Champions League winner’s medal tally to five with a third consecutive triumph in May

Messi and Ronaldo share a record five Ballons d’Or each, but new Juventus signing Ronaldo has the edge in the FIFA award, winning it on both occasions since its inception.

The Portuguese has also won four of the last five Ballons d’Or and will be among the frontrunners for more silverware after his Real Madrid side won a third consecutive Champions League title.

Madrid midfielder Modric claimed Golden Ball honours at the World Cup, losing in the final to club teammate Varane, who is the only defender nominated.

Griezmann lifted the Europa League with Atletico in 2017/18 and was also part of the France side that lifted football’s biggest prize in Russia.

Modric won the Golden Ball at the World Cup while Mbappe took home Young Player honours

Mbappe, at 19 by far the youngest on the list, has been hailed as the new face of the sport after a string of electric performances at the World Cup.

His £168million move to PSG becomes official this summer after spending last season on loan from Monaco at the Parc des Princes.

Fans can vote for their choice on the FIFA website, with voting open until 11pm UK time on August 10.

These votes will make up 25 per cent of the process, with national team coaches, national captains and a select group of journalists also contributing their choices.

Gareth Southgate nominated for FIFA Best Coach Award alongside Guardiola, Klopp and Zidane

24 Jul

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.

Southgate is the first England boss to reach a World Cup semi-final since Sir Bobby Robson in 1990

Southgate, 47, revitalised the England team, winning their first penalty shoot-out at a World Cup and a first tournament knockout game since 2006, en route to the semi-finals in Russia.

The former Middlesbrough manager was credited for introducing a positive, media-friendly atmosphere to the squad, which had failed at each of the four previous international tournaments.

Despite being idolised by an adoring public, who even turned his trademark waistcoat into a fashion trend, Southgate was keen for the team’s performance not to be seen as a triumph after being knocked out in the final four.

He rejected any plans for a re-run of the open-top bus tour which greeted the last England squad to reach the semi-finals, when 200,000 people lined the streets of Luton in 1990.

The former defender became a national hero for his leadership

Southgate is one of five World Cup bosses on the list, including the two that conquered his England side.

Croatia’s Zlatko Dalic, who masterminded a 2-1 extra time win against the Three Lions in the semi-final earns a nomination, having secured a first ever final for his country.

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.

France’s World Cup-winning coach Didier Deschamps is among the favourites to win the award
Manchester City’s 100-point Premier League season could see Guardiola land the award

Premier League champion Guardiola is rewarded after setting a new points and goals record with City, who romped to the 2017/18 title.

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.

There, he was defeated by Zinedine Zidane of Real Madrid, who won the award last year and on the list again after guiding his team to a third successive Champions League title, before his shock resignation just days later.

Massimilliano Allegri and Ernesto Valverde, who won league and cup doubles with Juventus and Barcelona respectively, round off the list.

Last year’s winner Zinedine Zidane is up for nomination again after collecting a third straight Champions League title with Real Madrid

Fans can vote for their choice on the FIFA website, with voting open until 11pm UK time on August 10.

These votes will make up 25 per cent of the process, with national team coaches, national captains and a select group of journalists also contributing their choices.

In the women’s category, Chelsea Ladies boss Emma Hayes was on the list of ten candidates, while compatriot Mark Parsons, in charge at Portland Thorns in the US, was also nominated.

The winners of the awards will be announced, alongside the best men’s and women’s players, at a ceremony in London on September 24.