The glitzy occasion, which is in its second year after FIFA split with Ballon d’Or, will see various gongs handed out. Among those in contention are a host of Premier League stars. Here, we take a look at those who could be celebrating tonight.
The biggest award of the night is the Best FIFA Men’s Player. It will almost certainly go to Cristiano Ronaldo who won the inaugural award back in January. Lionel Messi and Neymar are the other players on the shortlist so no Premier League contenders here.
Antonio Conte is among the three finalists in the running for this award, however the Chelsea manager is likely to miss out. The Italian coach led the Blues to the Premier League title and FA Cup final in what was a remarkable first year at Stamford Bridge. However he is up against Zinedine Zidane who became the first manager to lead a club to back-to-back European titles in the Champions League era when Real Madrid lifted the trophy in May. He also took the club to their first La Liga title in five years. Juventus manager Massimo Allegri is the other finalist.
Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is a strong contender to claim this award which recognises the best goal of the year. The Frenchman is included for his incredible scorpion-kick goal against Crystal Palace. He’s up against Deyna Castellanos’s goal virtually straight from kick-off and a stoppage-time bicycle kick from South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke.
The best XI in the world will be announced at the ceremony with a number of Premier League players in contention. There are a total of 55 nominees with those based in England including David De Gea, David Luiz, Antonio Valencia, Philippe Coutinho, Eden Hazard, N’Golo Kante, Nemanja Matic, Mesut Ozil, Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez.
The 55 nominees for the FIFA FIFPRO World XI 2017 are: (home country/club)
Goalkeepers (5): Gianluigi Buffon (ITA/Juventus), David De Gea (ESP/Manchester United), Keylor Navas (CRC/Real Madrid), Manuel Neuer (GER/Bayern Munich), Jan Oblak (SVN/Atletico Madrid)
Defenders (20): David Alaba (AUT/Bayern Munich), Jordi Alba (ESP/FC Barcelona), Dani Alves (BRA/Juventus/Paris Saint-Germain), Jerome Boateng (GER/Bayern Munich), Leonardo Bonucci (ITA/Juventus/AC Milan), Dani Carvajal (ESP/Real Madrid), Giorgio Chiellini (ITA/Juventus), Diego Godin (URU/Atletico Madrid), Mats Hummels (GER/Bayern Munich), Philipp Lahm (GER/Bayern Munich), David Luiz (BRA/Chelsea), Marcelo (BRA/Real Madrid), Javier Mascherano (ARG/Barcelona), Pepe (POR/Real Madrid/Besiktas), Gerard Pique (ESP/FC Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (ESP/Real Madrid), Thiago Silva (BRA/Paris Saint-Germain), Samuel Umtiti (FRA/FC Barcelona), Antonio Valencia (ECU/Manchester United), Raphael Varane (FRA/Real Madrid)
Midfielders (15): Thiago Alcantara (ESP/Bayern Munich), Sergio Busquets (ESP/FC Barcelona), Casemiro (BRA/Real Madrid), Philippe Coutinho (BRA/Liverpool), Eden Hazard (BEL/Chelsea), Andres Iniesta (ESP/FC Barcelona), Isco (ESP/Real Madrid), N’Golo Kante (FRA/Chelsea), Toni Kroos (GER/Real Madrid), Nemanja Matic (SRB/Chelsea/Manchester United), Luka Modric (CRO/Real Madrid), Mesut Ozil (GER/Arsenal), Paul Pogba (FRA/Manchester United), Marco Verratti (ITA/Paris Saint-Germain), Arturo Vidal (CHI/Bayern Munich)
Strikers (15): Gareth Bale (WAL/Real Madrid), Karim Benzema (FRA/Real Madrid), Edinson Cavani (URU/Paris Saint-Germain), Cristiano Ronaldo (POR/Real Madrid), Paulo Dybala (ARG/Juventus), Antoine Griezmann (FRA/Atletico Madrid), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (SWE/Manchester United), Harry Kane (ENG/Tottenham Hotspur), Robert Lewandowski (POL/Bayern Munich), Romelu Lukaku (BEL/Everton/Manchester United), Kylian Mbappe (FRA/Monaco/Paris Saint-Germain), Lionel Messi (ARG/FC Barcelona), Neymar (BRA/FC Barcelona/Paris Saint-Germain), Alexis Sanchez (CHI/Arsenal), Luis Suarez (URU/FC Barcelona)
Despite the Premier League having the highest concentration of top quality goalkeepers, none made it into the final three contenders. Instead it will be between Gianluigu Buffon of Juventus, Keylor Navas of Real Madrid and Manuel Neuer of Bayern Munich.