Belgium and Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois toppled the pair of Hugo Lloris and Kasper Schmeichel to the FIFA Best Goalkeeper award during tonight's event held in London.
The occasion which took place at Royal Festival Hall saw the Belgian claim the No. 1 spot despite the presences of Lloris and Schmeichel.

At the last count, the three shot-stoppers performed excellently for their respective clubs and country especially, at the summer World Cup in Russia.

Belgium's Courtois made sure the Red Devils finished third at the Mundial after keeping clean sheets twice against England, as well as inspiring his teammates to a 2-1 win over Brazil's Selecao in the quarter-finals.

The Belgian keeper was the only of the three, who enjoyed domestic success at club level during the 2017/18, lifting the FA Cup with Chelsea before sealing a switch to the Los Blancos in August.
Lloris ended the campaign on the third spot with Spurs in the English topflight as Schmeichel's Leicester finished 9th on the log.


Interestingly, Lloris ensured France went all the way to claim the top prize to despite an error in the final game that allowed Mario Mandzukic to score. Although he let in two goals, France emerged champions, after beating Croatia 4-2.
Schmeichel, on the other hand, played an important role as Denmark reached the first knockout Round of 16, where they lost to eventual finalists Croatia on penalties.


During the shoot-out, the Leicester City goalie saved two kicks after denying Luka Modric from the spot in regulation time.
Also, Schmeichel, in the group stages, kept clean sheet against France and Peru.

In a related development, Lennart Thy, who missed a game for VVV-Venlo against PSV Eindhoven to donate stem cells to try and help a Leukaemia patient was named the winner of the Fair Play Award.
Since 1987, world's football governing body, FIFA have awarded good behaviour within the game with the Fair Play Award.

The previous winner in 2017 award was Togolese player Francis Kone, who performed life-saving first aid treatment on goalkeeper Martin Berkovec following a collision in a Czech First League clash.

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