How about a little good news this morning? Tottenham Hotspur club captain, starting keeper, and World Cup winner Hugo Lloris has a chance to add to his trophy case at home. Hugo was one of three finalists for the 2018 The Best FIFA Goalkeeper Award, and that’s a huge deal.
Hugo had a great season with Spurs last year, captaining the club to a third place finish, and despite a couple of high profile gaffes had an excellent World Cup this summer in Russia, taking France to their second title. He’ll be up against Thibaut Courtois, one of the best keepers in the country and who recently moved from Chelsea to Real Madrid this summer. Courtois also won the World Cup Golden Glove. The other nominee is a surprise — Kasper Schmeichel, whose nomination is almost certainly due to his fantastic World Cup with Denmark, but who otherwise has been... pretty good for Leicester City.
The other huge shock from The Best award nominations are in the Player of the Year, where for the first time in recorded history (probably) Lionel Messi was not one of the nominees. Instead, Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric, and Mohamed Salah are up for the most prestigious award in club football.