all the World Cup man of the match awards & how they're decided

GOAL looks at FIFA's decision making process and examines the names of those who have been awarded the Man of the Match award.


The decision to choose the best player among a minimum of 22 players is often fraught with controversy.

However, this winter's World Cup saw a few interesting selections during the first round. The tournament's new selection procedure for the award could explain this change

which also includes the large involvement of fans online. Budweiser's Player-of-the Match trophy is decided by a public vote via the FIFA+ website.

A window is available between the 60th to the 88th minute of each match for fans around the world to cast their votes for the star player in each match.

To vote, users can only cast one vote per match. It is impossible to control whether the fans are watching the games.

However, several awards were presented to players who were not as deserving. Here's a look at the man of match winners from the tournament thus far and the merits of each player.

Valencia was in Qatar to announce himself. Fernebahce's forward thought he had put Ecuador in front after three minutes. But VAR ruled that he was offside.

He was able to coolly score a penalty in 16 minutes, before scoring a fine header just over half an hour later. Valencia was not able to accept the award

despite having to leave the game early due to knee problems. Ecuador condemned Qatar for becoming the first host nation to lose its opening game of the World Cup.