Wednesday 19 September 2018, 08:10

Elba returns to host The Best

  • Actor Idris Elba to host The Best FIFA Football Awards™ 2018

  • Event will be co-hosted by Anne-Laure Bonnet

  • The Best ceremony to take place on 24 September in London

Less than a year on from successfully hosting The Best FIFA Football Awards™ in London, Idris Elba is returning as MC for the 2018 ceremony.

The Golden Globe and SAG-winning actor is to be assisted by co-host Anne-Laure Bonnet at the star-studded event, which will again be staged in the United Kingdom's capital on Monday 24 September.

Renowned for his roles in high-profile films such as The Mountain Between Us, Beasts of No Nation, Thor and Avengers: Infinity War, and the critically acclaimed television series Luther, Elba is also a lifelong devotee of the beautiful game – and passionate supporter of London giants Arsenal.

“I’m a massive football fan, so I am delighted to return again this year to present The Best FIFA Football Awards 2018,” he said. “It’s not just an honour but a huge thrill and a pleasure to be sharing a stage with the greatest footballers in the world.”

Bonnet, meanwhile, is an experienced and multilingual broadcast journalist, who currently works for beINSPORTS in her native France. One of her country’s leading sports presenters, she also speaks fluent English, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish, along with some German and Russian.

The Best finalists were announced on Monday 3 September and you can keep up with the latest news about The Best FIFA Football Awards by visiting our dedicated section on, as well as our Facebook page. You can also join the discussion about who should win this year’s accolades by using the hashtag #TheBest.