How will Qatar 2022 Man of the Match be awarded? How does voting work?

The “Man of the Match” award always causes heated discussions among football fans, including at the World Cup in Qatar.

While there has already been a Man of Games that a fan won’t bat an eye at, as was the certainty that this player deserved the award, there have also been some questionable ones.

Luka Modric was named Man of the Match in Croatia’s goalless draw with Morocco, despite a muted performance from the 37-year-old Real Madrid midfielder, while Kevin De Bruyne and Cristiano Ronaldo also received the big red Budweiser glasses despite other team-mates probably deserves more.

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But who decides who gets the award at the end of each game? We explain everything…

HOW DOES MAN OF THE MATCH WORK AT THE WORLD CUP?

The Budweiser Player of the Match trophy will be awarded by the public on the FIFA+ website. Between the 60th and 88th minute of every World Cup game, there is a worldwide opportunity to cast your vote.

Players are sorted in a list by minutes played, or alternatively, voters can filter results by team, position or simply search for player of the match.

As a rule, there is a maximum of one entry per person and per World Cup game.

Anyone of legal age may participate in the Contest provided they are registered, whether or not they are watching the game in question.

And as if being a part of football history wasn’t enough to whet the appetite, voters are also in the running to win a Polaroid photograph taken by one of the tournament’s players.

WHO HAS WON PLAYER OF THE MATCHES SO FAR?

Qatar 0-2 Ecuador: Enner Valencia

England 6-2 Iran: Bukayo Saka

Senegal 0-2 Netherlands: Cody Gakpo

United States 1-1 Wales: Gareth Bale

Argentina 1-2 Saudi Arabia: Mohammed Alowais

Denmark 0-0 Tunisia: Aissa Laidouni

Mexico 0-0 Poland – Guillermo Ochoa

France 4-1 Australia – Kylian Mbappe

Morocco 0-0 Croatia – Luka Modric

Germany 1-2 Japan – Shuichi Gonda

Spain 7-0 Costa Rica – Gavi

Belgium 1-0 Canada – Kevin De Bruyne

Switzerland 1-0 Cameroon – Yann Sommer

Uruguay 0-0 South Korea – Federico Valverde

Portugal 3-2 Ghana – Cristiano Ronaldo

Brazil 2-0 Serbia – Richarlison

DE BRUYNE VOID WITH PLAYER OF THE MATCH AWARD

Kevin de Bruyne was surprised to win the Player of the Match award after Belgium scraped past Canada on Wednesday and wasn’t too happy about it.

“I don’t think I played a great game,” said De Bruyne.

“I don’t know why I got the trophy. Maybe it’s the name. That wasn’t good enough.

“We made it difficult for ourselves and stress crept into the team. There was more space than showed and we used the long ball too much.

“It has to get better, including me.”

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